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President Barack Obama speaks about payday lending and the economy, Thursday, March 26, 2015, at Lawson State Community College in Birmingham, Ala.  (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Barack Obama’s love bomb offensive

- The Washington Times

President Obama says Rudy Giuliani was wrong. He does, too, love America. That’s good enough for me. He says he’s a Christian, despite his constant love bombs for Islam, and if that’s good enough for God it’s good enough for me, too. Conversations between believers and the Almighty are confidential, and have yet to be cracked by the National Security Agency (but we can be sure they’re working on it).

Obamacare in a death spiral illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Obamacare flying machine begins a death spiral

The Supreme Court decision in King v. Burwell, the case challenging the Obama administration’s decision to award tax credits for health insurance sold through federally established exchanges, could turn on the question of whether a ruling that ends the tax credits on federal exchanges might cause something known as a “death spiral” in health insurance markets.

Warren’s pitchfork brigade skewers the facts

Ted Cruz’s announcement this week that he’s running for president has officially kicked off the 2016 primary season and has put the pressure on other potential GOP candidates to declare. On the Democratic side of the scrum there is Elizabeth Warren, whom progressives hope is the candidate-in-waiting to lead their pitchfork brigade against the “1 percent.” While it’s still unclear whether Mrs. Warren will announce, it’s assured that her income inequality position will drive a major plank in the eventual Democratic nominee’s platform.

Illustration on the lack of U.S abortion data by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The unhealthy state of abortion statistics

Abortion advocates in Congress and in state legislatures claim that abortions are “safe.” Yet numerous, long-standing problems at the state and federal level illustrate that the abortion data collection and reporting system in the United States is haphazard and dysfunctional, making assertions about “abortion safety” unreliable.

Illustration on the Cotton letter's impact on nuclear talks with Iran by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Tom Cotton, tragic hero

The snarky quip attributed to 19th-century French Foreign Minister Charles Maurice de Talleyrand — “It was worse than a crime; it was a blunder” — has recently been making the rounds to deride a letter written by Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and signed by 46 other senators.

Illustration on entering the presidential race by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The learning curve of a candidate

As we stand about 20 months out from Election Day 2016, I have much to learn in terms of becoming both a better candidate and a better potential president of the United States. I do not take the opportunity lightly.

Illustration on the value of the U.S. satellite system by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Launching the crown jewels

If America didn’t have hundreds of satellites in orbit, our Air Force, Navy and Army — as well as our intelligence agencies — wouldn’t be deaf, dumb and blind. But they’d come close. Our aircraft, ships and submarines are designed to depend on satellites for their high-technology capabilities.

Cherry-picking statistics illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Missing the mark on climate change skepticism

During the past few weeks, a series of articles in the press have implied that Willie Soon, a well-known global-warming skeptic, had violated ethical standards by failing to disclose information about research funding.

Rainbow flag. (Wikipedia)

Panic inside the lavender bubble

- The Washington Times

Life can be good inside a bubble, where the sun always shines, life is a bowl of cherries and it comes with whipped cream and no calories. You could ask almost anyone in San Francisco, where the only disappointment inside the lavender bubble is among the gay caballeros who don’t get to carry the six-foot papier-mache penis to lead the annual Gay Pride Parade.

Illustration on Iran's obtaining a nuclear weapon by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The coming Iranian bomb

It has been known in the nuclear arms community for the last six years that the Iranians had secured enough enriched U-235 for the creation of a first-generation implosion bomb. Further to this point, the construction of an actual bomb small enough to be dropped from a transport plane, or carried by a fishing trawler or small freighter, has been judged to be available since 2010.

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Hillary Rodham Clinton answers questions at a news conference at the United Nations, Tuesday, March 10, 2015.   Clinton conceded that she should have used a government email to conduct business as secretary of state, saying her decision was simply a matter of "convenience."  (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

The saboteur of Hillary’s ambitions

Hillary Clinton has been a reflection of the changing images of women in America for decades. She's had more reincarnations than Shirley MacLaine, more fashion makeovers than Cher, more comebacks from bad press than Madonna. The images always need updating. She's the life-size balloon toy, weighted at the bottom, that a child smacks over and watches with surprise and suspicion when it bobs back upright.

Understanding the heir to the throne

Time magazine journalist Catherine Mayer is an experienced observer and chronicler of Britain's royal family. In the course of several cover stories on Queen Elizabeth II and her family, she has traveled with and — to the extent that any journalist can — interacted with them. But for this book, she had to walk a tightrope in order to gain sufficient access to the enigmatic and unpredictable heir to the throne, while still maintaining her objectivity and, consequently, her all-important credibility

Illustration on Federal court incursions on individual liberties by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Saving Obamacare with supreme hypocrisy

At last week's Supreme Court oral arguments on the Affordable Care Act, several justices questioned whether a verdict against Obamacare would be "unconstitutionally coercive" to state governments that did not create health care exchanges. Justice Sonia Sotomayor fretted that such a ruling could result in "intruding on the federal-state relationship." The Supreme Court is sometimes hypersensitive about the rights of state governments at the same time it rubber-stamps the destruction of the rights of private citizens.

