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Chart to accompany Moore article of Aug. 31, 2015

Oil, America’s inexhaustible resource

In August 1859 on the eve of the Civil War, Col. Edwin Laurentine Drake completed the first commercial oil well in the United States on Oil Creek just outside of Titusville, Pa.

Obump Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A Republican version of Obama

Americans may finally be tiring of “talking-point presidents.” For more than six-and-a-half years, this is what President Obama has been — telling Americans what they want to hear, while pursuing policies they do not support.

Illustration on China's menacing moves in the Pacific by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

China’s challenge to U.S. Asia policy

Earlier this month, Secretary of State John Kerry met with his counterparts from across the Asia-Pacific region in Malaysia, discussing joint trade, security and political efforts.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks on the campus of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, during a 'Commit to Vote' grassroots organizing meeting. (AP Photo/David Richard)

A late apology in clintonspeak

- The Washington Times

Hillary Clinton attempted to “come clean” about her emails again, like a sinner squirming in the hands of an angry god, but the partisan gods do not seem to be appeased.

Illustration on government debasement of religious liberty by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Favoring some claims of conscience over others

We face a crisis of conscience today — a crisis forced upon us by elites in Washington who would pick and choose who is allowed to follow their deeply held beliefs and who is to be punished by the government for doing so.

Lower Taxes Boost the Economy Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Swinging the tax ax

Ronald Reagan signed the historic Kemp-Roth tax cut into law on Aug. 21, 1981. Reagan’s tax cuts should be seen in the context of Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.

Illustration on the Kellogg-Briand treaty by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A treaty as hollow as the Iranian nuclear deal

It is ironic that Thursday marks the anniversary of the signing of the Kellogg-Briand treaty in Paris in 1928 designed to renunciate war as an instrument of national policy

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Illustration on Saudi Arabia and a nuclear Iran by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Saudi Arabia fears a deadly combination of revolutionary zeal and Shia dominance

Perhaps the most troubling reaction to the Iran deal announced last month has been the Saudi announcement that it is moving forward with its plan to acquire its own nuclear weapon -- now. No one doubts their ability to do so; after all, it was the Saudis who bankrolled Pakistan's nuclear program. Egypt and Turkey are almost certain to follow suit. The message from the Saudis is clear: They consider the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran intolerable. They are unwilling to live even a moment beneath the specter of an unanswerable Iranian nuclear strike.

Illustration on Vladimir Putin by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Taking Crimea and eastern Ukraine reminds the world to fear the Russian bear

The failure of Soviet totalitarianism ultimately brought down the Soviet Union itself in 1991. In the years following its collapse, the new Russian Federation struggled with a different problem: the seemingly terminal atrophy of the state and its authority. The so-called neo-liberals who came to power with Boris Yeltsin tried, but failed to deliver on their political and economic promises.

Illustration of Carly Fiorina by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Carly Fiorina, the anti-Hillary

- The Washington Times

When Carly Fiorina speaks, people lean in to listen. It's not just because she speaks in measured, almost soft, tones. It's because she projects an extraordinary calming presence, even when discussing the most dangerous threats and vexing problems facing America today.

Two Perseid meteors, center and lower left, streak across the sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower during 2014. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

Perseid meteor shower puts on a major show tonight -- 'best in years'

- The Washington Times

Yeah, why not pay attention to some flashy meteors while the White House hopefuls duke it out? NASA and assorted "Perseid pundits" report that thanks to a new moon, this week's Perseid meteor shower is expected to be one of the best in years. NASA Television will be there, offering a live broadcast, hosted by some true meteor hotshots from the Meteoroid Environment Office, the American Meteor Society and other learned spots. The four-hour broadcast begins at 10 p.m. EDT on Wednesday

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina waves to the crowd after speaking at the RedState Gathering, Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Carly Fiorina now on the A-List says Rasmussen Reports poll: 'Carly's up, Trump is down'

- The Washington Times

"The post-debate picture has a new contender in the top 10 of Republican presidential contenders, while the leader of the pack has taken a fall," says a new Rasmussen Reports poll released Wednesday. It reveals finds that Carly Fiorina - "stuck in the bottom tier of debaters last Thursday" - now garners support from 9 percent of support among Likely Republican primary voters, which puts her on par with Sen. Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and Gov. Scott Walker.

Taiwan president pursues China peace

Since President Ma Ying-jeou of Taiwan took office in 2008, the Republic of China in Taiwan (ROC) government has been striving for the improvement in cross-Strait relations ("Drifting toward crisis on Taiwan," Web, July 29). Over the past seven years the two sides across the Strait have held 10 rounds of talks and signed 21 agreements, attaining a level of peace and stability unprecedented in the past 66 years.

