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Liberals and magical thinking

We all know that children think magically, and naturally inhabit a world of fantasy and imagination. It’s the perfect place to be when you’re a kid. The problem is, adults on the left seem to have decided they deserve to live in that same magical world, where facts and logic and reason just don’t exist.

Illustration on Hillary Clinton's achievements by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Hillary’s foreign policy ‘achievements’

Hillary Clinton announced her candidacy for president and the Earth did not move. This wasn’t exactly a surprise since the bench in the Democratic Party isn’t deep. Her brief for doing so is based on the claim she is a woman who cares about the middle class. Of course, this is an odd construction since she had little experience as a member of this class.

Illustration on the actual state of planet Earth contradicting environmental alarmists by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

State of the planet: It’s better than ever

There is no time in the history of mankind that would be a better time to be alive than today. Nearly every objective measure of the state of the planet and the state of human progress shows vast improvement over time. You can find proof of this in about 30 seconds on your iPhone, a computing powerhouse that places the world at your fingertips.

Illustration on innovative campaigning for the GOP in 2016 by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Campaigning on the future, not the past

When the 45th president of the United States of America is sworn into office on Jan. 20, 2017, it will be a moment to rejoice and reflect upon how one person reached the highest office in the land. To get there, the newly elected president would have been forced to make difficult decisions, which led to winning his (or her) party’s nomination for president.

Jan Palmer, a biology teacher at Central High School in Aberdeen, S.D., top right, leads her Advanced Placement/Rising Scholars biology class through a practice test. (AP Photo/Aberdeen American News, Kevin Bennett, File)

The ‘fix’ is in for AP courses

When controversy erupted a year ago about the lack of balance in the College Board’s new AP U.S. History (APUSH) Framework, the College Board initially dug in its heels and stubbornly defended the new course. But the tone has changed.

Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras makes his way to welcome visiting Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiadis in Athens, on Friday, April 17, 2015. Anastasiadis is on a one-day official visit to Greece.   (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

Europe’s long-running struggle over Greece’s debt

After three days of Washington meetings recently, world financial officials of the International Monetary Fund dealt with Greece’s massive debt problem with stern warnings about the necessity for the nation to overhaul its near-crashed economy.

FILE - In this March 22, 2014, file photo, former President Bill Clinton, left, listens as former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a student conference for the Clinton Global Initiative University at Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz. Clinton had long ago moved on from her bruising defeat in her 2008 presidential run. Clinton questioned whether the country was willing to give her family the White House for the third time. A less talked about concern was health, both hers and her husbands. The former president had undergone quadruple bypass surgery and had to make drastic lifestyle changes. Hillary Clinton would be 69 years old on Election Day, tying Ronald Reagan as the oldest American to be elected president if she won. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

The Clinton money-market account

- The Washington Times

If we can believe Hillary Clinton (and there’s no reason why anyone should), she and Bubba have gone from “dead broke” when they left the White House to accumulating riches that beggar Croesus, the ancient king of Lydia, and Midas, who was rich even before he started selling mufflers for Pontiacs and Chevys. Nevertheless, Hillary and Bubba are lining up now for seconds.

This image released by Vani Hari shows the food blogger among boxes of cereal in Charlotte, N.C. The former management consultant turned healthy-living activist has a best-selling book and an army of supporters. She deploys them regularly to move giants in the food industry via online petitions that, among other things, helped get Kraft Foods to give up artificial dyes in its macaroni and cheese. (Courtesy Vani Hari via AP)

The crusade of food bimbos

This week, Kraft Foods announced that it was changing the formulation of its famous macaroni and cheese. The company will remove food coloring after being the latest target of an online peasants-with-pitchforks campaign run by a blogger calling herself “The Food Babe.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., center, and Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., right,  head into the Senate Chamber on Cap[itol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 23, 2015, for the confirmation vote on the nomination of Loretta Lynch for Attorney General. Lynch won confirmation to serve as attorney general Thursday from a Senate that forced her to wait more than five months for the title and remained divided to the end.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Getting back to business

Anyone looking for signs that Barack Obama’s presidency is running out of gas got a glimmer of hope this week from his daily schedule.

