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

Hillary’s felonious ignorance

Parsing the weasel words of politicians is not a job for most Americans. That’s supposed to be the job of the newspapers and the rest of the media, but few reporters are willing to do that as they watch Hillary Clinton repeating again and again her claim that her email scandal isn’t really a problem.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to supporters during a rally, Sunday, June 14, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. Clinton's campaign has signaled Iowa will be the centerpiece of its ground game. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Hillary's favor machine

Ideologies and proclivities that end in "ism" bloom and fade in Washington like the cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin in spring, but cronyism persists through all seasons and ages. Some practice it to greater effect than others, but the Clintons have perfected the fine art of back-scratching for political advantage and profit. New revelations have surfaced that Hillary was doling out favors far earlier than previously known. It simply confirms what the public already knows about America's quintessential political family: If there is a seam in legal lexicon as narrow as the word "is," the Clintons will find it and turn it into a broad boulevard of personal gain.

President Barack Obama speaks to the Catholic Hospital Association Conference at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, Tuesday, June 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) ** FILE **

Dribbling and drabbling toward defeat

There is almost a childlike innocence to the foreign policy initiatives of the Obama administration. These might be admired for their insouciance, were it not for the fact that they are contributing to worldwide instability and promising even greater disaster for the United States.

In this April 2, 2015, file photo, President Obama speaks the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington about the breakthrough in the Iranian nuclear talks. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Dimming prospects for affordable energy

Coal will face a rocky future if President Obama has his way. The black stuff that has powered the world for eons is not "green," and that is all that matters for the "progressive" masterminds of the 21st century. They favor more ethereal forms of energy from Mother Nature's bounty like the sunshine and breezes that accompany a perfect day. But for the billions of human beings around the world who live hand to mouth and the 14.5 percent of Americans existing below the poverty line, the anti-coal campaign promises to make energy more expensive. Dimming humanity's hopes is not the path to a brighter future.

Scaffolding continues to go up on the dome of the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington, D.C., Thursday, September 18, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Civility and the requirements of good sense

President Obama has crossed another red line, and not one so easily erased as those smudged out by his lethargy and timidity in the Middle East. American representative government and its more important but allusive essence, democracy, have been protected in many ways over two centuries of American history. There is, of course, the written Constitution, which sets out the basic requirements of government.

In this Monday, March 30, 2009 file photo, airline passengers line up at the TSA security check at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in Minneapolis, Minn. Security checkpoints at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport are about to get a makeover. An $18 million plan calls for the consolidation of four checkpoints into one 10-lane checkpoint aimed at improving efficiency. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)

Flying on a wing and a prayer

Wishing someone "safe travels" shouldn't be more than a good manners. With the exposure of vulnerabilities posed by airport screeners, who are largely responsible for getting American passengers safely from Point A to Point B, passengers have no choice but to fly "on a wing and a prayer." Flunking tests to detect fake bombs and weapons at security checkpoints, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is proved unable to guarantee safety at the nation's airports. An overhaul of the way the government protects travelers is in order.

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2014 file photo, Malala Yousafzai, visits Zaatari refugee camp near the Syrian border in Mafraq, Jordan. Pakistani police say that eight out of 10 militants charged with involvement in the 2012 attack on teenage activist Malala Yousafzai were actually acquitted in April — not sentenced to life in prison as reported at the time.  (AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon, File)

The headache in Pakistan

Pakistan is a headache for the West, with its 185 million Muslims suffering a fragile combination of its military, the only viable national institution (civil Punjabi elite descended from British India) and a growing threat of Islamic terrorists. That balance may be coming unhinged, and then a bigger headache. Chaos in Pakistan would threaten further mischief in the 1.3-billion ummah, the Islamic world stretching from Zamboanga in the southern Philippines to Dakar in West Africa.

In this April 2, 2015, file photo, President Obama speaks the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington about the breakthrough in the Iranian nuclear talks. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Countdown for Obamacare

Nobody, not even a president, can safely assume that he knows how the U.S. Supreme Court will decide a case before it, but President Obama surely sounds worried that the high court is about to unravel his health care scheme. The case before the court, King v. Burwell, is one of the two most anticipated before the court takes a recess at the end of June. The other is about whether the states and not the federal government can regulate marriage.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks during the North Carolina Republican Party convention in Raleigh, N.C., Friday, June 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) ** FILE **

A necessary debate long overdue

Scott Walker, in hot pursuit of the Republican nomination for president, knows no fear of sacred cows. He is attempting to reform the concept of permanent faculty appointments at Wisconsin's publicly financed universities. The governor wants to repeat his earlier surprising victory in which a conservative chief executive in a very blue state took on the increasingly powerful and increasingly political teachers' unions, and trimmed their empty sails.

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A toast to fracking

It's a "man bites dog" story, but with a modern twist: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found that fracking does not cause widespread harm to America's drinking water. In an era when there seems to be no end to left-wing prosecution of innovators for the "rape of Mother Earth," who would have expected a verdict of "not guilty?"

