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Illustration on U.S. reinvolvement against ISIS by Schot/De Volkskrant, Amsterdam, Netherlands

A Mideast policy rewritten in blood

The two most critical rules of warfare are to never tell your enemy what you will not do and to never be seen as a reluctant, vacillating warrior.

Illustration on the damage being done by Obamacare by Paul Tong/Tribune Content Agency

Obamacare, one year later

As a doctor and congressman, I’m often asked what I prefer to be called. The answer for me is always doctor.

Illustration on Netanyahu's comment that ISIS and Hamas "are branches on the same poisonous tree" by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The irony of endorsing Palestinians while bombing ISIS

Speaking to the United Nations General Assembly on Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded strongly to an earlier verbal attack launched by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

FILE - This April 22, 2014, file photo shows an employment application form on a table during a job fair at Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson, N.Y. The Labor Department releases its weekly report on applications for unemployment benefits on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

Who are you calling the party of the rich?

The median American household saw its net worth decline by 36 percent during the Great Recession. That is a hard reality. A Republican held the White House when the crash hit, and voters, in no mood to be charitable, blamed the GOP. Besides, Democrats were ready with an explanation that slid right into an existing groove of American thinking: The financial crisis was caused by Republicans going easy on their big-banker friends.

Illustration on the value of the U.S. Constitution by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Constitution, the great charter of liberty

When July 4 rolls around, there’s no mistaking it. There are fireworks, parades and other patriotic tributes to our Declaration of Independence. If you’re like most Americans, Sept. 17 comes and goes without any fanfare.

Illustration on climate, environmentalism and fuel supply by Mark Weber/Tribune Content Agency

Obama’s faulty climate-change solutions

President Obama boasted to the United Nations General Assembly last week that America is working hard to deal with what he called the “one issue that will define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other.”

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2014, file photo, Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Flynn, the three-star Army general who has headed the Defense Intelligence Agency for less than two years is being nudged aside amid conflict within the agency and between the general and leaders elsewhere in the intelligence community, a senior defense official said Wednesday, April 30. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)

A promise to defend America on the cheap

- The Washington Times

Maybe President Obama is beginning to understand the Islamist threat against America. Maybe. If he does, we’ll owe a debt to the Americans who lost their heads to the barbarians. He still doesn’t understand what he has to do about it.

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Illustration on America's role in global stability by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Restoring international stability begins at home

The rise of the Islamic State, Hamas aggression against Israel, Russia's revanchism in Eastern Europe and China's territorial assertion in the Pacific have ended the most recent spell of U.S. isolationist delusion.

Illustration on Rand Paul's thoughts on foreign policy by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Rand Paul's coherent foreign policy

The Wall Street Journal last week published a piece exploring what the reporter described as Sen. Rand Paul's evolving foreign-policy views. The website headline: "Rand Paul Adjusts Foreign Policy Stance: Kentucky Senator's Position Brings Him More in Line with GOP Mainstream."

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Strong GOP contenders line up for 2016

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is on a diet, slimming down, and speaking around the country — a sure sign he's in the race for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron gestures, as he makes a speech in Aberdeen, Scotland, Monday Sept. 15, 2014. The Prime Minister issued a warning that Thursday's referendum is a "once and for all" decision as he made a last-ditch trip north to urge voters to save the union. (AP Photo/PA, Lynne Cameron) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE

Scotland votes 'no,' but will it end up being a 'yes'?

Last Thursday's Scottish independence referendum threatened to tear apart the United Kingdom. By a margin of 55.3 percent for the "no" side (2.01 million votes) to 44.7 percent for the "yes' side (1.61 million votes), Scotland decided to remain in the union.

Illustration on the surgeon general's alarms over dangers from the sun by Linas Garsys/ The Washington Times

The surgeon general and the sun's rays

The sun is ever shooting healthful rays at us, even as the surgeon general of the United States suggests we dart for cover under sunscreen and hats. The sun's rays are evil, the government tells us, and we should avoid them like the plague.

Illustration on a reformed and resurgent Egypt by Nancy Ohanian/Tribune Content Agency

Egypt charts a path toward growth and fiscal discipline

When millions of Egyptians took to the streets last summer and in 2011 to demand change, they were seeking effective and accountable governance and a fresh economic direction for the country.

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BOOK REVIEW: 'Cosby: His Life and Times'

After reading Mark Whitaker's engrossing and comprehensive account of Bill Cosby's action-packed life, "raconteur par excellence" is probably the best way to describe the enduring laugh meister, athlete, TV star, author, Jell-O pitchman, producer, teacher and America's quintessential father.

Illustration on the dangers of renewed involvement in Iraq by Kevin Kreneck/Tribune Content Agency

Mistakes of the past are back in Iraq and Syria

What if the American invasion of Iraq had nothing to do with weapons of mass destruction? What if whatever weapons of mass destruction Saddam Hussein once had were sold to him in the 1980s by American arms dealers with the express permission of the U.S. government?

FILE - In this March 20, 2009 file photo David Bossie, leader of Citizens United and producer of "Hillary: The Movie", is seen in his office in Washington. Hillary: The Movie" is returning to the Supreme Court for a limited engagement and with the chance to overhaul laws governing federal campaigns ranging from the White House to the halls of Congress. The justices were hearing arguments in the case Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009, for the second time. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

EDITORIAL: The return of Citizens United

How did a robust and skeptical state like Colorado, with a century-long history of electing conservatives and Republicans, turn so blue with the 2008 election? That's the subject of "Rocky Mountain Heist," a documentary by the advocacy group Citizens United.