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Robert E. Lee. (Associated Press)

The showboating student, hard at work

- The Washington Times

There is much to do for the student with awakened conscience. Scrubbing out the moral stains on America, to make the grove of academe the bright spot of the fruited plain, is a job bigger than anyone first imagined.

Illustration on advice to the GOP on reducing the size of government by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Cutting government down to size

The GOP debates so far have shown that the Republican presidential candidates are far from united on how best to boost the economy. Tax and regulatory reform are critical. But as a first step they should consider following the path Democrats took immediately after World War II: shrink the government.

Illustration on justified concerns over receiving Syrian "refugees" into the United States by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A compassionate and cautious approach to refugees

Americans always have welcomed those fleeing danger and oppression abroad. Some of the earliest Americans crossed the Atlantic to escape religious persecution in Great Britain.

Intelligence Failure Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The CENTCOM Syndrome

Every member of the military has a personal duty to report the facts they encounter truthfully to their superiors. That goes for everyone from the lowliest private to the four-star generals who report directly to the president.

Illustration on the Republican response to the Democrats' championing of the $15 minimum wage by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Working a wedge issue

Given the increased polarization of the electorate, expect to see more issue-based fighting to influence the opinions of independent voters. These are the voters who do not follow the letter after a candidate name. They have a different North Star than party designation.

Illustration on fighting terrorism with energy independence by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The ill-timed climate change talk

President Obama has been mocked and appropriately so for his ludicrous comment that the upcoming climate change summit in Paris will be a “powerful rebuke” to the terrorists. No. This summit is a powerful rebuke to common sense.

U.S. Donation to Terror Group Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Funding terrorists

The United States, in the form of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing $100,000 to an organization directly linked to financing terrorism.

Illustration on the monetization of refugees by the United Nations and U.S. government agencies by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Creating isolation, not assimilation

Despite the exposure refugee resettlement has received lately, there has been little discussion of how the program actually operates.

Magical Rate Increase Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

How Obama ducks responsibility

The Federal Reserve is President Obama’s last chance for ducking responsibility for America’s weak economy. For seven years, Mr. Obama and Democrats have blamed George W. Bush and Republicans for an economy that has underperformed throughout this administration. With that excuse growing ever less plausible, and an election looming, Mr. Obama and Democrats need a new economic excuse; higher interest rates from the Fed offers them just that.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, right, and Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev pose for a photo in Minsk, Belarus, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. Aliyev arrived in Belarus for a two-day official visit. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Hypocrisy from Foggy Bottom

On November 1, Azerbaijan’s ruling New Azerbaijan Party won 70 of a 125 seats in that country’s parliament in an election largely boycotted by the main opposition party.

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Weak, confused and ‘unable to grasp’

- The Washington Times

Many bad things happen when a leader is weak, confused and forever in search of a credible reason to do nothing. For all his softness on Islam, Barack Obama has little insight into the men who send out mobs to cry “death to America.” He can’t imagine that men can listen to the call to evening Muslim prayer, which so captivated him as a boy growing up in Indonesia — “the prettiest sound on Earth” — and be inspired to dream of bringing down death on America.

Illustration on NOAA's climate change fictions by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

NOAA’s climate change science fiction

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is the nation’s leading collector of climate data. Every day, NOAA analyzes vast amounts of data to predict changes to our climate, weather, oceans and coasts. The agency also publishes monthly temperature averages across the nation and compares those numbers to historical temperature records.

The Invincible Obama Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Behind Obama’s lack of leadership

President Truman’s decision to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki killed more than 200,000 civilians but stopped a war that had already killed tens of millions and could have wiped out millions more.

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Continue aid to Israel

The first step in talking about the situation in Israel should be to correct any misconceptions relating to the current Arab-Israeli conflict ("Obama, Netanyahu to discuss U.S. military aid to Israel," Web, Nov. 8).

President Obama. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Bordering on lawlessness

The Constitution matters. The much-abused document on which the republic stands has been rescued from the trash bin where President Obama threw it, and still stands between the government and his "progressive" goal of using a flood of illegal immigrants to build a permanent "progressive" majority. The reprieve is welcome but Mr. Obama has not learned much.

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) ** FILE **

Nuances ride again

How quickly Washington forgets that Ronald Reagan's forthright stand against Soviet totalitarianism and the tyranny of Communist China was the object of derision at the time. The elites sniffed and scoffed at the cowboy president. He was so unsophisticated. The late Clark Clifford, expensive lawyer, fixer and tutor of the elites, called him "an amiable dunce."

Illustration on thecorruption of the justice system by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Punishing the Obama way

Although the rot has been visible for some time, recent actions by President Obama's Department of Justice and director of national intelligence make it possible to say definitively that the United States we once extolled as a nation of laws and not of men no longer exists.

Executive Crook Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Being an executive is not a crime

Here's a quiz: Which of the following is a federal crime: (a) A hamster dealer needlessly tilting a hamster's cage while in transit; (b) subliminally advertising wine; or (c) selling a fresh steak with paprika on it?

Illustration on the court reversals of Obama's overstepping his authority under the Constitution by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The president and the rule of law

Earlier this week, a federal appeals court in New Orleans upheld an injunction issued by a federal district court in Texas against the federal government, thereby preventing it from implementing President Obama's executive orders on immigration.

Illustration on students' entitlement mentality on college campuses by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The closing of the American mouth

College kids do the darndest things. You send them away to open up their minds and they learn to close them, for themselves and for others. The tantrum generation just managed a left-wing coup at the University of Missouri, stifling freedom of expression and forcing out the president and chancellor of the university.

Rotten to the Core Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Common Core's double whammy

Some of the most reliable yardsticks in monitoring academic progress in K-12 education are the assessments known as the Nation's Report Card, officially the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The results from its 2015 assessments are in, and they are not encouraging.

Historic Defense Dept. image of a Dust Off air evacuation crew in action during the Vietnam War. The primary transport was the The Bell UH-1 Iroquois "Huey" helicopter - the air ambulance.

Hooah: Vietnam-era 'Dustoff' air ambulance crews nominated for Congressional Gold Medal

- The Washington Times

Sens. John Cornyn and Joe Manchin have introduced legislation to award an elite group of Vietnam veterans with the Congressional Gold Medal. That would be the tenacious "Dust Off" crews, who drew their name from the U.S. Army 57th Medical Detachment's radio call sign and fearlessly flew unarmed air ambulances into combat to rescue and evacuate the wounded. Their airborne mission has roots dating back to World War II.

Ben Carson Under the Biased Microscope Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Carson, clean in comparison

Last week I wrote in this column that Ben Carson, a leading Republican candidate for the presidency, was an "American hero." I pronounced him thus even as the roof was falling in on his candidacy.

One Percent Veteran Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The other 'one percent'

We hear a lot today from our politicians about the evil, greedy "one percent." But instead of pitting Americans against each other for political gain, our leaders ought to be focusing on the one percent that unites these United States and keeps us all safe, secure and prosperous.

Illustration on demagoguery by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The terrible cost of demagoguery

President Obama's justification for nixing the Keystone XL pipeline was yet another example of Oval Office demagoguery -- a destructive impulse also rampant among those vying to succeed him.