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Paula Jones smiles during a news conference in Dallas, in this April 16, 1998, file photo. Encouraged by an outside lawyer, Paula Jones is ready to insist on $2 million, half from President Clinton and half from a New York tycoon, in exchange for dropping her sexual harassment lawsuit, two legal sources involved in the case said Saturday, Oct. 17, 1998. (AP Photo/LM Otero) ** FILE **

Paula Jones: Reprise of a famous bimbo eruption

- The Washington Times

For the Republicans, worthy or not, Hillary and Bubba are the gift that keeps on giving. Whoever is responsible for writing the thank-you notes has a big job ahead. The dynamic duo keep a network of warehouses just to house and keep track of the gifts. No wonder Hillary needs her own Internet server.

Illustration on the move to remove Andrew Jackson from the twenty dollar bill by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The cheap currency of judging historical figures by today’s standards

New York Times columnist Gail Collins is on a tear. Her sense of civic rectitude oozes from her prose. Her characteristic breezy haughtiness is on full display. The moral imperative that has caught her fancy and led to two columns in as many months: Getting that angular-faced Andrew Jackson off the $20 bill and replacing him with a woman, preferably an African-American or American Indian.

Illustration on Net Neutrality by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

New rules make the Internet’s future look very 20th century

Like a thief in the night, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently denied eight separate petitions requesting the agency delay the implementation of new Internet regulations while they are challenged in court. While the late-afternoon news dump and decision was predictable, it is no less disappointing that the Internet will soon be subjected to 20th century telephone monopoly-era regulations.

No substitute for seriousness in Iraq

A recent weekend brought two very different dispatches from the front lines of the global war on terror. The first was a tale of tactical success; the second a narrative of strategic failure.

Positive Messages Hit the Mark Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Conservatism, the Chevy of American leadership

Imagine General Motors trying to sell you a Chevy truck by airing an ad featuring a Ford F-150 pickup truck bursting into flames, killing a family of four and ending with anguished relatives waiting for news of their loved ones in a hospital emergency room.

Illustration on adjusting Section 215 of the Patriot Act by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Amending the Patriot Act, not ending it

The Senate, which will never be known for an overly demanding work schedule, returns from its week-long recess a whole day early to deal with the mess being made of one of our most important anti-terrorist intelligence programs. That program, now encompassed by Section 215 of the unfortunately named Patriot Act, has its roots in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978, or FISA.

Illistration on adjusting Export-Import bank policies by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A Reaganesque solution to the Ex-Im Bank dilemma

Opposition to the U.S. Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im) is now at the point where the bank’s reauthorization is genuinely in doubt. Spurred by accusations of corporate welfare, crony capitalism and outright corruption, opponents believe the Ex-Im Bank’s palpable violation of free-market principles fully warrants its early demise.

This undated colorized transmission electron micrograph image made available by the CDC shows an Ebola virus virion. For the first time, Ebola has been discovered inside the eyes of a patient months after the virus was gone from his blood, according to a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Thursday, May 7, 2015. (Frederick Murphy/CDC via AP)

A little good news about Ebola

- The Washington Times

The news from Africa and the Third World is seldom good, and much of the bad news is about disease born of ignorance, superstition and primitive sanitation, news dispatched by a media addicted to tales of unrelieved gloom, certain doom and inevitable disaster.

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Turkey's erratic Erdogan government flirts with China and the Islamists

The course of Turkey hangs on the outcome of the elections June 7, but there's more than provincial interests at stake. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, eager to transform his nation as well as his presidency, is reaching for more power. His erratic public statements and policy feints in all directions have weakened Turkey's bonds with NATO allies in Western Europe, already wary of taking Turkey into the pact as a full-fledged member of the European Union.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Our Souls at Night'

Kent Haruf died at the end of last year, leaving behind one final tale. It's set, like all his previous novels, in the fictional town of Holt, Colorado. Titled "Our Souls at Night" and just published, it will thrill aficionados of his earlier books and hook readers new to his work with simple yet concentrated language that gorgeously evokes the lives of its central characters Addie Moore and Louis Waters.

