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In this Aug. 10, 2014, photo, an aircraft for missions targeting the Islamic State group in Iraq lands at the USS George H.W. Bush in the Persian Gulf. Combined U.S.-Arab airstrikes at the heart of the Islamic State group's military strongholds in Syria achieved their strategic aim of showing the extremists that their savage attacks will not go unanswered, the top American military officer said Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

The 'O-Word'? Wary Democrats omit President Obama from their press releases

- The Washington Times

When the president of the United States makes a bold move that resonates with the public, the lawmakers within the president's party normally respond with a cascade of celebratory press releases and sound bites. That was not the case for President Obama when he ordered airstrikes on Syria earlier this week. Many Democrats remained on the sidelines in the aftermath — dithering over the proper response to Mr. Obama's sudden switch to commander-in-chief mode.

Tea Party Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Renewed battle cry: 'The Tea Party army is deploying'

- The Washington Times

The persistent, rambunctious soul of the tea party has not been extinguished. While the mainstream media has eagerly declared the grassroots movement to be dead, dying or irrelevant in recent years, the clan maintains the same attitude it had going into the 2010 midterms. And that attitude is aggressive.

President Obama will be the eco-president when he addresses the U.N. climate summit, but he will reprise his commander role 24 hours later when he gives an address before the U.N. Security Council. (Associated Press)

Obama: war hawk, eco-president

- The Washington Times

Issue du jour? Piece of cake. Two weeks after he stepped before the nation as the hawkish protector of the homeland, President Obama now greets a global audience as the wonkish protector of the planet, showcased Tuesday at the United Nations Climate Summit.

Elliot Crown of New York parades in a costume called "Fossil Fool." The goal of signing a climate deal could better be facilitated more by strategic negotiations rather than distracting protest marches. (Associated Press)

The spectacle of global warming: Much theater, little policy

- The Washington Times

Climate alarmism creates good melodrama but scanty policy. President Obama soon journeys to New York City, a destination now knee-deep in climate activism and boasting corporate endorsements, multiple sponsors and aggressive branding — amped up with hippie fervor, tubas, costumes, feathers, populist messages and endless social media.

Sarah Palin is one of the confirmed speakers for the ninth annual Values Voters Summit next week in the nation's capital. (Associated Press) **File**

There's 264,220 people definitely not ready for Hillary

- The Washington Times

The persistent Stop Hillary PAC has marked the formal start of the Benghazi hearings with some noise of their own. The independent political action committee has dropped $100,000 on broadcast ads in New Hampshire, South Carolina and Iowa featuring a 30-second spot that has a simple recommendation: "Stop the silence."

Former Texas Rep. Ron Paul, a Republican, is the driving force behind LPAC, the three-day Liberty Political Action Conference, which begins Thursday in a lofty Virginia hotel outside Washington, and hosts 800 eager guests. (Associated Press)

Ron Paul rallies libertarians with LPAC

- The Washington Times

The ever feisty Ron Paul is the driving force behind LPAC, the three-day Liberty Political Action Conference, which begins Thursday in a lofty Virginia hotel outside Washington, and hosts 800 eager guests.

Dr. Ben Carson has won yet another straw poll to be the GOP's 2016 presidential nominee. (Associated Press)

Another grass-roots victory for Ben Carson

- The Washington Times

The heartland still loves Dr. Ben Carson, even as the public continues to puzzle about his possible plans to run for the White House in 2016. This time around, the author and physician won a small but telling presidential straw poll in the Granite State.

Former Vice President Al Gore will speak to the United Nations on climate change.

Brace for the climate change mega-storm

- The Washington Times

One thing is for sure about Al Gore: It never rains on his global warming parade. The former vice president is not about to let go of his climate change zeal, and he takes to the Internet at high noon Tuesday for a lengthy demonstration. Mr. Gore's "24 Hours of Reality" online broadcast is the kickoff for a series of events with hurricane-force winds leading up to the massive United Nations-led climate change summit in New York City next week. So batten down the hatches, folks, for alarmism is on it way.

