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Caitlyn Jenner on the cover of Vanity Fair    Associated Press photo

New pronouns for the traveling freak show

- The Washington Times

Caitlyn Jenner, taking pride in his or her decolletage with a smart new frock for his famous Vanity Fair photo shoot, started the madness of the summer of ‘15, but he’s got nothing on the educationist establishment. They’re nothing but boobs (and proud of it).

Mount McKinley Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

McKinley, a mountain moniker no more

William McKinley doesn’t get the respect he deserves. The nation’s 25th president presided over a powerful pivot point in American history.

Pulling the Plug on the EPA Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

EPA’s clean power fraud

The Environmental Protection Agency has twisted 280 words in the Clean Air Act into 2,690 pages of Clean Power Plan regulations and appendices.

Chart to accompany Moore article of Aug. 31, 2015

Oil, America’s inexhaustible resource

In August 1859 on the eve of the Civil War, Col. Edwin Laurentine Drake completed the first commercial oil well in the United States on Oil Creek just outside of Titusville, Pa.

Obump Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A Republican version of Obama

Americans may finally be tiring of “talking-point presidents.” For more than six-and-a-half years, this is what President Obama has been — telling Americans what they want to hear, while pursuing policies they do not support.

Illustration on China's menacing moves in the Pacific by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

China’s challenge to U.S. Asia policy

Earlier this month, Secretary of State John Kerry met with his counterparts from across the Asia-Pacific region in Malaysia, discussing joint trade, security and political efforts.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks on the campus of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, during a 'Commit to Vote' grassroots organizing meeting. (AP Photo/David Richard)

A late apology in clintonspeak

- The Washington Times

Hillary Clinton attempted to “come clean” about her emails again, like a sinner squirming in the hands of an angry god, but the partisan gods do not seem to be appeased.

Illustration on government debasement of religious liberty by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Favoring some claims of conscience over others

We face a crisis of conscience today — a crisis forced upon us by elites in Washington who would pick and choose who is allowed to follow their deeply held beliefs and who is to be punished by the government for doing so.

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China Devalues the Yuan Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

How a devalued yuan makes American goods more expensive in China

As the stock market soared on news Monday that Warren Buffett was making another big deal, traders thought the worst was over after a string of losing days. Adding to the euphoria was news that China would speed up mergers of state-owned firms to boost growth. But then came Tuesday and the announcement that China was devaluing the yuan in an attempt to make their sagging exports more price-attractive, and, bingo, the stock market tanked.

Illustration on Iranian military projection into Iraq by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Pentagon inaction in the face of Kurdish military needs only encourages the Iranians

In last week's Republican debates Donald Trump advised us to buy stock in Iran: "You'll quadruple," he assured us. That may have sounded like sarcasm, but while Iran is steadily expanding its influence in key portions of Iraq, the Obama administration can't even bring itself to directly equip Iraq's most trustworthy fighters in the war against ISIS, the Kurdish regional guards, the Peshmerga.

Illustration on the perception gap on education funding by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Teachers and schools are funded at a higher rate than most people know

In its 2016 budget, the Obama administration has proposed a new billion-dollar federal program, Teaching for Tomorrow, which requests an additional $1 billion in federal funding for services to children from low-income families. It also calls for more money for English language acquisition programs, civil rights enforcement, and special education services. Reporters nonetheless have pronounced the budget "dead on arrival," as Congress is reluctant to increase spending at a time when the country is running a large fiscal deficit. Consistent with these reports, the House of Representatives has passed a budget resolution that calls for a more than 8 percent cut in federal spending. Similar battles over education spending rage in state capitals across the country.

Hillary Rodham Clinton had initially said no classified information was sent or received on her server, though she has more recently clarified that only means no material that was officially marked as classified at the time. (Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton's suitability problem

After she has repeatedly lied, dissembled and deceived about protecting our most vital national secrets, what does that say about her suitability to retain a security clearance, let alone to run for the highest office in the land?

