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Apollo 11 begins the return trip to earth. Source: NASA

Getting on with getting to Mars

Forty-five years ago last summer, Neil Armstrong and I walked on the moon. Our Apollo 11 lander touched down in the moon’s “Sea of Tranquility,” and three days later we were home.

House of Cards Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The dreaded consequences of Obamanomics

What has been the price tag for the audacious Obamanomics experiment? How much has it all cost — the bailouts, the debt, the stimulus plans, the printing of cheap money, Obamacare and all the rest?

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Obama’s immigration order regresses America

As President Obama with a single order created what he hopes will be an eventual new electorate via millions of illegal aliens, he did not break new ground; he put America on very old and dangerous ground: government by decree.

Liberal Bully of the Week: Emperor Obama

To quote the band Styx from the classic 1977 song “Come Sail Away”: “I tried Oh Lord I tried to carry on …” to not give the “Bully Award” to Barack Obama once again. However, I had no choice. President Obama has taken bullying to a whole new level not seen since maybe Hugo Chavez (another liberal darling).

ISIS and Obama Flags Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Sailing in uncharted Mideast waters

With an anti-war activist as commander in chief who pursues a “progressive” agenda, the result can be devastating. Clearly, the country is being led into uncharted waters. While it is a given that no president in recent history has faced the multitude of threats facing the country, most of them are a result of President Obama’s own policies. The Nov. 4 election results signal that Americans want a clear change in direction.

President Obama arrives to speak during a nationally televised address from the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jim Bourg, Pool)

Obama puts the cat among the pigeons

- The Washington Times

Barack Obama put the cat among the pigeons Thursday night, but he may be surprised by how big that cat could get, and with it a big cat’s appetite for more than pigeons.

Illustration on the Constitution and marriage by Linas Garys/The Washington Times

Considering the thorny question of a marriage amendment

At a time when many Republicans have embraced a “don’t ask, don’t tell” approach to same-sex marriage (“Don’t ask me what my position is because I won’t tell you”), Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has proposed a characteristically audacious solution to judicial assaults on traditional marriage: a constitutional amendment.

In this photo taken May 12, 2014, Shon DeArmon, top, and his partner James Porter carry a flag in support of the county issuing marriage licenses for same-sex couples at the Pulaski County Courthouse in Little Rock, Ark.  A 2004 amendment to the Arkansas constitution lands before two courts Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, with the state Supreme Court and a federal judge considering separate challenges in the case. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

A constitutional amendment on marriage

Our nation is in the final stages of a sweeping and historic social transformation that just 10 years ago seemed improbable at best.

Gruber's Black-box Obamacare Number Cruncher Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Gruber and the shenanigans of Leviathan

Democratic politicians and the liberal media are scrambling to curtail the damage from Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber’s proclamations on stupid voters and deceitful legislative tactics.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Wilson showed warning signs

Everyone providing a reference for candidates applying to the Montgomery County Police Department must answer this question: Is this the officer you would want to respond to your emergency? Long before his path crossed Michael Brown's, Darren Wilson was no stranger to the internal affairs department. His previous department was disbanded for excessive brutality, and the Ferguson Police Department considered him a good hire. No one made him "unlearn" what he had been taught.

Illustration on campus sexual policies by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Misreading the cry of rape

- The Washington Times

If Aesop were here he might rewrite his famous fable, replacing the boy who cried "wolf!" with the girl who cried "rape!" The cry of "rape" is used so carelessly that it's often impossible to get to the truth of an accusation. When rape was a capital offense it was a rare and vicious crime which required a court of law to apply justice. It was underreported, since the rapist usually took advantage of those who felt too vulnerable even to say anything about it.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Obama still pushing amnesty agenda

On Jan. 29, 2014, the Obama administration began posting on the Federal Business Opportunities website ads to secure 'escort service' contracts for up to 65,000 unaccompanied alien children. By May the situation had reached crisis level and the feds placed a gag order on our border patrol to keep the mess from the public. When asked about the developing humanitarian crisis on the southern border, the administration's response was that they were just learning about the situation through the media.

Playing with constitutional fire

Earlier this week, President Obama made it clear that he will soon offer some form of limited amnesty to about five million foreign nationals who are currently living illegally in the United States. He will do so by issuing an executive order to federal officials who oversee immigration directing them to undertake a course of action that, if complied with individually by all persons whom he designates as eligible, will cause the federal government to remove the threat of deportation from those who meet the standards he will lay down.

BOOK REVIEW: 'George Whitefield: America's Spiritual Founding Father'

In the fall of 1764, George Whitefield, itinerant evangelical preacher, gave a commencement sermon at Princeton University, then a place of evangelical learning which he described as a "blessed nursery, one of the purest in the universe." Many readers will gawk and chuckle at the idea of an evangelical pastor giving a commencement address at one of today's elite colleges. So far from being flower beds of spiritual growth, the Ivies are today distinguished by secularism and outright contempt for orthodox, confessional Christianity. Were Whitefield to preach on an elite campus today, he would be regarded as a retrograde bigot.

Respecting the law by fixing it

Our immigration system is broken and both parties are to blame. But now is not the time for pointing fingers and inciting division — now is the time for solutions.

FILE - In this June 20, 2014 file photo Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. speaks in Washington. Their party has seized the Senate majority. Now, an ambitious class of Republican senators faces unique challenges, and opportunities, in a GOP-led Senate under new pressure to govern amid the 2016 presidential race. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)

Why I'm committed to immigration reform

I am firmly committed to being part of reforming our nation's immigration laws. Conservatives and liberals agree that our complex immigration system is broken and in need of repair. Although the two sides disagree on solutions, I have three important ideas that should be part of the debate and that should please most Americans.

Anti-tax activist Grover Norquist, speaks at the National Press Club, in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014.    (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

The time to win the future is now

We won our independence as a nation with 3 million Americans. Today we are the freest, richest and most powerful nation in the world with more than 300 million Americans. Immigration made us strong. Powerful. Economically dynamic. Growing.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Stop the Coming Civil War'

Michael Savage is not the only writer to conclude this nation is more divided now that at any time since the Civil War. However, the author and radio talk-show host has explored in-depth America's step-by-step removal from the ideal of "one nation, indivisible."

Fish Eat Climate Fish Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Obama's global-warming propaganda Down Under

The focus of the 2014 Group of 20 summit meeting in Brisbane, Australia, was on stimulating economic growth across the industrialized world. Thanks, though, to President Obama's grandstanding and attempted sabotage of the agenda as laid out by the host country, climate change also came to prominence.

The reason to not give up on immigration reform

Winston Churchill said, "You can always count on Americans to do the right thing — after they've tried everything else." Indeed, few nations have been tested as much as the United States has.

Why immigration is good for U.S. growth

If one thing unites almost everyone in the United States, no matter their political views, it is this: We need greater investment and growth with more jobs and opportunity for as many Americans as possible. If there is another thing that most Americans can agree on, it is that too many elected leaders in Washington seem unwilling or unable to tackle the most pressing issues that face our country.