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A student teacher in the second-grade classroom of teacher Susanne Diaz at Marcus Whitman Elementary School, goes over lessons with students, in Richland, Wash. (Ty Beaver/The Tri-City Herald via AP)

Let no child be left unconfused

- The Washington Times

Mae West, the famous philosopher of the boudoir, would hardly believe her fortune today. “So many men,” she once complained, “so little time.” She was the kind of girl who set out to “climb the ladder of success, wrong by wrong.”

Illustrations on Christians and Yazidis in Syria and Iraq by Lians Garsys/The Washington Times

Forsaken for their faith

It’s now a couple of weeks of news cycles since we learned from satellite imagery that the Islamic State had destroyed the monastery of St. Elijah, which for more than 11 centuries served as a spiritual oasis for the promulgation of Christianity in the Middle East.

Cost of Ethanol on the Economy Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Renewable Fuel Standard deceit

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants Americans to pay more for their groceries. That’s the only way to explain the agency’s decision to mandate the use of corn-based ethanol in our gas supply.

Changing Campaign Financing Rules Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

An alternative to nonstop political fundraising

America’s campaign finance laws are often a convenient scapegoat for all of our country’s ills. Witness Democratic socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders invoking campaign spending in response to seemingly every other debate question.

Illustration on bad teachers by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Teachers who can’t teach

Anew study in the New England Journal of Medicine has a surprising conclusion. It finds that over the past decade, 1 percent of physicians accounted for 32 percent of malpractice claims. In other words, health care providers could eliminate one-third of malpractice and its associated health, legal and economic costs by removing the worst 1 percent of doctors.

GOP Talent Pool Fading Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The disappearing governors

The Iowa caucuses may have only muddied the waters in the presidential race, but they almost definitively decided one thing: the next president will not be a governor. That’s an amazing revelation because just one year ago all the smart money was betting that the next president would be a Republican governor.

Illustration on U.S. development of reusable rockets by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

A dangerous partnership with Russia

It is with a terrible sense of deja vu that I find myself again warning American lawmakers about our reliance on Russian rocket engines to loft military satellites. For more than a decade, America’s workhorse rocket, the United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) Atlas V, has been powered with RD-180 engines imported from Russia.

Comparing Abortion to the Holocaust Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

How abortion dehumanizes everyone

Over 50 years ago, Adolf Eichmann, the architect of Nazi Germany’s machinery of death, was executed by hanging after his 1961 conviction by an Israeli court.

FILE - In this July 9, 2015 file photo, a Wall Street sign is seen near the New York Stock Exchange in New York. U.S. stocks moved lower on the last day of the year as the market headed for a sluggish end to 2015. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Who is best to reform Wall Street?

In order to reform the financial industry, the next President needs to understand what the fixes should be or risk an overreaction that makes the excesses worse.

Arrogant Iranian Actions Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Iranian arrogance

Iran’s recent capture of two U.S. Navy 47-foot Riverine Command Boats (RCBs) that were on a routine transit from Kuwait to Bahrain on January 12 is another example of the arrogance and contempt Iran holds for America and our political leadership.

Illustration on deporting persons who have overstayed their visas by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A fresh approach to the immigration conundrum

Our broken immigration system has been bad for the country and a source of political division for well over a decade. Some want a so-called “comprehensive” solution to the crisis, but the prospects for it actually happening (let alone being a solution) are not good amid our divisions. It’s time to rise above the existing gridlock and build a national consensus based on national security.

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In this Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 photo, Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party, DPP, presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen raises her hand as she declares victory in the presidential election, in Taipei, Taiwan. (AP Photo/Wally Santana, FIle)

Taiwan without apologies

Yen Chen-shen of Taiwan's National Chengchi University has the best take on his country's Jan. 17 election: "A Taiwan identity won."

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during the King Day at the Dome event celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr., Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)

Tests for the president's men (and women)

There are moments in history when the fate of nations lies at the mercy of the integrity of a single person. We're at such a moment now, and growing numbers of Americans are beginning to realize that. Hillary Clinton, who more than half of the people answering the pollsters say they do not think is honest and trustworthy, violated the rules by running her official business through a personal email server.

Shortsighted 'hatred month'

I would like to propose adding a few dedicated months to Portland Community College's "Whiteness History Month," 30 days in April devoted to criticizing white people ("Portland college declares April 'Whiteness History Month,'" Web, Jan. 18).

