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FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2012 file photo, former Vice President Al Gore, Current TV Chairman and Co-Founder, participates in the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in Pasadena , Calif. Former Vice President Al Gore is suing Al Jazeera America, saying the news network is withholding tens of millions of dollars that it owes for buying Current TV from him and other shareholders for $500 million last year. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)

EDITORIAL: Al Gore vs. Al-Jazeera

How do you say “buyer’s remorse” in Arabic? The Qatari royal family likely feels the pangs of regret for paying the princely sum of $500 million to Al Gore and friends to give Al-Jazeera America a slot on satellite-TV and cable channels.

CORRECTS DATE - President Barack Obama, right, smiles as he and former NBA basketball player Alonzo Mourning, left, prepare to ride in a golf cart while golfing at Vineyard Golf Club in Edgartown, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Obama is taking a two-week summer vacation on the island. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

The Obama tee party

Trouble in the St. Louis suburbs has rescued President Obama’s vacation. He can play all 18 holes at the country club now, safe in the knowledge that he’s distracting voters from all the scandals, mismanagement and foreign and domestic policies that are the legacy of his administration.

Bogart and Bacall in "To Have and Have Not."

‘Death be not proud’

Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall join this year’s roster of celebrity deaths. Their names and fame preoccupy us in public mourning, though most of us were no closer to them in life than to a movie or television screen.

Expensive Government Music Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A higher scale for music royalties?

Members of Congress are being pressured by lobbyists, songwriters and music-publishing executives to pass legislation artificially forcing copyright royalty rate increases on music.

Tough Pill to Swallow Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

How to slow the pace of medical progress

The Americans infected with the Ebola virus appear to be improving — very welcome news, especially given the virus’s death rate, which is estimated to be as high 90 percent.

NATO Alliance Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

As NATO withers, whither NATO?

As world leaders gather for the NATO summit in Wales during the first week of September, they’ll need to do some collective soul-searching on the alliance’s future.

FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2014 file photo, Malik Shabazz, center, president of Black Lawyers for Justice and former chairman of the New Black Panther Party, talks with Col. Ron Replogle, left, and Capt. Ron Johnson during a march with protesters in Ferguson, Mo. Shabazz' organization and others, made up mostly of black volunteers, have taken it upon themselves to help keep the peace in Ferguson, confident the protesters are more likely to listen to them than police. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, David Carson, File)

The Ferguson feeding frenzy

The most poisonous “-ism” now infecting Ferguson, Mo., is not virulent racism. It’s viral narcissism.

Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol is surrounded by media after meeting with protesters Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. The Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer has touched off rancorous protests in Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb where police have used riot gear and tear gas. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Media mantra misses the story as Ferguson explodes

Much of the media mantra in Ferguson, Missouri, followed a simple storyline. An 18-year-old black, known to his friends and family as a “gentle giant,” planned to attend college the following week. As he walked down the street with his friend around noon Saturday, Aug. 9, he met a police officer who gunned him down as he tried to surrender with his hands held high.

President Barack Obama, left, points to Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., center, and Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., right, after signing the Dodd Frank-Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in a ceremony in the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, Wednesday, July 21, 2010.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

EDITORIAL: Economic strangulation with red tape

President Obama knows nothing about making the economy grow. On his watch, America’s gross domestic product has inched forward at an annual average of 1.2 percent, according to World Bank data. We’re outclassed not only by Brazil, China and India, but by Mali, Guatemala, Swaziland and Vanuatu.

Gun-grabber Bloomberg’s epic fail in Milwaukee

Billionaire Michael R. Bloomberg could learn a thing or two from the biblical story about an Israelite soldier named David, who went up against Goliath, a giant of a man and a powerful foe.

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BOOK REVIEW: 'War!: What Is It Good For?"

Now comes Ian Morris with humor and a swath of historical data to argue that the 15,000 years of bloody warfare that have killed countless millions have actually made us safer, wealthier and longer-lived.

FILE - This May 22, 2013 file photo shows Internal Revenue Service (IRS) official Lois Lerner on Capitol Hill in Washington. The IRS says it has lost a trove of emails to and from a central figure in the agency's tea party controversy. The IRS told congressional investigators Friday it cannot locate many of Lois Lerner's emails prior to 2011 because her computer crashed that year. Lerner headed the IRS division that processed applications for tax-exempt status. The IRS acknowledged last year that agents had improperly scrutinized applications for tax-exempt status by tea party and other conservative groups. The IRS was able to generate 24,000 Lerner emails from 2009 to 2011 because Lerner had copied in other IRS employees. But an untold number are gone. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Intolerance on the left

We often hear those on the right branded as "intolerant." We're all a bunch of extremists who just want to shut down the other side, right?

Obama Logo Broken Glass Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Obama's teetering presidency

Barack Obama's presidency isn't just shrinking, it's losing support among its most critical point — its base.

Travis County Special prosecutor Michael McCrum announced that Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been indicted by a grand jury in Austin, Texas on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014.  Gov. Rick Perry, 63, was charged with abuse of official capacity, a first-degree felony, and coercion of a public official related to his effort last year to force District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg to resign after her drunken driving arrest. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Rodolfo Gonzalez)

The 'case' against Rick Perry

Prosecutors in Texas could have done the nation a service with the indictment of Gov. Rick Perry of Texas. The indictment of him is so transparent as vindictive prosecution that it will surely topple by its own weight, and beyond that, it could focus needed light on the urgent need for prosecutorial reform.

**FILE** An enormous crowd takes part in the Sept. 12 march on Washington to protest government spending and health care reform proposals. The field plan for a series of grassroots demonstrations Tuesday to push President Obama's health care agenda show the events will be tightly scripted with plans for "escalation," but organizers insist there is no comparison to rowdy town hall meetings and "tea party" protests challenging White House policies that they say conservatives staged. (Mary F. Calvert/The Washington Times)

HILGEMANN: The value of thirty seconds

Thirty seconds. That's the amount of time that seemingly all politics boil down to these days. TV ads, radio ads, sound bytes; all of them thirty seconds or less. While most Americans rightfully bemoan this relatively new and often partisan phenomenon, there's another critically important thirty seconds happening over and over in homes, offices, and backyards from Alaska to New Hampshire.

Displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi community gather at a park near the Turkey-Iraq border at the Ibrahim al-Khalil crossing, as they try to cross to Turkey, in Zakho, 300 miles (475 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. The U.N. this week declared the situation in Iraq a "Level 3 Emergency" — a decision that came after some 45,000 members of the Yazidi religious minority were able to escape from a remote desert mountaintop where they had been encircled by Islamic State fighters. The extremist group views them as apostates and had vowed to kill any who did not convert to Islam. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Wielding hugs and scimitars

It's tough to think of a lower moment for the American presidency than what President Obama has done to it during the past couple of weeks. He stubbornly insisted on a sweet vacation at Martha's Vineyard while the world exploded.

Illustration on premature death pronouncements on the Tea Party by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Reports of Tea Party's death are greatly exaggerated

With the GOP establishment's victory of Sen. Pat Roberts in Kansas, many news outlets have begun to beat the drum about the failure of a movement that brought us the likes of Sens. Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and other Tea Party candidates.