This July 1, 1952 file photo provided by CBS shows TV Washington newsman Walter Cronkite. (Photo: Associated Press)

Half of American voters say TV news 'less trustworthy' now than in Walter Cronkite's era

- The Washington Times

Viewers appear wary of TV news: almost half of American voters — 48 percent — say network TV news is "less trustworthy than in the days of Walter Cronkite," according to a new poll released Monday by Quinnipiac University. More than half of Republicans — 56 percent — agree, along with 52 percent of independents and 36 percent of Democrats. Another 35 percent overall say TV news is about as trustworthy as it was back in the Cronkite era, when news was read without much embellishment. Twenty eight percent of Republicans, 34 percent of independents and 46 percent of Democrats agree.

Not all polls created equal

On April 28 the Supreme Court will determine if the U.S. Constitution allows states to ban same-sex marriage. I have read two opposing articles on the subject published on the same date, March 6, 2015.

When the factory jobs went to Mexico

As children, we rarely called it "Maytag." It was simply known as "The Factory." Back in the 1970s, my buddy Shawn would point a finger at the giant refrigerator plant on the edge of Galesburg, Ill., and say, "My dad works there." It was a point of pride in our small town. Those were good jobs.

Illustration on the U.S. response to potential ISIS piracy by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The return of the Barbary Pirates

Americans contemplating a Mediterranean cruise in the near future should perhaps think again. Islamic State militants are now close to securing control of part of the Libyan coast. If they succeed, cruise ships and merchant vessels could be their next targets.

Hillary's Email Troubles Illustration by Tim Brinton

The real Hillary Clinton

If you want to know why Hillary Clinton thought she could get away with violating federal regulations in order to conceal her emails when she was secretary of state, take a look behind the facade.

admissions: Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton conceded Tuesday that she should have used a government email to conduct business while head of the Department of State, saying her decision was simply a matter of "convenience." Rep. Trey Gowdy said a neutral third party should determine which of her messages shall remain private. (Associated Press photographs)

Hillary comes not so clean

"Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive." That bit of wisdom is often attributed to Shakespeare, but it's actually from Sir Walter Scott, and he must have been talking about Bill and Hillary Clinton.

Sen. Robert Menendez, New Jersey Democrat, questioned witnesses about sex trafficking and other abuses during a recent hearing on Cuba. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

The suspicious Menendez indictment

The Justice Department surprised nobody with the announcement that it will seek an indictment of Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey, a Democrat. A criminal investigation of the senator has been going on for many months. A jury may ultimately sort it out, and that's the way it should be. But Ted Cruz, his colleague in the U.S. Senate, put in words what a lot of people in Washington have been thinking: Does this indictment have more to do with politics than corruption or law?

President Barack Obama speaks at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Tuesday, March 10, 2015, about his plan to clamp down on the private companies that service federal student debt. More than 40 million Americans are in debt thanks to their education, and most of their loans come from Uncle Sam. So President Barack Obama is aiming to clamp down on the private companies that service federal student debt with a presidential memorandum he signed Tuesday. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

When bad Obama policies collide

Since its partisan passage in 2010, Obamacare has traversed a rocky road. President Obama has taken numerous executive actions to delay and modify the poorly written law in an effort to ease the political consequences of full implementation and make it work. However, in the president's zeal to rewrite yet another area of law — immigration — he's sabotaged one of Obamacare's primary goals: expanding employer-sponsored health insurance.

Read the real 'Mein Kampf'

It may well be true that Hitler's "Mein Kampf" "needs to be read by everyone. Not an abbreviated historical account but the actual book" ("To know offensive ideology is to read it," Web, March 3). But it should be noted that the 287-page English translation, originally published in 1933, was a severely edited version of the 781-page German-language original, and omitted much of the most offensive material. The editing was required by the German government, which controlled the publishing rights.

In this Monday, Nov. 10, 2014 photo, Amy Paulios, a prosthetist with Prosthetic Laboratories in Monona, Wisc., repairs a prosthetic limb belonging to U. S. Marine veteran Jake Janes of Evansville, Wisc.  Improved prosthetics are helping Wisconsin veterans who lost limbs during tours in the Middle East maintain active lifestyles. (AP Photo/Wisconsin State Journal, John Hart)

An unwise tax on medical innovation

In devising the Affordable Care Act, Congress and President Obama searched for tax monies to offset the program's costs. One revenue-raiser was a new 2.3 percent tax on medical devices. This doesn't sound like much in the overall Obamacare fundraising effort — the funds it will raise amount to little more than a rounding error.

Illustration on Democrats' idolatrous attitude toward Hillary Clinton by Kevin Kreneck/Tribune Content Agency

Hillary against the world

Regarding last week's string of stories about Hillary Clinton conducting her State Department business between 2009 and 2013 exclusively on a private email account, the heat — as we say here in Washington — is on in the kitchen. Her account was completely controlled by her.

Illustration on the mission of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The ayatollah in winter

The Lord works in mysterious ways. That sentence does not appear in the Koran. Nor, actually, is it found in the Bible. But in recent days it has probably occurred to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's Supreme Leader.

Pay up for following rules

It is somewhat understandable when water districts decide to increase water rates in order to provide safe, clean and efficient water service to customers. When some water districts in California consider raising water rates due to drought conditions, that might be understandable — except for the reason given.