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Illustration on giving thanks for the American military by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Grateful for American muscle

We Americans have much to be grateful for. Every year we gather together with friends and family to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. When we do, we should be grateful as well for the service of the American military in far-flung outposts.

Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen answers to the House Oversight Committee in the panel's continuing probe of whether tea party groups were improperly targeted for increased scrutiny by the government's tax agency, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, March 26, 2014. Earlier this month, IRS official Lois Lerner was called to testify about the controversy but refused to answer questions by committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and invoked her Fifth Amendment rights at least nine times. Associated Press Photo

Impeach IRS chief John Koskinen

After revelations that the Internal Revenue Service was restricting political speech and targeting conservative and tea party groups, John Koskinen was appointed to head the agency, promising reform and transparency.

The monument to General Gouverneur K. Warren at Gettysburg     The Washington Times

A Thanksgiving message in bronze

In the fall of 1865, America marked its first Thanksgiving since the end of the Civil War. Seven months earlier, after Robert E. Lee had surrendered on April 9, the North held a spontaneous jubilee. Cannons boomed, fireworks illuminated the night sky, bands played, people sang in the streets and crowds cheered the savior of the Union, Abraham Lincoln.

Religious Roots of Thanksgiving Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Proclaiming a day of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is the time when America’s religious roots and traditions are publicly displayed. While we think of feasting at tables filled with food and drink, and imagine the Pilgrims in Plymouth Colony inviting neighboring Indians to join them to celebrate a plentiful harvest, Thanksgiving Day has a much more religious meaning. It was not uncommon in the 17th and 18th centuries for individual colonies to set aside days for prayers of gratitude to our Lord.

An American flag sits in front of gravestones on Veterans Day at San Francisco National Cemetery in the Presidio of San Francisco, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

A refugee’s tale of Thanksgiving

As I grew up in America, I came to realize that the most effective antidote for fear is not courage, but gratitude.

Illustration on the processing of national security intelligence by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Memo to presidential campaign advisers

This memorandum is addressed to the brave souls advising presidential candidates. As you know, the recent terrorist attacks in France — and in Mali, Nigeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey and Israel — have altered the political landscape. With less than a year to go before the 2016 election, the landscape may stay altered even if there are no more attacks — and that seems unlikely.

The Approval of Technical Wrong Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

When the gun-ignorant make gun laws

When the state of Maryland quietly killed off its 15-year, $5 million social experiment in gun control — so-called “ballistic fingerprinting” — it served up the latest example of people who know nothing about firearms making technical laws about guns. The news of this latest failure (not a single crime solved in 15 years) followed New York shutting down a similar program, and it generated from gun owners and gun makers a tired “We told you so.”

MS St. Louis, 1939. The Voyage of Doom.

Stopping the next Holocaust

By now, in the days following the Paris massacre and the Brussels lockdown, many Americans have been reminded of the awful fate of the S.S. Saint Louis. In 1939, fleeing the impending doom of the Holocaust, some 900 Jews boarded the cruise ship in Hamburg, Germany, and crossed the Atlantic.

NATO Safe Area for Refugees Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Responding to humanitarian catastrophe

The international community just celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Dayton Accords, a landmark peace agreement that brought an end to the Bosnian War and a grave humanitarian crisis in the Balkans.

Illustration on the need for streamlines conceal carry permits in Washington, DC by Alexander Hunter/the Washington Times

Fighting ISIS with concealed carry

Following the recent Paris attacks, the Islamic State recently announced its intention to “strike America at its center,” in Washington, D.C. Our response should be swift and decisive.

Air Force Tech Sgt. Aaron Allmon           Associated Press photo

A military witch hunt that almost succeeded

Along with many Americans, I salute The Washington Times for having the courage to not only report on the Air Force general court martial persecution-prosecution of Air Force Tech Sgt. Aaron Allmon, but to continue following this case with a series of updates from the courtroom trial in Minot, N.D., until the court martial concluded on Nov. 14.

Former President George W. Bush speaks at the George W. Bush Institute at Southern Methodist University in Dallas on Feb. 19, 2014. (Associated Press) **FILE**

How Obama cooks the terrorism numbers

- The Washington Times

Barack Obama has given an eloquent testimony to a Christian faith, but his sympathies are always with Islam. He insisted from Asia that “99.9 percent of Muslims worldwide reject terrorism,” and that’s good news, if true. But it clearly is not.

