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The showboating student, hard at work

- The Washington Times

There is much to do for the student with awakened conscience. Scrubbing out the moral stains on America, to make the grove of academe the bright spot of the fruited plain, is a job bigger than anyone first imagined.

Illustration on advice to the GOP on reducing the size of government by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Cutting government down to size

The GOP debates so far have shown that the Republican presidential candidates are far from united on how best to boost the economy. Tax and regulatory reform are critical. But as a first step they should consider following the path Democrats took immediately after World War II: shrink the government.

Illustration on justified concerns over receiving Syrian "refugees" into the United States by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A compassionate and cautious approach to refugees

Americans always have welcomed those fleeing danger and oppression abroad. Some of the earliest Americans crossed the Atlantic to escape religious persecution in Great Britain.

Intelligence Failure Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The CENTCOM Syndrome

Every member of the military has a personal duty to report the facts they encounter truthfully to their superiors. That goes for everyone from the lowliest private to the four-star generals who report directly to the president.

Illustration on the Republican response to the Democrats' championing of the $15 minimum wage by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Working a wedge issue

Given the increased polarization of the electorate, expect to see more issue-based fighting to influence the opinions of independent voters. These are the voters who do not follow the letter after a candidate name. They have a different North Star than party designation.

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.

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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.

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BOOK REVIEW: 'My Kitchen Year'

When Conde Nast unexpectedly closed Gourmet magazine, a popular favorite with home cooks for 69 years, its 10-year editor, Ruth Reichl, like the rest of the staff, was stunned. She was devastated, feeling responsible for the closure as it happened under her tenure, and unsure as to where she could turn next. The future looked bleak: A new job for a sixty-something food writer, editor and cook is not easy to find.

Illustration on the current spate of college protests by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The race to riot on college campuses

College campuses are again in turmoil. According to The New York Times, "Racist, sexist and anti-Semitic incidents on and near college campuses from Dartmouth to Wisconsin to Stanford this fall have provoked worries by education and civil rights leaders that such acts are on the increase."

Illustration on the Bill O'Reilly/George Will contratemps by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

When history and celebrity collide

Earlier this month, premier Fox newsman Bill O'Reilly became unhinged on live television. A red-faced Mr. O'Reilly loudly and repeatedly called his invited guest, Washington Post columnist and fellow conservative Fox News journalist George Will, a "hack" and accused him of lying.

Syrian Immigrants Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The fruits of a failed Syria policy

As news of the heinous attacks in Paris spread, the question on everyone's mind was simple: How can we prevent another of these deadly tragedies? To be clear, we should not have been unprepared. After all, this is the same ideology that spurred the attack on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, and the attacks in Paris just months ago on Charlie Hebdo, and it is the same danger the international community is facing in Iraq and Syria on a daily basis.

Obama Control of the Ecosystem Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

How to halt the president's climate change ploy

President Obama will soon agree to a global warming treaty at the United Nations climate conference in Paris. While he'll hail it as an historic moment, he will insist it isn't really a treaty. Why?

Illustration on trading liberty for security by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Paris and freedom

The tragedy in Paris last Friday has regrettably been employed as a catalyst for renewed calls by governments in western Europe and even in the United States for more curtailment of personal liberties. Those who accept the trade of liberty for safety have argued in favor of less liberty.

Use of Force in the Mideast Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Knowing when to go to war

Apolitical litmus test has required that presidential hopefuls deem the Iraq War a mistake and Afghanistan too expensive. But in light of attacks by the Islamic State, or ISIS, and renewed calls for U.S. escalation, how President Obama and the presidential candidates understand the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and how and when they decide it is just and necessary to use American military power, has very real implications.

With the River Seine in the foreground the illuminated Eiffel Tower in the French national colors red, white and blue in honor of the victims of the terrorist attacks last Friday, and Seine river are seen in Paris, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015. A woman wearing an explosive suicide vest blew herself up Wednesday as heavily armed police tried to storm a suburban Paris apartment where the suspected mastermind of last week's attacks was believed to be holed up, police said. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

Peace-loving people struggle to grasp a world at war

Two weeks before the Paris massacre, we took our twin granddaughters, age 11, for their first visit to Paris. They live in Berlin, and were eager to see the Mona Lisa smile, watch artists paint in Montmartre, and take a boat trip on the Seine. One night we watched the tip of the Eiffel Tower light up like a sparkler on the Fourth of July (or Bastille Day, if you like).

Stop terrorism -- one way or another

Candle lighting and congregation in places of worship to honor the deceased following terrorist acts of barbarism demonstrate how much we value life. This is not a 'language' understood by the terrorists. It is time that Muslim religious leadership from all over the world now proactively take on the task of protecting the tenets of their religion, and either through dialogue or other means restrict the perpetrators of these crimes from use of force against human life.

Dangerous refugee relocation

I have just been informed that several thousand refugees may soon be relocated here to the White Mountains of Arizona, somewhere in the White Mountain Apache Reservation, if my information is correct. If this happens, will Muslim 'refugee' men rape local women?

Steam and smoke rises from the smokestack of a coal-fired power plant near Ordos in northern China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Tilting at the elusive windmills

France mourns its dead, and President Obama is getting ready to lead the heads of 196 nations into the city of light in pursuit of his climate change agenda. Every man to his own idea of what's important. Despite the manufactured hysteria over the weather, the production of energy is not the most dangerous work of humankind. The most dangerous barbarians are those who are busy beating their plowshares into swords.

U.S. President Barack Obama waves to the media upon arrival Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport at suburban Pasay city, south of Manila, Philippines, as he arrives for the APEC summit. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Obama stands down

Surprise is a crucial element in successful warfare, as Stonewall Jackson demonstrated in the early months of the Civil War, as the Japanese demonstrated at Pearl Harbor and as the Islamic terrorists of the Islamic State, or ISIS, demonstrated in the streets of Paris. Barack Obama, a legend of leadership only in his own mind, announces with fanfare that under no circumstances will he commit significant ground forces to "degrade and destroy" the radical Islamic terrorists.

Illustration on the need for America to effectively fight back against ISIS by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Forget Paris

For almost two generations, since Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution, self-proclaimed jihadis have been fighting to re-establish Islamic supremacy and domination in the world. Leaders of the nations they have been targeting have regarded them as a problem -- but mostly not as dangerous enemies who must be decisively defeated.

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.