President Barack Obama speaks at a news conference at the NATO summit at Celtic Manor, Newport, Wales, Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

The White House itch to fundraise continues - no matter what

- The Washington Times

How quickly the tone changes in the nation's capital. Five days ago, the White House was the epicenter of solemnity and serious talk about the state of national security and America's place in the world. There has been a quick return to the old norm — that is, a traveling President Obama, who is also doubling as campaigner in chief. Mr. Obama, in fact, attended a Democratic fundraiser in Baltimore just 24 hours after the 9/11 anniversary. So fire up Air Force One; the midterm elections are now 50 days off.

The third and final installment of the independently produced, liberty-minded "Atlas Shrugged" trilogy will be in theaters on Friday. (John Aglialoro)

Atlas still shrugging: Here comes the film

- The Washington Times

"This weekend, Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt?, the third and final part of the trilogy, will be released in 300 movie theaters across America. I wish it were 3,000 theaters, and that we had tens of millions of dollars for advertising, but that would be wishful thinking," says John Aglialoro, the independent producer who took the trio of critically acclaimed movies, all based on Ayn Rand's monumental 1957 novel, onto the big screen.

Over 6,000 school children assembled into a "living" American flag at Fort McHenry, all to celebrate the 200th anniversary of "The Star Spangled Banner" on Tuesday. (National Park Service)

The president takes it to prime time

- The Washington Times

A vast audience, eager anchors, controlled circumstances: A presidential speech on prime time TV can be an unparalleled showcase for White House policy — unless the speech is delivered on the eve of the 13th anniversary of 9/11, before an intense audience in a nervous season, just two months before a pivotal midterm election.

Book reveals secrets and lies behind the Benghazi scandal

- The Washington Times

In bookstores Tuesday: "The REAL Benghazi Story: What the White House and Hillary Don't Want You to Know," by Aaron Klein. He tells Inside the Beltway that his investigative book shows the Obama administration "has lost all credibility and will not hesitate to outright lie to the American public, even at the expense of our safety" — and that the administration "cannot be trusted with U.S. national security." Mr. Klein has much on his mind.

President Obama has been called "Deporter in Chief" by a Hispanic advocacy group critical of his immigration policy. (AP Photo/Jon Super, File)

Hispanics vexed with the 'Deporter in Chief'

- The Washington Times

"The president meets the press. Will he meet with undocumented immigrants?" asks Pablo Alvarado, director of National Day Laborer Organizing Network, a Los Angeles-based grass-roots membership group. "We feel strongly that undocumented immigrants are the most qualified people to persuade President Obama to do the right thing at this moment."

A presidential campaign ad from 2007 by Mitt Romney has found a new fan base, resurfacing online with the title, "You Were Warned," heeded by those seeking clarity during alarming times. (Associated Press)

Mitt Romney's old Jihadist warning gets a replay

- The Washington Times

A Mitt Romney presidential campaign ad from Oct. 12, 2007 has found a new fan base: It has resurfaced online with the title "You Were Warned," heeded by those seeking clarity in alarming times, and as the 13th anniversary of Sept. 11 terrorist attacks approaches.

FILE - This Aug. 20, 2014, file photo shows Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., as he speaks at the Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance headquarters in Louisville, Ky. The top prize of the November midterm elections is control of the Senate for the final two years of President Barack Obama’s administration, with Republicans needing to pick up six more seats to take over. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

Endangered Democrats: 9 out of 10 'most vulnerable' senators are Dems

- The Washington Times

It's not easy to be named to a has-been list, but such is life for lawmakers, even powerful lawmakers. Roll Call has issued its top 10 list of the "most vulnerable" senators; a list for House members will be issued Wednesday. For now, though, nine Democrats and one Republican — Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky — are on the endangered list.

This Jan. 23, 2013 shows then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testifying on Capitol Hill on the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Here comes Benghazi, The Investigation

- The Washington Times

The 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks is nine days off, bringing a certain disquiet to the nation, along with newly realized resolve. Recent polls consistently reveal a public that is more hawk than dove; Americans approve of airstrikes against Islamic State fighters, while majorities say the Obama administration's approach to the challenge is not aggressive enough.