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President Barack Obama speaks to reporters in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. President Obama is rejecting Russia's military campaign in Syria, saying it fails to distinguish between terrorist groups and moderate rebel forces with a legitimate interest in a negotiated end to the civil war. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

The cipher in the White House

- The Washington Times

Perhaps it’s not fair to blame Barack Obama for the mess he’s making. The Middle East is where chaos was invented, after all, and perhaps not even the collection of incompetents and boobs the president has installed in the White House could make things this bad. Maybe it’s someone else’s fault. He blames the Jews.

Illustration on Putin's moves in Syria by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Fast-roping toward war in the Middle East

The Russians are rapidly reinforcing their bridgehead in Syria, adding ground troops to their air, marine and naval forces. It is a classic air, land and sea intervention by a military establishment that understands how combined arms build synergies and broaden capabilities.

Responsible Immigration Laws Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Facing the agonizing immigration duty

It’s a truth universally acknowledged that no nation can sustain open borders. Even the wealthiest, most popular “nations of immigrants” such as the United States cannot possibly accept everyone who wants to immigrate or even qualifies to do so.

Illustration on Putin's actions in Syria by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Beware Putin and his ‘anti-Hitler coalition’

Contrary to the principles of American foreign policy of the last 70 years, President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry tacitly invited Russia to “help” monitor things in the Middle East. Now they are learning that there are lots of Middle East scenarios far worse than the relative quiet Iraq that the Obama administration inherited in January 2009 — and soon abandoned.

Illustration on the call for a better armed society by William Brown/Tribune Content Agency

Ban gun-free zones

Would you put a sign outside your house saying, “Doors unlocked,” or “We’re not home”?

Illustration on developing Romania's tourist industry by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Ongoing flux in East-Central Europe

For nearly a century, East-Central Europe has been a perennially unsettled region. Pragmatic deals cut after World War I, with more following World War II, have kept the area in an unending state of flux.

Illustration on Putin's Middle East intentions by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

‘Pravda’ on Russia in Syria

Pravda is the most abused word in the Russian language. Though it means “truth,” we learned it as the name of a Soviet-era, government-controlled newspaper that printed everything except the truth.

Illustration on the impact of Syrian mass migration to Europe by Schrank, The Independent on Sunday, London, England

Paralysis over Syria

There is turbulence in the eurozone and its disquieting genesis lies in the protracted Syrian civil war, some 750 miles to the east.

Illustration on the position of the D.C. Metropolitan police under Chief Lanier by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Integrity versus loyalty

Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier is often portrayed by an admiring media as an almost uniquely popular and effective law enforcement leader, who has made the District safer than ever by putting together one of the most effective big city police departments in the country.

Illustration on FDIC targeting of the payday loan industry by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

When bureaucrats rule personal preference

Ours is a nation of laws, not men. Our Constitution requires the concurrence of majorities in both houses of Congress and the signature of the president in order to create those laws.

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For Israel, nuclear weapons a last resort

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Illustration on employees flight from the burdens of Big Labor by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Big Labor's assault on employee freedom

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Obama Decimates the U.S. Military Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

No moral outrage in the military

Recent articles highlighting horrifying child abuse atrocities inflicted on defenseless children by our Afghan military and police partners are but the latest examples of how President Obama is destroying U.S. military forces.

President Barack Obama speaks during the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service at Mount St. Mary's University.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama drops the pretense

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A bubble in trouble

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Cheshire Chaffetz?

Talk about a conspiracy. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Utah Republican, has said that Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy was wrong to say what he did about the special committee on Benghazi — and that Mr. Chaffetz intends on correcting it by challenging Mr. McCarthy for the speakership.

Government Bureaucracy Predicting the Weather Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Lost on the hurricane trail

No federal government agency is more important to Americans than the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

Rah-Rah Ralley for Unionization Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Obama's sop to Big Labor

President Obama is hosting Big Labor bosses at the White House on Wednesday for a "Summit on Worker Voice." The event will "focus on how workers can make their voices heard in the workplace." This alleged voice deficit is being identified as a cause for a weak job market and wage stagnation.

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Historic: If elected, Rep. Kevin McCarthy would be 'least tenured' House Speaker of modern era

- The Washington Times

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is considered by many to be a likely choice when the vote for House Speaker takes place on Thursday. But there's some historic baggage. "The 19 speakers elected since the turn of the 20th Century averaged nearly 24 years of service in the chamber before their first day as speaker -- nearly three times that of McCarthy," says Eric Ostermeier, a political professor with the University of Minnesota who tracks the trends of yore.

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."

President Barack Obama gestures as he answers question from members of the media during a news conference in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) ** FILE **

Taking liberties with progress

Human progress is not a given. Great achievement can be squandered if treated carelessly. Modern-day "progressives" like President Obama, who were "liberals" before they gave the word a bad odor, are counting on transformation of the culture to eliminate memory of the past. They may regret it.

GOP wasting time squabbling

After six years of President Obama's failed and destructive policies, including the early troop withdrawal in Iraq and years of plotting secret deals with Cuba and Iran, it is clear that Mr. Obama deserved neither the Nobel Peace Prize nor to be elected president -- twice.