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Members of the public walk past a Yes sign which has been graffitied on a wall in Edinburgh, Scotland, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014. The two sides in Scotland's independence debate are scrambling to convert undecided voters, with just two days to go until a referendum on separation. Anti-independence campaigners are pushing home their message that a "No" vote doesn't mean the status quo. The three main British political parties are promising Scotland greater powers, including tax-raising authority, if it remains part of the United Kingdom. The Yes campaign says the promises are vague and reveal the No side's desperation, with polls suggesting the outcome will be close. Scottish Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said "the only way to guarantee the real powers we need in Scotland is to vote Yes." (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

What would Braveheart do?

No matter how the vote turns out on Thursday in Scotland, either for independence or continued union with Britain, the disintegration of the Old Continent appears almost inevitable.

Illustration on the broken promise not to fund abortion through Obamacare by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Obamacare’s big spending on abortion on demand

President Obama told lawmakers and the American public in a specially called joint session of Congress on health care reform that “under our plan, no federal dollars will be used to fund abortion.”

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 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.

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.”

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Young women play in the fountains surrounding the Unisphere at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in New York Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

AGNESS: Ladies, don't be fooled by Cosmo

From the wardrobe to the bedroom, Cosmopolitan magazine is known for offering women advice about the most intimate aspects of their lives. But the magazine has found a new aspect of women's lives they'd like to shape—their decisions in the voting booth.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Did Snowden leak golfer-in-chief's transcripts?

After reading "Islamic State using leaked Snowden info to evade U.S. intelligence" (Web, Sept. 4), I couldn't help but speculate that the real value of Edward Snowden's espionage is that President Obama's university transcripts, which have never been publicly released and may have been stored on an NSA database that Mr. Snowden stole, are now common knowledge throughout the Islamic world.

Israeli Submarine Based Missile Defense Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A sea-based nuclear deterrent for Israel

For Israel, an overriding long-term security requirement must be to deter future attacks with weapons of mass destruction (WMD) by enemy states, especially Iran.

The Liberal Bully of the Week --- Josh Earnest

President Obama may have admitted he doesn't have a strategy for dealing with the Islamic State, but he does have a blueprint for handling his critics here in the United States, because to this president, they are the real enemy.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: A court-packing payoff for Obamacare

Whoever said cheaters never win never met a president with an unrestrained ambition to make big government bigger, and damn the Constitution. Three new judges of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia rode to the rescue of Obamacare on Thursday.

Is Hillary really as good as it gets?

The Washington Times

Hillary Clinton for president? Is this really the best the Democratic Party can do? Have we already forgotten Whitewater, the investigation into Hillary's $100,000 profit in cattle-futures trades, Vince Foster's death, "Hillarycare," her "reset button" failure with Russia or the Benghazi atrocities and ensuing cover-up attempt?