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Illustration on the non-efficacy of "evidence-based" review of government programs by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Obama’s bogus cure for boondoggles

In the 1930s, peasants who were starving due to the Soviet regime’s brutal farm collectivization policy lamented, “If only Stalin knew.” Nowadays, American social scientists look at floundering federal programs and lament: “If only Congress knew.” The solution, they say, is the “evidence-based” reform movement, which will magically beget a new era of good governance.

The Folly of Food Labels Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Package police on the prowl

Britain and Australia both have images of Queen Elizabeth on their money, use the metric system, and add the letter “u” to words like “color.” Soon they could have another thing in common: Neither will have branding on their cigarette packages.

Illustration on Obama's veto of the Keystone pipeline by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Killing Keystone

In the days leading up to President Obama’s veto of the Keystone XL pipeline, 14 oil tanker railroad cars derailed in West Virginia and exploded in a fiery environmental disaster.

Illustration on safety improvements to oil rail transport by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Tanking up on safety

Railroads share the public’s deep concern for the safe movement of crude oil by rail and, as recent incidents have shown us, freight railroads and others who share responsibility for the shipment of oil must continue to make improvements to ensure public confidence.

Peace in the Middle East Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Like-to-like ethnic migration in the Middle East

Population shifts resulting from Syria’s four-year-long civil war have profoundly changed Syria and its three Arabic-speaking neighbors: Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan. (Turkey and Israel have changed too, but less so.) Ironically, amid tragedy and horror, as populations adapt to the brutal imperatives of modern nationalism, all four countries are becoming a bit more stable. That’s because the fighting has pushed peoples to move from ethnic minority status to ethnic majority status, encouraging like to live with like.

Oscar’s gem from across the ocean

Hollywood can’t help itself. The glitteries inevitably use the Academy Awards to push their personal politics, sometimes cheap and occasionally not, rewarding razzle-dazzle over real life. This year the two most important Oscars, for best picture and best director, went to “Birdman,” about razzle-dazzle, and not “Boyhood,” about real life.

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. President Barack Obama does not intend to be silent or out of sight when Netanyahu addresses Congress in a visit that was arranged by Speaker John Boehner behind the administration’s back. The breach of protocol has grown to what seems like a grudge match between two men who dislike each other.  Vice President Biden will be out of town during Netanyahu’s speech, leaving an empty chair behind the Israeli leader’s podium and Secretary of State John Kerry may conveniently find a foreign trip to be on that day as well. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Time to be honest about Israel

Rather than a blow to a bipartisanship that simply doesn’t exist, Mr. Netanyahu’s acceptance of Mr. Boehner’s invitation offers the possibility of clarity and a way forward.

FILE - This Nov. 11, 2014, file photo shows the U.S. Capitol Building illuminated by the setting sun on the National Mall in Washington. When the leaders of the U.S. Olympic Committee meet Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, they'll be deciding on more than a city to put in the running to host the 2024 Summer Games. They'll be picking a partner that will help shape their near- and long-term future.  Leaders from Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington made their presentations last month and will not be present while the 15 USOC board members debate the pros and cons of each offering at their meeting at Denver International Airport. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Control spending to control deficits

Congressional Republicans should remember: Control spending and you control deficits. This is important, as new Republican Senate and House majorities sharpen their pencils to write their first budget. Republicans are going to want that budget to balance. However, if instead of focusing on deficits, they focus on spending, the deficits will take care of themselves.

Illustration on the cumulative dismantling of the Fourth Amendment by the U.S. government by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

What if the government fears freedom?

What if the current massive spying on Americans began with an innocent secret executive order signed by President Reagan in 1986? What if Reagan contemplated that he was only authorizing American spies to spy on foreign spies unlawfully present in the United States?

Host Neil Patrick Harris speaks at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

The Hollywood orthodoxy

Today film making is regarded as a political act, a condition that has altered the viewing experience.

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President Obama. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Respecting neither character nor Constitution

Not long ago, American presidents waged bitter fights with their political opponents in Congress, and in the end arrived at a civil compromise. President Obama consistently shows that he lacks the skill set, work ethic, political courage or humility to follow the path of his predecessors.

Oscars miss the mark again

The 2015 Academy Awards was simply the final round of Hollywood celebrating itself again — and again and again. Alas, with few exceptions the film and entertainment industry continues to decline into little more than sex, violence, shallow stories and a lack of imagination and original thought reduced to narcissism resembling "Fifty Shades of Grey."

A woman wearing a mask to protect herself from pollutants walks on a pedestrian bridge as buildings at Beijing's Central Business District (Associated Press)

The clean air force

Air is essential — a couple of minutes without it is proof enough — and clean air is the best kind. While we're breathing, most of us prefer that the air we inhale is clean. The air in much of China, for example, is so foul there's a growing business for taking tourists to Taipei or Manila on what are called "breathing tours."

A bill by Rep. Matt Salmon, Arizona Republican, would amend the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to require a member or representative of a household that receives such benefits to show photographic identification at grocery stores when using a food stamp electronic benefits transfer card, or debit card. (Associated Press)

Charity by fraud

Food stamp fraud is a scandal that should give every taxpayer, Democrat, Republican or rogue of no particular partisan persuasion, a severe case of indigestion. Rep. Matt Salmon, Arizona Republican, wants to take a bite out of it.

