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Illustration on corrupt reprisals from the IRS by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Payback from the IRS

The Internal Revenue Service’s woes did not begin or end with Lois Lerner and the agency’s targeting of political opponents with punitive action. Earlier this month we became painfully aware (again) that political games and punishing the taxpayer appear to be the burgeoning raison d’etre of the tax-collecting agency.

Illustration on the fall of Yemen by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Yemen’s collapse demonstrates Obama’s foreign policy failures

Last Tuesday night, President Obama assured the American people that their nation is secure because of his leadership. His “steady, persistent resolve,” Mr. Obama proclaimed in his State of the Union speech, has resulted in a “safer, more prosperous world.”

Illustration on the illusory nature of the economic recovery for the middle class by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Obama’s illusory economic recovery

The big news from this week’s State of the Union address is that the economic “crisis is over.” Apparently, we’ve been rescued from a second Great Depression and everything this president has done to fix the economy has worked. All that was missing from Mr. Obama’s celebration was the old “Icky Shuffle” end zone dance.

Illustration on school choice by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The steady progress of school choice

Sunday marked the start of National School Choice Week, an annual celebration of education reforms that give parents the power to pick the schools, public or private, that are best for their children.

Obama, General of the Free Army Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Obama’s Free Stuff Army

Fresh from offering “free” health care, “free” phones and “free” food to the masses, he’s upped the bribery to “free” community college tuition and “free” child care. It’s not that the Clintons oppose any of these; they just need to affect moderation in case Hillary runs for president and has to knock back boilermakers again with the good old boys in Pennsylvania taverns.

President Barack Obama eats shave ice with daughter Malia at Island Snow, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, in Kailua, in Hawaii during the Obama family vacation. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama lives in ignorance of Islamic threat

- The Washington Times

President Obama has a happy and untroubled life on Fantasy Island, where he lives in splendid isolation from the world where the rest of us live. He is never troubled by terrorists, whether Islamic, Jewish or Episcopalian. All rough places have been made plain, manna falls right on time every morning, the water is pure, clear and cold, and golf courses where everybody breaks par stretch to a happy oblivion. The ants never get into his pants.

Illustration on success and college degrees by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Scott Walker’s real-life diploma

Without a college degree you can go on to create a computer empire like Dell, Microsoft and Apple, build an airline company like Jet Blue, found an organic food company like Whole Foods, or just become a run-of-the-mill tech nerd and create WordPress, DropBox, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Spotify, Threadless or Pinterest. But some say you can’t be president of the United States.

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

The war on school choice in Milwaukee

Milwaukee public schools are doing their best to block the expansion of school choice in the city—and the kids are the ones suffering.

Global Isolation of Israel Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Using boycotts to delegitimize Israel

Symbols count. For many, what they want to believe determines what they consider true. Needless to say, many in the Middle East do not want to believe in Israel’s existence. As a consequence, Harper Collins one of the world’s largest publishing houses, sold English language atlases to schools in the Middle East that omit the state of Israel.

Skilled computer hackers love Cyber Monday, and sneaky business spikes on this day. (Denver Post via Associated Press)

Getting serious about cybersecurity

The Sony attack, courtesy of North Korean-sponsored cyberterrorists, was one of the biggest media stories to end 2014. Salacious information pulled from private emails was leaked to the press, who dutifully reported the embarrassing details of individuals’ private correspondence, not to mention various trade secrets, business plans and valuable intellectual property.

Illustration on the rate of black babies being aborted in America by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Aborting black America

“Black lives matter” has become the slogan of anti-police protests across the nation, but the target of the protests is so misplaced that the motives of the so-called civil rights leaders behind the movement must be questioned. Do they really care about black lives? Or are they cynically exploiting isolated incidents, such as the death of Michael Brown, to inflame the black population and advance their own political interests?

An anonymous art installation showing a broken pencil is displayed on the pavement near the Charlie Hebdo office in Paris, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. Terror attacks by French Islamic extremists should force the country to look inward at its "ethnic apartheid," the prime minister said Tuesday as four men faced preliminary charges on suspicion of links to one of the gunmen. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Say no to walking on eggshells

People of the civilized world must say no to walking on eggshells around radical Islam and beyond.

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People gather outside the French Consulate in Toronto on Wednesday Jan. 7, 2015 in response to the shootings earlier in the day at Charlie Hebdo Magazine in Paris. The writing on the signs reads "I am Charlie." (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

Massacre in Paris

The boldness and the brutality of the Islamist terrorists know no bounds, and neither, until now, has the reluctance of the West to confront evil in whatever guise it presents itself.

CRomnibus' supporters deserve firing

I have come to the conclusion that not only am I an "extremist" in the eyes of the mainstream media and some politicians, but so, too, are 90-plus-percent of Americans, since most would never support voting for legislation they have not read. Yet both Democrats and Republicans believe this is an acceptable practice.

The tiny nano-drone Zano promises to take the ultimate selfie. (Lantronix)

Dronies, anyone? Tiny drone packed with technology aspires to deliver the ultimate selfie

- The Washington Times

Now creating buzz: Zano, a powerful little drone that comes with a promise: "Taking your selfies to new heights." It can perch on a palm then rise up to snap high quality still or video images with a 5-megapixel camera. "Oh, the noble quest for the perfect selfie," says Jill Scharr, a staff writer for Tom's Guide, an industry review. "Meet the Zano, a camera-equipped drone barely bigger than a person's hand, and designed to let users take high-quality photos that even a selfie stick can't reach."

