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Then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, on the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Gumming up the works over Benghazi

- The Washington Times

Pity the American voter. Angry, frustrated and desperate, in successive elections he delivers more Republican soldiers to Congress, all in the spirit of Dr. Johnson’s famous description of a second marriage as “the triumph of hope over experience.” All that changes in Washington is the size of the nothingburgers.

Rah-Rah Ralley for Unionization Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Obama’s sop to Big Labor

President Obama is hosting Big Labor bosses at the White House on Wednesday for a “Summit on Worker Voice.” The event will “focus on how workers can make their voices heard in the workplace.” This alleged voice deficit is being identified as a cause for a weak job market and wage stagnation.

Obama Decimates the U.S. Military Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

No moral outrage in the military

Recent articles highlighting horrifying child abuse atrocities inflicted on defenseless children by our Afghan military and police partners are but the latest examples of how President Obama is destroying U.S. military forces.

Illustration on employees flight from the burdens of Big Labor by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Big Labor’s assault on employee freedom

In yet another example of the Obama administration promoting Big Labor, the White House and Department of Labor will hold a “Summit on Worker Voice” on Wednesday to encourage unionization and promote organized labor.

Government Bureaucracy Predicting the Weather Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Lost on the hurricane trail

No federal government agency is more important to Americans than the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

Illustration on the deteriorating Secret Service by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The Secret Service’s rotten culture

Nothing illustrates so well how rotten the Secret Service’s management culture is as an assistant director’s effort to retaliate against a member of Congress by advocating leaking embarrassing information about him.

Creating a buffet for Russian tyrants

Russia is sweeping into Syria with what one defense official described to Fox News as “the largest deployment of Russian forces outside the former Soviet Union since the collapse of the USSR.”

Score one for the Tea Party

Remember the much-maligned Tea Party movement? These were the patriotic Americans — millions of them — who took to the streets and the town halls across America and revolted against President Bush’s corporate bailouts, President Obama’s stimulus spending blowout and Obamacare, and the Federal Reserve’s policy of tossing trillions of dollars out of helicopter windows (figuratively).

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is joined by Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud during a high level meeting on Somalia at U.N. headquarters, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

When world leaders got garbage for lunch

- The Washington Times

They gave the world leaders, in town for the opening session of the United Nations, lunch in New York the other day and all they got was swill. The leaders munching on the people’s dime said a good time was had by all, but that’s only if your taste runs to garbage. The chefs cheerfully conceded that that garbage was what it was.

Illustration on the changing and perilous situation of presidential candidates by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

How the election revolution has arrived

Apolitical revolution is taking place in America. The process of selecting party presidential candidates has been transformed in the last two or three election cycles. Now we have the early debates designed to drive poll numbers and tell us who’s “ahead” and who’s “behind,” who’s “gaining” and who’s “dropping.”

Illustration on merging health insurance providers by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Proving their medicine is a good as their perks

The planned mergers of four of America’s largest health insurers — Anthem with Cigna, and Aetna with Humana — has triggered a vigorous debate in academic and policy circles.

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FILE- In a June 17, 2014 file photo, protesters rally for an increase in the minimum wage on the Great Western Staircase at the Capitol, in Albany, N.Y. The minimum wage goes up Jan. 1 in several states, including Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island.  (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

A Hail Mary for wage growth

As Pope Francis makes his way to adoring crowds this week, I'm reminded of a late-1970s character from "Saturday Night Live," Father Guido Sarducci. Played by Don Novello, Sarducci was known as the rock critic for the Vatican newspaper.

Illustration on the ending of the Ex-Im Bank by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Killing the Ex-Im Bank won't cost jobs

Let's say you've been letting your child watch too much TV. You decide, quite sensibly, to cut down on his viewing time. Think he'll realize it's for the best and take it without a fuss?

