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Illustration on U.S. reinvolvement against ISIS by Schot/De Volkskrant, Amsterdam, Netherlands

A Mideast policy rewritten in blood

The two most critical rules of warfare are to never tell your enemy what you will not do and to never be seen as a reluctant, vacillating warrior.

Illustration on the damage being done by Obamacare by Paul Tong/Tribune Content Agency

Obamacare, one year later

As a doctor and congressman, I’m often asked what I prefer to be called. The answer for me is always doctor.

Illustration on Netanyahu's comment that ISIS and Hamas "are branches on the same poisonous tree" by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The irony of endorsing Palestinians while bombing ISIS

Speaking to the United Nations General Assembly on Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded strongly to an earlier verbal attack launched by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

FILE - This April 22, 2014, file photo shows an employment application form on a table during a job fair at Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson, N.Y. The Labor Department releases its weekly report on applications for unemployment benefits on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

Who are you calling the party of the rich?

The median American household saw its net worth decline by 36 percent during the Great Recession. That is a hard reality. A Republican held the White House when the crash hit, and voters, in no mood to be charitable, blamed the GOP. Besides, Democrats were ready with an explanation that slid right into an existing groove of American thinking: The financial crisis was caused by Republicans going easy on their big-banker friends.

Illustration on the value of the U.S. Constitution by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Constitution, the great charter of liberty

When July 4 rolls around, there’s no mistaking it. There are fireworks, parades and other patriotic tributes to our Declaration of Independence. If you’re like most Americans, Sept. 17 comes and goes without any fanfare.

Illustration on climate, environmentalism and fuel supply by Mark Weber/Tribune Content Agency

Obama’s faulty climate-change solutions

President Obama boasted to the United Nations General Assembly last week that America is working hard to deal with what he called the “one issue that will define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other.”

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2014, file photo, Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Flynn, the three-star Army general who has headed the Defense Intelligence Agency for less than two years is being nudged aside amid conflict within the agency and between the general and leaders elsewhere in the intelligence community, a senior defense official said Wednesday, April 30. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)

A promise to defend America on the cheap

- The Washington Times

Maybe President Obama is beginning to understand the Islamist threat against America. Maybe. If he does, we’ll owe a debt to the Americans who lost their heads to the barbarians. He still doesn’t understand what he has to do about it.

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Supporters of the No vote in the Scottish independence referendum circle round a flare as they gather to celebrate the referendum result in George Square, Glasgow, Scotland, Friday, Sept. 19, 2014.  Following a long night that brought floods of relief for some and bitter disappointment for others, Scotland awoke with a hangover Friday after voting to reject independence.  Now, the task was to heal the divide — and use the energy the referendum unleashed to hold London politicians to promises of more powers for Scotland.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

EDITORIAL: Scotland, saved from secession

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BOOK REVIEW: 'The Liar's Wife'

The artful relationships among the four novellas collected in Mary Gordon's "The Liar's Wife" make this volume way more than the sum of its parts.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Clapper's off-target intelligence strategy

Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper has just released a new National Intelligence Strategy, the first in five years. It's a highly unsatisfying read for two reasons.

Illustration on the need for ground troops by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The error of relying on air power

It is the 21st-century version of the classic question once posed by The Eagles. So who you gonna' believe: President Obama or your lyin' eyes?

Illustration on the enduring myth of FDR by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The enduring myth of FDR and the New Deal

My seventh-grade son recently wrote a U.S. History paper extolling the virtues of President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal. "It ended the Great Depression," he wrote with great certainty. He's only 12 and parroting what the history texts and his teachers told him.

Illustration on the failures of tne war on poverty by Alexander hunter/The Washington Times

The War on Poverty: 50 years of failure

In January 1964, President Johnson declared "unconditional war on poverty in America." Since then, the taxpayers have spent $22 trillion on Johnson's war.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.