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A worker steps through the maze of hoses being used at a remote fracking site in Rulison, Colorado. (Associated Press/File)

Oil's price slide creates slippery slope for Russia

The sustained low price of hydrocarbons is beginning to cause substantial pain in Russia: Last month, Moscow again dipped heavily into its reserve fund to plug a whopping hole in the budget. Officials can't keep doing this. The rainy-day funds could be exhausted at some point in 2018.

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Stop Obama's Internet giveaway

The development and maintenance of the open Internet has been one of the greatest boons to the enhancement of free speech and free commerce since time began. But if the Obama Administration has its way, both will be threatened in the very near future - unless Congress acts by the end of this month.

President-elect Barack Obama, left, stands with Secretary of State-designate Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., right, at a news conference in Chicago, Dec. 1, 2008. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) **FILE**

Obama gives away the internet and, with it, our liberty

It is no great shock that President Obama does not like American control of the internet. The internet was an American invention and America shared it with the world. American values of freedom and liberty created the Internet and allowed it to flourish. Now, in one of his last acts, Obama wants to destroy the Internet.

The 2016 Volvo XC60 is a smaller sized luxury crossover SUV, and like Volvo promises, it's safe with lots of space inside for comfort. (Photo by Volvo)

Volvo keeps a good thing going with the 2016 XC60

Welcome to the world of Volvo, this is still one of my favorite brands no matter what you put the company up against. The 2016 Volvo XC60 is a smaller sized luxury crossover SUV and like Volvo promises, it's safe with lots of space inside for comfort.

In this Sept. 17, 2015 photo, nurse B.K. Morris, left, prepares to give the flu vaccine to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden, during an event about the flu vaccine, at the National Press Club in Washington. Kids may get more of a sting from flu vaccination this fall: Doctors are gearing up to give shots only, because U.S. health officials say the easy-to-use nasal spray version of the vaccine isn't working as well as a jab. Needle-phobic adults still have some less painful options. But FluMist, with its squirt into each nostril, was the only ouch-free alternative for children, and has accounted for about a third of pediatric flu vaccinations in recent years. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Flu season is knocking at your door

Our flu season is around the corner. And while the timing varies in different parts of the country, most flu activity -- influenza-like illness, hospitalizations, and sadly even deaths - will occur between October 2016 and run into May 2017.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump smiles as he meets with students and educators before speaking about school choice, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, at Cleveland Arts and Social Sciences Academy in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Canny Trump already negotiating with Russia

As a former military officer, I learned decades ago that when taking command of new unit, an officer has to be a strict disciplinarian. Rules have to be enforced and your subordinates need to respect and understand you are a determined person who takes your oath of office seriously. In reality, these first few months are a negotiation with your troops. First impressions count, they set the stage for your entire command.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick greets fans after their 21-31 win against the San Diego Chargers during an NFL preseason football game Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, in San Diego.  (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

Colin Kaepernick and millennials

Witnessing 20-something professional athlete Colin Kaepernick divide the country by sitting or taking a knee during the pre-game singing of America's national anthem has made one fact about our society abundantly clear: People fundamentally misunderstand the mindset of millennials.

Visit the 'White Nights' of St. Petersburg

Our Baltics cruise began in Copenhagen, Denmark, with a two-day stop in the city of "White Nights." This profoundly Russian city of St. Petersburg was conceived by Czar Peter the Great or Peter I.

Illustration on the changing nature of Labor Day by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Labor Day: What do we really think?

Happy Labor Day, we say on our way to score bargains at the mall. Happy Labor Day, we think, exchanging summer shorts and sandals for back-to-school and work uniforms. Happy Labor Day, we hear from political candidates professing concern for American workers.

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5 Myths about American foreign policy

American foreign policy myths are generated in the corridors of power to elicit popular support and lavish congressional funding for the multi-trillion dollar military-industrial-counterterrorism complex.