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No substitute for seriousness in Iraq

A recent weekend brought two very different dispatches from the front lines of the global war on terror. The first was a tale of tactical success; the second a narrative of strategic failure.

Positive Messages Hit the Mark Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Conservatism, the Chevy of American leadership

Imagine General Motors trying to sell you a Chevy truck by airing an ad featuring a Ford F-150 pickup truck bursting into flames, killing a family of four and ending with anguished relatives waiting for news of their loved ones in a hospital emergency room.

Illustration on adjusting Section 215 of the Patriot Act by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Amending the Patriot Act, not ending it

The Senate, which will never be known for an overly demanding work schedule, returns from its week-long recess a whole day early to deal with the mess being made of one of our most important anti-terrorist intelligence programs. That program, now encompassed by Section 215 of the unfortunately named Patriot Act, has its roots in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978, or FISA.

Illistration on adjusting Export-Import bank policies by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A Reaganesque solution to the Ex-Im Bank dilemma

Opposition to the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) is now at the point where the bank’s reauthorization is genuinely in doubt. Spurred by accusations of corporate welfare, crony capitalism and outright corruption, opponents believe the Ex-Im Bank’s palpable violation of free-market principles fully warrants its early demise.

This undated colorized transmission electron micrograph image made available by the CDC shows an Ebola virus virion. For the first time, Ebola has been discovered inside the eyes of a patient months after the virus was gone from his blood, according to a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Thursday, May 7, 2015. (Frederick Murphy/CDC via AP)

A little good news about Ebola

- The Washington Times

The news from Africa and the Third World is seldom good, and much of the bad news is about disease born of ignorance, superstition and primitive sanitation, news dispatched by a media addicted to tales of unrelieved gloom, certain doom and inevitable disaster.

Unions Helped by Obama Appointees Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Keeping workers in the dark

Two of Sen. Harry Reid’s controversial legislative maneuvers are coming back to haunt American workers. In 2013, then-Majority Leader Reid’s threat to eviscerate the judicial filibuster cowed enough Senate Republicans to approve Big Labor’s handpicked candidates to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). A few months later, Mr. Reid acted on his threat to gut the filibuster and installed three of President Obama’s nominees on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Missing world leader by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Making the JV team of world leaders

British Prime Minister David Cameron’s recent stunning victory for his Conservative party catapulted him to one of the three top Western world leaders, alongside Germany’s Angela Merkel and France’s Francois Hollande. Mr. Cameron wasn’t supposed to win for numerous reasons, not the least of which because of his austerity policies and vigorous opposition from Labor and Liberal parties that thought a bigger government was the key to Britain’s growth.

Illustration on missing Muldovan bank funds by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Who took Moldova’s millions — the crooks or the Kremlin?

On the eve of a national election in tiny Moldova last November, $450 million — equal to 10 percent of the Eastern European country’s entire annual gross domestic product — went missing. So far, no one knows where it went.

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

The Chamber of Corporate Welfare

Here’s a half-serious question: How much do taxpayers have to pay off Boeing to make the Export-Import Bank — finally and irrevocably — go away? If the feds wrote a check to Boeing for $100 million, would they then let the Ex-Im Bank die a merciful and long overdue death?

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Justice Department destroys state sovereignty illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

An appeal on behalf of Robert F. McDonnell

The federal government should not put a person in prison for doing something that even trained lawyers do not know is illegal. Yet that is precisely what the Department of Justice is trying to do by prosecuting former Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell. In order to prosecute McDonnell for his admittedly poor judgment, the Justice Department invented an unprecedented construction of the vague federal corruption laws that would -- if applied consistently -- mean that every politician who trades his time for meals, campaign contributions or complimentary travel is also a felon.

Dialogue on human rights overdue

How ironic that Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Russian President Putin in Sochi, Russia — but there is no discussion of Mr. Putin's alliance with or supply of weapons to Iran. Isn't this in direct opposition to U.S. safety? Doesn't it threaten our allies as well?

A rhino, one of the world's most endangered species due to illegal poaching for its horn. (World Wildlife Fund)

$60K a pound: Illegal rhino horn now declared more valuable than gold, diamonds and cocaine

- The Washington Times

Could a human hankering for exotic elixirs, curatives and aphrodesiacs turn rhino horn into a $20 billion a year industry and take out an entire species of animals at the same time? Looks like it. A UCLA study from team of international scientists says so - saying the call for substances derived from animal parts has "drastic implications" for rhinoceroses, along with elephants, hippopotamuses and even gorillas.

Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, leader of Allied forces in World War II,was one of the few 'political outsiders' who made it to the White House. (Associated Press)

Only four in 200 years: Political outsiders have 'very thin record of success' in White House bid

- The Washington Times

What with Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina already knee-deep in their presidential bids, some wonder what the chances are for non-politicians who pursue the presidency. History has not been kind. "In short, aside from a handful of war heroes, presidential candidates who have never previously held political office have a very thin record of success," reports Eric Ostermeier, a University of Minnesota political professor.

Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is calling for increasing military spending and for the U.S. to aggressively confront Russia, China and others that he says threaten the nation's economic interests. (Associated Press)

Marco Rubio fires an impressive opening shot

- The Washington Times

No presidential campaign guru ever posted a sign in headquarters warning the warriors that "it's foreign policy, Stupid." Americans are so pleased to be where they are they have little interest in what's going on anywhere else. Americans had zero interest in the gathering storm in the Pacific on Dec. 6, 1941, and on Sept. 10, 2001, nobody gave the Muslims, angry or otherwise, a second (or even third) thought.

