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Federal Health Officer Dr. Rupert Blue, the bubonic plague virus, a view of San Francisco in 1904 and a rat caught and exterminated in the city       The Washington Times

Unwelcome as the 1900-1904 plague

If Americans suspected of carrying the Ebola virus are upset about federal and state quarantine regulations and threaten court action, it brings to mind a situation that existed in San Francisco from 1900 to 1904 when bubonic plague cases arose in the city’s Chinatown.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, campaigns for Maryland Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, left, during a rally at the University of Maryland, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in College Park, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Signs of a coming Republican wave

It’s almost a foregone conclusion that President Obama and the Democrats are going to suffer a humiliating defeat in next week’s midterm elections.

Illustration by TOM, Trouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Desperate for a deal with Iran

President Obama thinks he has succeeded in remaking America, but so far his foreign-policy legacy has been a flop.

Illustration on increasing American cultural and political support for life by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Pro-life wins at the ballot box

With the recent collapse of the liberal establishment’s favorite “war on women” screed, it’s time to acknowledge a little discussed political truth: Life is a winning issue.

Donald Trump poses for photographs during a ground-breaking ceremony for the Trump International Hotel on the site of the Old Post Office in Washington on July 23, 2014. (Associated Press) **FILE**

‘A new kind of hell to pay’

- The Washington Times

“Muddling through” is not an inspiring strategy for any president. Barack Obama’s administration is a muddle, as anyone can see, and everyone can see that he’s through as a leader, just when a leader is needed to reassure a frightened nation.

Regaining congressional prerogatives

- The Washington Times

The House and Senate leadership of the next Congress should establish a Joint Committee on Regaining and Defending Congressional Prerogatives and Responsibilities.

Liberties Lost Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The presumption of liberty

In the years following the adoption of the Constitution, before he was secretary of state under President Thomas Jefferson and then president himself, James Madison, who wrote the Constitution, was a member of the House of Representatives.

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at an energy summit in October. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Rick Perry warns of a 'crisis of competence in America'

- The Washington Times

"The greatest problem of all is that in the face of these troubles so many serious challenges, we don't have the leadership to deal with it. We are experiencing a crisis of competence in America, and the people know it," says Texas Gov. Rick Perry

BOOK REVIEW: 'Sundays at Eight'

There are a number of reasons I enthusiastically urge you to buy and read this anniversary selection of 41 interviews that C-SPAN, the public-affairs cable channel, has aired during its 25 years in operation. Most important, each is fascinating reading.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No winners in a post-diplomacy world

With the kinds of uncivil, immature and undiplomatic comments coming from our "leaders" who should know better, it is no wonder that America is losing more and more friends daily and gaining enemies by leaps and bounds ("John Boehner jabs Obama: Bush 'would have punched [Putin] in the nose,'" Web, Oct. 28).

FILE - This undated file photo provided by Gilead Sciences shows the hepatitis C medication Sovaldi. Gilead Sciences says it has reached a deal with several generic drugmakers to produce cheaper versions of its popular, expensive hepatitis C drug Sovaldi for use in developing countries. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Gilead Sciences, File)

EDITORIAL: The spreading Obamacare virus

Socialized health care in the United States comes by incrementalism. Obamacare and its exchanges preserve the illusion of a free market for insurance coverage, but we're inching ever closer to the left's dream of "single-payer," a system of one-size-fits-all medical treatment organized by the government.

Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., talks about winning his re-election, at his office in Annandale, Va., on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

EDITORIAL: Scholte for Congress

Four years ago, President Obama urged Hispanics to vote to "punish our enemies." The strategy didn't work, and the Democrats lost 63 House seats. Rep. Gerald "Gerry" Connolly of Virginia, a Democrat, nearly became No. 64.

Chance Pellum is among the small percentage of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who have joined the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Many others want more than smoky bars and feel unwelcome by Vietnam-era veterans, who make up the largest portion of the VFW and American Legion membership. (Associated Press)

What those who serve their country deserve

"Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another." These words are the founding principle of Vietnam Veterans of America, and they represent the scars and burdens of men and women who were given extremely short shrift for the sacrifices they made at their country's call.

EDITORIAL: Aborting the 'doc fix'

Whether it's the Republicans or Democrats holding their heads high after the election results are tallied late Tuesday night, there will be important work to do when Congress returns from the battlefields at home. At a minimum, Congress must renew the government funding resolution that runs out Dec. 11.

Illustration on concerted international efforts to demonize Israel by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Israel and the war of words

Last week, a terrorist drove his car into a crowd at a light-rail station, killing a three-month-old baby. Eight others were injured, including a 22-year-old woman who died a few days later.

Illustration on the standards and limitations of the national Core Curriculum by Paul Tong/Tribune Content Agency

Assessing Common Core: Con

Common Core is bad for students, and it's bad for teachers, parents and state and local autonomy. It is a federal intrusion and all-encompassing leviathan that legally should not be allowed to stand.