Rick Perry gets into it with the grassroots audience at the Iowa State Fair "soapbox" in 2014. (AP Photo)

16 presidential hopefuls head for the challenge: The Iowa State Fair soap box, hecklers included

- The Washington Times

It is a candidate's challenge: The Iowa State Fair is open for business in Des Moines on Thursday, and with it comes the "Candidate Soapbox," set smack in the middle of the main concourse. Over the next nine days, 16 presidential candidates will have 20 minutes on a small stage to have their say before God, country, cows, locals and journalists who hope some hapless hopeful will have a fried-food malfunction for the cameras.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Comet'

We tend to assume that the great technological inventions of the 20th century were born in the USA. It was, after all, dubbed the American century. But, in fact, three of the most significant of these marvels were British: television, antibiotics and the jet aircraft engine. This lavishly illustrated book -- it is also packed with information about everything from engineering to decor -- celebrates Comet, the first passenger jet that took to the air. And guess what? It was British, too.

Civic Order in Afghanistan Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Taking a page from the Taliban playbook

With the second round of peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban just around the corner, many Afghans fear the compromises that lie in store — reversals on gains in women's rights and education, for instance. But others recall that life under the religious dictatorship wasn't without its benefits, and wonder if such compromises aren't a price worth paying.

Crowds chant in the street along West Florissant Avenue, Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, in Ferguson, Mo. Ferguson was a community on edge again Monday, a day after a protest marking the anniversary of Michael Brown's death was punctuated with gunshots. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Loretta Lynch's police praise counters 'Ferguson effect'

Ferguson is still a tinderbox, but there's hope and change this time. U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch has distanced herself from her predecessor, Eric Holder. She praises cops for taking responsibility as peacemakers, and she isn't looking for opportunities to incite turmoil. She might start a process of healing the rift between minority communities and the men and women in blue who protect them.

Illustration on the Obama/Iran nuclear arms deal by Paul Tong/Tribune Content Agency

'The deal' becomes a hard sell in Iran, too

The presidents of the United States and Iran have at least one thing in common during the next 40 days: selling the nuclear treaty to their doubters.

President Obama speaks during a multilateral meeting in Addis Ababa on South Sudan and cointerterrorism issues with Kenya, Sudan, Ethiopia, the African Union and Uganda. (Associated Press/File)

Obama's feel-good approach to South Sudan, like Iran, is flawed

Critics of President Obama's Iranian nuclear agreement believe his position is that any deal is better than no deal. He seems to be taking that same stance in dealing with the horrifying civil war in South Sudan, a largely Christian nation that won independence in 2011 as it broke away from the Arab-dominated Sudan government.

Illustration on Saudi Arabia and a nuclear Iran by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Saudi Arabia fears a deadly combination of revolutionary zeal and Shia dominance

Perhaps the most troubling reaction to the Iran deal announced last month has been the Saudi announcement that it is moving forward with its plan to acquire its own nuclear weapon -- now. No one doubts their ability to do so; after all, it was the Saudis who bankrolled Pakistan's nuclear program. Egypt and Turkey are almost certain to follow suit. The message from the Saudis is clear: They consider the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran intolerable. They are unwilling to live even a moment beneath the specter of an unanswerable Iranian nuclear strike.

Illustration on Vladimir Putin by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Taking Crimea and eastern Ukraine reminds the world to fear the Russian bear

The failure of Soviet totalitarianism ultimately brought down the Soviet Union itself in 1991. In the years following its collapse, the new Russian Federation struggled with a different problem: the seemingly terminal atrophy of the state and its authority. The so-called neo-liberals who came to power with Boris Yeltsin tried, but failed to deliver on their political and economic promises.

Illustration of Carly Fiorina by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Carly Fiorina, the anti-Hillary

- The Washington Times

When Carly Fiorina speaks, people lean in to listen. It's not just because she speaks in measured, almost soft, tones. It's because she projects an extraordinary calming presence, even when discussing the most dangerous threats and vexing problems facing America today.

Two Perseid meteors, center and lower left, streak across the sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower during 2014. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

Perseid meteor shower puts on a major show tonight -- 'best in years'

- The Washington Times

Yeah, why not pay attention to some flashy meteors while the White House hopefuls duke it out? NASA and assorted "Perseid pundits" report that thanks to a new moon, this week's Perseid meteor shower is expected to be one of the best in years. NASA Television will be there, offering a live broadcast, hosted by some true meteor hotshots from the Meteoroid Environment Office, the American Meteor Society and other learned spots. The four-hour broadcast begins at 10 p.m. EDT on Wednesday