Illustration on the impact minimum wage increases will have on entry level jobs by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The importance of landing that first job

Customers at the new San Francisco McDonald's on Sutter Street are greeted not with a friendly smile but with the impersonal glare of two human-sized electronic tablets ready to take their order. Not coincidentally, San Francisco's minimum wage increased to $12.25 an hour earlier this month. The city has long had one of the highest wage floors in the country.

Congress chose Yucca Mountain as the leading candidate for nuclear waste disposal. But opponents are concerned about contamination, and the Obama administration said it would not consider the site and would look for alternatives. It won a legal battle when a federal appeals court ruled last week against three states seeking to ship spent fuel to the Nevada site. (Associated Press)

Unlocking Yucca Mountain

Harry Reid almost got away with wasting billions of the taxpayers' money on a big hole in the ground in his home state of Nevada. With the senator from Searchlight moving swiftly toward retirement, the enormous bunker beneath Yucca Mountain will soon be the needed storage bin for America's spent nuclear fuel. And not a day too soon. The radioactive waste has been accumulating for years at unsecured sites across the continent.

Hinckley must still pay

The judge who made the decision to allow would-be presidential assassin John Hinckley to enjoy periods of time away from confinement will almost certainly soon rule that Hinckley is to be a free man ("Judge considering life outside hospital for John Hinckley Jr., Ronald Reagan's shooter," Web, May 13).

Exercise doesn't control weight

Whether obesity is an economic problem depends on how you have positioned yourself to capitalize on it ("For economy, U.S. obesity proves a weighty problem," Page I, May 14). If you are part of the diet, exercise, big food, big pharma, big agra or big research industries (to name just a few), then obesity is the goose that laid the golden egg.

Illustration on questions for Democratic candidates for president by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Gotcha questions for Democrats

The 2016 presidential campaign season has begun in earnest, and so has the season of presidential gotcha journalism -- at least it has for Republicans.

Illustration on Russian and Chinese designs on the Middle East by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

A Chinese-Russian alliance that complicates the Middle East

Though on a very small scale, Russian and Chinese navies have engaged in their first joint exercises in the Mediterranean. On the one hand, it shows a level of cooperation and the expanding horizons of Chinese maritime interests in the Middle East. On the other hand, Russian and Chinese interests in the region are divergent.

**FILE** A young man wears saggy pants on the Wildwood, N.J. boardwalk on June 6, 2013. (Associated Press)

The ACLU's Louisiana pursuit

At odds with anything smacking of America's religious and cultural heritage, the American Civil Liberties Union has issued a revealing series of warnings to officials about everything from the national motto to saggy pants and boys in prom dresses.

Republican Presidential candidate Carly Fiorina speaks at the Republican National Committee's spring meeting Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at the Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Carly Fiorina's principled campaign

Though many are surprised at Carly Fiorina's quickly building momentum, I am not. She's the kind of person who connects with people, both on the stump and in personal conversation. She has based her public policy on principle but with the compassion common to the American character.

When a sensitive contract killer goes to Oslo

A professional hit man is a challenging topic for a crime writer, especially one as steeped in gore as Norwegian author Jo Nesbo. Yet the most intriguing kind of hit man usually possesses a cold charm perhaps as a result of a way of life that involves killing on contract.

Illustration on Obama's failure to stimulate prosperity by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Broken promises of reduced poverty

Barack Obama participated in a panel discussion this week about poverty in America, but failed to acknowledge the central reason why it has remained so high under his presidency.

The co-author of 'American Sniper' has pushed the military thriller book genre even further - the "Sniper Elite' novel series.

'Sniper Elite': Navy SEALS inspire new series of military thriller novels - and a movie deal

- The Washington Times

First it was the movie, now it's a series. Scott McEwen was the co-author with the late Chris Kyle of "American Sniper," the best selling book that became an Oscar-winning film directed by Clint Eastwood. But Mr. McEwen is not done yet. Now in bookstores, it's "The Sniper and the Wolf," a novel -- and part of a fictional series titled "Sniper Elite," which adapts real stories of American warriors into what the trade calls military thrillers. The genre is pretty ferocious.

In this photo taken April 27, 2015, in Mountain Home, Ark., dog owner Sonny Brassfield holds nine of the 23 live .308 caliber rifle rounds his Belgian Malinois “Benno” chewed and swallowed. The dog is expected to fully recover from the two-hour surgery to remove the rounds.  (Josh Dooley/The Baxter Bulletin via AP) NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT

Guns in the land of grits and gravy

Mike Huckabee knows Arkansas, even if he did once call it a banana republic, which infuriated some of the locals at the Rotary Club. The former governor gave his latest memoir the provocative title, "God, Guns, Grits and Gravy," which gets it just about right in the land of good times and the magic huckleberry. He left out only frog-gigging, a favorite natural sport.

President Barack Obama pauses during a meeting with Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Wednesday, May 13, 2015, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. The president said the derailment of Amtrak Train 188 "is a tragedy that touches us all." In a statement, Obama said he is offering prayers to the families who lost loved ones and the passengers beginning to recover.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The Democrats put Obama in a stew

A filibuster led by Democrats derailed President Obama's request for the fast-track authority that would require the U.S. Senate to vote up-or-down on the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. The negotiations, the filibuster and the fix the president has put himself in says everything about the differing Republican and Democratic positions on trade. It says a lot, too, about Mr. Obama's ineptitude in dealing his own congressional partisans.