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A dog whistle by the master

- The Washington Times

Barack Obama has the master wordsmith’s gift for bending language, saying something that sounds good, but heard as something not so good.

Sen. Jim Webb Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Jim Webb, a maverick with a message

It’s going to be easy — and fun for some — to dismiss the presidential candidacy of former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, if he actually decides to run.

An attitude of gratitude

Is there anything in the world that can stop the United States of America? We were born struggling against the British Empire — the most powerful entity at the time — and we totally wiped the floor with those crumpet-gobblers.

Congress Controls Purse Strings to Neutralize Executive Orders Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The coming Washington war

If you thought the bare-knuckled, no-holds-barred, midterm elections were rough, the last two years of Barack Obama’s presidency will make that look like a Sunday school picnic.

Illustration on a coalition government for Libya by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Opening the door to a peaceful Libya

We all remember how in February 2011 the Arab Spring reached Libya, and Libyans came together to overthrow a 42-year-old dictatorship that crushed any semblance of democracy, freedom and free will.

Illustration on Bill Cosby by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Bill Cosby’s message survives personal disaster

What’s fascinating about the coverage of the persuasive accusations against Bill Cosby, now 18 and rising, is that race doesn’t dominate. There’s an outcry at the abuse of women, and he’s shredded the healthy black-father family man image he carefully cultivated on his sitcom, but you don’t read or hear notice taken of the fact that the women who say he drugged and raped them were usually white.

John Winthrop Portrait

The truly first Thanksgiving

What sustained both Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay was that, thankfully, America could be carved into a better community for all, providing that elusive but mysterious challenge that was missing from the lives of so many in England.

Death of the Sexual Revolution Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The joy of sex is over

So this is how the sexual revolution is ending. It is ending with gangs of angry women recalling alleged sexual assaults up to a half-century ago. Their alleged assailant in this case is the avuncular 77-year-old Bill Cosby.

illustration on the values of life and government by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Our gratitude belongs not to government, but to God

What if the government is designed to perpetuate itself? What if the real levers of governmental power are pulled by agents, diplomats and bureaucrats behind the scenes? What if they stay in power no matter who is elected president or which major political party controls Congress?

Illegal Aliens and Illegal Executive Orders Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Obama has forgotten his official duty is to Americans

Like millions of other Americans, I appreciate the plight of billions of people throughout the world who would like nothing more than to find themselves in the United States, where they could enjoy a much higher standard of living and wonderful opportunities for advancement. It should first be considered, however, that we have millions of people already mired in dire poverty.

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Sweden's wishful thinking on the Mideast

Our affable but pointed discussion focused on the Middle East, on which we agreed on almost nothing. I might as well have been in Sudan's or Syria's foreign ministry.

Democratic candidate for Texas Governor Sen. Wendy Davis poses with members of Planned Parenthood as she rallies campaign workers and supporters at the party's west side office in San Antonio, Texas, Monday, Nov. 3, 2014. Davis is running against Republican candidate Greg Abbott. (AP Photo/San Antonio Express-News, Jerry Lara)

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Illustration on government interference with Medicare prescription drug coverage by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Big Pharma's prescription-drug monopoly

Thank God the government doesn't run the cellphone industry. If it did, phones would cost twice as much, be too heavy to carry, have rotary dials on them, and we'd still be paying for "roaming" minutes.

Obamacare Chain Logo Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Jonathan Gruber's payday

The MIT economist who is the brains behind Obamacare says he was willing to say and do whatever it took to advance the scheme, and now it's clear why. Obamacare made Mr. Gruber a multimillionaire, and at the expense of the taxpayers.

Illustration on Obama's ineffectual action against ISIS by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Calling to account Obama's ISIS war

It probably won't be, but the first item on the lame-duck congressional agenda should be the military action in which we are now engaged against the Islamic State, or ISIS.

Dodd-Frank Shakey Bank Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The end of Dodd-Frank?

After health care, the administration commonly lists financial reform, the Dodd-Frank Act, as one of its signature achievements. Do the election results signal the end of Dodd-Frank?

BOOK REVIEW: 'Augustus: First Emperor of Rome'

Caesar Augustus remains the person in the ancient world whose image is the most recognizable, surviving to the present day in statues, coins and frescoes. He was the Barack Obama of his day, except that he actually created significant and lasting accomplishments.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: U.S. should seize on Mexico deal for reforms

Financial news reports have AT&T leaping across the border to help create the potential for a greater middle class in Mexico with the purchase of Iusacell, a wireless company that has 8.6 million subscribers and a network that covers 70 percent of Mexico's population ("AT&T says it will buy Mexico's Iusacell for $1.8B," Web, Nov. 7).

Miteb bin Abdullah Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The Saudi prince who could be king

Ever since President Franklin Roosevelt met with King Abdulaziz aboard the USS Quincy in 1945, Saudi Arabia has been one of America's most steadfast allies.