'Gitmo' more dangerous open

Your recent editorial "Guantanamo terrorists leave, threat to America grows" (Web, Jan. 4) exaggerates the risk of releasing prisoners from Guantanamo and ignores the threat of keeping them there. The recidivism rate for Guantanamo detainees released under President Obama is not 30 percent, but 6.4 percent. Further, detainees are not released at random. They must be cleared unanimously for release by the agencies and departments in charge of our national security: the departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Justice and State, as well as the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Illustration on Republican plans to use "veto bait" against Obama by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Combining forces for growth

Republicans took control of Congress this week, mindful that their job performance over the next two years will determine their party's path to the presidency in 2016.

FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2007 file photo, the flags of member nations fly outside of the United Nations headquarters in New York. Since the U.N. was born from the ashes of World War II, it has grown from 51 members to 193. As it approaches its 70th anniversary next year, the world body is hobbled by bureaucracy, politics and an inability among its five most powerful members to agree on many things.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

The UN protects more terrorists

At the UN Human Rights Commission, terrorists are defended while nations trying to defeat them are criticized.

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, is handed the gavel from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. after being re-elected for a third term to lead the 114th Congress, as Republicans assume full control for the first time in eight years, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais )

The challenge to the new Congress

John Boehner kept his speakership Tuesday, but not by enough to quiet the rebellion on a slow bubble in the ranks. His victory was much like that of the country preacher who wins a congregational vote of confidence by a margin of 38 to 37 and declares the church united.

Transferring legacy of racism

There goes the White House again, stoking the flames of racial hatred. This time it's saying that the post for the selection of the new House whip, Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, defines the GOP ("Democrats try, fail to burn Steve Scalise," Web, Jan. 5). Yet it is President Obama and his cronies Al Sharpton and Eric Holder who stir up racial division.

Uganda not alone in LGBT offenses

In some ancient cultures a person or animal was ostracized and forced to suffer undeserved scorn in the belief that the casting-out would heal a particular community. This suffering by one was thought to replace the suffering of others, and in so doing somehow salve the wrath of punitive gods. Today we are witnessing the scapegoating of Uganda on the issue of LGBT discrimination.

Restoring the Senate

The U.S. Senate stands at the crossroads of American politics. Its very creation was the linchpin of the Great Compromise that produced our Constitution. The Senate was to serve as a "necessary fence" against what the Framers described as the "fickleness and passion" that drives popular pressure for hasty and ill-considered lawmaking — what Edmund Randolph famously called "the turbulence and follies of democracy."

Martin Anderson          The Washington Times

Martin Anderson, a man who made a difference

Martin Anderson, well-regarded economist and an adviser to three presidents, passed away on Jan. 3. Mr. Anderson will go down in history as a significant contributor to both the theory and practice of public policy as a result of his many influential books and the important posts that he held.

How the United States became a superpower

"He came not to take sides but to make peace," Mr. Tooze writes. "The first dramatic assertion of American leadership in the twentieth century was not directed toward ensuring that the 'right' side won, but that no one did. ... That meant that the war could have only one outcome: 'peace without victory.'"

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La., center, with Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., right, greets fellow lawmakers on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, as the House of Representatives gathered for the opening session of the 114th Congress. Scalise, the third ranking in the House GOP leadership, has been battling a scandal over a 2002 speech to a white supremacist group in Louisiana but he has received support from both Republicans and Democrats on the Hill.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The smearing of Steve Scalise

During the past year, there were some false stories (University of Virginia's rape case) and disputed facts (actress Lena Dunham's "Republican" rapist) that liberal media organizations simply accepted or didn't properly investigate.

Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Dispelling the myth of haves and have-nots in America

The Constitution of the United States of America was designed to preserve the freedom and rights of all citizens. Our Declaration of Independence states that all men are created equal and that we have certain God-given rights. With documents like these, how have we arrived at the state of such discord between purported haves and have-nots in our society?

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani briefs media prior to departing Mehrabad airport to attend the United Nations General Assembly, in Tehran, Iran. Rouhani said Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015, that ongoing nuclear negotiations with world powers are a matter of "heart," not just centrifuges ahead of talks next week in Geneva. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

Iran's nuclear charade

When Ronald Reagan famously said "a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth," he could have been talking about the endless negotiations over how to spike Iran's nuclear program. The talks have been going on for 12 years, and no end is in sight. The talks have not quite covered eternity, but they have taken a long time to produce nothing but hot air.

A letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service moves a cart of mail to his truck. (Associated Press)

Red letter day: The U.S. Postal Service poised to deliver 'frank appraisal' of its status

- The Washington Times

Now that the holiday rush is over, change is afoot in the nation's mail. On Tuesday, outgoing Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, who has led the oft-challenged U.S. Postal Service for four years, heads to the National Press Club for some candid talk about the future of an organization that handles 40 percent of the world's total mail volume - that's 158 million assorted pieces of mail a year. Some change is already underway though. On Monday, the service lowered its standards for mail delivery across the nation - delivery will be slower in some cases - and consolidated some facilities in a cost-cutting measure to counter financial losses of $26 billion in the last three years.