President Barack Obama listens as Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016. Obama welcomes Turnbull, his first foreign leader of the new year, for talks that will cover the Islamic State militant group and a 12-nation Pacific Rim trade agreement. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Burying coal

Invention is the engine of progress, but when President Obama claims that he "reinvented our energy sector," he should say that he has put the engine in reverse. His scheme to keep coal in the ground to make alternative energy sources more price-competitive will only make the cost of living more expensive. It's part of his war on the middle class.

How the left shuts down the immigration debate

Winding its way through federal courts is a case that, although inconsequential on its face, is actually highly illustrative of the depths professional illegal-alien "rights" activists will go in their war against our sovereign borders.

Devalued Chinese Currency Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Why China's market chaos threatens U.S. recession

China's stock market chaos is injecting fear into equity markets globally, and President Obama would do well to start listening to Donald Trump about the menace posed by the Middle Kingdom's economy.

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare'

The British commando operation was so audacious that it could be rightly termed harebrained. With an assault team aboard, a sailing vessel disguised as a Swedish pleasure boat, the Maid Honour, traveled some 3,000 miles from England to the minuscule island of Fernando Po, a Spanish colonial territory off the west coast of Africa.

Illustration on New York values embodied by Mayor Bill DeBlasio by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Whining over 'New York values'

Ah, New York. The Big Apple. The City That Never Sleeps. The place where dreams are made, and empires get built.

Illustration on the disastrous impact of Muslim immigration to Europe by Linas Garsys/the Washington Times

The threat to America's national existence

President Obama judged the Islamic State the "JV team," boasted that he'd set al Qaeda "on its heels" and implemented successful counterterrorism policies in Yemen. He insists that both the nuclear deal and the hostages-for-felons swap he concluded with Iran's rulers are triumphs of diplomacy.

Illustration on Hillary's past suppression of "Bimbo eruptions" against her husband by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Hillary's past meets the present

Did any of the political cognoscenti consult Real Clear Politics last Thursday? Those who did found that Donald Trump's recent charges that Hillary Clinton was for years her husband's "enabler" while committing "very seedy" behavior is irrefutable. Moreover, the evidence is contained in a book that has been right under our noses for years.

Illustration on the crige-causing candidates for the 2016 presidential race by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Cringe-causing candidates

If you are among those voters who think that America's 2016 presidential election has become the laughing stock of the world, you are not alone.

Mum on free-market space success

In last State of the Union address President Obama tried hard through obfuscation, omission and exaggeration to cast his accomplishments in a shining light -- but he essentially failed objective fact-checking scrutiny.

Put Iran in its place

Americans are wondering what the heck is wrong with their commander in chief ("U.S. military releases 1st account of sailors' Iran detention," Web, Jan. 18). They expected a strong protest and perhaps even one or two Tomahawks to land in Iran as retaliation for Iran's recent treatment of U.S. Navy personnel who strayed into Iranian waters as a result of either mechanical or navigational problems.

President Barack Obama waves at the conclusion of his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool)

Ending the audacity of overreach

President Obama marveled during his State of the Union address at the breathtaking rate of change sweeping the nation. He didn't mention that the phenomenon — and its disorienting effect — has been largely his doing. He campaigned on a promise of "hope and change," and what America got was destructive change and not much hope.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

The consequences of romancing mullahs

It's hard to exaggerate the strategic disaster of Barack Obama's celebrated deal with the mullahs in the Islamic Republic of Iran. With "lone wolf" murders proliferating and no central command over them, the president has emboldened a vicious wing of radical Islamic terrorism.

Illustration on the reset cycle of intersecting government overreach and societal apathy by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

2016's resemblance to 1937

We have begun to hear the drumbeat that we may be on the verge of another 2008. Truth is, if you really want to better understand where we may be heading, you might want to look back even earlier: It's time to party likes it's 1937.

Absent from Negotiating Table Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A feeler from nuclear North Korea?

North Koreans want to be accepted as a nuclear weapons state. They also want normal diplomatic relations with the United States. Kim Jong-un knows that if he wants a normal relationship with the U.S., with an immediate peace treaty similar to his current request, North Korea will have to dismantle all of its nuclear programs and eventually resolve issues related to the north's human rights and illicit activities programs.

Stop censoring climate debate

President Obama told Americans in his recent (and last) State of the Union address: "Democracy grinds to a halt without a willingness to compromise, or when even basic facts are contested, or when we listen only to those who agree with us. Our public life withers when only the most extreme voices get all the attention." Yet the president will not compromise with or even listen to the many highly qualified scientists who contest his position on climate change.