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The land of the cheerful giver

The Lord loveth a cheerful giver, as the Apostle Paul tells us, and some of the most generous givers are the most cheerful among the faithful, and they live among us in America.

Scimitar canary illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Islamic jihad comes to campus

The world is witnessing a resurgence of global anti-Semitism not seen since the 1930s and the “Final Solution.” In the Middle East, Hitler-admiring regimes like Iran, and Hitler-admiring parties like Hezbollah, Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood, are openly planning to finish the job the Nazis started. Even in America, until now the most hospitable place outside of Israel for Jews, the atmosphere is more hostile than at any time in the last 70 years.

Illustration on the history of successful presidents passing a "third term" to their political successors by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The odds against a presidential three-peat

Republicans looking ahead to 2016 take heart: History is on your side. For more than a century, only twice has a party held the White House for at least three consecutive presidential elections. Both times, it took each party’s greatest president of this period — Franklin Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan — to accomplished the feat. That fact should be a major concern to Democrats, who will be seeking their party’s third consecutive term on President Obama’s record.

Union attempts to organize fast food illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The $50 million question

Facing what appears to be terminal decline, the Service Employees International Union has taken to a desperate Hail Mary play to keep their bank accounts well-funded. This week SEIU and its “worker center” front groups, led by Berlin Rosen — a political consultancy with ties to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and other left-wing groups — staged various media stunts claiming to be “strikes” against fast food restaurants for higher wages.

Protecting the U.S. electrical grid illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Putting America in the dark

The recent temporary blackout in Washington that afflicted the White House, the Congress and interrupted a State Department press conference rightly provoked a spate of media commentary about the vulnerability of the electric grid to terrorist attack. The blackout reportedly was caused by a small explosion resulting from a malfunction in a transformer substation.

Illustration on the packaging of Hillary Clinton's candidacy by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The selling of the new Hillary

Joe McGinnis, a young writer who got access to the advertising agency with the Nixon account in 1968, changed the way we thought about electing presidents with his best-seller, “The Selling of the President.”

Illustration on restoring the American dream by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The exceptional thing the successful GOP candidate must say

The successful Republican candidate for president will have to be many things: fearless fighter, relentless advocate for conservative principles, articulate spokesperson for the forgotten middle class, a likable charismatic personality, expert on the complicated dynamics of foreign policy and national security strategy.

Ethnicity mask illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The transracial nation

Not long ago, The New York Times uncovered the artifact that Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush had once listed himself as “Hispanic” on a Florida voter registration form.

Illustration on Obama's killing of Americans without due process by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Can the president kill Americans?

Can the president kill you? The short answer is: yes, but not legally. Yet, President Obama has established a secret process that involves officials from the departments of Justice and Defense, the CIA, and the White House senior staff whereby candidates are proposed for execution, and the collective wisdom of the officials then recommends execution to the president, who then accepts or rejects the recommendation.

Republicans breaking campaign promises illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The wimpy GOP Congress

Last November, Americans sent a stern message to President Obama and the Democrats when they delivered Congress to the Republicans. That’s because Republicans made a lot of promises to them in the last election. Those commitments were instrumental to their victory; they were actions Americans were demanding and Republicans were vowing to deliver.

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Republicans seem intent on using Harry Reid's own "nuclear option" against him.  (Associated Press)

A day to celebrate Harry Reid

Harry Reid's decision to retire after 32 years in the House and Senate, 10 of them as the leader of the Democrats in the Senate, is good news not only for Republicans, but also for everyone else saddened by the deterioration of political rhetoric.

Left’s homosexuality hypocrisy

In ancient Rome, rabid emperors gleefully threw Christians to hungry lions in the arena. In modern America, mad-dog leftists savagely throw Christians to their sycophantic Democratic Party media darlings fraudulently masquerading as an objective press.

Opponents of Indiana Senate Bill 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, march past the Indiana Statehouse en route to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Saturday, April 4, 2015 to push for a state law that specifically bars discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)

A tale of two governors: There was dithering in Indiana, quick and effective action in Arkansas

The great religious liberty debate has been put to bed if not to sleep, if only for now. We can be sure the devout and aggressive secularists of the left are picking through the debris of controversy to find something more to quarrel with. Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana marched up the hill to defend his state's law and then wobbled down again as if to surrender. Gov. Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas, on the other hand, saw a prospective problem of perception with similar legislation in his state, asked the legislature to fix it, and be quick about it, and within 24 hours had a slightly revised bill on his desk, and he signed it.

Reorganization of the CIA Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

John Brennan’s deserving CIA reorganization plan

CIA Director John O. Brennan's "Blueprint for the Future" could indeed help the agency fulfill its long-promised but often unrealized mission to provide decision-makers with timely, relevant, impartial and actionable intelligence analysis on a consistent basis.

