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Illustration on the deteriorating Secret Service by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The Secret Service’s rotten culture

Nothing illustrates so well how rotten the Secret Service’s management culture is as an assistant director’s effort to retaliate against a member of Congress by advocating leaking embarrassing information about him.

Creating a buffet for Russian tyrants

Russia is sweeping into Syria with what one defense official described to Fox News as “the largest deployment of Russian forces outside the former Soviet Union since the collapse of the USSR.”

Score one for the Tea Party

Remember the much-maligned Tea Party movement? These were the patriotic Americans — millions of them — who took to the streets and the town halls across America and revolted against President Bush’s corporate bailouts, President Obama’s stimulus spending blowout and Obamacare, and the Federal Reserve’s policy of tossing trillions of dollars out of helicopter windows (figuratively).

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is joined by Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud during a high level meeting on Somalia at U.N. headquarters, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

When world leaders got garbage for lunch

- The Washington Times

They gave the world leaders, in town for the opening session of the United Nations, lunch in New York the other day and all they got was swill. The leaders munching on the people’s dime said a good time was had by all, but that’s only if your taste runs to garbage. The chefs cheerfully conceded that that garbage was what it was.

Illustration on the changing and perilous situation of presidential candidates by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

How the election revolution has arrived

Apolitical revolution is taking place in America. The process of selecting party presidential candidates has been transformed in the last two or three election cycles. Now we have the early debates designed to drive poll numbers and tell us who’s “ahead” and who’s “behind,” who’s “gaining” and who’s “dropping.”

Illustration on merging health insurance providers by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Proving their medicine is a good as their perks

The planned mergers of four of America’s largest health insurers — Anthem with Cigna, and Aetna with Humana — has triggered a vigorous debate in academic and policy circles.

Illustration on National Manufacturing Day by Paul Tong/Tribune Content Agency

Celebrating manufacturing

This morning when you looked at your calendar, you probably didn’t realize that today (Friday) is Manufacturing Day. Even though it’s not a national holiday (no, you don’t get to stay home from work), this day is still noteworthy.

Illustration on the increasingly dangerous international situation developing in Syria by M. Ryder/Tribune Content Agency

Pursuing contradictory goals

The Russian intervention in Syria is straight out of a Cold War nightmare, conceivably even a countdown to Armageddon updated for the 21st century. Such “Mideast contingencies” were constant focal points of war-games that often recurred during my 30-year military career.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., pauses as he speaks about foreign policy during the John Hay Initiative, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, at a hotel in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) ** FILE **

Kevin McCarthy revisits Benghazi

When House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy blurted out on Fox News September 30 that: “Everybody thought Hillary Rodham Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we [the Republicans] put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks as he heads a meeting of the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights at the Alexadrovsky Hall in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. (Yuri Kochetkov/Pool photo via AP)

Now Russia turns to Syria

Russia’s daring entry into the Syrian war is Vladimir Putin’s riskiest move yet to challenge the West, especially President Obama, after he got away with murder in eastern Ukraine.

Illustration on Pope Francis' U.S. visit by Donna Grethen/Tribune Content Agency

Papal burnout

Unpopular though it may be to say so, I, for one, grew exhausted by the nonstop pronouncements and commentaries of Pope Francis. The spiritual leader of 1 billion Catholics — roughly half of the world’s Christians — Francis just completed a high-profile, endlessly publicized visit to the United States.

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Syrian refugees make their way on a railway track after crossing the border between Serbia and Hungary in Roszke, southern Hungary, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

The arriving miserables

The chaos of men, women and children fleeing the horror of the Middle East continues to deepen. With Germany serving as enabler, hundreds of thousands and perhaps soon a million Syrians, Iraqis and others are trying to get to haven in Europe.

Can anybody here 'catch the moment?'

- The Washington Times

The Republican topsiders will be playing in a new landscape Wednesday night in the political season's second debate. The old landscape is as remote now as a valley on the moon. The suspense is all about who emerges as No. 2.

Illustration on the misleading marketing of Chipotle by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Big Burrito's taste for naive consumers

It hasn't been the best couple of weeks for Chipotle Mexican Grill. Earlier this month, a California woman sued the burrito corporation for misleading advertising about its use of animal feed made from genetically modified crops.

The Price of Electricity Skyrocketing Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The EPA's discriminatory anti-energy policy

Speaking to environmentalist supporters in 2008 regarding "climate change," candidate Barack Obama candidly revealed, "Under my plan, electricity costs will necessarily skyrocket."

Illustration on the need for union reform by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Striking a blow for the good of the workers

Decades before my election to the United States Senate, I was a metal lather in Pittsburgh, working long hours to support a struggling family. Like my father before me, I joined a union that promised to protect my basic rights as an employee. Such labor unions have fought for improved working conditions throughout our nation's history.

Switzerland Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A nation worth emulating

Zurich, Switzerland -- When you think of Switzerland what comes to mind? Beautiful lakes surrounded by the Alps; a rich country with happy people; the home of milk chocolate, expensive watches and discrete bankers; a peaceful country that has not been at war in more than two centuries?

BOOK REVIEW: 'Exceptional: Why the World Needs a Powerful America'

From my completely unbiased perspective, Dick and Liz Cheney have written an important book on America's most critical national-security issues. Grounded in what Henry Luce called "the American Century," they are determined to thwart President Obama's seeming efforts to terminate that century prematurely.

Iran deal totally toothless

It is widely believed that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action allows Iran to stall an International Atomic Energy Agency inspection of an undeclared site for up to but not more than 24 days. In fact, inspections could be stalled for months or might never take place at all.

Trump's only allegiance is to himself

Liberty. Federalism. State sovereignty. Eliminatation of unnecessary federal departments and programs to balance the budget and bring the federal government back into scale. Personal responsibility. Supreme Court activism.

In this Sept. 10, 2015, photo, Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a labor rally in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

A party in a panic

Vice President Joe Biden wants to be president. Good for him. But twice bitten, more than a little shy. The only memorable moment in either attempt was the speech he swiped from a British politician and gave without reading it first, describing himself as the son of a Welsh coal miner.

Secretary of State employee Anthony Armstrong scatters salt on the steps the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., during a snow storm Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

A carbon copy of cold

Ms. Nature may be giving global warming the cold shoulder. It's only September, but there are signs that the approaching winter will be a repeat of last year's frigid season.

Andy Griffith as Lonesome Rhodes in "A Face in the Crowd"

Trump is 'Lonesome Rhodes'

Rarely and perhaps not in modern times has a presidential campaign more resembled the classic 1957 film, "A Face in the Crowd." Written by Budd Schulberg and starring Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal and Walter Matthau, the storyline follows an Arkansas hayseed named Larry "Lonesome" Rhodes (Griffith), whom Marcia Jeffries (Neal) discovers in a county jail.

Scamming the Banks Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Trafficking in budget gimmicks

Frustrated voters sometimes denounce their representatives as "good for nothing," but are they being fair? Consider the budget gimmicks some politicians come up with. When it comes to fiscal gymnastics, who can deny their creativity?

Two-party Democracy in the Maldives Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A struggle in paradise

Among the recent flurry of independence jubilees, one of those that may have gone unnoticed is that of The Maldives, which celebrates its jubilee this year.

Chart to accompany Moore article of Sept. 14, 2015

Anatomy of a failed liberal state

When I grew up in the north suburbs of Chicago in the 1960s and the 1970s, the state of Illinois was still a financial and industrial powerhouse.