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CORRECTS DATE - President Barack Obama, right, smiles as he and former NBA basketball player Alonzo Mourning, left, prepare to ride in a golf cart while golfing at Vineyard Golf Club in Edgartown, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Obama is taking a two-week summer vacation on the island. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

The Obama tee party

Trouble in the St. Louis suburbs has rescued President Obama’s vacation. He can play all 18 holes at the country club now, safe in the knowledge that he’s distracting voters from all the scandals, mismanagement and foreign and domestic policies that are the legacy of his administration.

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2012 file photo, former Vice President Al Gore, Current TV Chairman and Co-Founder, participates in the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour in Pasadena , Calif. Former Vice President Al Gore is suing Al Jazeera America, saying the news network is withholding tens of millions of dollars that it owes for buying Current TV from him and other shareholders for $500 million last year. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)

EDITORIAL: Al Gore vs. Al-Jazeera

How do you say “buyer’s remorse” in Arabic? The Qatari royal family likely feels the pangs of regret for paying the princely sum of $500 million to Al Gore and friends to give Al-Jazeera America a slot on satellite-TV and cable channels.

Bogart and Bacall in "To Have and Have Not."

‘Death be not proud’

Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall join this year’s roster of celebrity deaths. Their names and fame preoccupy us in public mourning, though most of us were no closer to them in life than to a movie or television screen.

Expensive Government Music Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A higher scale for music royalties?

Members of Congress are being pressured by lobbyists, songwriters and music-publishing executives to pass legislation artificially forcing copyright royalty rate increases on music.

Tough Pill to Swallow Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

How to slow the pace of medical progress

The Americans infected with the Ebola virus appear to be improving — very welcome news, especially given the virus’s death rate, which is estimated to be as high 90 percent.

NATO Alliance Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

As NATO withers, whither NATO?

As world leaders gather for the NATO summit in Wales during the first week of September, they’ll need to do some collective soul-searching on the alliance’s future.

FILE - In this Aug. 16, 2014 file photo, Malik Shabazz, center, president of Black Lawyers for Justice and former chairman of the New Black Panther Party, talks with Col. Ron Replogle, left, and Capt. Ron Johnson during a march with protesters in Ferguson, Mo. Shabazz' organization and others, made up mostly of black volunteers, have taken it upon themselves to help keep the peace in Ferguson, confident the protesters are more likely to listen to them than police. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, David Carson, File)

The Ferguson feeding frenzy

The most poisonous “-ism” now infecting Ferguson, Mo., is not virulent racism. It’s viral narcissism.

Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol is surrounded by media after meeting with protesters Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. The Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer has touched off rancorous protests in Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb where police have used riot gear and tear gas. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Media mantra misses the story as Ferguson explodes

Much of the media mantra in Ferguson, Missouri, followed a simple storyline. An 18-year-old black, known to his friends and family as a “gentle giant,” planned to attend college the following week. As he walked down the street with his friend around noon Saturday, Aug. 9, he met a police officer who gunned him down as he tried to surrender with his hands held high.

President Barack Obama, left, points to Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., center, and Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., right, after signing the Dodd Frank-Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in a ceremony in the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, Wednesday, July 21, 2010.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

EDITORIAL: Economic strangulation with red tape

President Obama knows nothing about making the economy grow. On his watch, America’s gross domestic product has inched forward at an annual average of 1.2 percent, according to World Bank data. We’re outclassed not only by Brazil, China and India, but by Mali, Guatemala, Swaziland and Vanuatu.

Gun-grabber Bloomberg’s epic fail in Milwaukee

Billionaire Michael R. Bloomberg could learn a thing or two from the biblical story about an Israelite soldier named David, who went up against Goliath, a giant of a man and a powerful foe.

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Lily Goldberg, 13, center, holds a United States flag during a rally in support of Israel in front of city hall in Dallas, Texas, on Wednesday, July 30, 2014. Texas Gov. Rick Perry spoke at the rally, criticizing an American "policy of calculated ambivalence" toward Israel, a nod toward conservative voters as he considers a second run for president. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Brad Loper) MANDATORY CREDIT; NO SALES; MAGAZINES OUT; TV OUT; INTERNET USE BY AP MEMBERS ONLY

MANDEL AND SENTE: Israel is a strong investment for America

As the Treasurer of Ohio and a State Representative from Illinois, we write today to communicate why Israel Bonds are a strong investment for state governments. While one of us is a Republican and the other a Democrat, we find responsible investment and stewardship of tax dollars to be a non-partisan issue.

al Qaeda inspired militants stand with captured Iraqi Army Humvee at a checkpoint outside Beiji refinery, some 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, June 19, 2014. The fighting at Beiji comes as Iraq has asked the U.S. for airstrikes targeting the militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. While U.S. President Barack Obama has not fully ruled out the possibility of launching airstrikes, such action is not imminent in part because intelligence agencies have been unable to identify clear targets on the ground, officials said.(AP Photo)

Civilization versus barbarism

Recently, Pope Francis declared that "the persecution of Christians today is even greater than in the first centuries of the church, and there are more Christian martyrs today than in that era."

FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2013 file photo, Neel Kashkari, right, who later won the Republican nomination for governor of California, talks with Kenneth Whitaker, 62, at Loaves and Fishes homeless shelter in Sacramento, Calif. In a July 31, 2014 opinion piece published in the Wall Street Journal, Kashkari said he spent a week living as a homeless person in search of a job to test Gov. Jerry Brown's claim that the state is making a comeback after the economic downturn. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Lower benefits, higher employment

Neel Kashkari, the Republican candidate for governor of California, just recounted in The Wall Street Journal his week on the streets of Fresno posing as a homeless man looking for work.

Coal Asteroid Attacks Earth Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Taking a crash course in defense of coal

The United Mine Workers of America is encouraging its members to speak out against the Obama administration's proposed regulations on carbon-dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants.

Illustration on the ACLU's championing of hedonistic beliefs by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

ACLU preying on America's better angels

For an organization that frequently goads government into advancing an atheistic viewpoint on everyone within reach, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) talks a good game about how wrong it is for some people to "impose their beliefs on others."

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to gathered participants at the annual gathering of the Clinton Global Initiative America, at the Sheraton Downtown, in Denver, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

America likes tell-alls: 60 'best sellers' on the Clintons written since 1992

- The Washington Times

There are three books on the current New York Times top-10 bestseller list that that have something to do with Bill and Hillary Clinton. Those who seek to write a best seller - or even just a snappy paperback with a cool cover - might consider penning something on the Clintons, for better or worse. The numbers back this idea up.

Illustration on the broken Senate by Nancy Ohanian/Tribune Content Agency

TURNER: The Senate Democrats and the obsolescence of Congress

Obsolete. This is what the United States Congress will be if the Democrats keep up their current modus operandi. Democrats cannot, or will not, see the forest for the trees as they relentlessly pursue their agenda for fundamental change. Democrats, especially the Senate Democrats under Majority Leader Harry Reid, are governing by omission, consequentially leaving their job to the executive authority of the president.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Stand Up Straight and Sing'

Jessye Norman is not exactly your typical diva. To begin with, she graduated not from Juilliard or Curtis, but from Howard University, and proudly maintains her ties there.