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A poor way to fight poverty

It’s been 50 years now since the federal government launched its “War on Poverty.” But the numbers just released by the Census Bureau suggest we’re in a losing battle.

A woman walks past an electronic board of a local bank showing the Hong Kong share index in Hong Kong Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. Global stocks sank under the weight of worries about the possible timing of a U.S. rate hike, economic weakness in China and an impending referendum on Scottish independence. Hong Kong's Hang Seng fell 1.9 percent to 24,705.36. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

The long-run solution to an economic mess

Yes, the world is a mess — but there is a long-run solution. The solution is a world of modest-size governmental units — like Virginia and Switzerland, with no larger entity to bail them out if they make bad decisions.

Gen. James Conway            Associated Press photo

Obama’s all-American show in Iraq

- The Washington Times

Several American presidents have had quarrels with their generals, sometimes for reluctance to take the fight to the enemy, occasionally for wanting to take too much fight to the foe.

Illustration on the consequences of political donor information disclosure laws by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The right to speak and be left alone

The best time to speak out about the policy issues you believe in is during the time of year when the most people are paying attention — the election season.

Illustration at the political hyping of AmeriCorps by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

AmeriCorps birthday bash baloney

President Obama and former President Bill Clinton were surrounded by a swarm of gray-shirted devotees Sept. 12 as they celebrated the 20th birthday of AmeriCorps on the South Lawn of the White House.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Clapper’s off-target intelligence strategy

Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper has just released a new National Intelligence Strategy, the first in five years. It’s a highly unsatisfying read for two reasons.

Illustration on the failures of tne war on poverty by Alexander hunter/The Washington Times

The War on Poverty: 50 years of failure

In January 1964, President Johnson declared “unconditional war on poverty in America.” Since then, the taxpayers have spent $22 trillion on Johnson’s war.

Illustration on the need for ground troops by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The error of relying on air power

It is the 21st-century version of the classic question once posed by The Eagles. So who you gonna’ believe: President Obama or your lyin’ eyes?

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Wary Americans: Only 22 percent say the economy is going to improve

- The Washington Times

Yes, about that U.S. economy: Wary Americans remain in a defensive posture when it comes to their pocketbooks, and for good reason. A majority still have some serious financial issues, with only 22 percent feeling confident that the economy will improve - with Democrats more hopeful than their Republican counterparts.

Timeless

BOOK REVIEW: 'Timeless: Love, Morgenthau and Me'

Although Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lucinda Franks was born long before the term "too much information" became a cliche, this autobiographical hurtle through her life and marriage shows her to be a veritable personification of the phenomenon.

Illustration on Obama's "anti-Bushism" by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Obama the anti-Bush

It may come as a surprise to President Obama, but he has actually proved that when it comes to foreign policy and the war on terrorism, President George W. Bush and America have been right all along.

Illustration on Russia's incursion into Ukraine by Nancy Ohanian/Tribune Content Agency

Russia's costly Ukrainian conquest

A cease-fire is now in effect between the Ukrainian government and the Russian-directed separatist movement occupying parts of two Ukrainian provinces and Crimea. Few expect it to last because neither side is ready to live with the status quo.

Illustration on the continuing burdens of Obamacare by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Obamacare repairs that never end

The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) places the responsibility for the cost overruns with the Obama administration.

A pre-K classroom is pictured at the new Plaza Towers elementary school, complete with a separate bathroom, in Moore, Okla., Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. Plaza Towers Elementary School was destroyed by an EF5 tornado on May 20, 2013, killing seven students. The four rooms in this quad and the hallway are a FEMA-approved safe area. The old Plaza Towers did not have a safe room. The new rooms can be used as safe rooms for severe weather or other lockdown situtaitons. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

The cost to educate young illegal immigrants over $761 million - a bill for all 50 states

- The Washington Times

The complexities of illegal immigration continue. One new estimate places the annual cost for state governments to educate unaccompanied minor immigrants at $761,405,907 a year, this according to the Federation for American Immigration Reform, a non-profit interest group which based its findings on federal data. Tax-payer funded classes conducted in Spanish or indigenous languages, plus free school meals contribute to the cost.

In this Sept. 6, 2014 image released by NBC, Chuck Todd, left, speaks with President Barack Obama prior to an interview for "Meet the Press" at the White House in Washington. Todd debuted as moderator of NBC's "Meet the Press," Sunday, Sept. 7, bringing a low-key style and surrounding himself with fellow pundits as NBC turns to him to erase a slide that has taken the long-running Sunday morning political affairs program from first to third in the ratings. (AP Photo/NBC, William B. Plowman)

When presidential boredom is not an option

- The Washington Times

President Obama's hair, like the locks of most of the presidents in their second terms, has turned white. He says he doesn't get enough sleep, but he's nevertheless energized, not exhausted. Bored is more like it.