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FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2012 file photo, former Vice President Al Gore, Current TV Chairman and Co-Founder, participates in the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in Pasadena , Calif. Former Vice President Al Gore is suing Al Jazeera America, saying the news network is withholding tens of millions of dollars that it owes for buying Current TV from him and other shareholders for $500 million last year. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)

EDITORIAL: Al Gore vs. Al-Jazeera

How do you say “buyer’s remorse” in Arabic? The Qatari royal family likely feels the pangs of regret for paying the princely sum of $500 million to Al Gore and friends to give Al-Jazeera America a slot on satellite-TV and cable channels.

CORRECTS DATE - President Barack Obama, right, smiles as he and former NBA basketball player Alonzo Mourning, left, prepare to ride in a golf cart while golfing at Vineyard Golf Club in Edgartown, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Obama is taking a two-week summer vacation on the island. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

The Obama tee party

Trouble in the St. Louis suburbs has rescued President Obama’s vacation. He can play all 18 holes at the country club now, safe in the knowledge that he’s distracting voters from all the scandals, mismanagement and foreign and domestic policies that are the legacy of his administration.

Bogart and Bacall in "To Have and Have Not."

‘Death be not proud’

Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall join this year’s roster of celebrity deaths. Their names and fame preoccupy us in public mourning, though most of us were no closer to them in life than to a movie or television screen.

Expensive Government Music Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A higher scale for music royalties?

Members of Congress are being pressured by lobbyists, songwriters and music-publishing executives to pass legislation artificially forcing copyright royalty rate increases on music.

Tough Pill to Swallow Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

How to slow the pace of medical progress

The Americans infected with the Ebola virus appear to be improving — very welcome news, especially given the virus’s death rate, which is estimated to be as high 90 percent.

NATO Alliance Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

As NATO withers, whither NATO?

As world leaders gather for the NATO summit in Wales during the first week of September, they’ll need to do some collective soul-searching on the alliance’s future.

The Ferguson feeding frenzy

The most poisonous “-ism” now infecting Ferguson, Mo., is not virulent racism. It’s viral narcissism.

Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol is surrounded by media after meeting with protesters Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. The Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer has touched off rancorous protests in Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb where police have used riot gear and tear gas. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Media mantra misses the story as Ferguson explodes

Much of the media mantra in Ferguson, Missouri, followed a simple storyline. An 18-year-old black, known to his friends and family as a “gentle giant,” planned to attend college the following week. As he walked down the street with his friend around noon Saturday, Aug. 9, he met a police officer who gunned him down as he tried to surrender with his hands held high.

President Barack Obama, left, points to Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., center, and Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., right, after signing the Dodd Frank-Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in a ceremony in the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, Wednesday, July 21, 2010.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

EDITORIAL: Economic strangulation with red tape

President Obama knows nothing about making the economy grow. On his watch, America’s gross domestic product has inched forward at an annual average of 1.2 percent, according to World Bank data. We’re outclassed not only by Brazil, China and India, but by Mali, Guatemala, Swaziland and Vanuatu.

Gun-grabber Bloomberg’s epic fail in Milwaukee

Billionaire Michael R. Bloomberg could learn a thing or two from the biblical story about an Israelite soldier named David, who went up against Goliath, a giant of a man and a powerful foe.

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Nixon. Now more than ever

- The Washington Times

Forty years ago this week, President Richard Nixon resigned from office. I was a very young child as I watched him announce his decision to resign on Aug. 8, 1974.

Alexander Litvinenko Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Alexander Litvinenko, a tragic Russian patriot

Nearly eight years ago, the news shocked the world that Alexander Litvinenko, a Russian FSB officer who defected to Britain in 2000, died after having been poisoned while having tea with three other retired Russian intelligence agents in a luxury London hotel.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Hamas' self-made predicament

To those who are offended by pictures of casualties in Gaza, I would remind you that the terrorist organization Hamas has set up armed camps, stored rockets and weapons amid civilians, and uses the media to provoke outcries from free-world nations in favor of its self-made, dire predicament.