Illustration on pruning back government by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Carly Fiorina: Major leaguer

To invoke a baseball metaphor, Carly Fiorina has been called up from the minors to the major leagues. After her widely praised debate performance last week, she can expect "fastballs" to be thrown at her head, not only by some of her Republican opponents, but by Democrats. It has already started.

Illustration on virtues of Estonia's e-government system by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Why Estonia is a country for the future

Estonia is arguably the most advanced country in the world when it comes to use of the Internet and related technologies. Estonia is a most improbable success, in that a mere quarter of a century ago it was still under domination of the Soviet Union as a very poor backwater on the Baltic Sea.

In this Sept. 16, 2015, file photo, Pope Francis speaks during the weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)

Angling for a piece of the pope

- The Washington Times

Everybody wants a piece of the pope. Fidel Castro and his little brother in crime applaud Pope Francis' assault on the very idea of capitalism, and Barack Obama wants to use the pontiff as a recruit in his war on what he perceives to be the "social injustice" of thwarting the Obama agenda and threatening the Obama legacy.

illustration on Chinese cyber-espionage by M. Ryder/Tribune Content Agency

A new version of an old spy game

According to a recent report, "Chinese hackers are using information gained from the breaches of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, as well as intrusions into the Anthem and CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield health insurance networks, to build a complete profile of federal employees."

Illustration on determining the true conservative candidate by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Conservative solutions to the nation's challenges

As the former chairman of the American Conservative Union, I have watched, with pride, the structural growth of the movement. When William Buckley, Stanley Evans and other founders created ACU 52 years ago as our country's first conservative organization, they embarked on a mission that has been joined by dozens of other important conservative groups, publications and social media outlets.

Carly Fiorina (Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times)

How Carly Fiorina dominated the debate

And the race is on. I've been generally open-minded about the Republican candidates this time around. We all know what it's like to have a favorite early on, only to have the chaos of campaigns spin everything around to the point where we're chanting "There's no place like home, there's no place like home" by the end of the night.

Union Interference in the Workplace Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The misguided fight against workplace 'freedom'

Labor unions are fighting hard to maintain the power to force people to join unions as a condition of work. In June, Gov. Jay Nixon, Missouri Democrat, vetoed a bill banning forced union membership and forced union dues payments in the workplace, and the legislature just upheld his veto.

Putin and the United Nations Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Putin is coming to New York -- what will he say?

Many analysts who believe Russia's Vladimir Putin has developed into an implacable foe of the United States are convinced that when the Russian president comes to speak at the United Nations, we can expect an even harsher speech than the attack on U.S. foreign policy he delivered in Munich back in 2007 and which continues to reverberate among foreign policy analysts around the world.

Coulter owes U.S. an apology

As an American first and a Democrat second, I have had it with Ann Coulter. Yes, she has every right to express herself, but really, where in a decent society does she get off with her "f---ing Jews" tweet during the second GOP presidential debates ("Ann Coulter accuses GOP candidates of pandering to 'fing Jews'; ADL responds," Web, Sept. 17)?

A visit by Pope Francis

This is a big week for foreign visitors. Pope Francis, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church, arrives and no sooner leaves Washington than the leader of China comes to town for a state visit. Pomp and circumstance were never so abundant. It's a good week to stay out of the tangle of blocked streets the visits will make of downtown traffic.

President Barack Obama, top, walks behind Chinese President Xi Jinping as they enter a room before a meeting after participating in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit at the Zhongnanhai leadership compound in Beijing. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Mr. Xi's bluffing hand

The state visit of Xi Jinping to the United States this week will include a lot of the usual pomp and nothing much else, given the circumstance. There's little expectation that the lengthy list of critical issues between Washington and Beijing will be addressed in a substantive way.

Trump no 'Lonesome Rhodes'

Pointing an accusatory finger always points three fingers back ("Trump is 'Lonesome Rhodes,'" Web, Sept. 14). Columnist Cal Thomas is also a prime violator of Ronald Reagan's "11th commandment" not to speak ill of fellow Republicans.