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Illustration on fighting terrorism with energy independence by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The ill-timed climate change talk

President Obama has been mocked and appropriately so for his ludicrous comment that the upcoming climate change summit in Paris will be a “powerful rebuke” to the terrorists. No. This summit is a powerful rebuke to common sense.

U.S. Donation to Terror Group Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Funding terrorists

The United States, in the form of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing $100,000 to an organization directly linked to financing terrorism.

Illustration on the monetization of refugees by the United Nations and U.S. government agencies by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Creating isolation, not assimilation

Despite the exposure refugee resettlement has received lately, there has been little discussion of how the program actually operates.

Magical Rate Increase Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

How Obama ducks responsibility

The Federal Reserve is President Obama’s last chance for ducking responsibility for America’s weak economy. For seven years, Mr. Obama and Democrats have blamed George W. Bush and Republicans for an economy that has underperformed throughout this administration. With that excuse growing ever less plausible, and an election looming, Mr. Obama and Democrats need a new economic excuse; higher interest rates from the Fed offers them just that.

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, right, and Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev pose for a photo in Minsk, Belarus, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. Aliyev arrived in Belarus for a two-day official visit. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

Hypocrisy from Foggy Bottom

On November 1, Azerbaijan’s ruling New Azerbaijan Party won 70 of a 125 seats in that country’s parliament in an election largely boycotted by the main opposition party held its parliamentary elections — an election largely boycotted by the main opposition party

George H. W. Bush   Associated Press photo

Weak, confused and ‘unable to grasp’

- The Washington Times

Many bad things happen when a leader is weak, confused and forever in search of a credible reason to do nothing. For all his softness on Islam, Barack Obama has little insight into the men who send out mobs to cry “death to America.” He can’t imagine that men can listen to the call to evening Muslim prayer, which so captivated him as a boy growing up in Indonesia — “the prettiest sound on Earth” — and be inspired to dream of bringing down death on America.

Illustration on NOAA's climate change fictions by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

NOAA’s climate change science fiction

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is the nation’s leading collector of climate data. Every day, NOAA analyzes vast amounts of data to predict changes to our climate, weather, oceans and coasts. The agency also publishes monthly temperature averages across the nation and compares those numbers to historical temperature records.

The Invincible Obama Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Behind Obama’s lack of leadership

President Truman’s decision to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki killed more than 200,000 civilians but stopped a war that had already killed tens of millions and could have wiped out millions more.

Illustration on Obama's undermining Arctic oil exploration and production by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Tapping into energy obstructionism

When the Obama administration moved to embrace offshore energy exploration in Alaska earlier this year, skeptics raised a leery eyebrow. Could an administration so hostile to fossil fuels actually change its stripes?

U.S.-Iran Policy Paradox Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Obama’s Mideast paradox

Most students of Physics 101 have been exposed to a well-known thought experiment called “Schrodinger’s Cat.” In this experiment, renowned Danish physicist Erwin Schrodinger illustrates an absurd feature of quantum theory that allows a hypothetical cat to be both be alive and dead at the same time. This, however, is impossible, a paradox.

Illustration on giving thanks for the American military by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Grateful for American muscle

We Americans have much to be grateful for. Every year we gather together with friends and family to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. When we do, we should be grateful as well for the service of the American military in far-flung outposts.

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Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin will be among the speakers as the annual spectacle that is Conservative Action Political Conference kicks off with a prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance at 8 a.m. Thursday. (Associated Press)

Winning the battle for freedom

We've sought answers amid shifting cultural sands, flighty influences, and perpetual disappointments in politicians and public policy. People ask me all the time, "I want a happy, productive life for me and my country, but what can we do? What is the answer?" Well, the answer is within your grasp.

An easier way to rein in big government

Republicans could play a populist card and also boost the economy by targeting federal regulations. With President Obama's economy still lagging after seven years, 2016 GOP presidential contenders have a perfect opportunity to differentiate themselves from Democrats in a way that even tax cuts and spending reductions cannot.

Illustration on Hillary Clinton's 1960s roots by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The three Democratic stooges

So it has come to this. The party that once nominated Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy and Harry S. Truman to win the presidency -- the party that once nominated men of the stature of Adlai Stevenson and Hubert Humphrey to contest the presidency -- is now left with the Three Stooges vying for the highest office in the land.

Protecting America's Electrical Grid Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Securing the electrical grid

Three vitally important lessons are immediately apparent in the aftermath of the Paris terror attacks: First, the Islamic State, or ISIS, is planning more attacks against Europe and also the United States. ISIS-affiliated websites threaten that Washington, London and Rome will be attacked next and that their preference is "to taste American blood."

