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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The bad moon rising over Hillary

- The Washington Times

Hillary Clinton won’t be able to say she didn’t see the bad moon rising. Donald Trump gave her a blistering introduction this week to Presidential Politics 102, which differs in a remarkable way from Politics 101, which she encountered in her first attempt in 2008 and before that as the managing partner in Bubba’s two campaigns.

Illustration on the Obama administration's plans for the fossil fuel industry by Greg groesch/The Washington Times

Why Exxon is not the problem

For more than 200 years, the American birthright has provided protection against the threat that one’s head might hang on London Bridge — or the Key Bridge, if you prefer — for disagreeing with the government.

Illustration on the struggle for Kurdish independence by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Why Kurdish independence matters

If the next U.S. president wants “to put America first” he might look toward the Kurdish north of Iraq. There the long-standing question of Kurdish independence scares Washington into a tired reflex that quashes important U.S. interests beneath an unwavering policy to promote the fiction of a unified Iraq.

Illustration on the Republican alternative to Obamacare by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Ryan’s Obamacare liberation

Paul Ryan’s House Republican Task Force on health policy reform released on Wednesday the Republican majority’s unified plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. Republicans should not be shy about making this reform the centerpiece of this year’s election.

Illustration on the dangers of Obama, the ideologue by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Ideologues make for dangerous politicians

Hillary Clinton is a seasoned liberal politician, but one with few core beliefs. Her positions on subjects such as gay marriage, free-trade agreements, the Keystone XL pipeline, the Iraq War, the Assad regime in Syria and the use of the term “radical Islam” all seem to hinge on what she perceives 51 percent of the public to believe on any given day.

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2013, file photo, a student walks across the Lawn in front of the Rotunda at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., while the Rotunda was undergoing renovation. Amid scrutiny from Congress and campus activists, colleges across the country are under growing pressure to reveal the financial investments made using their endowments. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Why we need charter public colleges

In 2014 state community colleges and four-year colleges taught more than 13 million students, or about 76 percent of all college students in the nation. But these public institutions are in serious trouble.

Strong Families Make a Strong America Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The father factor

Father’s Day has come and gone. The grills are turned off and the gift ties have been put away. The leisurely family time is over and we are all back to the daily grind. But there is much work to do to strengthen America’s families.

Illustration on ineffectual Obama administration strategies against ISIS by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Obama’s disintegrating strategy

Throughout his presidency, Barack Obama has maintained his willful ignorance of the fact that weakness against terrorists abroad, coupled with weakness against them at home, add up to more than the sum of their parts. To defeat terrorists, we need to have policies at home and strategies abroad that are integrated and support each other.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks about the economy at Fort Hayes Vocational School Tuesday, June 21, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Factors that elected Bill could now defeat Hillary

Hillary Clinton knows better than anyone the economy’s weakness and its political danger. The reason George H.W. Bush lost a close race to a political outsider with glaring liabilities 24 years ago was public perception that the economy was weak.

Gosnell in Prison Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Kermit Gosnell and the suffering abortion industry

Abortionist and convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell calls himself an “impractical man.” Speaking from his prison cell, where he sits for killing a patient and three born-alive babies, he told one of the documentary filmmakers of “3801 Lancaster: American Tragedy”: “Practical man changes to live within his society.

Illustration on the need for Syrian safe zones by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Reconsidering safe zones in Syria

The situation in Syria remains bleak, with no end in sight to its five-year civil war. President Bashar Assad’s forces and their Russian and Iranian backers continue to lay waste to rebel-held territory, leaving the rebels with shrinking leverage to pressure the regime into a lasting political settlement.

Commanders Worth More Than Lawyers Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Commanders hold the key to military justice

Some lawmakers seek to remove senior commanders from decisions to refer cases for prosecution. They would place that power with a senior military attorney in another organization, separate from the victim or the accused. Before making such a change, proponents should consider not only recent changes, but also how the proposed changes would affect the combat readiness of our armed forces.

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George Washington (Image: The White House) ** FILE **

And now the real fun begins

- The Washington Times

The primaries are at last over, and not a day too soon. Now Democrats and the Republicans can turn to dismantling each other in pursuit of the presidency. This should be a campaign to remember.

Congress negligent on Zika

This do-nothing Congress has yet to declare war on the Zika virus and its attendant microcephaly manifestations. As usual, both houses feel compelled to play their little money games; the Senate's $1.1-billion proposal is part of a herculean transportation-spending bill, which includes weakening trucker rest regulations favored by the trucking industry. The House's $622 million appropriation is not much better.

