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Why Biden can’t win

In this Feb. 20, 2019, photo a worker carries interior doors to install in a just completed new home in north Dallas. On Wednesday, March 13, the Commerce Department reports on U.S. construction spending in January.  (AP Photo/LM Otero) **FILE**

Give manual labor a chance

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A U.S. Marine raising the American flag on an amphibious assault vehicle during the ongoing Cobra Gold U.S.-Thai joint military exercise on Hat Yao beach in Chonburi province, eastern Thailand, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. Approximately 11,000 military personnel from the  U.S., Thailand, and South Korea are taking part in the annual drill. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit) ** FILE **

Measuring the good times

There must be something in the pea soup. The World Happiness Report, a survey based on Gallup polling data across some 156 countries, has determined that Finland is the world's happiest country.

Can't fool us all

Congress failed to counter President Trump's border-wall plan with a comprehensive proposal that would put an end to protecting and rewarding millions of illegal immigrants for usurping our jobs, benefits and hospitality.

Who's dishonorable?

2020 presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren has declared that Vice President Mike Pence is not an honorable man because "Anyone who engages in the kind of homophobia and attacks on people who are different from himself is not an honorable person. That's not what honorable people do."

Stirring up werewolves, a depressed dog and lots of fun

Only Alexander McCall Smith would be expected to concoct a book involving a plot that spins around a stabbed kneecap, an imaginary boyfriend and a depressed and deaf dog -- and then throw in lycanthropy, the transformation of a human into a wolf.

Illustration on President Trump's harshness by M. Ryder/Tribune Content Agency

A harsh president

President Trump made a rare appearance at a church last Sunday. It's a safe bet the sermon was not based on Proverbs 15:1 — "A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger." If it was, it didn't appear to have much effect.

Prospering Azerbaijan Oil Industry Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

When a new energy revolution makes the Russians nervous

Upon arrival in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, the first thing you notice is the boomtown feel. Construction cranes reach high into the sky. New building is underway as far as the eye can see. The vibe is energetic, youthful, optimistic. It resembles Texas at the turn of the 20th century, albeit with iPhones, Starbucks and Uber. And instead of American wildcatters, international oil executives roam Baku. In this new Gusher Age, they know that Azerbaijan is one of the next big frontiers.

Illustration on a Trump victory in 2020 by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Can Trump win in 2020?

In 2016, Donald Trump overwhelmed 16 qualified Republican primary rivals and became the first major-party presidential nominee without prior political or military experience. Against even greater odds, Mr. Trump defeated in the general election a far better funded and politically connected Hillary Clinton.

Stairway to Literacy Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Advancing American literacy

From the moment that my father began contemplating his first presidential run, my mother started thinking about how she could best serve our country as first lady. She wanted to devote her time and energy to a cause that would positively impact as many Americans as possible. During a jog around Houston's Memorial Park, she pondered everything in society that worried her — issues like crime, homelessness, drugs and hunger. She came to a powerful conclusion: "If more people could read, write and comprehend, we would be that much closer to solving so many of the problems plaguing our society."

Illustration on illegal immigration and the U.S. workforce by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

How immigration affects the U.S. workforce

Criminal justice reform and high immigration are incompatible. The First Step Act, which President Trump signed at the end of 2018, created, for some, avenues for early release. Once the inmates are let go, the most successful way they can re-enter mainstream society is through a job. But job competition becomes more difficult as the foreign-born, work-authorized population continues to increase annually through the addition to the economy of more than 1 million new lawful permanent residents and 750,000 guest workers.

Former President Richard Nixon. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Can the president legally break the law?

Legal scholars have been fascinated for two centuries about whether an American president can break the law and remain immune from prosecution. During the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln ordered troops to arrest, without warrant, and incarcerate, without due process, many peaceful, law-abiding journalists and newspaper editors -- and even a member of Congress -- in the Northern states. Wasn't that kidnapping?

Swedish national flags placed between flowers in fence near the department store Ahlens following a suspected terror attack in central Stockholm, Sweden, Saturday, April 8, 2017. Swedish prosecutor Hans Ihrman said a person has been formally identified as a suspect "of terrorist offences by murder" after a hijacked truck was driven into a crowd of pedestrians and crashed into a department store on Friday. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

A late education for Sweden

Sweden's "social democracy," often cited by Europeans and like-minded Americans as the model society, is in deep trouble. Sweden is no longer a low-crime country, but now a high-crime country, with rates of homicide significantly above the Western European average. Car torchings, attacks on first responders and even riots, are familiar to all.

Why not cancel school entirely?

I agree with R. Emmett Tyrrell Jr. that a Friday children's crusade about the perils of global warming is reasonable ("When the children take charge," Web, March 19), but I would go further and excuse absences from school each and every weekday for other designated perils. If I may be so bold, even though I am a doddering septuagenarian, I suggest that we excuse students for the following perils: Monday, Donald Trump; Tuesday, Mitch McConnell; Wednesday, fossil fuels; and Thursday, capitalism. This is such a very precious idea, in fact, that I believe a nomination for a Nobel Peace Prize may be in order for the founder of the Friday peril. Shame on so many of you crusty conservatives who thought that our public education system was failing.

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