Illustration on Holder's contempt for justice while attorney general by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A calculated corruptor of justice

The first attorney general to be held in contempt of Congress has demonstrated shocking contempt for the law, and the ability to abuse and corrupt it for the political and social agenda of this president.

Eric Holder’s legacy

As Attorney General Eric Holder finally departs, he leaves behind a demoralized Justice Department that has been politicized to an unprecedented degree.

Illustration on Eric Holder's history of pardoning and releasing terrorists by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

In agreement with America’s enemies

Only days before President Obama’s inauguration in Jan., 2009, I was invited to testify at Eric Holder’s confirmation hearing regarding his engineering, as deputy attorney general, the infamous 1999 Clinton clemency grants to 16 unrepentant members of the Puerto Rican terror group, Armed Forces of National Liberation (FALN).

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Hillary Rodham Clinton has attempted to allay the furor over her exclusive use of a private email account hosted on a private server in her home for conducting official business as secretary of state, a practice that may have violated federal open records laws. (Associated Press)

Hillary to the rescue

Hillary Rodham Clinton is not the inevitable president, but she was clearly the inevitable candidate. For the party, she's what's available, and she's a meal ticket for the clutch of retreads, has-beens and hangers-on from a checkered past, and now she wants to be the 67-year-old leader of a youth movement in a Democratic Party reeling and disillusioned in the wake of suffering blowouts in consecutive congressional elections. Her appeal, such as it is, is an unusual one: "I ain't much, but I'm all you've got."

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei took issues with key points on the framework of a nuclear deal including sanction relief and inspector access. (Associated Press)

Devilish nuclear details

The devil is often in the details of a deal, but the devil lies in the West's negotiators themselves as they attempt to make a deal with Iran. We have the word of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, supreme leader of Iran, on that. He launched such a fusillade of verbal rockets against the Obama administration that the newly signed "framework" for a deal is scorched and blackened. If there was doubt that Iran would act in good faith in talks to shut down its nuclear weapons program, there is none now.

The 'new' Hillary Clinton

In the video announcing her presidential candidacy, Hillary Clinton says the economic deck "is still stacked in favor of those at the top."

Inhaler Saves Environmental Agenda Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Rebranding the EPA’s clean air agenda

On Thursday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia will hear an important case, Murray Energy v. EPA, regarding what used to be the Environmental Protection Agency's global warming agenda. At issue are sweeping rules that amount to rewriting the Clean Air Act, an effort made necessary when Congress, via the proper democratic process, rejected turning that act into a global warming law for rationing our most abundant sources of energy.

What about Krajina Serbs?

It's all very well for Pope Francis to recognize the Ottoman genocide of Armenians, but what about Pius XII's silence regarding events across the Adriatic in wartime greater Croatia ("Pope recalls slaughter of Armenians in 'first genocide of the 20th century,'" Web, April 12)? Hundreds of thousands of civilian Serbs in Croatia and Bosnia were slaughtered by the Croatian Ustasha regime. Their only political ambition was to lie low given that Serbia proper was under brutal German occupation and their only crime was their national and religious identity.

Say no to 'Big Sister' Clinton

Maybe it's just the conservative in me, but when I heard Hillary Rodham Clinton say that "Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion so you can do more than just get by — you can get ahead and stay ahead," my first thought was "Big government" ("Hillary Clinton announces 2016 bid, says she's running for 'everyday Americans,' April 12).

The little princess who could

Some people deserve to be remembered not because of any towering achievement, but simply because they did their best, sometimes rather clumsily, to make a positive contribution. Sophia Duleep Singh, daughter of the last maharajah of the Punjab, was such a person and Anita Anand's groundbreaking biography, thoroughly researched and written with considerable verve, does her subject full justice — and then some.

Stop Hillary campaign image from the Republican National Committee

Stop Hillary marketing victory: GOP generates $9.9 million in buzzworthy 'earned TV media'

- The Washington Times

There's a petition, a video, a flash drive and some nimble talking points - the Republican National Committee was quick to launch a well organized and imaginative effort to counter Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. And it has paid off. "In three days, the RNC accumulated an impressive $9.9 million in earned TV media and 1,675 individual hits across TV and radio," Sean Spicer.

