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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

White House Support for a 2016 Biden Campaign Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

An authentic alternative to Hillary Clinton

The media fixation on the largest Republican field of presidential candidates in history misses the very real crisis Democrats are facing as their slam-dunk nominee’s campaign unravels before their eyes.

Illustration on Iran's allies in it's quest for nuclear weapons by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A little nuclear help from its friends

Since 1979, a cabal of nations has aided and abetted Iran in its efforts to develop a robust nuclear program under the guise of generating a nuclear energy system.

Illustration on Democrats' culpability in the fall of Iraq and the rise of ISIS by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The hot potato in the Iraq oven

This past week, Jeb Bush drew fire from Democrats and even some Republicans for pinning the rise of the Islamic State (ISIS) on the Obama administration’s withdrawal of American troops from Iraq in 2011.

Logo of the Swedish Democrats Party                 The Washington Times

Sweden’s populist surge

According to the most recent poll, the innocuously named but ferociously anti-establishment Sweden Democrats (Sverigedemokraterna or SD) has the largest support of any political party in Sweden.

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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.

Juli Slemmons holds a "Calvin and Hobbes" comic by cartoonist Bill Watterson at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum on the Ohio State University campus in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo)

BOOK REVIEW: Exploring Calvin and Hobbes: An Exhibition Catalogue

Bill Watterson's modern masterpiece about a wildly imaginative six-year boy, Calvin, and his faithful companion Hobbes, an anthropomorphic stuffed tiger, ran from 1985-1995. The strip was intelligent, thought-provoking and (unsurprisingly) rather philosophical. Academics, scientists and people from all walks of life were among its faithful followers.

Biologist Olivier Mbaya works with serum samples in a European study of an experimental Ebola vaccine. (AP)

Good news at last from Africa

- The Washington Times

Good news, an old newsroom canard goes, doesn't sell newspapers. It's true that it's the rare reader who wants to read about the ship that didn't sink, the house that didn't catch fire, the hurricane that blew itself out at sea. But sometimes the good news is the most thrilling news of all, and last week there were two items of news nothing short of thrilling about the march of medicine through Africa, where the news is almost never good.

Illustration on the horrific events forcing Japan to surrender in World War II by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

70 years ago, World War II ends in a flash

When the war finally ended on Aug. 15, 1945, I felt I had received a reprieve after having, in effect, been on a death row since mid-July when we got orders that our landing ship would be in the first assault wave in the first landing on a Japanese mainland island.

China Devalues the Yuan Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

How a devalued yuan makes American goods more expensive in China

As the stock market soared on news Monday that Warren Buffett was making another big deal, traders thought the worst was over after a string of losing days. Adding to the euphoria was news that China would speed up mergers of state-owned firms to boost growth. But then came Tuesday and the announcement that China was devaluing the yuan in an attempt to make their sagging exports more price-attractive, and, bingo, the stock market tanked.

Illustration on Iranian military projection into Iraq by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Pentagon inaction in the face of Kurdish military needs only encourages the Iranians

In last week's Republican debates Donald Trump advised us to buy stock in Iran: "You'll quadruple," he assured us. That may have sounded like sarcasm, but while Iran is steadily expanding its influence in key portions of Iraq, the Obama administration can't even bring itself to directly equip Iraq's most trustworthy fighters in the war against ISIS, the Kurdish regional guards, the Peshmerga.

Illustration on the perception gap on education funding by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Teachers and schools are funded at a higher rate than most people know

In its 2016 budget, the Obama administration has proposed a new billion-dollar federal program, Teaching for Tomorrow, which requests an additional $1 billion in federal funding for services to children from low-income families. It also calls for more money for English language acquisition programs, civil rights enforcement, and special education services. Reporters nonetheless have pronounced the budget "dead on arrival," as Congress is reluctant to increase spending at a time when the country is running a large fiscal deficit. Consistent with these reports, the House of Representatives has passed a budget resolution that calls for a more than 8 percent cut in federal spending. Similar battles over education spending rage in state capitals across the country.

Hillary Rodham Clinton had initially said no classified information was sent or received on her server, though she has more recently clarified that only means no material that was officially marked as classified at the time. (Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton's suitability problem

After she has repeatedly lied, dissembled and deceived about protecting our most vital national secrets, what does that say about her suitability to retain a security clearance, let alone to run for the highest office in the land?

Rick Perry gets into it with the grassroots audience at the Iowa State Fair "soapbox" in 2014. (AP Photo)

16 presidential hopefuls head for the challenge: The Iowa State Fair soap box, hecklers included

- The Washington Times

It is a candidate's challenge: The Iowa State Fair is open for business in Des Moines on Thursday, and with it comes the "Candidate Soapbox," set smack in the middle of the main concourse. Over the next nine days, 16 presidential candidates will have 20 minutes on a small stage to have their say before God, country, cows, locals and journalists who hope some hapless hopeful will have a fried-food malfunction for the cameras.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Comet'

We tend to assume that the great technological inventions of the 20th century were born in the USA. It was, after all, dubbed the American century. But, in fact, three of the most significant of these marvels were British: television, antibiotics and the jet aircraft engine. This lavishly illustrated book -- it is also packed with information about everything from engineering to decor -- celebrates Comet, the first passenger jet that took to the air. And guess what? It was British, too.

Civic Order in Afghanistan Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Taking a page from the Taliban playbook

With the second round of peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban just around the corner, many Afghans fear the compromises that lie in store — reversals on gains in women's rights and education, for instance. But others recall that life under the religious dictatorship wasn't without its benefits, and wonder if such compromises aren't a price worth paying.