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Life’s a scream on the slippery slope

- The Washington Times

“The slippery slope” doesn’t frighten very many people in Washington because that’s where a lot of politicians live. Life can be comfortable there, and it’s usually quite profitable. But it’s a dangerous piece of real estate for the rest of us.

There’s good news about third-party candidates

The conventional wisdom is that an independent presidential bid by New York billionaire Donald Trump would harm the Republican candidate in 2016. That’s probably incorrect. Most often, significant independent general-election candidacies harm the incumbent or incumbent party more than they do the challenging party.

Illustration contrasting Reagan's dealings with the Soviets and Obama's with Iran by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

‘Barack Obama, you’re no Ronald Reagan’

In a recent interview defending the proposed nuclear agreement with Iran, President Obama argued that that his approach to Iran is essentially the same as that which Ronald Reagan took toward the Soviet Union. Mr. Obama said that ” where I completely admire him was his recognition that [an agreement would be worth doing] if you were able to verify an agreement that you would negotiate with the evil empire that was hell-bent on our destruction and was a far greater existential threat to us than Iran will ever be.”

Illustration on Obama's undermining of the U.S. military by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Undermining the military

When President Obama announced that he was going to “fundamentally transform” America, not many Americans understood the full depth of that statement. Based on an assessment of his policies over the last six and half years, clearly one of Mr. Obama’s objectives has been to diminish America’s standing and leadership role throughout the world. One result has been that our allies now don’t trust us and our enemies don’t fear us — the worst possible combination.

President Johnson signs Medicare legislation July 30, 1965.                Associated Press photo

Medicare at age 50

Diehard defenders of President Obama’s continuing, wretched rollout of the Affordable Care Act may be quick to point out that other government programs, most notably Medicare, also had rocky starts. But the historical record doesn’t support such nonsense.

Illustration on courtesy, respect and rules in the U.S. Senate by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

When tough talk roils the decorum of the Senate

The United States Senate has a long and justly celebrated tradition of comity and respect among members. Although there have been occasional exceptions throughout history, on the whole, senators have taken great care to treat each other with courtesy and respect, both in private discussions and in public deliberations.

Peace Through Strength Bunker Bomb Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Reviving ‘peace through strength’

Ever since the Ayatollah Khomeini and his Islamist storm troops took over Iran in 1979, the driving force of the country’s rulers has been (1) destroy Israel; (2) establish Iran as the hegemonist of the Middle East; and (3) drive out all Western influences from the region. Their efforts to create a nuclear arsenal has been part of their strategy to accomplish these goals.

Illustration on the controversy stirred during the creation of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Surviving ‘a perfect storm’ of opposition

Just two months ago, the nation marked the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, and many of the stories in the media were illustrated with images of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the Mall, which over the past three decades has become an American cultural icon — symbolizing that difficult period in our history. Yet, that memorial, as we know it today, almost didn’t happen.

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, front, and U.S. Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman meet with foreign ministers of Germany, France, China, Britain, Russia and the European Union at a hotel in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, July 7, 2015. (Carlos Barria/Pool photo via AP)

Two-thirds of voters say Obama administration deal with Iran needs approval from Congress

- The Washington Times

Voters are only lukewarm when it comes to the nuclear agreement between the U.S. and Iran finalized earlier this week - while two thirds appear particularly troubled by evidence of the "imperial presidency" at work on the global stage. 65 percent of voters believe any agreement the Obama administration makes with Iran regarding the Iranian nuclear program requires the approval of Congress," says a Rasmussen Reports poll released Thursday.

Anything for a legacy

President Obama was so intent and committed to doing something to cement his legacy before leaving office that he agreed to a catastrophic deal with Iran ("Landmark nuclear agreement sparks celebrations in Iran, alarm in Israel," Web, July 14). The deal allows Iran to continue to develop nuclear weapons — without full international inspection of its military installations, and while removing all trade sanctions. This is purportedly to allow Iran to get its economy rolling again, but in reality it means Tehran now has the economic might to expand its support of Islamic terrorism in the region and across the world.

