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The surging truth-tellers of the GOP

- The Washington Times

Donald Trump is surging in New Hampshire, and Chris Christie’s back on the hunt, sounding like a born-again contender. They’re both long shots — the Donald is off the board — but they’re making the kind of noise the wiseheads say they can’t make.

Illustration on the uncontrolled growth of Federal banking regulation by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The squeeze of regulatory kudzu

It is called the vine that ate the South. Kudzu was first introduced at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia as an ornamental plant for home gardens. It pretty much stayed that way for half a century, until the federal government got involved. The Roosevelt administration decided that kudzu would be helpful against soil erosion and made it a mission of the Soil Erosion Service to plant kudzu all across the South. Now kudzu covers 12,000 square miles. Kudzu is estimated to smother another 150,000 acres each year.

Energy Independence Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A declaration of energy independence

The United States is closer than ever before to fulfilling the vision of our Founding Fathers. By achieving energy independence, we can achieve freedom from foreign influence.

Fireworks Warning Label Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The sticky legalisms of wacky warning labels

Not too long ago, common sense ruled the day, so called because it was shared by nearly everybody. Common values, commonly understood sense of right and wrong, just and unjust, all expressed in a common language of fairness.

Illustration on raising the minimum wage in light of its effect on Puerto Rico by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Puerto Rico’s minimum-wage object lesson

A report released by the Puerto Rican government this week fingers the territory’s minimum wage as a prime factor in its emerging debt crisis. Though its economy is significantly less developed than even the poorest American states, it is still subject to the federal $7.25 minimum wage, 77 percent of its median wage. This high wage floor acts as a significant employment barrier, contributing to the island’s pathetic 43 percent labor force participation rate and its economic stagnation in general.

Members of left wing parties hold placards reading in Greek ''NO'' next to a Presidential Guard, Evzonas, during a protest outside the Greek Parliament in Athens, Sunday, June 28, 2015. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras says the Bank of Greece has recommended that banks remain closed and restrictions be imposed on transactions, after the European Central Bank didn't increase the amount of emergency liquidity the lenders can access from the central bank. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

The Greeks should vote “no!”

Voting “no” offers Greeks some prospects for better solutions, whereas voting “yes” guarantees penury.

Illustration on lower-cost tailored television choices by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

TV with a choice

Question: What do rabid football fans, working moms and Clifford the Big Red Dog viewers have in common?

Meaningful Tax Cut Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Rand Paul’s ‘fair and flat’ tax proposal

Sen. Rand Paul’s flat tax plan is like a decent song in a world full of off-key voices. It hits all the right notes, including greater simplicity, lower rates for everyone, and a more competitive system of corporate taxation. But it has some small details that could use fine tuning.

Sen. Bernard Sanders, a Vermont independent who caucuses with the Democrats, is focusing on wealth disparity.

Bernie’s surge

If you Google Bernie Sanders, some surprising poll numbers will appear, showing the rumpled, self-described socialist gaining fast on Hillary Clinton in the race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.

Illustration on the shifting meaning of marriage in modern society by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The same-sex factor in ‘freedom from marriage’

Ross Douthat of The New York Times produced what is perhaps the most penetrating piece on the Supreme Court’s ruling last week on gay marriage. He notes that, long before the debate on that subject gained traction in U.S. politics, gay intellectuals carried on their own debate about marriage and how the gay community should view that venerable human institution.

Illustration on the imposition of Common Core on U.S. schools by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Ending Washington’s mandate on Common Core

The United States Senate will soon begin debate on a bill to get the federal government out of our local classrooms by permanently ending Washington’s mandate on Common Core.

Export-Import Bank Providing Corporate Welfare Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Shutter the Ex-Im Bank—for good

Reauthorizing Ex-Im would be a step backwards at the time when our economy needs to move forward.

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Illustration on the new preeminence of "Transgender Rights" by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Taking diversity to extremes

In the classic TV series "M*A*S*H," Corp. Maxwell Klinger, played by Jamie Farr, dressed in women's clothes in hopes that he might be sent home from the Korean War. Decades later, Pentagon officials have embraced policies that might encourage real-life "Corp. Klingers" to cross-dress in order to qualify for "sexual orientation" diversity promotions.

Trump the boy who cried wolf?

During the 2012 election season Donald Trump was saying a lot of politically incorrect things that were right on the mark — and he was generating interest right up until the time he decided a TV show was more important than the country. We are now in the 2016 general election season and Mr. Trump is again making politically incorrect statements that are again right on the mark. Is this all for publicity? Is Mr. Trump just a really rich guy looking for excitement? If he is not sincere about a presidential run I wish he would stop confusing the issue.

