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Then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, on the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Gumming up the works over Benghazi

- The Washington Times

Pity the American voter. Angry, frustrated and desperate, in successive elections he delivers more Republican soldiers to Congress, all in the spirit of Dr. Johnson’s famous description of a second marriage as “the triumph of hope over experience.” All that changes in Washington is the size of the nothingburgers.

Rah-Rah Ralley for Unionization Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Obama’s sop to Big Labor

President Obama is hosting Big Labor bosses at the White House on Wednesday for a “Summit on Worker Voice.” The event will “focus on how workers can make their voices heard in the workplace.” This alleged voice deficit is being identified as a cause for a weak job market and wage stagnation.

Obama Decimates the U.S. Military Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

No moral outrage in the military

Recent articles highlighting horrifying child abuse atrocities inflicted on defenseless children by our Afghan military and police partners are but the latest examples of how President Obama is destroying U.S. military forces.

Illustration on employees flight from the burdens of Big Labor by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Big Labor’s assault on employee freedom

In yet another example of the Obama administration promoting Big Labor, the White House and Department of Labor will hold a “Summit on Worker Voice” on Wednesday to encourage unionization and promote organized labor.

Government Bureaucracy Predicting the Weather Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Lost on the hurricane trail

No federal government agency is more important to Americans than the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

Illustration on the deteriorating Secret Service by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The Secret Service’s rotten culture

Nothing illustrates so well how rotten the Secret Service’s management culture is as an assistant director’s effort to retaliate against a member of Congress by advocating leaking embarrassing information about him.

Creating a buffet for Russian tyrants

Russia is sweeping into Syria with what one defense official described to Fox News as “the largest deployment of Russian forces outside the former Soviet Union since the collapse of the USSR.”

Score one for the Tea Party

Remember the much-maligned Tea Party movement? These were the patriotic Americans — millions of them — who took to the streets and the town halls across America and revolted against President Bush’s corporate bailouts, President Obama’s stimulus spending blowout and Obamacare, and the Federal Reserve’s policy of tossing trillions of dollars out of helicopter windows (figuratively).

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is joined by Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud during a high level meeting on Somalia at U.N. headquarters, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

When world leaders got garbage for lunch

- The Washington Times

They gave the world leaders, in town for the opening session of the United Nations, lunch in New York the other day and all they got was swill. The leaders munching on the people’s dime said a good time was had by all, but that’s only if your taste runs to garbage. The chefs cheerfully conceded that that garbage was what it was.

Illustration on the changing and perilous situation of presidential candidates by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

How the election revolution has arrived

Apolitical revolution is taking place in America. The process of selecting party presidential candidates has been transformed in the last two or three election cycles. Now we have the early debates designed to drive poll numbers and tell us who’s “ahead” and who’s “behind,” who’s “gaining” and who’s “dropping.”

Illustration on merging health insurance providers by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Proving their medicine is a good as their perks

The planned mergers of four of America’s largest health insurers — Anthem with Cigna, and Aetna with Humana — has triggered a vigorous debate in academic and policy circles.

Illustration on National Manufacturing Day by Paul Tong/Tribune Content Agency

Celebrating manufacturing

This morning when you looked at your calendar, you probably didn’t realize that today (Friday) is Manufacturing Day. Even though it’s not a national holiday (no, you don’t get to stay home from work), this day is still noteworthy.

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New York Yankees Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra waves to the fans before the baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium, Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Farewell to an all-American oddball

"It ain't over 'til it's over," the wisest of the philosophers of sport famously said, but now it really, really is. They don't make 'em like Yogi Berra any more, who disdained cliches like this one to make up his own.

Illustration on the impact of Dodd-Frank on banking by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Suppressing job and wealth creation

The Dodd-Frank Act doesn't address the principal causes of the financial crisis and Great Recession but it does suppress economic growth. If a Democrat wins the White House in 2016 it won't be repealed. If however a Republican wins, repeal may be possible, which would take Washington regulatory mandarins' boots off banks' and the economy's throats.

