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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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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.

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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.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Liar Temptress Soldier Spy'

The title tells all, almost. In "Liar Temptress Soldier Spy," Karen Abbott stitches together a patchwork narrative as complex as a pieced quilt, combining the colorful, unrelated tales of four women who fought in the Civil War as surely as Lee and Grant, albeit in sub rosa roles.

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.

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Study finds people attracted to the smell of those who share their politics

- The Washington Times

Politics stink? Maybe. A new study reveals that people are attracted to the smell of others with similar political opinions - an idea that also helps explain why couples share political views. This is no random conclusion. Researchers from three universities persuaded 125 participants to evaluated the body odor of 21 "strong" liberal and conservative who were cooperative indeed. All taped little cotton squares in their underarms for 24 hours to get the sample scent.

This photo taken Sept. 5, 2014 shows the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History in Washington exhibit of the flag that inspired the national anthem 'Star-Spangled Banner', with a portion of the flag that is missing a star and other section of fragments. Years ago parts of the flag were snipped off and handed out as mementos and the Smithsonian has been reacquiring some of those fragments and adding to their collection. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

JOHNSON: The first amendment on trial

A 14-year-old Pennsylvania teenager is facing two years behind bars. His crime? Offending the sensibilities of a vengeful, power-hungry district attorney.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Close Call: A Liz Carlyle Novel'

Counterterrorism is the espionage theme of the day, and Stella Rimington draws on years of experience as chief of Britain's MI5 in this tightly drawn thriller.

President Obama said Wednesday he had authorized U.S. airstrikes inside Syria for the first time, along with expanded strikes in Iraq, as part of "a steady, relentless effort" to root out Islamic State extremists. (AP Photo/Saul Loeb, Pool)

Support Obama’s new ISIS plan

After watching President Obama's intense ISIS speech Wednesday night, and reading the text several times, I think the president basically — finally — got it right.

Then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and former President Bill Clinton, listen to speakers in Washington in this Jan. 14, 2011 file photo. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Hillary Clinton heads to Iowa 'meat and greet' steak fry with vegan husband Bill

- The Washington Times

Poll numbers suggested this week that Hillary Clinton's lofty approval ratings are waning, and she appears more like a typical political candidate than invincible Democratic rock star. But Iowa is calling, nonetheless. On Sunday, she journeys to the heartland with former President Bill Clinton, both bound for the Hawkeye State's biggest "Steak Fry", this organized by retiring Sen. Tom Harkin for the 37th year in a row.

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.