FILE - In this May 8, 2015 file photo, gas station attendant Carlos Macar pumps gas in Andover, Mass. The economy is thought to have shrunk in the January-March quarter and may barely grow for the first half of 2015 _ thanks in part to sharp cuts in energy drilling. And despite their savings at the gas pump, consumers have slowed rather than increased their spending. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Gas prices low thanks to American oil industry ingenuity

The good news is that it's been a year since the price of gasoline hit the skids. The even better news is that the price could stay down there for a long time. The oil "freight train," as it's called, is on a roll, and OPEC is on the ropes. American industrial ingenuity is taking consumers past the obstacles to affordable fossil fuels, including the obstacles President Obama throws down. In an era in when economic struggle seems to be the new normal, cheap gasoline is the one bright spot.

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, whose home base of New York has a large Jewish population, is the most prominent Democratic opponent of the Iran nuclear deal, and polls show many of his constituents agree with him. (Associated Press)

Schumer braves Obama loyalists to reject Iran nuclear deal

Sen. Chuck Schumer's opposition to President Obama's Iran deal took considerable courage. The senator from New York knew that Mr. Obama brooks no dissent among his supporters and that his enforcers go after anyone who breaks ranks. Within hours, Obama loyalists were on the streets warning that the senator's "foolishness" would be an obstacle in his path to succeed Harry Reid as the party's leader in the Senate. The Obama loyalists suggested that Mr. Schumer's break wouldn't surprise anyone familiar with his record. He supported the invasion of Iraq, after all, and seems willing to put Israeli interests above those of his own country.

Illustration on Senator Chuck Schumer's opposition to the Obama/Iran nuclear weapons deal by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A laudatory letter to Chuck Schumer

I've been thinking about writing you for a while regarding your vote on President Obama's Iran deal. I knew you'd recognize that, from a policy perspective, this deal doesn't get a passing grade. But, from a political perspective, I understood that voting to disapprove would not be easy. Then, last week you announced your decisions in an incisive 1,670-word essay. Kudos to you.

Fundamentally Wreck America Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

U.S. acquiescence to a bad Iran deal was no mistake

There is no shortage of critics of the recently concluded nuclear agreement that President Obama has reached with the evil Iranian theocracy. All the "known concessions" by the Obama administration should come as no surprise. Make no mistake — these concessions were not due to incompetence nor the inability to negotiate. They are part of the president's planned agenda to fundamentally transform America by diminishing our stature and credibility. It is another example of his misguided view that America must be humbled for the many "problems" we have caused throughout the world.

Illustration on the State Department's ITAR regulation of the Internet by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The State Department overreaches in requiring a license to post technology online

The State Department has proposed a regulation to broadly criminalize online content ranging from technical discussions about boat propellers to basic engineering principles. Failure to obtain the appropriate license can result in 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine. We could hope that the administration will not abuse its newfound authority, but to do so would violate John Adams' advice that, "the only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty."

Questioning of Trump Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Media pursuing the Donald wander into a swamp of speculation

In the first paragraph of The New York Times front-page story on Sunday, the newspaper said that because Megyn Kelly "questioned him forcefully at the Republican presidential debate," Donald Trump said she did it "because she was menstruating." He did not. Whether the newspaper was perpetrating a lie on its gullible readers or simply confused I cannot say. In the next paragraph readers can see for themselves what Mr. Trump actually said.

Illustration on a GOP plan to effectively court woman voters by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

A Republican woman's open letter to the GOP

When it comes to women's issues, it's time for our party to get its act together. If the Republican Party is listening to women, it's not hearing what they have to say. If we're not listening, we can't ask the right questions. If we're not asking the right questions, we'll never get the right answers.

Illustration on the nonchalant attitude toward abortion by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Republican, pro-choice and repulsed by Planned Parenthood videos

People often ask how I can be Republican and pro-choice. It's really quite simple: I am more comfortable with a party that embraces life and protects the unborn, than one that is apathetic and squanders life. Although I identify with Republicans on most issues that are collateral to abortion, I still tend to believe that first-trimester abortion is between the pregnant woman, her partner, her doctor, her spiritual adviser, and her God. Recent revelations about Planned Parenthood, however, have caused me to question those beliefs.

Hillary and the Donald keep voters holding their breath

The crowded 2016 race for the White House has turned into one of the most bizarre presidential contests in U.S. history. Consider this: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the clear front-runner for the Democratic nomination, is caught up in a widening scandal that has drawn the scrutiny of the FBI, forcing her to sign a statement "under penalty of perjury" that she has turned over all of her official emails to the government.

BOOK REVIEW: George Washington: Written Upon the Land

There was never any evidence that Weems' cherry tree ever existed at young George's boyhood home at the Ferry Farm that his father, Augustine Washington, had across the Rappahannock River from Fredericksburg. But Philip Levy, a University of South Florida historian knows the place full well.