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U.S. manufacturing jobs illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Returning to ‘Made in the USA’

Now that the presidential race is in full swing, it’s time for robust talking about issues and creating awareness about problems, which only seem to come to light when the American public is focused choosing a new national leader.

Illustration on corruption behind Cover Oregon by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Adding corruption to Obamacare incompetence

Deception and unaccountability have plagued Obamacare from the start. First, millions of Americans found out that, contrary to promises, they couldn’t keep the health insurance plans they liked. Then a botched website rollout spoiled the law’s enrollment debut. Now, in the law’s first real tax season, the federal government sent 800,000 enrollees incorrect tax forms.

Plane passengers murdered illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

When evil flies as co-pilot

Ask yourself this question: When you hear that Andreas Lubitz was “depressed” and had “mental illness,” what additional information does this give anyone about the miserable miscreant who killed 149 innocent people by setting an Airbus A320 on a trajectory to crash into the French Alps? Or how to stop the next one?

Illustration on the waning of sexual political scandals by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Sex among the goofballs

What is going on in American politics of late? There has not emerged a truly goofball politician since Anthony Weiner, the congressman and later New York mayoral candidate who could not resist sending pictures of his private part so frequently and to so many women, that it really was no longer a private part but rather a public spectacle. Go ahead, Google it. In fact, Yahoo it. My guess is there are dozens of pictures of Mr. Weiner’s public private part all over the Internet.

Illustration on Iran's greater ambitions in the Middle East by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Satrapy fishing in the Yemen

Three years ago, film-goers were treated to “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen,” which critic Kenneth Turan called a “pleasant fantasy” about the Middle East. Today, of course, Yemen is the hub of a bloody conflict, one which President Obama persists in viewing with equal unreality.

The Internal Revenue Service Headquarters (IRS) building is seen in Washington on April 13, 2014. Unscrupulous tax preparers are using President Obama's health care law as a ploy to pocket bogus fines from unsuspecting taxpayers, including some immigrants not bound by the law's requirements, the IRS warned March 13, 2015. (Associated Press)

Ax the income tax

The most efficient solution would junk income taxes altogether in favor of a simple national sales tax.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, waves to members of the audience before speaking at an event hosted by the Center for American Progress (CAP) and the America Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Monday, March 23, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

They’re ready for Hillary, but is Hillary ready?

- The Washington Times

The Syndicate convened the Bilderberg Group, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Illuminati and the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy over the weekend at a secret hideaway in downtown Shangri-la to talk about themes for the 2016 campaign.

Trust but verify illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

When even ‘trust but verify’ won’t do

If the United States cannot verify that Iran isn’t developing nuclear weapons, then President Obama swears he won’t strike a deal with Tehran. This week, though, he seems hell-bent on doing precisely that, despite lingering questions about Iranian cheating. It is enough to drive a good man to distraction. Former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton even argued in an editorial last week that we should bomb Iran ourselves before the Israelis beat us to the punch.

Illustration on the death of Terri Schiavo by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Terri Schiavo’s inconvenient life

I spent the night of March 30, 2005, in a Florida hospice. I was at the bedside of Terri Schiavo during the last 14 hours of her earthly life, right up until five minutes before her death. During that time with Terri, joined by her brother and sister, I told Terri over and over that she had many friends around the country, many people who were praying for her and were on her side. I told her the same thing during my visits to her in the months before her feeding tube was removed. I am convinced she understood.

Lifting the covers on ‘Obamoogle’

During this past week as we’ve been swamped with bad news pouring out of every corner of the globe, it wouldn’t be surprising if you missed one of the more shocking revelations about White House actions that would make even Richard Nixon blush.

Chart to accompany Moore article March 30, 2015

Not hard at work but hardly working

The great conundrum of the U.S. economy today is that we have record numbers of working-age Americans out of the labor force at the same time we have businesses desperately trying to find workers. For example, the American Transportation Research Institute estimates there are about 35,000 trucker jobs that could be filled tomorrow if workers would take these jobs — a shortage that could rise to 240,000 by 2022.

Phasing out renewable energy illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Pulling the plug on renewable energy

There is never a good time for bad public policy. For few policies is this more evident than renewable energy mandates (REM), variously known as renewable portfolio standards, alternative energy standards and renewable energy standards.

Illustration on Putin's designs on eastern Europe BY Kevin Kreneck/Tribune Content Agency

Russia’s grab for its neighbors

A bipartisan consensus is emerging that the United States should do more to address Russia’s continuing aggression against Ukraine. But Russian revanchism does not begin or end with Ukraine, nor are “little green men” its only foreign policy instrument. Moscow is actively engaged in subversive activities along Europe’s eastern flank, targeting the region’s economic and political stability. As Central European capitals grow increasingly concerned, Washington urgently needs to demonstrate its robust commitment not just to the region’s security but to its democratic future.

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Princess land Bir Tawil illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

How to create a kingdom of freedom

Jeremiah Heaton's 7-year-old daughter Emily wanted to be a princess. Not wanting to disappoint her, Mr. Heaton traveled from Abingdon, Virginia, early last summer to an area of unclaimed land in Africa, planted a flag and declared it the "Kingdom of North Sudan." Mr. Heaton is the would-be king; his daughter by rights would become a princess.

Ensure records returned

Some 60 years ago, as the result of an automobile accident it became known that a government official was carrying secret materials in the trunk of his car. That was considered a big scandal at the time. Now we learn that the last three secretaries of state did not certify the return of classified materials in their possession ("State Dept.: 'No record' of signed document from Hillary Clinton affirming records turned over," Web, March 10).

