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Chart to accompany Moore article of Aug. 31, 2015

Oil, America’s inexhaustible resource

In August 1859 on the eve of the Civil War, Col. Edwin Laurentine Drake completed the first commercial oil well in the United States on Oil Creek just outside of Titusville, Pa.

Obump Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A Republican version of Obama

Americans may finally be tiring of “talking-point presidents.” For more than six-and-a-half years, this is what President Obama has been — telling Americans what they want to hear, while pursuing policies they do not support.

Illustration on China's menacing moves in the Pacific by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

China’s challenge to U.S. Asia policy

Earlier this month, Secretary of State John Kerry met with his counterparts from across the Asia-Pacific region in Malaysia, discussing joint trade, security and political efforts.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks on the campus of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, during a 'Commit to Vote' grassroots organizing meeting. (AP Photo/David Richard)

A late apology in clintonspeak

- The Washington Times

Hillary Clinton attempted to “come clean” about her emails again, like a sinner squirming in the hands of an angry god, but the partisan gods do not seem to be appeased.

Illustration on government debasement of religious liberty by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Favoring some claims of conscience over others

We face a crisis of conscience today — a crisis forced upon us by elites in Washington who would pick and choose who is allowed to follow their deeply held beliefs and who is to be punished by the government for doing so.

Lower Taxes Boost the Economy Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Swinging the tax ax

Ronald Reagan signed the historic Kemp-Roth tax cut into law on Aug. 21, 1981. Reagan’s tax cuts should be seen in the context of Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.

Illustration on the Kellogg-Briand treaty by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A treaty as hollow as the Iranian nuclear deal

It is ironic that Thursday marks the anniversary of the signing of the Kellogg-Briand treaty in Paris in 1928 designed to renunciate war as an instrument of national policy

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The Animas River flows with toxic waste from the Gold King Mine on Aug. 8, 2015, as seen from the 32nd Street Bridge in Durango, Colo., as the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad train goes by. (Associated Press) **FILE**

EPA's toxic adventure

Imagine an agency charged with protecting the environment, aptly named the Environmental Protection Agency. Because, you see, we need to protect the environment, and we need a government cudgel with which to do it.

Christians must vote

It has been estimated that less than 20 percent of self-identifying Christians vote. I believe this is the reason self-serving politicians govern our country.

Japan had further plans for U.S.

As World War II began, the United States knew Japanese intellectuals included accomplished physicists such as Yoshio Nishina. They knew he was a staunch Imperial nationalist and capable leader; so capable two of his students later won Nobel prizes.

A worker wipes a representation of the The Great Seal of the United States at the newly opened U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

America returns to Cuba

Gulags and satrapies are required in the nether world where Marxist fantasy survives. How else to keep the peasants in line? Secretary of State John Kerry, looking for love in all the wrong places, took a handful of congressmen to Havana the other day to preside over the raising of the American flag at the reopening of the American embassy, closed in 1961 when Fidel Castro imposed the Marxist yoke upon the neck of the Cuban people. The three Marines who lowered the flag 53 years ago, old men now, were called back to run up Old Glory once more. Mr. Kerry celebrated the occasion as another achievement of Barack Obama's presidency.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers a statement to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II during a press conference at his official residence in Tokyo Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. Abe has expressed "profound grief" for all who perished in World War II in a statement marking the 70th anniversary of the country's surrender. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Lessons from an apology

Apologies are never easy, and apologizing in the name of a nation is hardest of all. Barack Obama still suffers, and no doubt always will, the approbation of many of his countrymen for his apology in Egypt early in his presidency, for what is still not clear, to the Islamic countries of the Middle East. A succession of Japanese prime ministers have put their hand to apologies for World War II. So how would Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's formal speech on the 70th anniversary of the end of The Great Pacific War, as many Asians call World War II, differ from the others?

Chart to accompany Moore article of Aug. 17, 2015

Why Hillary's college tuition plan won't work

In the days ahead millions of kids will pack their bags and leave home (hopefully for good) to go to college. For parents experiencing this for the first time: welcome to the biggest financial scam in America.

A voter can be seen in a voting booth Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 in Honolulu.  Despite the rains and winds from Tropical Storm Iselle that pounded the state Friday, Hawaii will hold primary elections today.  (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

Another attack on election reforms

Although people in the nation's smallest state can obtain photo voter IDs with ease, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) says that requiring an ID in order to vote is a hardship.

Problem Solved Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Filling a Republican cabinet in 2017

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry deserves a lot of credit for pointing to an enormous opportunity for Republicans.

Remembering the last American to die in World War II

Given that Japan started the Pacific War with a cowardly sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, it comes as small surprise that the last American to die in the war was killed by military extremists after both sides had agreed to end hostilities.

Illustration on the loss of U.S. military options after the Obama/Iran nuclear arms deal takes effect by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

How Obama gets it wrong

Defending the Iran nuclear deal he negotiated in Vienna, Secretary of State John Kerry has repeatedly asserted something that has been much ignored in the discussion surrounding it -- that all options which the United States possesses today to stop Iran going nuclear will be there for a future U.S. president in 10 years.

Ferguson police Humvees needed year after violence

The Pentagon's recent demand is the height of political correctness run amok, and it will cost more lives ("Pentagon orders Ferguson to return Humvees," Web, Aug. 12). In August of last year, after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, police confronted protesters with snipers atop armored vehicles because they had intelligence there was going to be violence. That show of force prevented the violence. The media and political left became livid, however, saying the officers were overreacting. So the officers backed down. The next day the looters went wild, just as the intelligence had predicted. In the recent riots in Baltimore the police were held back by the mayor because she did not want to upset the protesters and escalate matters. This let the looters run wild for an entire night.

CORRECTS YEAR - A sign points to the polling place at the San Juan County Clerk's office in Aztec, N.M. on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015. If a majority of those voting in Tuesday's election chose to incorporate, Kirltand would become the fourth municipality in the county, and its more than 400 residents could elect a mayor and board of trustees. (AP Photo/Jon Austria, The Daily Times)

Democrats want voter punishment for absent ballots on Election Day

President Obama has endorsed the idea that the United States, like Australia, should require citizens to vote, under pain of punishment if they don't. Hillary Clinton supports various schemes to eliminate voter-identification laws and other "impediments" to voting, Bernie Sanders wants election day to be declared a national holiday (maybe on Saturday). Eric Holder leads a crusade to grant felons the vote, and Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia wants to drop voter registration, and prospective voters could just say that they're citizens and they're entitled to vote. Trust, not verify.