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Federal Land Grab Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Grinding westerners under the federal boot

The federal government owns an estimated one-third of all the land in the United States. But this is only a rough estimate, because even the federal government does not actually know how much land it controls.

Illustration on the contrasting media coverage of Hillary and Trump by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The apoplectic liberals

- The Washington Times

Is it journalistic malpractice to quote each side of the argument and leave it to readers to draw their own conclusions?

A study in nuclear contrast

Astudy in contrast: North Korea is killing itself to get an atomic bomb; Kazakhstan is rich because it gave its nukes away.

Charlotte police encountering protesters earlier in the week.           Associated Press photo

A riot that dares not speak its name

- The Washington Times

Charlotte is the conversation we’re getting about race in America, with rioting, death and looting, encouraged by the noise of the mob, the purple rhetoric of certain newspapers, bloody mayhem on the television screen, and encouragement, no doubt unintended, by the president of the United States. It’s a carnival out there, but not much conversation.

Illustration on two possible economic futures by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Liars, statistics and politics

This presidential season Americans have been treated to the usual outrageous campaign promises and extraordinary candidate alibis about past transgressions, but those pale in comparison to claims about gains in family incomes served up by the Obama administration last week.

Fifteen years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks 2,976 American flags were displayed in memory of each person who died. Families of the victims say they have waited long enough and want legislation granting them the right to sue Saudi officials who they say are culprits. (Associated Press)

Americanism over transnationalism

Throughout this presidential campaign we’ve heard many liberals and neoconservatives carp against the nationalism espoused by Donald Trump and condemn how nationalism continues to resonate among tens of millions of regular Americans. Elitists and media messengers likewise express horror when Mr. Trump announces that in all matters, be they domestic or foreign, his policy and attitude will be “America first.”

Illustration on Obama's exit before the consequences by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

War clouds are gathering

This summer, President Obama was often golfing. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were promising to let the world be. The end of summer seemed sleepy, the world relatively calm.

FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2016 file photo, handguns are displayed at the Smith & Wesson booth at the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show in Las Vegas. Nearly two-thirds of Americans expressed support for stricter gun laws, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll released Saturday, July 23, 2016. A majority of poll respondents oppose banning handguns. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Why millennials are skeptical of gun control

For the mediaocracy and pundit class, determining the opinions of millennials on all sorts of topics is the great 21st-century parlor game. And it seems that nothing confuses them more — or upsets them, for that matter — than when forced to confront millennial attitudes about guns.

Illustration on Obama Cabinet members violations of the Hatch Act by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Partisan politics in the Cabinet

The Obama administration repeatedly allows senior officials to unlawfully meddle in politics without being held accountable. In just the latest incident, Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julian Castro in July was found to have violated a law designed to ensure that federal officials work on behalf of all Americans, not their political party.

Oklahoma Justice Reform Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Modernizing the justice system

As governor of Oklahoma, I’ve seen first-hand the profound impact incarceration has had on our families, children, communities and state.

Friendly Octopus Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Old friends and presidential politics

Sitting at a bar on the outskirts of Pittsburgh before a reunion party for the class of 1959 of a nearby suburban high school, I heard the same thing from two people entering the restaurant: “Um, these people are really old. Are you sure we’re at the right reunion?”

Red Tape Attack on Coatings Industry Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Rolling out the red tape

Here’s one thing everyone can agree on: Federal regulatory and international tax policy implications can be as exciting as, well, watching paint dry.

Illustration on 800 persons being granted citizenship rather than deportation by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The U.S. immigration system in chaos

Germans proving they’re not sheeple are rejecting their mass-immigration-promoting ruling party in elections. The U.S. immigration system, in chaos, “mistakenly” gives citizenship to 800 immigrants ordered deported. Two foreign-born Islamists go on terror rampages in the United States.

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Obama will likely become the first ex-president billionaire

Ah, the riches of public service. We are now assured the Obamas will be able to finance their post-White House lives with record-breaking book deals. The New York Times wants you to know that the people fed through the federal government teat for eight years, lavishing upon themselves taxpayer vacations to the tune of tens of millions of dollars, will now have more money thrown at them as they scamper away from the conflagration they're leaving behind.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally at University of South Florida in Tampa, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The sprint toward November

And now the fun begins. All that has gone before doesn't count, or at least not very much. The preliminaries are over, the palookas have been dispatched to undercards elsewhere, and with the passing of Labor Day the candidates, and more important, the voters, can get down to the serious business of choosing a president.

Philippine president swears at Obama

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte swears at President Obama for surrender of much Asia to Red China. After an eight-year legacy of weakness, China, Russia and rogue nations are advancing against America and our allies around the globe.

In this Aug. 10, 1976, file photo, women opposed to the Equal Rights Amendment sit with Phyllis Schlafly, left, national chairman of Stop ERA. **File (AP Photo)

Phyllis Schlafly, 1924-2016

Phyllis Schlafly called herself "just a housewife," and lost several races for public office. She was scorned by the political elites and mocked by feminists. Betty Friedan, an early modern feminist icon, told her she should be "burned at the stake" for opposing the Equal Rights Amendment. But when she died Sunday, aged 92, she was recognized as one of the most politically important women of her time.

Illustration on the violently chaotic state of South Sudan by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

South Sudan at a 'pivot point'

Since the civil war began in South Sudan in December of 2013, the news from one of the world's newest countries has been consistently gruesome -- targeted ethnic killings, rape, kidnappings and disappearances, arbitrary arrests and detentions, recruitment and use of child soldiers, massive social upheaval, millions of hungry people and an economy on the brink of total collapse.

Illustration on animal testing of medicines by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A boy is not a rat, a pig or a dog

- The Washington Times

Some years ago, my West Virginia hunting and fishing buddy was invited to appear on a local television station high in the mountains with an animal rights activist, a young vegan mother who brought her one-year-old daughter with her. In the midst of the discussion after the young lady argued that we humans ought to stop treating animals as our inferiors, my friend turned to her and asked a simple question.

Mother Teresa Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

When Malcolm Muggeridge met Mother Teresa

Pope Francis canonized Mother Teresa on Sunday. She was a celestial figure to many, for sweating away in Calcutta with "the poorest of the poor." By that oft-used term was meant the poor for whom a government "poverty line" would be a luxury. Mother Teresa took in street urchins, the hopelessly sick and the dying -- lost souls who were at death's door.

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Fearing the Uber of dentistry

Five years ago, I started researching the delivery of children's dental care in the growing Medicaid dental space. I discovered a pioneering, cost-effective dental health care solution called "dental support organizations," or DSOs. Some DSOs help improve access for underserved children, who largely lack access to "regular" dental practices that have historically not accepted patients who rely on the low-paying Medicaid program.

Keeping Americans in the dark defies common sense

Jed Babbin's recent column ("Bob Corker's blunder helping Obama get Iran deal," Web, Aug. 30) appropriately criticized President Obama's United Nations Security Council Resolution promoting the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty. Unfortunately, he grossly mischaracterized my role in the congressional debate over the Iran nuclear agreement.

Illustration on Labor Day and the rights of workers by M. Ryder/Tribune Content Agency

American workers and their achievements

Labor Day is dedicated to honor the "social and economic achievements of American workers" — according to the Department of Labor, anyway. For everyone else, it's an opportunity to celebrate the end of summer.

Illustration on the real purpose of a college education by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Clearing the minefield of political correctness

There's been a lot of debate, appropriately enough, about University of Chicago dean John Ellison's letter warning freshmen not to expect "safe spaces" and "trigger warnings" on campus. Much of that debate has focused on free speech -- and rightly so. But there's a larger issue at play.