Libyan followers of Ansar al-Shariah Brigades and other Islamic militias hold a demonstration on Sept. 21, 2012, against a film and a cartoon denigrating the Prophet Muhammad in Benghazi. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Libya and the tyranny of the minority

Great democrats, from John Adams to Alexis de Tocqueville to John Stuart Mill, have long warned of the dangers of the "tyranny of the majority," and how it can jeopardize the very spirit of democracy. For the last four years, and now, even under the blue flag of the United Nations, Libya continues to suffer from a catastrophic and bloody "tyranny of the minority."

Obama Minion Janet Yellen Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Telltale sign of a faltering economy

You could almost see the assembled press corps' faces drop when the Fed's Open Market Committee said it wanted to see "further improvement" in the U.S. labor market before raising interest rates.

Illustration on Obama's assault on America by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

America’s time for atonement

Tense relations between the White House and Congress aren't unusual, and certainly not new. Yet over the past month they've hit lows not seen since President Clinton's impeachment trial.

Matt Ullman holds a coffee drink with a "Race Together" sticker on it at a Starbucks store in Seattle, Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz announced earlier in the day at the company's annual shareholder meeting that participating baristas at stores in the U.S. will be putting the stickers on cups and also writing the words "#RaceTogether" for customers in an effort to raise awareness and discussion of race relations. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Curdling the cream in a cup of Starbucks

- The Washington Times

Money is nice but it can be distracting. Captains of industry pile up millions and sometimes imagine that profits makes them prophets, wise and learned in things they don't know anything about.

Donald Trump (Associated Press) **FILE**

Donald Trump launches presidential exploratory committee: 'Americans deserve better'

- The Washington Times

Donald Trump has formed an exploratory committee for a presidential campaign, and has done so with typical big city flair. "I have a great love for our country, but it is a country that is in serious trouble. We have lost the respect of the entire world. Americans deserve better than what they get from their politicians – who are all talk and no action! I have built a great company, created thousands of jobs and built a tremendous net worth with some of the finest and most prestigious assets in the world – and very little debt! All Americans deserve the same opportunity," Mr. Trump said in a a statement released Wednesday.

Ivey for Congress

The best news on the political horizon that should brighten the day of all Maryland residents is the fact that former Prince George's County State's Attorney, Glenn F. Ivey, has announced he will run for Congress ("Glenn Ivey announces run for Congress," Web, March 2).

President Barack Obama speaks at The City Club of Cleveland, Wednesday, March 18, 2015, in Cleveland. Obama visited Cleveland, in the all-important presidential battleground state of Ohio, delivering a speech focusing on middle-class economics and to draw contrasts with Republicans over federal spending. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

The galloping pace of waste

It's a dubious distinction, but government productivity set a record in one category last year: improper payments. Federal printers wrote $125 billion — that's billion with a "b" — in checks to Americans who didn't deserve them. This is the solid argument for shrinking the size of the bureaucratic Leviathan. President Obama has redistributed the mountains of waste and the oceans of red ink, rather than reduce them. It's business as usual in Washington, where frittering away other people's money is good sport.

(AP Photo illustration/Damian Dovarganes, File)

McCaul warns of cyber outlaws: Digital frontier 'like the Wild West'

- The Washington Times

A Texas Republican offers a dire description: "As I speak, government computer systems are being hacked, proprietary data is being stolen from American companies, and the computers of private citizens are being compromised. And most of it is being done with impunity. Criminals, hacktivists, terrorists, and nation-states have managed to exploit our networks by staying at the cutting edge of technology. In the meantime, our defenses have lagged behind," Rep. Mike McCaul told an audience at the Center for Strategic & International Studies.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prays at the tunnel section of the Western Wall in Jerusalem Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud Party scored a resounding victory in Israel’s election, final results showed Wednesday, a stunning turnaround after a tight race that had put his lengthy rule in jeopardy. (AP Photo/Emeil Salman)

Mr. Netanyahu’s remarkable triumph

Food, shelter and a comfortable life are as important to the Israelis as to everyone else, but survival comes first. That's the clear and unequivocal message in the remarkable triumph of Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel on Tuesday. His victory, unexpected to anyone paying attention only to the polls and the skeptical international media, was decisive, complete and emphatic.

Collaborating with Billy Wilder

Charles Brackett was the writing partner of legendary Hollywood movie director Billy Wilder. Their productive, brilliant and sometimes combative collaboration during a 14-year period produced such masterpieces as the "Lost Weekend" (1945) and "Sunset Blvd" (1950) — iconic and award-winning movies of Hollywood's Golden Age.

Illustration on Hillary Clinton's email scandal by Donna Grethen/Tribune Content Agency

What if Hillary Clinton doesn’t care?

What if Hillary Clinton's emails were hacked by foreign agents when she was the secretary of state? What if persons claiming to have done so are boasting about their alleged feats on Internet websites and in chat rooms traditionally associated with illegal or undercover activities? What if this is the sore underbelly of an arrogant and lawless secretary of state who used her power to exempt herself from laws that govern executive branch employees and didn't care about national security?

Illustration on rising anti-Semitism by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Bibi as the bulwark against hate

Foreign elections don't always interest Americans very much. But Benjamin Netanyahu has become a familiar name in America, almost pronounceable, since his speech to Congress. Many Americans, Democrats and Republicans, cheered him to the polls in Israel this week.