French President Francois Hollande waits for the arrival of US Secretary of State John Kerry at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, France, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. Kerry arrived in Paris to pay tribute to last Friday November 13 attacks in France. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

The real war

Friday night's attack in Paris was another reminder that we are in a real war. It is vital that we understand what the real war is and who the real enemy is.

Illustration on the clash of civilizations by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The West and Islam

As the full magnitude of Friday's Paris carnage became known, President Obama spoke to America people and the world about the horrific bloodshed in that great Western city. The president said this was not an attack simply on Paris or the French people.

Obama can't -- or won't -- kill threat

Despite the massacre in Paris last Friday, it is doubtful that President Obama will stop lying to the American people. But no, Mr. President, global warming is not the world's most dire issue and the Islamic State is not a 'JV' team. They are not on the run, and neither gun control nor income inequality precipitated the events of Nov. 13. Nor were the massacres an isolated attack by a few radicals.

U.S. less safe under Obama

In response to the bombing of Syria, the Islamic State has downed a Russian airliner, created a night of horror in Paris and suffered a failed attempt in Germany. Can the United States be far behind?

President Barack Obama leaves after posing for a family photo at the G-20 summit in Antalya, Turkey, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015. U.S. President Barack Obama pledged Sunday to redouble U.S. efforts to eliminate the Islamic State group and end the Syrian civil war that has fueled its rise, denouncing the extremist group's horrifying terror spree in Paris as "an attack on the civilized world." (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

The threat to America

Neither bombs nor bullets can awaken Barack Obama and the Democrats from their Utopian reverie. Hillary Clinton's inability to figure out who that enemy is at the gate betrays her as an unserious candidate for president. Neither of them seem to understand that the first responsibility of any president is to know the nation's enemies.

Confusion in Hollywood

Here comes another defense of the Hollywood conscience. The Hollywood conscience is different from the conscience of others. Where but in Hollywood would it be fashionable to justify the betrayal of friend and country as conscience abused.

French President Francois Hollande. (Associated Press)

Is there a leader in the house?

- The Washington Times

Everyone agrees that someone must lead the West against radical Islam, but who? Once upon a time, when crisis and fear of the unknown was abroad in the land, everyone looked to the president of the United States, confident that he would take charge and call down the lightning that won two world wars.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Keeping an Eye Open: Essays on Art'

Novelists and painters are often fellow travelers and best buddies. Charles Dickens was friends with Daniel Maclise and W.P. Frith, who painted iconic portraits of the author and several of his characters. In London Oscar Wilde was a frequent guest at the famous breakfasts hosted by James McNeill Whistler. In Aix-en-Provence Zola and Cezanne were inseparable high-school pals.

Illustration on the lack of direction in the West in the face of Islamic extremism by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Massacre in Paris

Just hours before the terrorist attacks in Paris last week, for which ISIS has claimed responsibility, "Good Morning America" broadcast an interview with President Obama. In it, the president told host George Stephanopoulos, "I don't think they're gaining strength.

Illustration on making a commodity of fear to increase sales by Alexander Hunter/ The Washington Times

Merchants of fear

Fear sells. And companies are increasingly doubling down on this marketing strategy to target an American public that is more distracted, ad-weary and indebted than ever.

Jonathan Butler, front left, addresses a crowd following the announcement that University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe would resign Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, at the university in Columbia, Mo. Butler has ended his hunger strike as a result of the resignation. Associated Press Photo

Caving in to crybullies

Millions of people worldwide were horrified to learn that Paris had been attacked by terrorists. But some supporters of the student protests at the University of Missouri had a unique reason for their dismay: outrage over what had happened in France was taking the spotlight off their grievances.

The Demise of the European Union Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The death of modern Europe

We are witnessing the slow but accelerating death modern Europe. When the verdict of history is rendered, historians will record the cause of death as the curable but untreated diseases of terrorism and uncontrolled immigration.

Illustration on depressed interest rates on savings by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Bad news for savers

Do not expect to get a higher real rate of interest on your savings -- ever. Traditionally, people could expect to receive 2 or 3 percent more than the rate of inflation on their savings or money market accounts. For instance, if inflation was 2 percent, many people received 5 percent interest per year on their government-insured savings accounts.

ISIS Committing Genocide Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Calling genocide by its rightful name

Emerging suggestions of a forthcoming statement by the Obama administration declaring the targeted mass killing, rape and enslavement of the Yazidi community under the Islamic State as "genocide" speak of a decisive move that would convey to the international community the moral and legal responsibility to protect the victims of these crimes.