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Now to pick the running mates

- The Washington Times

Now the fun begins. Everybody has an opinion on who the Donald and Hillary should pick for running mates. It’s the most harmless fun of the campaign because none of the speculation means anything. But it might beat a game of Solitaire on a dark and rainy night.

Illustration on increasing government involvement in tax filing by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Solving the tax nightmare

Americans are recovering from the annual pain of filing with the Internal Revenue Service, having paid the government more than $3.3 trillion this year alone. At almost 75,000 pages long, Americans collectively waste more than six billion hours and spend $378 billion complying with the code every year.

Reagan's Mother's Day Radio Tribute Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The wonder of motherhood

Every year since 1914 presidents have issued a proclamation declaring the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. The only exception was Franklin D. Roosevelt who in 1935 opted instead for a short White House statement. To be sure, most of the proclamations are similar and ordinary — except those of Ronald Reagan during his two terms in office.

Illustration on the sluggish economy by Mark Weber/Tribune Content Agency

Beyond the bluff and bluster

Boil down all of the bluff and bluster of the presidential campaign and two issues stand out from all the rest: a weak economy and a government riven by corruption, waste, fraud and abuse.

Target paints a bull’s-eye on women

The purpose of a public restroom is not to make a political statement. Sex-specific facilities were designed for male and female biological differences. Safety concerns are not bigotry.

Warning: Shark Jumping Area Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Protesters jump the shark

”Jump the shark” is an American pop-culture expression that derives from a 1977 “Happy Days” sitcom episode and describes a moment of decline. At a certain point, a TV show becomes so predictable, empty of ideas and gimmicky that in desperation its writers will try anything — like the character “The Fonz” jumping over a shark on water skis — just to stay on the air.

Populism Swings to the Left and the Right Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The populist pendulum

Despite Donald Trump now being the Republican Party’s presumptive president nominee, populism has a greater long-term future with Democrats. Because American politics swings like a pendulum, the victory of populism in the Republicans’ 2016 contest makes a similar showing less likely in 2020.

Syrian refugees await approval to enter Jordan at the Hadalat reception area on the Syrian-Jordanian border, about 320 kilometers (200 miles) northeast of the capital of Amman, Wednesday, May 4, 2016. The commander of Jordan's Border Guard Forces says the number of Syrian refugees amassed in remote desert areas on the Jordanian border and waiting to enter has risen to a new high of 59,000. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)

Aiding refugees from religious oppression

I was moved as Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of the Eastern Orthodox Church jointly visited the Greek island of Lesbos. As a third-generation Greek American and Orthodox Christian in Congress, I am honored to represent the unique priorities of constituents who hail from a variety of diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds.

The Threat of Released Criminals Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The victims of prison reform

Let’s begin with a deeply troubling truth: You are being enlisted as sacrificial lambs in prison reform legislation currently being considered by Congress. This legislation comes in response to President Obama’s quest to release as many convicted criminals as he can from federal prison due to concerns about the costs of lengthy prison sentences.

President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks during a mock news conference with college students in the Brady Press Briefing Room in Washington, Thursday, April 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama’s slow-drip Iraq strategy

”I have never been more proud of a president than when Bush announced the Iraq surge on Jan. 10, 2007.” That’s the honest sentiment of an Iraq war veteran recently returned from that trying battlefield. I served in Iraq from 2005 to 2006 and witnessed some of the worst moments of the war, including the bombing of the Samarra golden mosque — an event that unleashed sectarian violence across the country.

Learning to lift the economy again

The most troubling aspect of the presidential campaign is that neither front-runner has focused on the most critical issue confronting America — learning to grow again.

Smuggling Nuclear Materials Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The other nuclear threat

The fourth Nuclear Security Summit was recently hosted in America’s capital by President Obama. Optimists contend that the summit’s message of nonproliferation resonated with both nuclear and nuclear-threshold nations alike.

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In a Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, file photo, gormer U.S. President Jimmy Carter delivers a lecture on the eradication of the Guinea worm, at the House of Lords in London. A spokeswoman for Jimmy Carter says the former president does not need further treatment for cancer. The former president apparently shared the good news on Sunday, March 6, 2016, with those attending one of his regular Sunday school lessons at Maranatha Baptist Church in Carter's hometown of Plains, Georgia.  (Neil Hall/Pool Photo via AP, File)

One last attempt to derail the Donald

- The Washington Times

If wishes were horses, beggars would ride to town on Saturday night, and if early polls determined presidents John McCain and Ross Perot would be playing poker with Harry Truman and Chester Alan Arthur in the ex-presidents club. But it's a rare beggar who owns even a spavined horse and John McCain and Ross Perot never got a key to the Oval Office washroom.

