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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 held its parliamentary elections — an election largely boycotted by the main opposition party

George H. W. Bush   Associated Press photo

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.

Illustration on Obama's undermining Arctic oil exploration and production by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Tapping into energy obstructionism

When the Obama administration moved to embrace offshore energy exploration in Alaska earlier this year, skeptics raised a leery eyebrow. Could an administration so hostile to fossil fuels actually change its stripes?

U.S.-Iran Policy Paradox Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Obama’s Mideast paradox

Most students of Physics 101 have been exposed to a well-known thought experiment called “Schrodinger’s Cat.” In this experiment, renowned Danish physicist Erwin Schrodinger illustrates an absurd feature of quantum theory that allows a hypothetical cat to be both be alive and dead at the same time. This, however, is impossible, a paradox.

Illustration on giving thanks for the American military by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Grateful for American muscle

We Americans have much to be grateful for. Every year we gather together with friends and family to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. When we do, we should be grateful as well for the service of the American military in far-flung outposts.

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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.

FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2015 file photo, Syrian refugees arrive aboard a dinghy after crossing from Turkey to the island of Lesbos, Greece. More than 76 years later, fresh angst about whether to admit refugees or turn them away has put the spotlight back on the 1939 shunning of the St. Louis, an ocean line carrying more than 900 Jewish refugees trying to escape Europe and other, now widely regretted, decisions by U.S. officials before and during World War II. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris, File)

The risks of unvetted refugees

The liberals among us, who now call themselves "progressives," having blighted the old and honored word "liberal," are a curious lot. They make contradictory and illogical arguments to advance their wishes and dreams and dismiss those who disagree as wrong-headed, racist or worse.

A cordon of police stand before a barrier near Ecuador's embassy, as they watch fellow Cubans express discontent with a new visa rule that now requires Cubans have a visa to visit the South American country, in Havana, Cuba, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. The lack of a visa requirement for Cubans made Ecuador a favored destination for those seeking to leave the island and make the overland route to the United States, where they can receive automatic legal residency. (AP Photo/Desmond Boylan)

More bad news from Cuba

The continuing crisis in the Middle East has pushed the continuing crisis in Cuba off the front pages, but it's nevertheless a disaster, and getting worse. Not since the Mariel Boatlift of 1994 has the hemisphere seen anything like it. Thousands of Cubans are abandoning the island, often selling their last belongings to put together the $15,000 needed to reach some part of Central America.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill'

If all those books on the many aspects of Winston Churchill have definitely demonstrated the contradictory nature of the man and his career, this probing, well-researched and wise biography of his wife proves that she was a veritable mass of contradictions. From her aristocratic but impoverished background to her role as wife, mother and public figure, seemingly everything about her defies easy categorization.

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2015, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. Even as Obama tries to make a hard case for sentencing reform, prisoner rehabilitation and confronting racial bias in policing, he has been less clear about the death penalty. Obama has hinted that his support for capital punishment is eroding, but he has refused to discuss what he might call for. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

When danger is deliberate

Barack Obama is blowing past all signs of caution on the left lanes of the road of American politics. That's a dog-bites-man headline that by now is common knowledge. He no longer cares what Americans think of his leadership. His "my way or the highway" handling of the Syrian refugee crisis, which could endanger the homeland, seals it.

Real enemy is in White House

Having had President Obama in office for almost seven years, the American public should no longer be confused about who the real enemy is. During his reign in office — yes, reign is the correct description of his time in the White House — Mr. Obama has abandoned all the principles that have made this a great nation. Denigrating our democratic friends internationally while coddling the perpetrators of terror, he has destroyed the credibility of our nation and our stated mission.

'Political correctness' a misnomer

The concept of 'political correctness' is not legitimate. Somehow the term has stuck, as evidenced by its usage in Gerald Walpin's excellent piece ("The demise of academic freedom," Web, Nov. 19). Unfortunately, it's probably here to stay, though, because of common usage.

Call terrorism what it is -- and fight it

Shakespeare wrote "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." We have all seen for decades the murder, rape, mutilation and torture perpetrated by barbaric terrorists around the world. They call themselves Hamas, Hezbollah, Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, Al Jihad, al-Qaeda and now the Islamic State. All of these are but the poisonous bouquet spawned by what many call a "religion of peace."

FILE - in this Nov. 13, 2012 photo a worker pulls a line of shopping carts toward a Wal-Mart store in North Kingstown, R.I.  Wal-Mart reported improved customer traffic and an uptick in a key sales figure as it topped earnings expectations in the third quarter, even as a stronger dollar pressured its performance overseas. Its shares edged up more than 2 percent in premarket trading Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 after it detailed results from the quarter that ended Oct. 31. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Jeers for the greedy on Thanksgiving Day

Black Friday is traditionally the first taste of holiday cheer. Thanksgiving is unique in that it has never been commercialized like Christmas, although they're working on it. One national advertiser thinks it should be renamed "Thanksgetting." For union organizers, it means an opportunity to protest for higher wages. If the crowds flocking to the nation's malls are anything like recent years, it means consumers aren't buying the politics of envy.