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Illustration on the gradual revelation of the Obama administration's true nature by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Taking back America

Never in my lifetime did I believe this great nation would be taken down and withdrawn from its world leadership position by its own leadership.

Illustration by Clement, National Post, Toronto, Canada

Troubled times for Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel tops the Forbes magazine list of the hundred most powerful women in the world for the fourth consecutive year, but these are difficult days for the German chancellor.

Illustration on the prescient warnings of Reagan's "A Time to Choose" speech by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

A Reagan refresher course on freedom

- The Washington Times

On Oct. 27, 1964 — 50 years ago next Monday — a tall, handsome man strode to a podium draped with red, white and blue bunting. Perhaps only he — and the most savvy political observers — knew it at the time, but the speaker was about to launch a transformational political movement.

FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2010, file photo, Vice President Joe Biden, left, with his son Hunter, right, at the Duke Georgetown NCAA college basketball game in Washington. Hunter Biden is expressing regret for being discharged from the Navy Reserve amid published reports that he tested positive for cocaine. The Wall Street Journal reports that Hunter Biden failed the drug test last year and was discharged in February. In a statement issued Thursday, Oct. 16, Biden doesn't say why he was discharged. He says he's embarrassed that his actions led to his discharge and that he respects the Navy's decision. The vice president's office declined to comment.(AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

The Hunter Biden chronicles

Everything you need to know about Beltway nepotism, corporate cronyism and corruption can be found in the biography of Robert Hunter Biden.

Illustration on excessive government regulation of oil by Mark Weber/Tribune Content Agency

Opening the tap for crude-oil exports

Not many years ago, the idea of “peak oil” was all the rage. The concept, first identified in 1956 by M. King Hubbert, a geologist working for Shell Oil, held that there was a finite amount of oil in the ground and that oil production would peak in the 1970s and then decline.

Underfunding of Charter Schools in D.C. Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

D.C. charter schools deserve equal funding

As Washington gets ready to select a new mayor, D.C. voters should insist that to get their vote, a candidate should pledge to provide all students in the District equitable treatment when it comes to school funding.

Illustration on Ron Klain by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Treating Ebola with politics

When the then-spreading Ebola virus threatened our nation last week, President Obama put one man in charge of coordinating the government’s response who had zero experience in handling infectious diseases.

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McCAUL: Securing the border to keep Americans safe

Over the past few months, Americans have witnessed the many threats the United States faces. It is my job as the chairman of the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee to help keep these threats out of the country.

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MOORE: Oil, the real economic stimulus

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BOOK REVIEW: 'Knife Fights'

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Iran undeterred by potential retaliation

Recently, the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency, which thoroughly investigated the Iranian nuclear development program, concluded that Iran is in fact developing nuclear weapons. The evidence, including satellite images, overwhelmingly points to the manufacture of nuclear weapons in the short term, probably on the order of a number of months to a year. U.S. intelligence information corroborates this assessment.

Illustration by TOM,Trouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands

SADAR: Backward to the future

The message is clear from the mounds of People's Climate March literature littering the landscape: "Progressives" want to take us back to the "good old days," when life was brutal, banal and brief.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: 'Wage gap' doesn't hold up

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: GOP needs better funding to win

While President Obama does not actually do his job as president, at least he, along with the Clintons, Vice President Joe Biden, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and others, does diligently raise campaign funds for Democratic candidates. For Mr. Obama to cash a paycheck is tantamount to stealing, yet Democratic leaders focus strongly on retaining control of the nation.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Don't forget other fumbled virus

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Illustration on the political abandonment of the failing Obama administration by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

ALLARD: Fleeing the Leaky Ship Obama

Call it a sign of the times. Like when Ben Affleck was so conflicted recently about the Islamist threat that he raised doubts about whether he had actually watched "Argo," the blockbuster he produced and starred in about how the CIA used trickery to rescue Americans from Tehran.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Why We Bite the Invisible Hand'

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has found Democrats joining his side as he rallies for school choice, even some who helped kill a voucher bill before Hurricane Katrina. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Cooling the car

Years ago, there was a hole in the ozone layer that was going to kill us all. Once the government banned aerosol hairspray and Freon, the stuff that made air conditioners and refrigerators work, the frenzy subsided. Now the government-mandated replacement for Freon, a chemical that goes by the name of R-134a, will end life as we know it. The White House is about to add the chemical to the list of prohibited substances, along with asbestos, anthrax and carbon dioxide.

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Handsome Man's De Luxe Cafe'

In this treat of a book there are talking shoes advising their wearer on what not to eat and there is the boundless philosophizing of Mma Precious Ramotswe, owner of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency of Botswana.

Illustration on income inequality by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

FEIN: In praise of income inequality

Simple justice dictates that economic prosperity turn on individual skill, foresight, industry and risk-taking — traits which vary across the broad spectrum of the human species like a bell-shaped curve.

Businessman and liberal billionaire donor Tom Steyer has released several ads attacking Republicans for taking money from the Koch brothers. (Associated Press)

STVERAK: Selling out on climate change

Billionaire mega-donor Tom Steyer is hedging his bets. Recently, Mr. Steyer backed out of a keynote speaker slot at the SXSW Eco conference.

FILE - This undated file image made available by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) shows the Ebola virus. In a second, smaller Ebola outbreak, at least 69 people, including eight health workers, are believed to have been infected according to a study that was led by the World Health Organization and researchers from France and Canada and published online Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, by the New England Journal of Medicine. The outbreak that began in July in the Democratic Republic of Congo is similar to earlier ones in that central African region, genetic testing of viruses shows. (AP Photo/Centers for Disease Control, File)

CHARLES: Ebola, more vital facts untold

With countless unknowns surrounding the recent discovery, transmission, infection rates, and potentially exponential growth of Ebola in the United States in the months ahead, trust is vital.