Illustration on the merits of a non-college education by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Hail to the college dropouts

At one time in American history, "Go West, young man" described the idea that the frontier was the place to build a new life. For the past few decades, we've settled instead for the far less pioneering "Go to college, young man." Not nearly as exciting, is it?

Cupid    From a painting by L.G.B. Perrault

A job too big for Cupid

- The Washington Times

Rudy Giuliani would shoot Cupid, and not with an arrow dipped in Love Potion No. 9. He would use a Smith & Wesson .358 with a slug bathed in garlic.

The great prime minister’s surprising marriage

Benjamin and Mary Anne Disraeli were the 19th century's premier odd couple. He was born in London into an intellectual and literary Jewish household, she in Devon, the daughter of a sailor.

World burns as Obama fiddles

The Islamic State and other radical terrorist groups are beheading, crucifying, raping and burning alive human beings in Libya, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and other places. Terrorists are also shooting and killing in America, France, England, Norway and elsewhere. While this is happening, what is President Obama doing with the greatest military machine the world has ever seen? Nothing. Nada. He plays golf, vacations, raises campaign money while the world burns. Nero was nothing compared with Mr. Obama. What is going on is analogous to what happened prior to World War II. Adolf Hitler was moving in Europe while people such as Lord Chamberlain wanted only peace at any price. Chamberlain went to Munich, met with Hitler, signed a peace agreement (followed by his infamous "Peace for our time" speech), which appeased Hitler and guaranteed the war that killed 50 million to 60 million people.

Lawyer and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani comments on a lawsuit filed against video game giant Activision by former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega outside Los Angeles Superior court in Los Angeles Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. Noriega claims his likeness was used without permission in "Call of Duty: Black Ops II" and he was portrayed as a murderer and enemy of the state. Activision attorneys said allowing the case to proceed would make it difficult to include historical figures in games, books and other creative works. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William F. Fahey did not signal during an hour long hearing Thursday how he might rule. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Love, American style

Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City, is taking some heat — and winning praise in some quarters — for remarks he made at a private dinner last week at which he questioned President Obama's love for America.

Illustration on the meaning of "Love of Country" by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

To love or not to love America

When former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani said he "does not believe the president loves America," he taught all the Republican presidential contenders a powerful political lesson in style and substance.

Illustration on attacking ISIS's finances by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Pushing back against Islamist aggression

How would you feel if you had to have bodyguards anytime you moved about — not because you were a voluntary celebrity, such as a presidential candidate or movie star, but merely because you exercised your free speech right by publishing cartoons that some found offensive?

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Measuring the strength of our military

Most of us take it on faith that our military is the best in the world. But if asked to state in detail how ready we are to face certain challenges from around the globe, few of us would know how to answer.

Illegal immigrants sit in a group after being detained by U.S. Border Patrol agents in McAllen, Texas. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Black History Month betrayal

Throughout Black History Month, the top issue on the White House agenda has been granting deportation amnesty to illegal immigrants.

An Oscar statue is seen as preparations are made for the 87th Academy Awards in Los Angeles, Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015. The Academy Awards will be held at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, Feb. 22. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

Academy Awards audience down 16 percent - the lowest ratings in six years

- The Washington Times

Viewer turnout was tepid for the 87th Academy Awards despite the fact that host Neil Patrick Harris sang, joked and shed his clothes as a surprise side show. The early ratings, in fact, were the lowest in six years. Nielsen reports that 36.6 million viewers tuned in to see the big doings. Last year, 43.7 million did the same - this is a substantial 16 percent drop.

Only one Islam

Clifford May's Feb. 17 op-ed, "The ideology whose name presidents dare not speak," joins the hundreds of other bells ringing the truth about Islam. Mr. May writes, "Anxious not to give offense to peace-loving Muslims, we've refused to identify — much less seriously examine — the ideology of bellicose Muslims, those waging what they call a jihad against infidels." This is a partly true remark. History tells a different story, one that shows Islam to be just what the "radical Islamists" are showing the world today.

Mayorkas Time Bomb Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The ticking time-bomb for Hillary

ABC News Chief Investigative Reporter Brian Ross just wanted to ask a few questions but when he recently stopped Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas, a burly guard for Mr. Mayorkas put his palm in Mr. Ross' face to make it clear that there would be no answers that day. ABC News' camera crew caught the deputy secretary ducking away.

President Barack Obama speaks at the Democratic National Committee winter meeting in Washington, Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. Taunting Republicans, the president said it's "not an accident" that the economy is improving on his watch and that Republicans' "doom and gloom" predictions haven't come true.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

When naivete trumps reality

It's ironic that President Obama's hope for a political framework agreement on nuclear issues with Iran by March 31 coincides with the diplomatic hope of President Franklin D. Roosevelt 70 years ago in a March 1 speech before Congress.

Chart to accompany Stephen Moore article "Kill the Death Tax"

Kill the death tax

If there were ever a right time to eliminate the estate tax in America, it is right now. The latest tax collection data make an overwhelmingly persuasive case for abolishing the most immoral and counterproductive of all federal taxes.