Illustration on Communist Chinese designs on Taiwan by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

How Obama's 'pivot to Asia' is coming apart

As China increases its presence in the South China Sea by building islands that literally expand its territory, the Obama administration's avowed and widely hailed "pivot to Asia" is degenerating into a genuflection to Beijing.

In this image released by NBC, Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, left, appears during a taping of "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon," on Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, in New York. (Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via AP)

Carly Fiorina: Fighting for the character of our nation

Carly Fiorina has a way of shocking people with the truth. This is because it is sorely lacking in the political forum. Hence the reason why Carly, who is not a part of the political class, is rising in the polls. Carly not only speaks the truth fearlessly, she does not falter.

No more 'first' trophies for left

From where many Americans stand, it appears that the Democratic Party has degenerated into a bush-league political team obsessed with easy-win, first-place trophies (i.e., first black president, first female president). Never mind that Hillary Clinton, their current favorite, actually has less paid political experience than the highly intelligent but very foolish man currently holding the job of president.

Carson right on Muslim president

I would suspect that a few million people agreed with Republican presidential contender Ben Carson's recent comment that he would not approve of a Muslim president. And why would he? Pure and simple, Islam is not so much a religion as a form of religious government.

Secretary of State John Kerry answers a question about the ongoing crisis in Syria during a news conference with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, in London. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool)

The sum of satire

If there's a market for black satire, Barack Obama and John Kerry have a future in the movies. They have outdone Peter Sellers and George C. Scott in the 1960s dark comedy, "Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb."

Illustration on Trump's impact on the GOP by Nancy Ohanian/Tribune Content Agency

The Trump conundrum arrives

Flouting every purported rule presumed binding upon a "serious" presidential candidate, Mr. Donald Trump has consternated the political class and large swaths of the electorate by leading the polls for the Republican Party's nomination.

President Obama will need to more than double the number of Americans enrolled in Obamacare exchange plans to reach 21 million next year, the target set in budget projections, in what is shaping up as the next major test for the health care law. (Associated Press)

The painful costs of Obamacare

Just when it looked like Obamacare couldn't get worse, new statistical evidence shows that it can, and has. Healthcare insurance is getting more expensive for most workers because of an increase in deductions.

Illustration of Carly Fiorina             The Washington Times

Carly vs. Hillary

Carly Fiorina doesn't want anyone to care, and we're not supposed to notice, but it's a pleasure to see a woman with style running for president. She dresses with understated panache. She talks about moral values with the no-nonsense confidence of an old-fashioned schoolmarm, and she sounds like someone who believes what she says about the value of a human life.

Illustration on concerns over Pope Francis' ideological positions by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Is the pope a false prophet?

Rep. Thomas Massie, Kentucky Republican, has invited me to the House of Representatives to watch Pope Francis address a joint session of Congress. This generous Methodist congressman has invited your traditionalist Roman Catholic columnist and cable TV guy to this grand event.

Illustration on Chinese human rights violations by Paul Tong/Tribune Content Agency

A welcome mat for Xi is not deserved

Washington will roll out the red carpet for President Xi Jinping this week. The honor is unwarranted. While President Obama offers toasts to the Chinese leader, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo continues to languish in a dark prison.

Illustration on an enduring Thai/U.S. partnership by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Building a U.S.-Thai partnership for the 21st century

This week, as world leaders gather in New York on the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, the U.S.-Thai alliance, and the comprehensive partnerships it has generated, has never been more relevant. Together, the United States and Thailand can leverage the strength of this alliance to achieve a shared goal of building peace and sustainable development around the world.

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Beautiful Bureaucrat'

Medical alert: if you're already, or easily, depressed, don't read this book. On the other hand, if you're a fan of fabulist fiction, read it as soon as you can.

Illustration on Islam and the presidency by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Heeding Ben Carson's warning

"Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits." (Matthew 7:15-16)