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Life’s a scream on the slippery slope

- The Washington Times

“The slippery slope” doesn’t frighten very many people in Washington because that’s where a lot of politicians live. Life can be comfortable there, and it’s usually quite profitable. But it’s a dangerous piece of real estate for the rest of us.

There’s good news about third-party candidates

The conventional wisdom is that an independent presidential bid by New York billionaire Donald Trump would harm the Republican candidate in 2016. That’s probably incorrect. Most often, significant independent general-election candidacies harm the incumbent or incumbent party more than they do the challenging party.

Illustration contrasting Reagan's dealings with the Soviets and Obama's with Iran by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

‘Barack Obama, you’re no Ronald Reagan’

In a recent interview defending the proposed nuclear agreement with Iran, President Obama argued that that his approach to Iran is essentially the same as that which Ronald Reagan took toward the Soviet Union. Mr. Obama said that ” where I completely admire him was his recognition that [an agreement would be worth doing] if you were able to verify an agreement that you would negotiate with the evil empire that was hell-bent on our destruction and was a far greater existential threat to us than Iran will ever be.”

Illustration on Obama's undermining of the U.S. military by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Undermining the military

When President Obama announced that he was going to “fundamentally transform” America, not many Americans understood the full depth of that statement. Based on an assessment of his policies over the last six and half years, clearly one of Mr. Obama’s objectives has been to diminish America’s standing and leadership role throughout the world. One result has been that our allies now don’t trust us and our enemies don’t fear us — the worst possible combination.

President Johnson signs Medicare legislation July 30, 1965.                Associated Press photo

Medicare at age 50

Diehard defenders of President Obama’s continuing, wretched rollout of the Affordable Care Act may be quick to point out that other government programs, most notably Medicare, also had rocky starts. But the historical record doesn’t support such nonsense.

Illustration on courtesy, respect and rules in the U.S. Senate by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

When tough talk roils the decorum of the Senate

The United States Senate has a long and justly celebrated tradition of comity and respect among members. Although there have been occasional exceptions throughout history, on the whole, senators have taken great care to treat each other with courtesy and respect, both in private discussions and in public deliberations.

Peace Through Strength Bunker Bomb Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Reviving ‘peace through strength’

Ever since the Ayatollah Khomeini and his Islamist storm troops took over Iran in 1979, the driving force of the country’s rulers has been (1) destroy Israel; (2) establish Iran as the hegemonist of the Middle East; and (3) drive out all Western influences from the region. Their efforts to create a nuclear arsenal has been part of their strategy to accomplish these goals.

Illustration on the controversy stirred during the creation of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Surviving ‘a perfect storm’ of opposition

Just two months ago, the nation marked the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, and many of the stories in the media were illustrated with images of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the Mall, which over the past three decades has become an American cultural icon — symbolizing that difficult period in our history. Yet, that memorial, as we know it today, almost didn’t happen.

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Bitcoin Bites Big Brother Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Immutable money

What is money? The coin and currency that you have in your pocket? The balances you have in your checking, money market or savings account? How about the value of your stocks and bonds? The government (mainly the Federal Reserve) provides numbers about the money supply -- M1, M2, M3 and M0, which only goes to show that there is no simple definition on which all agree.

A majority of Americans believe in "fate" a new survey finds. Horoscopes? Not so much. (YouGov poll image)

Majority of Americans believe in fate: Poll

- The Washington Times

Horoscopes don't carry as much weight with Americans as the idea of "fate" according to a new survey. A majority, in fact, believe in fate. The world of Leo, Libra, Gemini and the other star signs? Not so much.

Illustration on Oregon and the effects of Liberal statism by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Oregon as America's Greece

As most of the world points,laughs and gives the headshake to Greece over its socialist-driven economic meltdown, Americans don't need to look east to see the scourge of liberal policies. Look west to the state of Oregon, and you'll see our very own fascist chaos wrapped in concern-troll self-righteousness that would make every failed leftist politician blush.

Nickname nonsense

A federal judge has canceled the Washington Redskins' trademark registrations ("Judge orders cancellation of Redskins trademark registration," Web, July 8).

Voters inured to Clinton's lying?

Well, there she goes again. In an interview with CNN, presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton denied ever having received a subpoena related to her use of a private email server. It's not true, but there's nothing new there ("Hillary Clinton caught in lie: Benghazi committee contradicts claim of no subpoena," Web, July 8).

Oren right about Obama on Israel

Martin Rubin's review of the latest book by former U.S. Ambassador Michael Oren, in contrast to reviews by sycophants of President Obama, presents an accurate picture of the abandonment of Israel by the current administration ("BOOK REVIEW: 'Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide,'" Web, July 7). Certainly the other critics do not consider the gravity of Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon and thus obtaining the means of eliminating Israel from the map. This is a threat continually made by the leadership of that Muslim nation.

President Barack Obama pauses while speaking in the Rose Garden of the White House, Thursday, June 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The watchman on the wall

Barack Obama is an intelligent fellow. Smart, sometimes. But for a smart, intelligent man, clever enough to get himself elected president of the United States not once but twice, he has a fifth-grader's understanding of the evil men out there determined to kill us.

In this Friday, June 26, 2015 photo, different varieties of marijuana flowers are displayed at medical marijuana dispensary Kaya Shack in Portland, Ore. On July 1, recreational marijuana in Oregon is legal, but it's likely customers won't be able to buy the pot at medical dispensaries until October 1. (AP Photo/Gosia Wozniacka)

A bust for medical marijuana

Celebrating the medical benefits, if any, of marijuana has been an effective ruse to win social acceptance for getting high. This was thoroughly predictable, and now it's clear that the organized pot heads have been blowing smoke at us.

Illustration on the state of the Greek economy by Greg Groesch/ The Washington Times

Socialism, RIP

A few years ago, the prestigious economic publication, Journal of Economic Literature, dubbed the period from 1980 to 2005 "the age of Milton Friedman." Harvard University economist Andrei Schleifer described this era of greater reliance on free markets and privatization, as arguably the period of greatest economic advance for mankind in world history.

Social Security Victims Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

An agenda for America's elderly

The White House Conference on Aging, held once a decade, is taking place Monday in the East Room and South Court. Its mandate is to develop an agenda to help the elderly. The issue crosses party lines.

Aspirations for 2016 Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The limits of conventional campaign wisdom

A debate is raging over whether Republicans or Democrats have the upper hand in next year's presidential election. Most insiders think that Hillary Rodham Clinton will benefit most because she's cleared the field of serious opponents and that Republicans will suffer because too many of them are vying for the nomination.

Actor Jeff Bridges has some fun with "Super Sprowtz" during a rally to launch the Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry campaign at Bancroft Elementary in Arlington on Tuesday. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Tackling childhood hunger in America

In the U.S. there are over sixteen million children who live in households that lack the means to get enough nutritious food on a regular basis.

In this July 31, 2014 photo, a traveler passes through Philadelphia International Airport Thursday, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Flying with God: Most major airports have dedicated chapels

- The Washington Times

Airports may be harried places. But many house holy places. A meticulous analysis of current FAA data reveals that 60 percent of the nation's largest airports have chapels, according to Aleksandra Sandstrom, a researcher and editor with the Pew Research Center.

Know When to Hold Them

Hidden wisdom from country music plays to the futile negotiations to limit nuclear capabilities of Iran. The song known as "The Gambler" written by David Schlitz, recorded by Kenny Rogers, became a hit in the 1970s, later inspired a movie and today is best known as a car insurance commercial. Lines of this famous song seem particularly apropos.