U.S. Trade through Thailand Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

U.S. will find a cooperative ally in Thailand at the Asia Security Summit

Asia will be all ears this weekend when Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter speaks on the Obama administration's policy of rebalancing American relations at the Asia Security Summit in Singapore. For the United States to achieve its shift toward Asia, it will need strategic partners. Thailand is so strategically placed to be such partner.

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The nanny state sets its sights on the stogie set

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is finalizing regulations that could ban the sale of most of the cigars currently available in the United States. The FDA last year uncorked a 241-page, 70,000 word barrage of proposed restrictions on the sales and marketing of tobacco products. Some congressmen are pushing back against the agency, but it is unclear whether cigar smokers can escape the nanny-state's sacrificial altar.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Internet ignorance hurting U.S.

The Washington Times

One thing that is clear from the debate over National Security Agency "snooping" is the abysmal ignorance on the part of politicians, editors and commentators about the Internet. Worse, the ignorance is self-willed and appears to be deliberate. But there is no secret about the Internet or the way it works. Hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of people throughout the world are well aware of how a packet switch network functions, how TCP/IP works, and why trite phrases such as "get a warrant" serve to demonstrate only the stupidity of those who use them.

Bureaucrats will destroy nuclear Navy

In 2009 the "reset policy" of the current U.S. presidential administration unleashed the Russian terror in the world by giving Vladimir Putin the green light to pursue his KGB/FSB profession not only as former FSB chief, but as president of Russia. Mr. Putin knew that America would not confront him if he continued to kill more than 50,000 Chechens, 6,000 Ukrainians, 36 journalists, 293 Russian apartment dwellers (in order to frame Chechnya) and opposition leader Boris Nemtsov.

The DNC is mocking Sen. Marco Rubio's birthday trip to Las Vegas (Image from Democratic National Committee)

Democratic National Committee makes a mockery of Marco Rubio's birthday trip to Las Vegas

- The Washington Times

Sen. Marco Rubio turns 44 with much ado on Thursday, journeying to Las Vegas for a private celebration hosted by Rick Harrison, star of the History Channel's reality show "Pawn Stars." The presidential hopeful will make an appearance at the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop. Mr. Harrison, meanwhile, is not much of a fan of Obamacare, or the Obama administration's treatment of small businesses. It's still a celebration, however - and one not overlooked by the DNC.

Bill O'Reilly's next book "Killing Reagan" is due out on Sept. 22 (Image from Bill O'Reilly)

Bill O'Reilly pens his next book: 'Killing Reagan'

- The Washington Times

Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, relentless author of such best-sellers as "Killing Lincoln" and "Killing Jesus," is back into this disquieting but popular theme. "There are four books in the 'killing series' -- Lincoln, Kennedy, Patton, Jesus. Right now 12 million copies of those books are in print," Mr. O'Reilly told his vast audience Wednesday night. "The next book will be out September 22, and the title is 'Killing Reagan: The Violent Assault that Changed a Presidency."

Section 215 Not Fitting the Patriot Act Puzzle Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Saving the Fourth Amendment

The Patriot Act has a bad pedigree and an evil history. In the fearful days immediately following Sept. 11, 2001, the Department of Justice quickly sent draft legislation to Congress that, if enacted, would have permitted federal agents to violate their oaths to uphold the Constitution by writing their own search warrants. The draft subsequently was revealed to have been written before Sept. 11, but that's another story.

Going Two Ways at Once Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Tom Steyer, Pope Francis, and climate change hypocrisy

Most leftists operate in a haze of hypocrisy, blinded by a total lack of self-awareness. They preach sanctimoniously to the rest of us about how we should lead our lives, usually without a compulsion to lead their lives in similar fashion. The "rules" they generate and enforce through intimidation, fear and often the force of government, are for the rest of us suckers. Case in point: Democrats trying to stick us with the horrors of Obamacare while demanding exemptions for their political cronies -- and for themselves.

Rodgers and Hart before Hollywood

Even the most talented composer of songs is lucky if he can find one lyricist as a collaborator, but Richard Rodgers was blessed with two great ones, first Lorenz Hart and then Oscar Hammerstein.