Foreign-policy fools

President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry received their degrees from the same school: Harvard University. Apparently they also graduated from the Neville Chamberlain night school of diplomacy, where both majored in appeasement and capitulation strategies and minored in bowing to foreign leaders.

 Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director Katherine Archuleta testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington in June. FILE (Associated Press)

Closing the barn door

Katherine Archuleta's resignation as director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management was inevitable, even in an administration with an easy tolerance of incompetence. On her watch, hackers, probably working for the Chinese, opened doors in cyberspace enabling access to millions of confidential files of current and former government employees.

Obama's chance to help Ethiopia

The White House has announced President Obama will visit Ethiopia later this month. Mr. Obama's office has been flooded with letters and faxes of deep concern from Ethiopian-Americans. Under normal circumstances, Ethiopians would rejoice at such a visit. Why the anguish?

Flag of Jinping Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Step aside, Great Helmsman, Big Daddy is here

Elected as the general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party less than three years ago, Xi Jinping now stands unchallenged at the top of China's power pyramid. Mr. Xi controls not only the party as general secretary, but also the government as president, and the People's Liberation Army (PLA) as chairman of the Central Military Commission. The collective leadership practiced by the People's Republic of China (PRC) since the death of Chairman Mao is largely a thing of the past.

Illustration on the other side of Atticus Finch in light of Harper Lee's "Go Set a Watchman" by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Atticus Finch and his clay feet

The controversy over Harper Lee's new "old" novel, "Go Set a Watchman," might be the most bizarre controversy yet in a summer of bizarre and unlikely explosions of national piety.

Illustration on judicial overreach by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

When courts defer to agencies

"It is emphatically the province and duty of the Judicial Department to say what the law is," declared Chief Justice John Marshall in the landmark case of Marbury v. Madison. For centuries this statement has stood as one of the most famous in American jurisprudence. It was a declaration of the role and duty of the judicial branch within our constitutional structure.

Image of Planned Parenthood coverage of the 'baby parts' story on Fox News courtesy of the Media Research Center.

Major broadcasters all but ignore Planned Parenthood fetal body parts investigation

- The Washington Times

A close study from the Media Research Center has examined broadcast coverage of an undercover video revealing Planned Parenthood's senior director of Medical Services referring to the practice of selling the body parts of aborted babies. The chilling account went public Tuesday but warranted little attention from the "Big Three" networks in the aftermath. ABC and CBS completely ignored the story while NBC gave it 39 seconds, omitting "damning quotes," according to the analysis.

Veteran NBC newsman Lester Holt is currently filling in for "Nightly News" anchorman Brian Williams, who has taken leave while questions about his credibility are sorted out by the network. (NBC News)

NBC veteran anchorman Lester Holt wins the ratings race, bests CBS, ABC rivals

- The Washington Times

Five months ago, Lester Holt temporarily took over the NBC Nightly News anchorman's chair following the sudden exit of Brian Williams who was suspended following the discovery that he had made false claims as a newsman. Three weeks ago, Mr. Holt was named the permanent replacement. Nielsen now reveals that the Nightly News is in first place in the ratings race.

McAuliffe, get wise on illegals

How many criminal activities committed by illegal aliens here in Virginia have to occur before we wise up? Our commonwealth has sanctuary cities in Alexandria, Virginia Beach and in Fairfax County, all sanctioned by the Virginia legislature.

Bush, Trump just helping Clinton

Those of us who closely follow politics and who are old enough shall always remember the late Texas Gov. Ann Richards' nasty 1988 Democratic Convention taunt of George H.W. Bush: "Poor George can't help himself. ... He was born with a silver foot in his mouth." Silver or otherwise, it is obvious that the same affliction has seized presidential candidate Jeb Bush.