Dolezal flap a pride issue

Rachel Dolezal's long-running deception was a bad thing done by a woman who has clearly lost her real identity ("Rachel Dolezal, Spokane NAACP president, steps down amid race backlash," Web, June 15).

Pope Francis (Associated Press)

Pope Francis enlists as a soldier in the army of the green gospel

Not so long ago the global-warming fanatics got their backs up if someone accused them of preaching religious doctrine disguised as science, even as they defended their scientific "evidence" as if it were Scripture. Global warming was "settled science," they insisted, and the skeptics of the doctrine that the warming was the irresponsible work of man were dismissed as ignorant "deniers" of holy writ.

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The candidate who says the darndest things

- The Washington Times

We're finally getting a little comic relief in the 2016 presidential campaign, which hasn't actually started yet. But it's important to get it out of the way so we can get on with the race of 2020. That one will pit Chelsea Clinton, avenging her mother's second calamitous attempt to match her daddy's accomplishments, against George P. Bush. We won't run out of Clintons and Bushes for at least a hundred years.

Illustration on measures to prevent drunk driving by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Driver alcohol detection gizmos are a government overreaction to a diminishing problem

Just in time for Father's Day, the federal government and automakers have unveiled the perfect gift for Dad -- a device to stop him from drinking a beer or two at a ballgame before driving home. In fact, the system is even called DADSS. It's short for the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety -- passive, alcohol sensing technology under development for installation in all cars.

Father's Day and Neckties by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The tortuous history of Father's Day neckties

Neckties are to Father's Day what flowers are to Mother's Day. But the ties haven't had the clear advantage that flowers-for-Mom have illustrated. From the time of the first national third-Sunday-in-June tribute to dads (thanks to President Calvin Coolidge giving it a thumbs-up), neckties have always had major competitors for gifts. The traditional tie story in 1924 was illustrated by the ad that read: "Dad's usually so busy providing luxuries for his family that he hasn't had time to look after his own necessities. And he does need ties — every man does. Surprise him on Sunday morning with a couple of good-looking neckties."

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Shadow of the Crescent Moon'

The latest addition to the list of promising "Indglish" novelists is 32 year-old Fatima Bhutto, granddaughter of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the flamboyant, corrupt Pakistani prime minister ultimately hanged for murder, and niece of his daughter, Benazir Bhutto, another controversial Pakistani prime minister who died before her time.

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Pope Francis preaches the gospel of global warming

Jeb Bush has been a Catholic for 25 years and says he tries to follow the teachings of the Church. But as for Pope Francis' recently released encyclical on the environment, Mr. Bush won't be following any specific policy advice.

A modern balance of power

Could a balance of power scenario based on regional concerns usher in an era of relative stability?

Mega-church mega-greed

German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer and Russian philosopher Leo Tolstoy had mega-church pastors like Creflo Dollar in mind. Schopenhauer said, "The physician sees all the weakness of mankind; the lawyer all the wickedness, the theologian all the stupidity."

Pope no climate expert

When did the pope become an expert on the climate ("Tom Steyer, Pope Francis, and climate change hypocrisy," Web, May 27)? What business does he have declaring that climate change is caused by man's actions?

Identifying with delusion

Wishful thinking has its uses. It can ward off the blues, encourage ambition, and even entertain (in small doses). But wishful thinking is, after all, only a daydream. It can't turn water into wine, a fumble into a touchdown, or a white woman into a black woman, however hard she may wish it so. There's reality, sometimes dull and sometimes painful, but real all the same. Wishful thinking can deteriorate into delusion, and that's not good.

President Obama speaks in Washington on June 9, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Red lines and big lies

President Obama warned in August 2012 that Syria must not cross his "red line" against using chemical weapons against the rebels — or else. President Bashar Assad has continued to cross Mr. Obama's red line, and we're still waiting to see the "else."

Illustration on the benefits enjoyed by seniors by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Granny gobbles up the goodies

We've launched another generation of graduates to seek a fortune that seems more elusive than usual. The world seems more upside down than usual. The graduates will discover, if they have not discovered already, that we're a divided nation. Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and liberals, rich and poor, have always sounded their differences in the arena. But there's another division that's difficult for even the most skilled politicians to talk about. It's the economic divide between young and old.

HUD Boot Crushes Good Neighborhood Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

HUD war against the suburbs

An African-American millionaire can buy a home in any expensive suburb. Color is no longer a barrier. Despite this progress, President Obama's Department of Housing and Urban Development is accusing expensive towns of racism, simply because most minorities can't afford to live there.