Illustration on steps that can be taken to constrain Iran's quest for nuclear weapons by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The means of coercing Iran

How would the prospects for stability in the Middle East be affected if Iran were to succeed in its effort to become a nuclear power? In what ways might we expect Iran to behave differently?

GOP sees opportunity illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

President Obama’s gifts to the Republicans

President Obama cannot make Congress irrelevant. Only Republicans — by mishandling their majority status — can make Congress irrelevant. After more than three frustrating months, congressional Republicans should remember this as they recalibrate for the next two years. While they may still lack the ability to enact their agenda, they have a great opportunity to package it and sell it between now and November 2016. Not only should they seize this opportunity, but by seizing it, they will greatly increase their chances of enacting their agenda in 2017.

Illustration on the California drought and its causes by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A drought of common sense

Gov. Jerry Brown's recent proclamation that Californians must cut water usage by 25 percent certainly caught the attention of Californians and pundits nationwide. Featuring threats of fines of up to $500 per day, and even restrictions on personal shower habits, Mr. Brown wasted little time getting right to class warfare over our green lawns. Unfortunately, he and the ruling Democratic Party once again took a pass and resorted to draconian rationing measures and heavy-handed fees, while offering no leadership and no real solutions to California's current water crisis.

ACLU attacks on religious groups illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Battering religious freedom with abortion

In its latest attack on religious liberty, the American Civil Liberties Union, wants to force Roman Catholic organizations to provide contraception and abortions to unaccompanied immigrant children pouring over America's southern border.

Chart to accompany Moore article 04-13-2014

The redistribution racket

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren appeared on one of the late night talk shows last week, beating the class warfare drum and arguing for billions of dollars in new social programs paid for with higher taxes on millionaires and billionaires. In recent years, though, blue states such as California, Illinois, Delaware, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland and Minnesota adopted this very strategy, and they raised taxes on their wealthy residents. How did it work out? Almost all of these states lag behind the national average in growth of jobs and incomes.

How spying shaped modernity

In the wake of the turbulent French Revolution at the turn of the 18th century, crowns rattled atop nervous royal heads throughout Europe. Was beheading monarchs going to become a new continental pastime? Would democratic forces sweep aside regimes whose only claim to "legitimacy" was heritage?

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during his news conference at the Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Panama, Saturday, April 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Congress must do what Obama won’t

Americans reasonably expect their president to treat himself to an occasional session of introspection, to give himself a grade on whether he's living up to his oath to protect and defend the nation — to ask himself whether he has done anything wrong and if so, how to correct it. Alas, does anyone think it occurs to Barack Obama that he has ever done anything wrong?

This March 13, 2012 photo shows older and newly constructed 250,000 barrel capacity oil storage tanks at the SemCrude tank farm north of Cushing, Okla. (AP Photo/Tulsa World, Michael Wyke) KOTV OUT; KJRH OUT; KTUL OUT; KOKI OUT; KQCW OUT; KDOR OUT; TULSA OUT; TULSA ONLINE OUT

An oily blast from the past

Predictions of gloom and doom have been with us since before steam replaced sail on the high seas, putting thousands of galley slaves out of work. Panic has driven modern man, even in our own times, to extreme and unworkable solutions to problems manufactured in the heat of fright and alarm.

Still a 'community organizer' at heart

We elected President Obama as a statesman and leader. We didn't expect him to be a psychoanalyst and a mock priest. But on April 5 he told Thomas Friedman of The New York Times, "I think the biggest threats that they face may not be coming from Iran invading ... . It's going to be from dissatisfaction inside their own countries." So maniacs are driving themselves to decapitations and crucifixions?

Base Russia policy on current reality

I read with interest the piece reminiscing over the meeting of American and Soviet forces on the Elbe in 1945 ("When Americans and Soviets were comrades-in-arms," Web, April 2). Instead of looking at that meeting of our forces as a discrete, static event, some historical context may be useful. Perhaps if the Soviets had not invaded Poland with Germany and proceeded to provide material support to the Nazi war machine, assisting Hitler in avoiding the British naval blockade, such a historic meeting may never have been necessary.