Illustration on giving by Donna Grethen/ Tribune Content Agency

Scaife funeral proves philanthropy trumps politics

One would never guess who attended Dick Scaife's memorial service in the Pennsylvania countryside last week. Scaife has been referred to as the "father of modern conservatism."

Illustration on African electricity needs by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

An Obama switch for African electricity

One of the greatest challenges facing developing nations, including those in Africa, is a lack of affordable, reliable electricity.

Illustration on Hamas influence on reporting media by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Hamas’ rules for reporters control news

If you've been following the conflict in Gaza, you've seen dramatic pictures of heavily armed Israeli soldiers, their tanks and helicopters. What you almost certainly have not seen are the combatants Israelis have been fighting.

Do-nothing Congress needs a cleaning

The Washington Times

The hallmark of our Congress during the Obama administration has been its do-nothing status. As a result, public approval of Congress is near single digits. As noted by Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, Utah Republican, in a commentary column ("Destroying the Senate — and Our Liberties," Aug. 1), the Republican-controlled House has passed and sent to the Senate 338 bills on important issues. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, refuses to bring these bills to the floor for debate, much less a vote. Our Senate and House of Representatives are supposedly known as deliberative bodies, but that moniker has been swept away by the Democratic majority leader through his roadblocks and his changing of procedural rules that have existed for decades.

BOOK REVIEW: 'A Very Principled Boy'

Behind a carefully tended patrician facade, OSS officer Duncan Lee hid secrets that could have put him either in prison or on the gallows. While working as a trusted aide to OSS director William Donovan, he spied for the Soviet Union.

A Nigerian health official wearing a protective suit waits to screen passengers at the arrivals hall of Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, Nigeria, Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. Nigerian authorities on Monday confirmed a second case of Ebola in Africa's most populous country, an alarming setback as officials across the region battle to stop the spread of a disease that has killed more than 700 people. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Poll finds Americans worried about Ebola and queasy about the media coverage

- The Washington Times

Media coverage is intense and often alarming on the Ebola outbreak in Africa, and the recent arrival of two patients in the U.S. to receive treatment. Is the nation worried? A new survey finds that 58 percent of Americans are concerned personally about the threat of Ebola disease, and a substantial number are aware of shrill press coverage.

President Barack Obama speaks at the US Africa Business Forum during the US Africa Leaders Summit, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington. African heads of state are gathering in Washington for an unprecedented summit to promote business development. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

DRIESSEN: Holding Big Green accountable

Few Americans can imagine life without reliable, affordable electricity – for lights, refrigerators, air conditioning, computers, and countless other technologies that enhance and safeguard our lives. But in Africa, India and other regions some 2.5 billion people still lack electricity or must rely on little solar panels on their huts, a wind turbine in their village or unreliable power grids.

Financial reporting proposal was misrepresented

The Washington Times

Richard Rahn's commentary column "When money mischief goes global" (Web, July 28) is fundamentally incorrect about the common reporting standard for the automatic exchange of financial account information for tax purposes published last week by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

This Sunday, July 27, 2014 photo provided by Ben Ferren shows large hail that fell in Midland, Mich., where winds toppled trees and ripped the roofs off buildings during severe thundertorms on Sunday. Crews are working to restore power after severe thunderstorms hit Michigan's Lower Peninsula and knocked out power to about 223,000 homes and businesses. (AP Photo/Ben Ferren)

Paging Al Gore: NASA says that global warming could be 'on hiatus'

- The Washington Times

NASA truly has the 100,000 feet viewpoint on this one. The nation’s space agency his noticed an inconvenient cooling on the planet lately. Atmospheric scientist Norman Loeb now asks: “The recent pause in global warming: A temporary blip or something more permanent?”. Mr. Loeb's reasoning “explores how global warming may be on vacation,” NASA helpfully explains.