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EDITORIAL: Why militarize the schools?

But peer pressure, bullying and ambition for good grades aren’t the sort of minefield California’s schools apparently fear most. They’re getting ready for the real thing, deploying mine-resistant vehicles, or MRAPs, against the day an invading army lays a booby trap on the playground.

Illustration on the difficult U.S. position vs. the Islamic State by Kevin Kreneck/Tribune Content Agency

Creeping toward war, confused and unprepared

In their testimony before Congress, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said unequivocally that we are at war with the Islamic State (aka ISIS) in both Iraq and Syria.

The home of Ana Maria and John Conley is pictured in Arvada, Colo., on Thursday, July 3, 2014, is where their daughter Shannon Maureen Conley, 19, lived until her arrest by the FBI in April. FBI agents tried more than once to discourage  Conley, who said she was intent on waging jihad in the Middle East before arresting her in April as she boarded a flight she hoped would ultimately get her to Syria, court documents unsealed Wednesday show.(AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

The spread of Rocky Mountain jihad

In my adopted home state, the toxic fumes of Islamic jihad have penetrated the most unlikely hamlets and hinterlands.

**FILE** Sen. Orrin Hatch, Utah Republican, addresses a crowd during the Utah Republican Party nominating convention, in Sandy, Utah, on April 26, 2014. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: The monument man, by executive order

The federal government already owns most of the land in Utah, and Mr. Obama has his eye on a prime parcel of 1.4 million acres near the Canyonlands National Park. With a wave of his autopen, he can banish development, declaring the Greater Canyonlands a “national monument.”

Illustration on "late speaker" children by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

When children are late-talkers

Anyone who knows what anxiety, and sometimes anguish, parents go through when they have a child who is still not talking at age two, three or even four, can appreciate what a blessing it can be to have someone who can tell them what to do — and what not to do.

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Liberty Bell Dunce Cap Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Faint recognition of Constitution Day

Wednesday is Constitution Day in recognition of the signing of the document in 1787 by members of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.

Illustration of Eric Holder and the corruption of the Justice Department by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The injustice of Eric Holder

Even we were shocked when we researched our new book, "Obama's Enforcer: Eric Holder's Justice Department," at the extent to which Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. has politicized the Justice Department.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Agent Storm'

In the 1949 book "The God That Failed: A Confession," prominent ex-communist intellectuals recounted their disillusionment with and abandonment of communism. What also made that book noteworthy was its running concept of "Kronstadt" as the defining moment in which these ex-communists decided not merely to leave the Communist Party, but to actively oppose it as anti-communists.

Illustration on tax code complexity by M. Ryder/Tribune Content Agency

EDITORIAL: Dealing with a disgraceful tax code

Millions of Americans entrust their financial information to private accountants, lest they fill out the dreaded 1040 tax form on their own. When things go wrong, and they're overcharged, they sometimes lodge a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service.

Illustration on the broken promise not to fund abortion through Obamacare by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Obamacare's big spending on abortion on demand

President Obama told lawmakers and the American public in a specially called joint session of Congress on health care reform that "under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortion."

Illustration on the disruptive element of independent candidates by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The third-party candidate conundrum

- The Washington Times

Republicans, political strategists and pundits are beginning to notice that in almost every close Senate race in the country, there are one or more third-party or independent candidates on the ballot who could conceivably decide which major candidate will prevail in November.