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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.

A large component of the Obama administration's climate-change agenda is to restrict carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. Washington regulators set a goal of reducing CO2 emissions 30 percent by 2030, which would mostly target abundant and affordable coal-fired generation. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

Global climate policy after Lima

In his State of the Union address, President Obama again confirmed that “saving the climate” remains one of his top priorities. Yet the recently concluded confab in Lima, Peru, didn’t really conclude anything — certainly no binding protocol to limit emissions of carbon dioxide — but “kicked the can down the road” to the next international gabfest in Paris, scheduled for December.

Illustration on the impact of anti-Semitism on France by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

‘First they came for the Jews’

A widely distributed political cartoon by Ranan Lurie, published after the massacre of four Jews in a kosher supermarket in Paris, depicts a tiny shrub above ground and just below the surface, supporting the plant, is a web of thick twisted roots spread in the design of the swastika.

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Who will keep our freedoms safe?

While the Western world was watching and grieving over the slaughter in Paris last week, and my colleagues in the media were fomenting a meaningless debate about whether President Obama should have gone to Paris to participate in a televised parade, the feds took advantage of that diversion to reveal even more incursions into our liberties than we had known about.

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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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

Current 'communists' are charlatans

One of the quiet players that wants to bring down America is communism. Everyone thought the communist threat to our country was mostly a thing of the past, especially after the Berlin Wall came down, but it is becoming more obvious that is not the case.

A series of photos posted to Sarah Palin's Facebook page showed her son, Trig, standing on the family dog.

Hypocrites in the slaughterhouse

Pity the noble dog. With friends like the fanatics at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals pretending to be its best friends, the noble dog needs no enemies. PETA is the great pretender in the animal world.

A Pakistani Christian girl buys a cross at a shop outside a local church on Christmas Day in Peshawar, Pakistan, Thursday, Dec. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

Red Puritanism

A new religion has swept the western world and is changing the outcome of all levels of policy. This is a religion like no other as it denies the existence of God or relegates Him to an inconsequential shadow of ambiguity; its mantra is "I am spiritual, but not religious."

French President Francois Hollande, poses after addressing his New Year's wishes to the nation during a pre-recorded broadcast speech at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Ian Langsdon, Pool)

Hope but no change in France

President Francois Hollande, buoyed by the euphoria of his election in 2012, when everything good seemed possible and even probable, promised to resign if he failed to turn the struggling economy around. Frenchmen, like the Americans, swallowed whole the empty but clever marketing message of "Hope and Change," excited that a politician was willing to put his job on the line.

John Boehner (Associated Press)

Democrats try, fail to burn Steve Scalise

- The Washington Times

The Republican caravan finally arrives, with a flutter of banners, the banging of pots and pans and dogs barking in the dust at everyone's feet. Those long-faced spectators relegated to the side of the road are Democrats, unable to hide their surly resentment and disappointment. They're packing heat disguised as eggs and tomatoes for throwing.

The Republican Congress sizes up big government

What is the greatest obstacle confronting the new congressional Republican majority in enacting good policy? It may not be President Obama, because there is an even more formidable force in Washington that crushes good policy: the permanent bureaucracy. The permanent bureaucracy is made up of federal employees, government contractors and their employees, congressional staff and the special-interest lobbying community (including law and accounting firms). It also includes the media establishment, which depends on leaks and information from those in government for stories in exchange for protective coverage.

Obama's College Calipers Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A ratings plan to punish religious colleges

Continuing its long march, the Obama administration is now targeting colleges and universities for federal scrutiny of student-loan repayment rates, student retention and graduates' "gainful employment" salary statistics — promising punitive sanctions for those colleges which do not measure up.

What the mad king endured

In this massively detailed royal biography it seems unfortunate and even unlikely that it takes more than 300 pages to reach the topic of porphyria, the strange disease that made England's George III known as "the mad king" and came close to wrecking his monarchy.