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Members of the public walk past a Yes sign which has been graffitied on a wall in Edinburgh, Scotland, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. The two sides in Scotland's independence debate are scrambling to convert undecided voters, with just two days to go until a referendum on separation. Anti-independence campaigners are pushing home their message that a "No" vote doesn't mean the status quo. The three main British political parties are promising Scotland greater powers, including tax-raising authority, if it remains part of the United Kingdom. The Yes campaign says the promises are vague and reveal the No side's desperation, with polls suggesting the outcome will be close. Scottish Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said "the only way to guarantee the real powers we need in Scotland is to vote Yes." (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

What would Braveheart do?

No matter how the vote turns out on Thursday in Scotland, either for independence or continued union with Britain, the disintegration of the Old Continent appears almost inevitable.

Illustration on the broken promise not to fund abortion through Obamacare by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Obamacare’s big spending on abortion on demand

President Obama told lawmakers and the American public in a specially called joint session of Congress on health care reform that “under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortion.”

George Washington    Portrait by Gilbert Stuart

Scotland the brave, on the brink

- The Washington Times

Old Blighty and Scotland the Brave have a lot of friends in places where it won’t do the kingdom much good this week. The vote on whether to break up the United Kingdom, which seems unbelievable to outsiders, is so close that even the queen is getting into it.

Illustration on the disruptive element of independent candidates by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The third-party candidate conundrum

- The Washington Times

Republicans, political strategists and pundits are beginning to notice that in almost every close Senate race in the country, there are one or more third-party or independent candidates on the ballot who could conceivably decide which major candidate will prevail in November.

Illustration on tax code complexity by M. Ryder/Tribune Content Agency

EDITORIAL: Dealing with a disgraceful tax code

Millions of Americans entrust their financial information to private accountants, lest they fill out the dreaded 1040 tax form on their own. When things go wrong, and they’re overcharged, they sometimes lodge a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service.

Illustration on the effects of high corporate taxes in the U.S. by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Spelling out the high cost of tax inversions

Company after company are fleeing tax oppression in the United States by seeking mergers and acquisitions in lower corporate-tax rate nations.

The U.S. and U.S. Department of Homeland Security flags fly over the Karnes County Residential Center in Karnes City, Texas on Thursday, July 31, 2014. Federal officials gave a tour of the South Texas immigration detention facility that has been retooled to house adults with children who have been apprehended at the border. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Endangering the freedom to warn

“If you see something, say something.” That’s what our homeland security apparatchiks incessantly preach. But 13 years after the September 11 attacks, the freedom to warn is in danger and vigilant whistleblowers are under fire.

Illustration on Obama's fecklessness in war by Paul Tong/Tribune Content Agency

Playing a president on TV

“Good evening, my fellow Americans. My name is Barack Obama. I’m not really a wartime president but I play one on TV.”

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