Palestinian terrorism still alive

The day after the 2016 U.S. presidential primary campaign effectively ended, two Palestinian gunmen murdered four Israelis in a terror attack at a Tel Aviv cafe ("At least 3 killed, 5 wounded in Tel Aviv mass shooting," Web, June 8).

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and his wife Jane arrive onstage for a rally in Washington, Thursday, June 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Sanders' socialist origins

"Socialism" has nearly always been a dirty word in American politics, largely because of the movement's onetime ties to the doctrines of Karl Marx, but it has had an appeal to many naive and well-meaning folk, drawn to the prospect of an ideal society, sometimes based on an appeal to the Scriptures or more often, "scientific" socialism based Marx.

Hillary Clinton (Associated Press)

A bad season for the experts

A year ago the chattering class was in unanimous agreement that Donald Trump's candidacy was a joke, and a bad one, ameliorated by the "fact" that there was no way he could win the Republican nomination. The smart guys were just as convinced that Hillary Clinton would dispatch her challengers early to get ready for her coronation in Philadelphia.

The Court Calling Balls and Strikes Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The other driver of congressional gridlock

It is a bedrock principle of America's founding: Congress, as elected by the people, shall write all laws that govern the United States. Yet while that principle remains on paper, it has eroded today to a degree likely unrecognizable by the Founding Fathers

BOOK REVIEW: 'A Hero of France'

Often, while reading a book, we look to see how many pages are left. We do this for two reasons. The first is because we don't like the book and wonder if we can stay the course. The second reason is because the book is so good we don't want it to end, and we're hoping the book has somehow, miraculously, increased in length. "A Hero of France" is one of those good books we don't want to end.

Illustration on how, in a law abiding society, all lives matter by Linas garsys/The Washington Times

When #BlackLivesMatter activists lie, people die

People die -- make that, black people die -- and no one seems to care. Homicide statistics continue to climb, and none of the digital ink spilled between the #BlackLivesMatter and the #AllLivesMatter Twitter crowds have made an ounce of difference.

The Supreme Court in Washington is seen Tuesday, May 31, 2016 (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The impossible green dream

It's great to have a cause, and almost any will do so long as it's neither caustic nor quixotic. Environmental extremists have a cause that has been, at one time or another, both. Enlisting the power of the federal government to impose a "green" agenda and rob property owners of the use of their land has threatened the well-being of law-abiding Americans.

Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell of Ky. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

A panicked rush to the life boats

Hysteria is rarely pretty and never reassuring, and the hysterics never achieve what they think losing their heads will accomplish. No one wants a surgeon to throw up his hands in disgust if he drops his scalpel, or an airline pilot who runs screaming from the cockpit when the plane encounters severe turbulence.

Still sanctuary for war criminals

In "The long reach of justice" (Web, June 6) Andrew Nagorski contends that the recent war-crimes conviction of former Chad President Hissene Habre demonstrates that "now there is no sanctuary" for war criminals, "no matter how far they run [o]r how long they elude justice."

Obama's willful ignorance

I read with great interest James Zumwalt's recent op-ed, "Obama's Nordic nonsense" (Web, June 7). The piece relates President Obama's recent comment that if Nordic countries controlled the world, "they could clean things up."

Miss Liberty Gets the Boot Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Another assault on the right to privacy

While Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders battle over the consequences of their final round in the Democratic primaries and Donald Trump argues that Mrs. Clinton should be in prison for failing to safeguard state secrets while she was secretary of state, the same FBI that is diligently investigating her is quietly and perniciously seeking to cut more holes in the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution.

Donald Trump    Illustration by Paul Tong/Tribune Content Agency

Explaining Donald Trump

If there is one explanation for Donald Trump's success it is this: Unlike most Republicans, he fights back. He may not have the late Muhammad Ali's finesse, but he sees himself as more than capable of dealing a "knockout" punch to Hillary Clinton in November. That ought to be the goal of any Republican presidential nominee.

Illustration on China's relationship with a nuclear North Korea by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

China-North Korea rapprochement?

Chinese President Xi Jinping's recent meeting with Ri Su-yong, North Korea's vice chairman of the Communist Party's Central Committee, could be the beginning of a new type of bilateral relationship between China and North Korea.