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Illustration on excessive government regulation of oil by Mark Weber/Tribune Content Agency

Opening the tap for crude-oil exports

Not many years ago, the idea of “peak oil” was all the rage. The concept, first identified in 1956 by M. King Hubbert, a geologist working for Shell Oil, held that there was a finite amount of oil in the ground and that oil production would peak in the 1970s and then decline.

Underfunding of Charter Schools in D.C. Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

D.C. charter schools deserve equal funding

As Washington gets ready to select a new mayor, D.C. voters should insist that to get their vote, a candidate should pledge to provide all students in the District equitable treatment when it comes to school funding.

Illustration on Ron Klain by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Treating Ebola with politics

When the then-spreading Ebola virus threatened our nation last week, President Obama put one man in charge of coordinating the government’s response who had zero experience in handling infectious diseases.

Illustration on free trade and government restrictions by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Free-trade superstitions

What’s it like being a free-market advocate in the 21st century? I think it can be summarized as follows: Another day, another dollar — and another attack on capitalism.

Pope Francis waves as he leaves after he celebrated the beatification ceremony of Pope Paul VI, and a mass for the closing of of a two-week synod on family issues, in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican,  Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

The price of papal popularity

Normally a synod of Catholic bishops does not provide fireworks rivaling the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, where Mayor Richard Daley’s boys in blue ran up the score on the radicals in Grant Park.

Seal of the Just Us Department Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A post-Holder Justice Department worthy of the name

Watergate-era misconduct and politicization at the Department of Justice shattered public trust in a once-venerated institution by 1975. The urgent task of restoring Justice fell to Edward H. Levi.

Senate candidate Bruce Braley, right,  campaigns with  U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., in an Iowa Votes rally in Des Moines  Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, at the Hotel Fort Des Moines . (AP Photo/The Des Moines Register, Rodney White)  MAGS OUT, TV OUT, NO SALES, MANDATORY CREDIT

It was a dark and stormy Democratic night

- The Washington Times

This is the week the political world, like the worm, begins to turn. The polls, the hunches, the guesses and the vibes that only junkies feel all say it’s a Republican year and Harry Reid will soon take a seat on the back bench.

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Megaphone FEC Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The FEC complies with the Constitution, finally

Nearly five years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that citizens do not surrender their First Amendment rights merely because they choose to incorporate their private associations.

A Wall Street address is carved in the side of a building, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 in New York. Global stocks sank Friday Oct. 10, 2014 after Wall Street suffered its worst day of the year and weak German trade data fueled worry Europe is sliding into recession. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

How about a little optimism?

- The Washington Times

Stocks are way overdue for a correction, but there's no recession in sight.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Beethoven'

Just as Schubert lamented, "Who can do anything after Beethoven?" readers of this biography can speculate as to whether author Jan Swafford has had the last word on Beethoven, at least for a while.

Turkish soldiers on a tank hold their position on a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, overlooking Kobani, Syria, during fighting between Syrian Kurds and the militants of Islamic State group, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014.

Saving Kobani from the Islamic State

How did 49 Turkish hostages suddenly get released by the Islamic State? Mr. Erdogan's answer was coy, at best. He implied that no money had changed hands.

** FILE ** In this March 31, 2011, file photo House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, Caliornia Republican, right, accompanied by the committee's ranking Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings, Maryland Democrat, presides over the committee's hearing on the Freedom of Information Act on Capitol Hill. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

EDITORIAL: The high cost of freedom of information

When Sandy Berger, the national security adviser to Bill Clinton, realized the National Archives had documents that he didn't want the public to see, he stuffed them down his pants and walked out of the building. Today's bureaucrats don't need to go to such extremes.

FILE  In this July 21, 2014 file photo, students at a summer reading academy at Buchanan elementary school work in the computer lab at the school in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma Supreme Court has confirmed the Legislature was well within its authority to repeal a set of education standards in math and English known as Common Core. But what’s still uncertain is whether reverting back to the old academic standards will put Oklahoma students at a disadvantage when competing against those in more than 40 other states who are moving ahead with the more advanced and rigorous new ones developed under Common Core. A much-needed overhaul of American public education _ new methods of teaching English and math and redesigned testing _ was sponsored by U.S. state governors five years ago and has been adopted in nearly every state. Now the program to make U.S. students more competitive with global counterparts is caught in bitter partisan divisions in the country where some politicians are trying to win support from voters who are mad at Washington. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

ROFF: China unrest and the future of the open internet

As it stands under the Obama plan for the Internet's future, ICANN will either become a despotic organization or the willing agent of despotic governments who want to censor content on the Internet.