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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.”

George Washington    Portrait by Gilbert Stuart

Scotland the brave, on the brink

- The Washington Times

Old Blighty and Scotland the Brave have a lot of friends in places where it won’t do the kingdom much good this week. The vote on whether to break up the United Kingdom, which seems unbelievable to outsiders, is so close that even the queen is getting into it.

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.

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 effects of high corporate taxes in the U.S. by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Spelling out the high cost of tax inversions

Company after company are fleeing tax oppression in the United States by seeking mergers and acquisitions in lower corporate-tax rate nations.

The U.S. and U.S. Department of Homeland Security flags fly over the Karnes County Residential Center in Karnes City, Texas on Thursday, July 31, 2014. Federal officials gave a tour of the South Texas immigration detention facility that has been retooled to house adults with children who have been apprehended at the border. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Endangering the freedom to warn

“If you see something, say something.” That’s what our homeland security apparatchiks incessantly preach. But 13 years after the September 11 attacks, the freedom to warn is in danger and vigilant whistleblowers are under fire.

Illustration on Obama's fecklessness in war by Paul Tong/Tribune Content Agency

Playing a president on TV

“Good evening, my fellow Americans. My name is Barack Obama. I’m not really a wartime president but I play one on TV.”

Member of Parliament and Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, Jim Murphy, speaks from a soapbox in support of the Union on the final day of his 100 Streets in 100 Days Better Together tour, in Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, Scotland, Saturday Sept. 13, 2014. Scotland will vote in an independence referendum on September 18. (AP Photo/PA, Jane Barlow)  UNITED KINGDOM OUT  NO SALES  NO ARCHIVE

EDITORIAL: A historic vote for Scotland

Scotland the brave, the ancestral home of millions of the sturdiest and most independent of Americans, will vote Thursday whether to secede to become once more an independent nation. The United Kingdom would be united no more.

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BOOK REVIEW: 'One Million Steps: A Marine Platoon at War'

Perhaps the definitive account of Marine Corps infantry in combat is Eugene Sledge's "With the Old Breed," a report of his experiences in the final brutal island battles of World War II in the Pacific as a member of the Third Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment (3/5).

Illustration on the GOP's need to fight back by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Why nice guys finish last in politics

Republicans are going to dominate the midterm elections, but it would be a foolish gamble to count on them to win the 2016 presidential contest.

Douglas MacArthur      Associated Press photo

Off to a war, maybe

- The Washington Times

Douglas MacArthur got it right, two or so generations ago. "In war," he said after he was sacked by President Truman for wanting to spend the blood and muscle of young Americans for something greater than stalemate in Korea, "there is no substitute for victory."

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From left, Sens. Thomas R. Carper of Delaware, Evan Bayh of Indiana and Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas are among the members of the newly formed Moderate Dems Working Group. The group of 15 will meet to focus on legislative battles, such as the president's $3.6 trillion budget proposal.

EDITORIAL: A 51st-state fantasy

Senate Democrats who are anxious about their re-election prospects in November are puzzled that Sen. Thomas R. Carper of Delaware, a Democrat, is pushing the fantasy of statehood for the District of Columbia so close to the November elections.

Two rival U.S. senators spend a week on a deserted island, courtesy of the Discovery Channel. (Photo from Discovery Channel)

Discovery Channel strands two rival U.S. senators on deserted island in shark-infested waters

- The Washington Times

It was inevitable. The old "survivor" reality TV template has gone political. The Discovery Channel has produced "Rival Survival",which takes a pair of real world political adversaries and maroons them on a remote island for a week. No, really. This is not a joke. "Senators Jeff Flake, Arizona Republican, and Martin Heinrich, Minnesota Democrat,must put their political differences aside and work together for six days and six nights to find common ground through compromise if they want to survive," the network says.

**FILE** German Chancellor Adolf Hitler (right) salutes a huge crowd July 31, 1938, at a sports meeting in Breslau, Germany. (Associated Press)

Not the president of the world

President Obama's address Wednesday night betrayed new levels of pioneering moral obtuseness to justify a limitless, unconstitutional war against the Islamic State.

Scotland Freedom Threatens U.K. Security Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Pondering an independent Scotland

On Sept. 18, the people of Scotland will go to the polls to vote on whether or not to leave the United Kingdom and end more than 300 years of union with England.

In this photo released by an official website of the Iranian supreme leader's office, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks during a meeting in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. Iran's supreme leader underwent prostate surgery on Monday at a government hospital in Tehran, state media said in a rare report on the state of health of the country's top cleric. The 75-year-old, who has final say on all state matters in Iran and has been the country's top leader since 1989, was reported to be recovering. (AP Photo/Office of the Supreme Leader)

LOPEZ: Obama pledges additional support for Iranian puppet regimes

President Obama pledged an expanded U.S. effort to destroy the Islamic State, but given that the only territory IS currently threatens are the regimes of two Iranian puppets – one in Baghdad, one in Damascus – his announcement in effect amounts to a renewed U.S. commitment to support Tehran's grip on regional hegemony.

Vintage sheet music cover page of The Star Spangled Banner

How the national anthem came to be

No American historic document has had a more tortuous path toward national respect than "The Star-Spangled Banner," penned by Francis Scott Key two centuries ago in the wee hours of Sept. 14.