Members of the media as they film four of the original surviving Magna Carta manuscripts that have been brought together by the British Library for the first time, during a media preview in London. Documents being displayed at the British Library show that Britain offered the United States a copy of the Magna Carta in hopes of persuading a reluctant America to enter World War II and fight against Nazi Germany. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

The crucial moment in history

Some anniversaries are important, some are remembered and some are forgotten. One of the most important anniversaries in the history of Western civilization that must not be forgotten will be marked this week for the 800th time. The rights derived from the Magna Carta, by which the Constitution lives, guard the lives of every American.

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. **FILE**

Obamacare on the critical list

The future of Obamacare teeters, waiting for a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, and many Americans are concerned over budget-breaking rate increases in their health insurance coming in 2016. Proposed rates from major insurance companies look to be arriving on a runaway train and those Americans appear to be tied up and lying across the tracks. This was not the way President Obama promised it would be.

The Greek flag flies at the top of the Athens Academy building, in Athens,  Thursday, June 4, 2015 .Greece remains at loggerheads with creditors over key economic reforms after a meeting between Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and the head of the European Union's executive arm failed to yield a breakthrough on the release of vital bailout loans. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

The Greek soap opera

If this is Friday in Athens, there must be another deadline. The Greek government is supposed to redeem more loans from the International Monetary Fund. In theory, Athens should be able to sell bonds and come up with the cash. But the European Central Bank, acting as the sheriff for members of the euro monetary union, won't issue the bonds until Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras agrees to a new round of austerity measures. Even at astronomical rates of interest, the private banks aren't interested in buying the bonds.

Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen. (AP Photo)

Calling the IRS in for an audit

Americans guard their privacy jealously, as they should, and defend their property with their lives, sometimes foolishly. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has infringed both privacy and property with a lengthy list of taxpayer abuses. Few instances, though, are more damaging than the loss of the personal information of more than 100,000 taxpayers to the depredations of hackers. The government has fundamentally violated its covenant with the governed, and the revenuers answer for it with more excuses.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, center, and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, march in a Memorial Day Parade, Monday, May 25, 2015 in Chappaqua, N.Y. Close to a thousand onlookers crowded the parade route in Chappaqua, the Clinton's hometown. (Joe Larese/ The Journal News via AP) NYC OUT, NO SALES, ONLINE OUT, TV OUT, NEWSDAY INTERNET OUT; MAGS OUT

The Swedish connection

Nobody has the talent for flying as close to the flame, and surviving intact if not undamaged, like Bill and Hillary Clinton. The revelation Wednesday in this newspaper, that the Clintons set up and kept hidden a foundation in Sweden to receive $26 million from Swedish government interests, writes a new chapter in the chronicles of greed and avarice. What the Clintons were up to is unusually outrageous, imaginatively unethical and probably criminal.

In this picture released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, right, arrives at a graduation ceremony of the Revolutionary Guard's officers, while deputy commander of the Revolutionary Guard, Hossein Salami, second right, former commanders of the Revolutionary Guard Mohsen Rezaei, second left, and Yahya Rahim Safavi salute him in Tehran, Iran. Iran's supreme leader vowed Wednesday he will not allow international inspection of Iran's military sites or access to Iranian scientists under any nuclear agreement with world powers. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)

Sliding toward the abyss

The absurdity of the negotiations with Iran grows ever more self evident. What we know of what President Obama is cooking up is very little, so carefully have the negotiations been kept in the shadows. But that little we know smells ever more rank.

Thai Foreign Minister Thanasak Patimaprakorn speaks at the "Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean" regarding the Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrant crisis at a hotel in Bangkok, Thailand. In the past month, more than 3,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar and impoverished Bangladeshis hoping to find jobs have landed on the shores of Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, drawing international attention to a crisis in Southeast Asia. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

The flight of the miserables

The Thai government, a military dictatorship installed by a coup notwithstanding, gave itself a pat on the back when it got the 17 countries together to talk about the refugee emergency in Southeast Asia, and what they could and should do about it. It's a big emergency that nobody wants to make sacrifices for.

President Barack Obama smiles during an event with Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative fellows, Monday, June 1, 2015, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Good news from Obama World

Slowly, slowly, America is concluding that President Obama lives in a far different world than the rest of us, in a universe far, far away where it never rains and the skies are not cloudy all day. Obama World is quite a place. It was a bleak place before he arrived in our world in 2009. Republican monsters roamed the land, devouring women and children, threatening the freedoms of those fortunate enough to survive. The monsters made war after war on innocents, working assiduously to destroy the middle class and ruin the economy for everyone.

Illustration on NSA phone surveillance by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Patriot Act is amended to restore a bit of privacy, at what cost?

Almost nobody stands up to cheer for government agencies with "security" in their names. Security, like medicine, can be necessary but nobody likes it, and those who administer it are, like Nurse Cratchit with her spoon and medicine bottle, often severe and unfeeling. Nobody likes snoops, either, and the United States was founded on skepticism of government. Even after producing the Constitution the Founders amended it with the Bill of Rights, aimed at bureaucrats and rule-makers eager to assert government control over everyone.