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Liberties Lost Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The presumption of liberty

In the years following the adoption of the Constitution, before he was secretary of state under President Thomas Jefferson and then president himself, James Madison, who wrote the Constitution, was a member of the House of Representatives.

Illustration on reality and memory in Germany on the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Berlin Wall, back to the future

Americans groove on the exhilaration of argument and accusation as the midterm elections finally approach, but here in Germany, there’s the bitter remembrance of what it was like to have none of the above.

Illustration on the standards and limitations of the national Core Curriculum by Paul Tong/Tribune Content Agency

Assessing Common Core: Con

Common Core is bad for students, and it’s bad for teachers, parents and state and local autonomy. It is a federal intrusion and all-encompassing leviathan that legally should not be allowed to stand.

Gov. Bill Haslam speaks at an economic development announcement in Cookville, Tenn., on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. The Republican governor shrugged off a letter from state Rep. Rick Womick who had called it "treasonous" for a political action committee run by Haslam supporters to target GOP lawmakers who opposed the adminstration on Common Core education standards. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig)

Assessing Common Core: Pro

As states have begun to implement Common Core State Standards in earnest, controversy around the initiative has swelled.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev. speaks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 17, 2014, after a Democratic caucus meeting.  President Barack Obama will meet with Congressional leaders at the White House on Wednesday to discuss the turmoil in Iraq. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Voters know who to blame for their woes

Americans go to the polls on Nov. 4 to cast their votes in a midterm election that’s shaping up to be an angry outcry over the disastrous direction of the country.

Corrupt Foreign Policy Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Obama’s phony foreign-aid reform

Four years ago, President Obama promised in a United Nations speech to “change the way we do business” with foreign aid and “seek partners who want to build their own capacity to provide for their people.” However, Mr. Obama, like numerous prior presidents, is more devoted to boosting aid spending than to fixing its flaws.

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FILE - In this March 15, 2014 file photo, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice peaks at the California Republican Party 2014 Spring Convention in Burlingame, Calif.  Rice has decided against delivering the commencement address at Rutgers University following protests by some faculty and students over her role in the Iraq War. Rice said in a statement Saturday, May 3, 2014 that she informed Rutgers President Robert Barchi that she was declining the invitation. She said her involvement had "become a distraction for the university community" at a "time of joyous celebration for the graduates and their families."(AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

Condoleezza Rice endorses Joni Ernst

- The Washington Times

It is not surprising that Condoleezza Rice has taken a shine to Joni Ernst. The former Secretary of State has endorsed the Republican hopeful for the U.S. Senate seat in Iowa - who also is a lieutenant colonel in the Army National Guard with some significant experience. She served as a company commander during Operation Iraqi Freedom, overseeing convoys through Kuwait and into southern Iraq throughout 2003, and her political philosophy remains in the can-do realm.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: End of Christianity in Middle East?

While humanitarian help for the beleaguered Christian communities in the Middle East should be high on our list of immediate concerns, the recent history of the region indicates that in a few years most of the nations in it will be Christian-free ("Help desperately needed for Middle East Christians," Web, Oct. 27).

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No winners in a post-diplomacy world

With the kinds of uncivil, immature and undiplomatic comments coming from our "leaders" who should know better, it is no wonder that America is losing more and more friends daily and gaining enemies by leaps and bounds ("John Boehner jabs Obama: Bush 'would have punched [Putin] in the nose,'" Web, Oct. 28).

FILE - This undated file photo provided by Gilead Sciences shows the hepatitis C medication Sovaldi. Gilead Sciences says it has reached a deal with several generic drugmakers to produce cheaper versions of its popular, expensive hepatitis C drug Sovaldi for use in developing countries. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Gilead Sciences, File)

EDITORIAL: The spreading Obamacare virus

Socialized health care in the United States comes by incrementalism. Obamacare and its exchanges preserve the illusion of a free market for insurance coverage, but we're inching ever closer to the left's dream of "single-payer," a system of one-size-fits-all medical treatment organized by the government.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Sundays at Eight'

There are a number of reasons I enthusiastically urge you to buy and read this anniversary selection of 41 interviews that C-SPAN, the public-affairs cable channel, has aired during its 25 years in operation. Most important, each is fascinating reading.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Cabs are anachronisms in face of Uber

"Have Uber app, will travel" is essentially how I look at the Uber concept at this point. My experience with the car service in Chicago, San Francisco and Northern Virginia has been so positive I wonder why cab companies are still around ("D.C. Council approves rideshare regulations as taxi drivers protest," Web, Oct. 28).