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Fox News prime time host Bill O'Reilly  (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invsion/AP, file)

Bill O'Reilly tops voter poll for most preferred GOP debate moderator

- The Washington Times

The next Republican debate looms on Tuesday night, and at last a pollster has asked GOP voters who they really want on the podium as moderator. Given a choice of seven primarily conservative or right leaning broadcasters, and here is how they ranked them, according to a new Vox Populi survey: Fox News prime time host Bill O'Reilly was in first place with 25 percent of the vote/

Say no to Kosovo in UNESCO

Recently the authorities of the self-proclaimed Republic of Kosovo have filed application for membership in UNESCO. This request is not only legally unacceptable, it is morally and logically absurd.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a press conference at the prime minister's official residence  in Tokyo, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

The new player from Japan

This week Japan Post Holdings, where many Japanese put their household savings, began the privatization of one of the largest accumulations of capital in the world. The 144-year-old Japanese postal system, originally modeled after state corporations in France and Germany, sold shares in Japan Post Bank, which holds $1.5 trillion in Japanese household savings deposits, and Japan Post Insurance.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a media conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Rising to the challenge

Nowhere in the muddle of Barack Obama's foreign policy, such as it is, are contradictions so apparent as in America's relations with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Trump the straw man

Has the star of the faux reality show "The Apprentice" tapped into a vein of discontent in America, and is he leveraging it to make "America Great again?"

Illustration on wounded women soldiers by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Homeless wounded women warriors

Like most patriotic Americans, I was proud to learn last August that two women -- Capt. Kristin Griest and Lt. Shaye Haver -- had earned their black and gold Ranger tabs to join the U.S. Army's most prestigious unit.

Illustration on the first Armistice Day by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The first Armistice Day, 1919

On Nov. 11, 1919, the United States observed the first Armistice Day signifying the end of World War I in 1918. For most American communities it was a day solemnized by patriotic parades, prayer meetings and dinners honoring servicemen who had served in the war.

Chart to accompany Moore article of Nov. 9, 2015

On the economy give Obama a D

Hillary Rodham Clinton got the laugh line of the week when she said that President Obama deserves "an A" for his economic performance. Oh, wait. she wasn't joking.

Pharmaceutical Profiteering Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Addressing high drug prices

What do Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Bernard Sanders and Hillary Rodham Clinton have in common? They're all talking about the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs in America. They disagree on almost everything else, but this issue is too big to be ignored.

BOOK REVIEW: 'People!: A Memoir'

Readers who remember Mel Brooks' hilarious routines as the Two Thousand Year Old Man -- the quintessential old Jewish codger who has seen it all, knows it all, and is going to tell you all about it -- will have no trouble enjoying "People!," veteran journalist Sol Sanders' rambling, far-reaching and often moving memoir.

In this undated file photo released by a militant website, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, militants of the Islamic State group hold up their weapons and wave flags as they ride in a convoy, which includes multiple Toyota pickup trucks, through Raqqa city in Syria on a road leading to Iraq. (Militant website via AP, File)

ISIS Now Has Spy Free Communications

- The Washington Times

Thanks to two Russian immigrants in Germany, who fled the Russian Federation last year after threats from the Kremlin, terrorists have access to a non-profit, social media messaging site that cannot be spied upon. In a nutshell, the service called Telegram, can deliver messages that are totally secure, can self-destruct, are delivered fast, and can be used on multiple devices.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., listens to a student's question at a town hall meeting at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015.  (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

A new tune for Bernie Sanders

Vermont's favorite Socialist has watched his early advantage over Hilary Clinton dissipate and now he thinks that maybe he isn't as tired of her "damn emails" as he thought he was. Maybe he should stick to talking about how to redistribute the nation's wealth and punish those who create jobs and economic growth.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Trigger Mortis'

It is most difficult to resist a book called "Trigger Mortis" and you shouldn't. Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, surely would have been delighted by this confection that recreates the hilariously bizarre and bloody times of the immortal Agent OO7, not to mention Pussy Galore.

Illustration about the need for U.S. strength in the face of Chinese aggression in the South China Sea by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Redemption in the South China Sea

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter is hoping to send a strong signal in the South China Sea with a visit to the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier together with Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin. But if he wants the visit to pack a real punch, he must make sure that the Obama administration gets the messaging right back in Washington — something it failed to do following last week's freedom of navigation operation (FONOP).

Jay A. Parker          The Washington Times

Remembering Jay A. Parker

Before there was Ben Carson, Herman Cain and Alan Keyes, before there was Walter Williams and Thomas Sowell, before there was Clarence Thomas and Janice Rogers Brown, there was Jay A. Parker. Jay Parker was among the first black leaders in the modern conservative movement. He passed away on September 14, 2015, in his hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Debates no longer serve voters

I cannot remember the last time I watched a political debate. This is because the presidential debates long ago got transformed into a bad reality-TV show. That is a political fact of life. What amazes me is why the Republican Party would subject itself to whatever the mainstream media wants to throw at it.