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The showboating student, hard at work

- The Washington Times

There is much to do for the student with awakened conscience. Scrubbing out the moral stains on America, to make the grove of academe the bright spot of the fruited plain, is a job bigger than anyone first imagined.

Illustration on advice to the GOP on reducing the size of government by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Cutting government down to size

The GOP debates so far have shown that the Republican presidential candidates are far from united on how best to boost the economy. Tax and regulatory reform are critical. But as a first step they should consider following the path Democrats took immediately after World War II: shrink the government.

Illustration on justified concerns over receiving Syrian "refugees" into the United States by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A compassionate and cautious approach to refugees

Americans always have welcomed those fleeing danger and oppression abroad. Some of the earliest Americans crossed the Atlantic to escape religious persecution in Great Britain.

Intelligence Failure Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The CENTCOM Syndrome

Every member of the military has a personal duty to report the facts they encounter truthfully to their superiors. That goes for everyone from the lowliest private to the four-star generals who report directly to the president.

Illustration on the Republican response to the Democrats' championing of the $15 minimum wage by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Working a wedge issue

Given the increased polarization of the electorate, expect to see more issue-based fighting to influence the opinions of independent voters. These are the voters who do not follow the letter after a candidate name. They have a different North Star than party designation.

Illustration on fighting terrorism with energy independence by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The ill-timed climate change talk

President Obama has been mocked and appropriately so for his ludicrous comment that the upcoming climate change summit in Paris will be a “powerful rebuke” to the terrorists. No. This summit is a powerful rebuke to common sense.

U.S. Donation to Terror Group Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Funding terrorists

The United States, in the form of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing $100,000 to an organization directly linked to financing terrorism.

Illustration on the monetization of refugees by the United Nations and U.S. government agencies by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Creating isolation, not assimilation

Despite the exposure refugee resettlement has received lately, there has been little discussion of how the program actually operates.

Magical Rate Increase Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

How Obama ducks responsibility

The Federal Reserve is President Obama’s last chance for ducking responsibility for America’s weak economy. For seven years, Mr. Obama and Democrats have blamed George W. Bush and Republicans for an economy that has underperformed throughout this administration. With that excuse growing ever less plausible, and an election looming, Mr. Obama and Democrats need a new economic excuse; higher interest rates from the Fed offers them just that.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, right, and Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev pose for a photo in Minsk, Belarus, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. Aliyev arrived in Belarus for a two-day official visit. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Hypocrisy from Foggy Bottom

On November 1, Azerbaijan’s ruling New Azerbaijan Party won 70 of a 125 seats in that country’s parliament in an election largely boycotted by the main opposition party.

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Weak, confused and ‘unable to grasp’

- The Washington Times

Many bad things happen when a leader is weak, confused and forever in search of a credible reason to do nothing. For all his softness on Islam, Barack Obama has little insight into the men who send out mobs to cry “death to America.” He can’t imagine that men can listen to the call to evening Muslim prayer, which so captivated him as a boy growing up in Indonesia — “the prettiest sound on Earth” — and be inspired to dream of bringing down death on America.

Illustration on NOAA's climate change fictions by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

NOAA’s climate change science fiction

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is the nation’s leading collector of climate data. Every day, NOAA analyzes vast amounts of data to predict changes to our climate, weather, oceans and coasts. The agency also publishes monthly temperature averages across the nation and compares those numbers to historical temperature records.

The Invincible Obama Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Behind Obama’s lack of leadership

President Truman’s decision to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki killed more than 200,000 civilians but stopped a war that had already killed tens of millions and could have wiped out millions more.

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U.S. President Barack Obama, second left, and Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, right, pose with world leaders for a group photo at the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference, in Le Bourget, outside Paris, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Jacky Naegelen, Pool)

Paris dreaming

"Saving the world" is the stuff of comic books, and some famous egos are firmly rooted in fantasy. Even the pope. The "global warming" fad has turned a global spotlight on the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, and presidents and prime ministers are primed there to demonstrate their kryptonic super powers by rescuing the world from the depredations of human industry.

Obama yet to step up on terror threat

There have been terrorist attacks in Egypt, Mali, France, Lebanon, Somalia and myriad other nations. Where is our president on this crisis? He remains passive, petulant and annoyed when asked why his containment strategy isn't working.

'Dumbing down' of U.S. reversible

The dumbing down of America appears to be in its final stages. I'm not saying Americans are stupid or of lower intellect than other so-called developed nations; rather, this is the outcome of an insidious process of feeding America a bunch of nonsensical, vulgar television shows, movies, video games and social invective that has polluted the minds of young and old alike.

France's President Francois Hollande, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin enter a hall for their news conference following the talks in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, pool)

No place for timid men

The soldiers of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, have been on a roll, mostly against junior varsities, but now they have challenged the A-team. They may soon get a chance to see how tough they really are. Blowing up a Russian passenger plane infuriated Vladimir Putin and the Paris attacks enraged Francois Hollande.

Chart to accompany Rahn article of Dec. 1, 2015

Saving Honduras

Tegucigalpa, Honduras -- Why has Honduras lagged behind its neighbors and much of the rest of the world? It is resource-rich, has deep-water ports both on the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, is very scenic and, because of its mountain terrain, has sub-climates that meet most people's preferences.

The Islamification of Germany Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Invading Germany

In an ironic twist, Germany, which in the last century twice invaded other countries, contributing to two world wars, is now being invaded by hordes of Muslims. According to Pew Research Center, there are 4,760,000 Muslims in Germany, about 5.8 percent of its population, and that number is steadily growing.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Church of Spies: The Pope's War Against Hitler'

One of the lingering controversies of World War II concerns the role of the Roman Catholic Church, and whether its leadership -- specifically, Pope Pius XII -- provided meaningful opposition to the Nazi regime. Jewish groups have been especially vocal in criticisms of Pius for his supposed "silence" about the Holocaust.

White House losing credibility

Among the more heartbreaking scandals emerging from the Obama presidency is the widespread loss of public trust in the veracity of what the president and top officials in his administration say to "We the people."

Abortion doesn't improve lives

Contrary to critics at Ohio State University, Madison Gesiotto's op-ed of last month defending black American children killed by abortionists is the very opposite of racist ("The number one killer of black Americans," Web, Oct. 23). The critics, however, are guilty of age discrimination.