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Ernest Istook

Ernest Istook

Ernest Istook is a former Republican Congressman from Oklahoma. Listen to Ernest's broadcasts online at Washington Times Radio. Subscribe to his daily podcasts on iTunes: Get Ernest's free email newsletter by signing up here.  

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Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson (Facebook photo)

Will Ferguson race riots help Obama?

A race riot could erupt in Ferguson, Missouri, any day. To thwart it, President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder should be utilizing tools like the federal Anti-Riot Act. Instead, they’re stoking the flames.

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday, Nov. 7, 2014,  to hear a new challenge to President Obama's health care law. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Supreme Court can stop Obamacare deceit

Deception abounds in Obamacare. A video of MIT Professor Jonathan Gruber, the “architect” of the Affordable Care Act, is all over the Internet, showing his admission that the entire measure was based on deceit, “written in a tortured way” to be deceptive so it could pass thanks to “the stupidity of the American voter.”

Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

Lame-duck Congress may lay golden eggs for crony capitalists

The lame-duck Congress that will meet after the Nov. 4 election could lay a few golden eggs that will hatch into a new flock of crony capitalist ducklings. The gold would actually come from taxpayers. The politically well-connected are especially eager about an $18 billion giveaway to wind farms, a tax credit that benefits mostly millionaires and billionaires.

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In this July 28, 2014 photo, two donkeys run through a pasture at the home of Tammy and Rick Huffstutlar in front of wind turbines in Calumet, Okla. A decade ago, states offered wind-energy developers an open-armed embrace, envisioning a bright future for an industry that would offer cheap electricity, new jobs and steady income for large landowners. Today, many of the same political leaders who initially welcomed the wind industry want to regulate it more tightly.   (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Tax dollars blowing in the wind-energy production credit

Crony capitalism plans are so lucrative for a select few that they are hard to kill. Those who get rich make generous campaign contributions, hire lobbyists and run massive public relations propaganda campaigns, using the billions of our tax dollars that they receive.

This March 25, 2013 photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Alton Nolen, of Moore, Okla. Prison records indicate that Nolen, the suspect in the beheading of a co-worker at an Oklahoma food processing plant Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, had spent time in prison and was on probation for assaulting a police officer. (AP Photo/Oklahoma Department of Corrections)

Will Obama, Holder cause more beheadings in America?

President Obama plans massive clemency edicts that may free radical Islamists from prison more quickly and put them on America's streets. Thousands of early releases are planned as soon as the Justice Department finishes processing the paperwork.How many will be like Alton Nolen?

Will Taco Tuesday penalty on California campus also kill Halloween?

Wearing traditional Mexican garb for Taco Tuesday earned a near death penalty for a sorority at California State University, Fullerton. It was "grotesquely inappropriate," the dean of students decreed. Nothing said at the event offended the school's draconian speech code, so the policy was expanded to cover clothing.