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Illustration on the deteriorating Secret Service by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The Secret Service’s rotten culture

Nothing illustrates so well how rotten the Secret Service’s management culture is as an assistant director’s effort to retaliate against a member of Congress by advocating leaking embarrassing information about him.

Creating a buffet for Russian tyrants

Russia is sweeping into Syria with what one defense official described to Fox News as “the largest deployment of Russian forces outside the former Soviet Union since the collapse of the USSR.”

Score one for the Tea Party

Remember the much-maligned Tea Party movement? These were the patriotic Americans — millions of them — who took to the streets and the town halls across America and revolted against President Bush’s corporate bailouts, President Obama’s stimulus spending blowout and Obamacare, and the Federal Reserve’s policy of tossing trillions of dollars out of helicopter windows (figuratively).

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is joined by Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud during a high level meeting on Somalia at U.N. headquarters, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

When world leaders got garbage for lunch

- The Washington Times

They gave the world leaders, in town for the opening session of the United Nations, lunch in New York the other day and all they got was swill. The leaders munching on the people’s dime said a good time was had by all, but that’s only if your taste runs to garbage. The chefs cheerfully conceded that that garbage was what it was.

Illustration on the changing and perilous situation of presidential candidates by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

How the election revolution has arrived

Apolitical revolution is taking place in America. The process of selecting party presidential candidates has been transformed in the last two or three election cycles. Now we have the early debates designed to drive poll numbers and tell us who’s “ahead” and who’s “behind,” who’s “gaining” and who’s “dropping.”

Illustration on merging health insurance providers by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Proving their medicine is a good as their perks

The planned mergers of four of America’s largest health insurers — Anthem with Cigna, and Aetna with Humana — has triggered a vigorous debate in academic and policy circles.

Illustration on National Manufacturing Day by Paul Tong/Tribune Content Agency

Celebrating manufacturing

This morning when you looked at your calendar, you probably didn’t realize that today (Friday) is Manufacturing Day. Even though it’s not a national holiday (no, you don’t get to stay home from work), this day is still noteworthy.

Illustration on the increasingly dangerous international situation developing in Syria by M. Ryder/Tribune Content Agency

Pursuing contradictory goals

The Russian intervention in Syria is straight out of a Cold War nightmare, conceivably even a countdown to Armageddon updated for the 21st century. Such “Mideast contingencies” were constant focal points of war-games that often recurred during my 30-year military career.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., pauses as he speaks about foreign policy during the John Hay Initiative, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, at a hotel in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) ** FILE **

Kevin McCarthy revisits Benghazi

When House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy blurted out on Fox News September 30 that: “Everybody thought Hillary Rodham Clinton was unbeatable, right? But we [the Republicans] put together a Benghazi special committee, a select committee.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks as he heads a meeting of the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights at the Alexadrovsky Hall in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. (Yuri Kochetkov/Pool photo via AP)

Now Russia turns to Syria

Russia’s daring entry into the Syrian war is Vladimir Putin’s riskiest move yet to challenge the West, especially President Obama, after he got away with murder in eastern Ukraine.

Illustration on Pope Francis' U.S. visit by Donna Grethen/Tribune Content Agency

Papal burnout

Unpopular though it may be to say so, I, for one, grew exhausted by the nonstop pronouncements and commentaries of Pope Francis. The spiritual leader of 1 billion Catholics — roughly half of the world’s Christians — Francis just completed a high-profile, endlessly publicized visit to the United States.

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We're not alone

Water deposits have been found on Mars. Really, is this such a great revelation? For years, astronomers have focused on ice formations at Mars' poles. Given the recent photographs from Voyager, we know that Pluto contains water. Common sense tells us that water is not indigenous to Earth only.

United States President Barack Obama addresses the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

A climate of delusion

President Obama's globalist rhetoric captured hearts at the United Nations but it will take more than hot air to make global warming cool with anyone but the easily fooled.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump acknowledges applause at a town hall event Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, in Rochester, N.H. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Getting serious about taxes

The "issues" in a political campaign are often called by easily bored camp followers as "DBI," something dull but important. Many voters, addicted to watching the world pass by on the little video screen, sometimes think "issues" are best ignored. Better entertainment may be at hand.

Illustration on past struggles over the Federal budget by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Continuing irresolution

If you think today's end of the fiscal year is unique to Democratic President Obama and a Republican Congress wrangling over the federal government's budget, you're wrong. Throughout much of the nation's past, a war of efforts and words prevailed between the two branches.

Illustration on the culpability and consequences attached to The Hillary email scandal by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Who mishandled Clinton's emails?

Forget the classified information. Hillary Clinton has already admitted to criminal violations of federal law.

Illustration on the dangerous void left by America's leadership vacuum in world affairs by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A rush to fill the power vacuum

For every nuanced policy argument over isolationism versus interventionism, the unavoidable truth -- however unpleasant it may be -- is this: If the United States is not the world's foremost power, someone else will be.

Illustration on the Putin kleptocracy in Russia by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Putin's progress

Not long after the implosion of the Soviet Union, I attended a conference in Moscow. The topic: how Russia would evolve in the post-communist era about to begin. Most participants were confident and optimistic. A few of us Americans -- not so much.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Palace of Treason'

Given the superb credentials of the author -- a top CIA operative for 33 years -- one is tempted (and with justification) to read this novel as a roman a clef, and especially in its depiction of the Russian criminal state assembled by President Vladimir Putin.

Office workers sit for hours on end, with health consequences in the mix. (AP Photo)

A mere 10-minute walk through the office can reverse the ill effects of a desk job: Study

- The Washington Times

A 10-minute walk through the office cubicles could work a small wonder for the millions of Americans stuck behind desks and subject to the hazards of a sedentary lifestyle. Researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine have found that vascular function - blood flow through the body - is impaired after six hours of prolonged sitting. A short walk, they say, can restore vascular health.

Then-Incoming House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio, center. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson, File)

A speaker for the people

Intramural Republican fights often resemble high school student-body elections, or the way the ladies conduct "roasts" of each other. The point of a roast is to sling witty insults just this side of bad taste. They're usually good fun, even for the roastee. When the ladies do it the "roasts" usually become gentle and lady-like toasts. Some things don't translate.

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi arrives for the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Good news in Egypt

Good news is not an export from the Middle East, but sometimes there's a nugget of something not so bad for the patient. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi is resuming Egypt's role as leader of the Arab world. He has had no particular help from President Obama, who prefers to "lead from behind."

Illustration on CFPB's regulatory threats to payday loans by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Why payday loans are in consumers' best interests

It is difficult for many of us to imagine having to choose between paying the rent on time or purchasing our sick child's prescription medicine. But for many Americans who live paycheck to paycheck, circumstances like these are an all-too-familiar reality.