'Brexit' a solution for UK

President Obama warns that were the United Kingdom to leave the European Union ("Brexit") our special relationship would be undermined and international order destabilized ("Obama warns British over leaving European Union,' Web, April 22). But this assumes that continuity of foreign policy is the default option. Dare one mention Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya?

Supporters of House Bill 2 gather at the North Carolina State Capitol in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, April 11, 2016, during a rally in support of a law that blocks rules allowing transgender people to use the bathroom aligned with their gender identity. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Blues in the toilet

''Growing up" once meant learning to use your head, appreciating the common sense that seeing is believing. Now a boy can stand in front of a mirror and see a girl, and vice versa. But when the mind refuses to accept what the eyes see, the path ahead leads to self-delusion, which has become the national sport.

US President Barack Obama, right, talks to Britain's Queen Elizabeth II as he arrives at Windsor castle, England, Friday, April, 22, 2016. Obama and First lady Michelle Obama had a private lunch with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor castle. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, Pool)

Obama gets the hook

It's hardly "racist" to notice that Barack Obama's two least-favorite nations are Israel and Great Britain, although anyone who makes that observation risks being denounced as a bigot. From the day he occupied the Oval Office the president has made it abundantly clear that he has no particular affection for the "special relationship" that has tied the United States and Britain together in a bond through winning two world wars.

Negative Effect of Negative Interest Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The madness of negative interest rates

Would you like for the bank to give you a check each month for your mortgage interest payment rather than you paying the bank interest? As mad as that question seems, the fact is that some homeowners in Denmark are now receiving checks each month because their mortgages have negative (below zero) interest rates.

School dumb-down

About 15 years ago I was sitting next to a priest at a wedding. He turned out to be the dean of students at my alma mater. I inquired whether he thought the "dumbing down" of our education system had forced the university to lower its standards. He said, 'Are you kidding? When did you enroll?' I told him 1963. He said, 'If our standards now were the same as they had been in 1963, 95 percent of our current students would not have been admitted.'"

The Felon Vote in Virginia Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The felon vote

Thanks to Gov. Terry McAuliffe, 200,000 convicted felons in the state of Virginia may now register to vote.

Four decades of patriotism

Americans still enjoy freedom of religion. But these days, they're expected to leave their faith in the pew or at home -- not allow it to influence their behavior in the public square.

Wall of Missiles in South China Sea Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

An American 'wall of missiles' to deter China

It is time to help the United States Pacific Command (PACOM) deter Chinese military aggression with superior strength rather than encourage its adventurism by showing weakness.

The dying dream of globalization

The Republican Party is in trouble, or so goes the conventional wisdom. Certainly, the party is passing through a painful and difficult transition. But in the broad context of history, it's a necessary transition -- from the politics of old reflecting a world that no longer exists to a new brand of politics reflecting the world as it is.

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss

This is a book like no other I have ever read: a dialogue between mother and son, both public figures in their different ways, who have chosen to share an intensely private attempt to get to know one another before it is too late. After all, perennially youthful and energetic though she is, Gloria Vanderbilt is 92 years old and Anderson Cooper, although still under 50, is the author of "Dispatches from the Edge."

Charles Koch, CEO of Koch Industries, speaks in his office in Wichita, Kansas on May 22, 2012. (Bo Rader/The Wichita Eagle via AP) **FILE**

Billionaire donors leaving GOP in limbo

- The Washington Times

The GOP has a money problem -- in that too many of its billionaires have remained on the sidelines this election cycle, with no promise of entering the fray once the Republican presidential nominee is named.

Illustration on the politicization of the currency by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Debating about Harriet Tubman

We're told our money will be changing. A woman will displace President Andrew Jackson from the $20 bill. Already there is spirited public comment, both for and against. Arguments about tradition and political correctness versus change and honor dominate, with each side making persuasive points.

Global warming hot air

As part of his global-warming agenda, President Obama has convinced the gullible that increased use of fossil fuels causes increased carbon dioxide in the air.

Time to clean house(s)

Why would anyone ever again vote for a Democrat? We have hundreds of thousands of people looking for work and hundreds of thousands more who have given up looking. We have millions of people who are under-employed; the man who bags my groceries has a college degree.