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David Brock, a former critic and later defender of Bill and Hillary Clinton, will head the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics. (associated press)

CREW cut: Washington’s ‘watchdog’ hypocrisy

“Read my lips, no new taxes.” “I did not have sex with that woman … .” “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.” Saying one thing and doing another — it’s the way of Washington.

Adrian Peterson     Associated Press photo

Lessons from the Adrian Peterson case

I’m not a football fan, but everybody is having to watch a brilliant star being taken down and buried in a pile-up — his career jeopardized, his reputation in ruins.

Illustration on Americans' irritation with Obama by Kevin Kreneck/Tribune Content Agency

Adding up the damage to America

Here are the dreary details on what’s been happening in our nation’s capital this week, but be forewarned: It isn’t a pretty picture.

Illustration on U.S. China relations by Donna Grethen/Tribune Content Agency

Russia and China, masters of mischief

The international security meeting in Paris on Monday showcased a world in fear of the growing threat that the Islamic State poses to the global order.

Illustration on faulty global warming science by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Boycotting the U.N. climate summit

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sensibly declined to attend yet another climate summit — this time called by Ban Ki-moon for Tuesday in New York under the auspices of the United Nations.

Illustration on potential deadly effects of media language misuse by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

It’s not execution, but murder

News media conflation of murder with execution has become deadly — to journalistic standards of accuracy.

This undated handout image provided by Gehry Partners, LLP shows a view of the horizontal framing of the Eisenhower Memorial looking toward the Capitol.Image. Architect Frank Gehry is revising the design for a memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower near the National Mall after objections have delayed the project. On Thursday, Gehry's team will propose eliminating metal tapestries on the sides of the memorial square, along with some columns. The designers are trying to win approval from the National Capital Planning Commission. The federal panel voted to reject a previous design in April. (AP Photo/ Architect Frank Gehry is revising the design for a memorial honoring President Dwight D. Eisenhower near the National Mall after objections have delayed the project. (AP Photo/Gehry Partners, LLP)

Memorial to waste

The long-running debacle over the Eisenhower Memorial in Washington, D.C., is a textbook case of corruption.

EDITORIAL: Why militarize the schools?

But peer pressure, bullying and ambition for good grades aren’t the sort of minefield California’s schools apparently fear most. They’re getting ready for the real thing, deploying mine-resistant vehicles, or MRAPs, against the day an invading army lays a booby trap on the playground.

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Then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and former President Bill Clinton, listen to speakers in Washington in this Jan. 14, 2011 file photo. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Hillary Clinton heads to Iowa 'meat and greet' steak fry with vegan husband Bill

- The Washington Times

Poll numbers suggested this week that Hillary Clinton's lofty approval ratings are waning, and she appears more like a typical political candidate than invincible Democratic rock star. But Iowa is calling, nonetheless. On Sunday, she journeys to the heartland with former President Bill Clinton, both bound for the Hawkeye State's biggest "Steak Fry", this organized by retiring Sen. Tom Harkin for the 37th year in a row.

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.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Close Call: A Liz Carlyle Novel'

Counterterrorism is the espionage theme of the day, and Stella Rimington draws on years of experience as chief of Britain's MI5 in this tightly drawn thriller.

Illustration on the effects of cigarette taxation by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Lessons from Eric Garner's death and cigarette taxes

Much has been written about the July death of Eric Garner, the 43-year-old black man who died after a New York City police officer put him in a chokehold during an arrest.

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.

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."

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From left, Sens. Thomas R. Carper of Delaware, Evan Bayh of Indiana and Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas are among the members of the newly formed Moderate Dems Working Group. The group of 15 will meet to focus on legislative battles, such as the president's $3.6 trillion budget proposal.

EDITORIAL: A 51st-state fantasy

Senate Democrats who are anxious about their re-election prospects in November are puzzled that Sen. Thomas R. Carper of Delaware, a Democrat, is pushing the fantasy of statehood for the District of Columbia so close to the November elections.

Two rival U.S. senators spend a week on a deserted island, courtesy of the Discovery Channel. (Photo from Discovery Channel)

Discovery Channel strands two rival U.S. senators on deserted island in shark-infested waters

- The Washington Times

It was inevitable. The old "survivor" reality TV template has gone political. The Discovery Channel has produced "Rival Survival",which takes a pair of real world political adversaries and maroons them on a remote island for a week. No, really. This is not a joke. "Senators Jeff Flake, Arizona Republican, and Martin Heinrich, Minnesota Democrat,must put their political differences aside and work together for six days and six nights to find common ground through compromise if they want to survive," the network says.

In this photo released by an official website of the Iranian supreme leader's office, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks during a meeting in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. Iran's supreme leader underwent prostate surgery on Monday at a government hospital in Tehran, state media said in a rare report on the state of health of the country's top cleric. The 75-year-old, who has final say on all state matters in Iran and has been the country's top leader since 1989, was reported to be recovering. (AP Photo/Office of the Supreme Leader)

LOPEZ: Obama pledges additional support for Iranian puppet regimes

President Obama pledged an expanded U.S. effort to destroy the Islamic State, but given that the only territory IS currently threatens are the regimes of two Iranian puppets – one in Baghdad, one in Damascus – his announcement in effect amounts to a renewed U.S. commitment to support Tehran's grip on regional hegemony.