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Illustration on tax code complexity by M. Ryder/Tribune Content Agency

EDITORIAL: Dealing with a disgraceful tax code

Millions of Americans entrust their financial information to private accountants, lest they fill out the dreaded 1040 tax form on their own. When things go wrong, and they’re overcharged, they sometimes lodge a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service.

George Washington    Portrait by Gilbert Stuart

Scotland the brave, on the brink

- The Washington Times

Old Blighty and Scotland the Brave have a lot of friends in places where it won’t do the kingdom much good this week. The vote on whether to break up the United Kingdom, which seems unbelievable to outsiders, is so close that even the queen is getting into it.

Illustration on the disruptive element of independent candidates by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The third-party candidate conundrum

- The Washington Times

Republicans, political strategists and pundits are beginning to notice that in almost every close Senate race in the country, there are one or more third-party or independent candidates on the ballot who could conceivably decide which major candidate will prevail in November.

Illustration on the effects of high corporate taxes in the U.S. by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Spelling out the high cost of tax inversions

Company after company are fleeing tax oppression in the United States by seeking mergers and acquisitions in lower corporate-tax rate nations.

The U.S. and U.S. Department of Homeland Security flags fly over the Karnes County Residential Center in Karnes City, Texas on Thursday, July 31, 2014. Federal officials gave a tour of the South Texas immigration detention facility that has been retooled to house adults with children who have been apprehended at the border. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Endangering the freedom to warn

“If you see something, say something.” That’s what our homeland security apparatchiks incessantly preach. But 13 years after the September 11 attacks, the freedom to warn is in danger and vigilant whistleblowers are under fire.

Illustration on Obama's fecklessness in war by Paul Tong/Tribune Content Agency

Playing a president on TV

“Good evening, my fellow Americans. My name is Barack Obama. I’m not really a wartime president but I play one on TV.”

Member of Parliament and Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, Jim Murphy, speaks from a soapbox in support of the Union on the final day of his 100 Streets in 100 Days Better Together tour, in Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, Scotland, Saturday Sept. 13, 2014. Scotland will vote in an independence referendum on September 18. (AP Photo/PA, Jane Barlow)  UNITED KINGDOM OUT  NO SALES  NO ARCHIVE

EDITORIAL: A historic vote for Scotland

Scotland the brave, the ancestral home of millions of the sturdiest and most independent of Americans, will vote Thursday whether to secede to become once more an independent nation. The United Kingdom would be united no more.

China Seas Chess Game Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Checkmate China

China is mounting a direct attack on the “freedom of the seas” concept, which has been the cornerstone of our maritime strategy for more than 238 years.

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BOOK REVIEW: 'A Race for the Future'

When President Obama decided for purely political reasons to put off all action on immigration reform until after the November elections, Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez, Illinois Democrat, an activist on immigration policy and no friend of conservatives, pointed out that the president was "playing it safe," fearful of losing the Senate.

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George C. Scott, from the movie "Patton"

SIEGEL: Get your Patton on!

It's time for President Obama--and the rest of us--to start channeling General George S. Patton.

FILE - In this May 23, 2014, file photo, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, right, speaks alongside his wife, Janay, during a news conference at the team's practice facility in Owings Mills, Md. A new video that appears to show Ray Rice striking then-fiance Janay Palmer in an elevator last February has been released on a website. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

HARPER: Tabloid TV outhustles the networks on NFL's misdeeds

Even though he played football just up the road from the media epicenter of the world, former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice's off-the-field crimes went virtually uncovered until the self-described gossip and entertainment website, TMZ.com, came up with a videotape showing Mr. Rice knocking out his then-fiancee earlier this year.

Welcome, Kurdistan

Before welcoming the emerging state of Kurdistan in northern Iraq, I confess to having opposed its independence in the past.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: McDonnell conviction was deserved

In determining who would be his running mate in 2012, Mitt Romney gave serious consideration to then-Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. In light of McDonnell's conviction for multiple counts of corruption, it is chilling to recognize that had things turned out differently our vice president might have been this tainted man.

A MQ-9 Reaper, armed with GBU-12 Paveway II laser guided munitions and AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, is piloted by Col. Lex Turner during a mission over southern Afghanistan. (USAF via Associated Press)

Other nations back U.S. airstrikes in Iraq, oppose taking part themselves

- The Washington Times

Well, at least it's a sign that American air power, know how and guts still has respect and approval overseas. A new YouGov survey finds that majorities of European allies of the U.S. are just fine with air strikes on Iraq - as long as it's the U.S. that is doing the striking. Reactions to the findings ranged from annoyance to sarcasm.