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Illustration on the gradual revelation of the Obama administration's true nature by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Taking back America

Never in my lifetime did I believe this great nation would be taken down and withdrawn from its world leadership position by its own leadership.

Illustration by Clement, National Post, Toronto, Canada

Troubled times for Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel tops the Forbes magazine list of the hundred most powerful women in the world for the fourth consecutive year, but these are difficult days for the German chancellor.

Illustration on the prescient warnings of Reagan's "A Time to Choose" speech by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

A Reagan refresher course on freedom

- The Washington Times

On Oct. 27, 1964 — 50 years ago next Monday — a tall, handsome man strode to a podium draped with red, white and blue bunting. Perhaps only he — and the most savvy political observers — knew it at the time, but the speaker was about to launch a transformational political movement.

FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2010, file photo, Vice President Joe Biden, left, with his son Hunter, right, at the Duke Georgetown NCAA college basketball game in Washington. Hunter Biden is expressing regret for being discharged from the Navy Reserve amid published reports that he tested positive for cocaine. The Wall Street Journal reports that Hunter Biden failed the drug test last year and was discharged in February. In a statement issued Thursday, Oct. 16, Biden doesn't say why he was discharged. He says he's embarrassed that his actions led to his discharge and that he respects the Navy's decision. The vice president's office declined to comment.(AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

The Hunter Biden chronicles

Everything you need to know about Beltway nepotism, corporate cronyism and corruption can be found in the biography of Robert Hunter Biden.

Illustration on excessive government regulation of oil by Mark Weber/Tribune Content Agency

Opening the tap for crude-oil exports

Not many years ago, the idea of “peak oil” was all the rage. The concept, first identified in 1956 by M. King Hubbert, a geologist working for Shell Oil, held that there was a finite amount of oil in the ground and that oil production would peak in the 1970s and then decline.

Underfunding of Charter Schools in D.C. Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

D.C. charter schools deserve equal funding

As Washington gets ready to select a new mayor, D.C. voters should insist that to get their vote, a candidate should pledge to provide all students in the District equitable treatment when it comes to school funding.

Illustration on Ron Klain by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Treating Ebola with politics

When the then-spreading Ebola virus threatened our nation last week, President Obama put one man in charge of coordinating the government’s response who had zero experience in handling infectious diseases.

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** FILE ** In this March 31, 2011, file photo House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, Caliornia Republican, right, accompanied by the committee's ranking Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings, Maryland Democrat, presides over the committee's hearing on the Freedom of Information Act on Capitol Hill. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

EDITORIAL: The high cost of freedom of information

When Sandy Berger, the national security adviser to Bill Clinton, realized the National Archives had documents that he didn't want the public to see, he stuffed them down his pants and walked out of the building. Today's bureaucrats don't need to go to such extremes.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Beethoven'

Just as Schubert lamented, "Who can do anything after Beethoven?" readers of this biography can speculate as to whether author Jan Swafford has had the last word on Beethoven, at least for a while.

FILE  In this July 21, 2014 file photo, students at a summer reading academy at Buchanan elementary school work in the computer lab at the school in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma Supreme Court has confirmed the Legislature was well within its authority to repeal a set of education standards in math and English known as Common Core. But what’s still uncertain is whether reverting back to the old academic standards will put Oklahoma students at a disadvantage when competing against those in more than 40 other states who are moving ahead with the more advanced and rigorous new ones developed under Common Core. A much-needed overhaul of American public education _ new methods of teaching English and math and redesigned testing _ was sponsored by U.S. state governors five years ago and has been adopted in nearly every state. Now the program to make U.S. students more competitive with global counterparts is caught in bitter partisan divisions in the country where some politicians are trying to win support from voters who are mad at Washington. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

ROFF: China unrest and the future of the open internet

As it stands under the Obama plan for the Internet's future, ICANN will either become a despotic organization or the willing agent of despotic governments who want to censor content on the Internet.

Government Control of Medicine Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Lessons from Ebola

While the federal government and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Director Tom Frieden are telling us how safe we are from Ebola and sending 4,000 American troops to help Liberia combat the virus, Americans might want to look at how our federally supervised system is performing on the ground here.

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, called the court's decision not to take on any gay marriage cases"tragic" and vowed to take action. (associated press)

EDITORIAL: The gay-marriage conundrum

A man who imagined himself quite the wit once posed a riddle to Abraham Lincoln: "If you count a dog's tail as a leg, how many legs does a dog have?" Just four, the president replied. "You can call a tail a leg, but it's not a leg."

Mao Zedong

EDITORIAL: The benefits of inequality

Income inequality between the world's rich and poor has grown to levels not seen since the 1820s, says the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The Paris-based association of 34 of the wealthiest nations produced a report that's stoking the fire in the bellies of liberals who decry the state of affairs and demand renewed attempts to redistribute the wealth.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: DuPage is on sound financial footing

In "How a college hid $95 million in expenses like booze, shooting clubs" (Web, Oct. 2), Drew Johnson claims the College of DuPage administration has hidden vendor payments from its board of trustees. Mr. Johnson parrots without question the erroneous accusations of a political activist group, Open the Books, which has repeatedly used misleading information to attack the college.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Not Guilty'

The single best general account of the prosecution of Sen. Ted Stevens, as seen within the context of the extraordinary history of contemporary Alaska in the age of oil, is "Crude Awakening: Money, Mavericks, and Mayhem in Alaska," a book co-authored by Amanda Coyne and Tony Hopfinger.