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Illustration on continuing political and existential threats to Israel by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Much ado about the wrong Israeli controversy

The brouhaha over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s March 3 speech to Congress is diverting attention from more important U.S.-Israel controversies that will escalate soon after this comparatively minor contretemps fizzles out.

Illustration on patent protection by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Patent ‘reform’ is killing the right to invent

With the best intentions, and naively going along with the corporate world’s hugely financed publicity machine, Congress is about to stomp on America’s most creative citizens, its inventors.

Illustration on the progressive tax structure by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Do the rich pay their fair share?

Suppose there were a banquet for 100 people and at the end of the night it was time to split the bill of $50 per person. If that bill were paid for the way we pay our income taxes, here is how it would work. Those in the top half of income would pay roughly $97 each and those in the bottom half of the income would pay an average of $3 each. Almost 40 people would pay nothing. And the single richest person in the room would cough up $1,750.

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.

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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.

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.

Associated Press

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.

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.

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?

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."

When crime and real estate converge

This is murder most droll. For the benefit of a reader planning to buy or sell his home, it offers invaluable advice about how much information a real estate agent not only can gather, but use for his own purposes.

Questions about the war on the terrorists

For all the ink that has been spilled over intelligence and interrogations in the last year, three critical questions have not been addressed and need to be soon, especially in light of recent events in Paris and the horror that is the Islamic State: What is the mission, what are the rules, and what is the tolerance for risk? Former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel recently said the threat "is beyond anything we've faced," and it is foolish to think an attack like we saw in Paris cannot happen here.

Not-so-essential personnel

With the dispute over funding for the Department of Homeland Security at an impasse, rhetoric from both Republicans and Democrats is flying higher and hotter by the day. One intriguing point of contention is that 200,000 of the 230,000 of DHS employees are deemed "essential" and therefore exempt from furlough. That's an incredible 87 percent.

End-of-life plans a must for all

As we celebrate Black History Month, it's time we discuss an important issue that our community avoids like the plague: how we die. Case in point: Fox's new hit drama, "Empire," exposes the real-life struggles the black community has in coping with end-of-life choices. On the show, record label CEO Lucious Lyon discovers he has ALS and has only three years to live, so he decides to pit his sons against each other to determine who will succeed him. The ensuing drama makes for great television, but should leave us wondering: Is there a better way to die?

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.

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.

Vice President Joseph R. Biden. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Joe Biden’s Santa Claus trip

Vice President Joe Biden goes to Central America next month to meet the leaders of several crime- and poverty-plagued nations, and he's taking millions of dollars to hand out along the way, like a rich tourist from el norte. Disaster is written on the wind from the north.

President Obama . (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Wary of 'comprehensive' patent reform

Compromise and a willingness to put partisan and ideological interests aside in the name of the common good nearly always sounds good. But it's wise to be wary. "The common good" is often good mostly for the clever, the selfish and those with the best lawyers and brightest lobbyists.

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.

"Little Boy" - an inspirational film set in the World War II era - is set for nationwide release on April 25.

Roma Downey and Mark Burnett's new inspirational film 'Little Boy' gets big buzz

- The Washington Times

Arriving at the nation's theaters in April, the upcoming inspirational film "Little Boy" has accrued some famous fans. Set in World War II, home-front America, the movie follows the saga of a diminutive 7-year old boy and his quest to see his father home safely from the front lines. "It takes courage to believe," the lad is told at one dramatic point.

The big snow storm from space: The NASA satellite Terra has snapped the picture of the Eastern U.S. from 200 miles up - and in the words of the space agency, it "looks like a deep freeze." (NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team)

The snowstorm that killed 22, as seen from space: NASA photo of the East Coast - 200 miles up

- The Washington Times

The Siberian Express, the Arctic blast, the polar vortex, Winter Storm Pandora -- even weathermen are running out of descriptions for the winter weather now gripping a big chunk of the U.S. And now we know how big and relentless it is, courtesy of a NASA satellite photo released Saturday, from a satellite 200 miles above Earth. The space agency's official words: "Looks like the states have been sitting in a freezer." The weather is now blamed for the deaths of 22 people in several states.