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Oil, America’s inexhaustible resource

In August 1859 on the eve of the Civil War, Col. Edwin Laurentine Drake completed the first commercial oil well in the United States on Oil Creek just outside of Titusville, Pa.

Obump Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A Republican version of Obama

Americans may finally be tiring of “talking-point presidents.” For more than six-and-a-half years, this is what President Obama has been — telling Americans what they want to hear, while pursuing policies they do not support.

Illustration on China's menacing moves in the Pacific by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

China’s challenge to U.S. Asia policy

Earlier this month, Secretary of State John Kerry met with his counterparts from across the Asia-Pacific region in Malaysia, discussing joint trade, security and political efforts.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks on the campus of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, during a 'Commit to Vote' grassroots organizing meeting. (AP Photo/David Richard)

A late apology in clintonspeak

- The Washington Times

Hillary Clinton attempted to “come clean” about her emails again, like a sinner squirming in the hands of an angry god, but the partisan gods do not seem to be appeased.

Illustration on government debasement of religious liberty by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Favoring some claims of conscience over others

We face a crisis of conscience today — a crisis forced upon us by elites in Washington who would pick and choose who is allowed to follow their deeply held beliefs and who is to be punished by the government for doing so.

Lower Taxes Boost the Economy Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Swinging the tax ax

Ronald Reagan signed the historic Kemp-Roth tax cut into law on Aug. 21, 1981. Reagan’s tax cuts should be seen in the context of Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.

Illustration on the Kellogg-Briand treaty by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A treaty as hollow as the Iranian nuclear deal

It is ironic that Thursday marks the anniversary of the signing of the Kellogg-Briand treaty in Paris in 1928 designed to renunciate war as an instrument of national policy

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks in Ankeny, Iowa, on Aug. 26, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

The dirtiest job in town

Hercules was the original man who gets things done. Tales of his 12 labors that included the slaying of monsters are the stuff of heroic legend. Cleaning out the Augean Stables is the stuff of heroic legend. U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan can sympathize with Hercules.

Confederate flag has rich history

This country owes as much of its enviable martial heritage to the U.S. south as to the north. But now to serve popular morality, we apparently must banish from history the Confederate battle flag and those who served under it.

Recall Kennedy now

According to an official government audit of the management and operations of the U.S Embassy in Japan, Caroline Kennedy has made a mess of the place ("It's no Camelot! Caroline Kennedy's oversight of Japanese embassy slammed," Web, Aug. 25).

An investor covers his eyes at a brokerage house in Fuyang in central China's Anhui province on Wednesday. (Associated Press)

A dragon by the tail

China is hurtling toward regime crisis. The Shanghai stock market roller coaster, the nervous reaction of other world markets and the frightening headlines across the world are the least of Beijing's worries. All the bad news is, however, symptomatic of deeper concerns.

A June 10, 2015, file photo shows Ashley Madison's Korean website on a computer screen in Seoul, South Korea. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man/ File)

Wedding vows matter

Halos slip. Every fallen angel knows that. The ordinary man has enough smarts to set it aright if he can, and promise himself to behave next time. Bein' good, as Roberta Flack sang of preachers' sons, isn't always easy.

Gov. Chris Christie       Associated Press photo

Chris Christie fights back

One often hears New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie before one sees him. His booming voice precedes his physical presence, announcing his arrival with the self-assurance of a seasoned executive.

Illustration on the longevity of early presidential favorites by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The Trumpian gap between discontent and president

- The Washington Times

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders are mining the same vein of popular discontent, drawing big crowds in the process, and drawing early support in spite of rather than because of their positions on issues of interest to most Americans.