Pieces of the Pizza Pie Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The gay lobby focuses its pagan fury on a pizza parlor

It took a day or two, but the intolerant left managed to turn a tiny, Christian, family-owned pizza parlor in Indiana into a useful "face of hate." Nice piece of work, during Holy Week. It's part of the left's media campaign to terrify anyone even thinking of opposing compulsory celebration of same-sex "marriage," and it comes amid a fevered debate over Indiana's joining 18 other states and the federal government last week with a Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Medical innovation means cancer is no longer a death sentence

Nearly everyone is thinking about cancer these days thanks to the Ken Burns film on PBS, "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies." The film tells us the magnitude of the murderous disease we are up against, but it hides the good news, which is the astonishing progress that has been made in diagnosing and treating cancer.

Illustration on Hillary Clinton's testimony before Congress by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Keeping Hillary Clinton's testimony private is a strategy sure to fail

Rep. Trey Gowdy's House select committee investigating the Benghazi attacks has, so far, frustrated its own mission by failing to pursue the elements of the attacks that serious investigators would. Mr. Gowdy has now invited Hillary Clinton to testify under oath, but only in a private session, without the media or the public present.

Africa's dark turn

Africa is known as "the dark continent." Lately, it has sure earned its nickname. The recent attack by the extremist group al-Shabab on a Kenyan university that killed 147, its attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairobi that killed 67 people and the constant attacks by the terrorist group Boko Haram in Nigeria have killed thousands and resulted in hundreds of schoolchildren being kidnapped. All of this introduced another dark chapter into African history.

When an icon is a mirror

In this time when the role of all women in our society is undergoing a long-overdue sea change, this collection on America's first ladies is especially valuable as an illustration of how these women adapted to, and contributed to, the presidents whose lives they shared.

Obama’s legacy: a warning to others

As we witnessed President Obama desperately flailing for some kind of an agreement with the Iranians, we were reminded once again of the prime motivating force common to all of Mr. Obama's machinations: an anxiousness to construct some kind of notable legacy at the eleventh hour of his tenure.

Hailey Giarraffa, 3, of Buffalo Grove, reaches for plastic eggs hidden under a bench at Nutphree's Bakery's first food free Easter egg hunt for children with food allergies at Trinity United Methodist Church on Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Mount Prospect, Ill. Giarraffa is allergic to dairy, eggs, peanuts and other food items. (AP photo / Daily Herald, George LeClaire)

80 percent of Americans celebrate Easter - and spend $16.4 billion on Peeps, Paas and ham

- The Washington Times

Some cheerful numbers to consider this weekend: 80 percent of Americans will celebrate Easter, providing a $16.4 billion bump to the economy - the average celebrant spending $141 on candy, food, flowers, decorations, gifts and apparel. So says the National Retail Federation. Yes, there’s a poll. On Easter Sunday, 58 percent will gather with friends and family, 54 percent cook a holiday feast, 51 percent will go to church.

President Barack Obama pauses while speaking in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 2, 2015, about the breakthrough in the Iranian nuclear talks. The president heralded a framework nuclear understanding with Iran as an "historic" agreement that could pave the way for a final deal that would leave the U.S., its allies and the world safer. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Defining the recovery down

In the seventh year of Barack Obama's administration, the economy is still getting failing grades that have been the hallmark of his trouble-filled presidency.

Fantasy forged in an evanescent landscape

Few if any contemporary English novelists are more highly esteemed that Kazuo Ishiguro. Four of his novels have been nominated for the Man Booker Prize, and one — "The Remains of the Day" — won it (in 1989). It is the best known of his works, in part because it was made into a successful film starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson.

A deal with Iran built on lies

- The Washington Times

Everything about the so-called deal with Iran, including the reputations of the men who negotiated it, is a lie. It's likely to be a deadly lie for millions of people who will die on account of it. The world should mark well everyone responsible for it.

Boys dressed as shepherds take part in the Children's Holy Thursday Procession, in Tunja, Colombia, Thursday, April 2, 2015. In this annual procession, now in its 55th year, children depict the key moments of the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

The Passion

Straightaway in the morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council, and bound Jesus, and carried him away, and delivered Him to Pilate.

U.S. and Soviet Russian troops meet at the Elbe river in 1945.          U.S. Army photo

When Americans and Soviets were comrades-in-arms

Seventy years ago this April 25, American and Soviet military met as wartime allies against Nazi Germany in the closing days of World War II in an obscure and now long-forgotten place on the Elbe River called Torgau.

Illustration on the need to reveal the details of the U.S. Iran nuclear deal by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Reveal what's in the deal with Iran

President Obama has agreed to a basic framework of a deal with Iran that is supposed to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons. What details it may contain we don't yet know, and the president is apparently determined to see that neither we nor Congress will. That is unacceptable to the American people because the agreement will have a significant effect on America's national security and that of our Middle Eastern allies.