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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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Crowds chant in the street along West Florissant Avenue, Monday, Aug. 10, 2015, in Ferguson, Mo. Ferguson was a community on edge again Monday, a day after a protest marking the anniversary of Michael Brown's death was punctuated with gunshots. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Loretta Lynch's police praise counters 'Ferguson effect'

Ferguson is still a tinderbox, but there's hope and change this time. U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch has distanced herself from her predecessor, Eric Holder. She praises cops for taking responsibility as peacemakers, and she isn't looking for opportunities to incite turmoil. She might start a process of healing the rift between minority communities and the men and women in blue who protect them.

Illustration on the Obama/Iran nuclear arms deal by Paul Tong/Tribune Content Agency

'The deal' becomes a hard sell in Iran, too

The presidents of the United States and Iran have at least one thing in common during the next 40 days: selling the nuclear treaty to their doubters.

President Obama speaks during a multilateral meeting in Addis Ababa on South Sudan and cointerterrorism issues with Kenya, Sudan, Ethiopia, the African Union and Uganda. (Associated Press/File)

Obama's feel-good approach to South Sudan, like Iran, is flawed

Critics of President Obama's Iranian nuclear agreement believe his position is that any deal is better than no deal. He seems to be taking that same stance in dealing with the horrifying civil war in South Sudan, a largely Christian nation that won independence in 2011 as it broke away from the Arab-dominated Sudan government.

Illustration on Saudi Arabia and a nuclear Iran by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Saudi Arabia fears a deadly combination of revolutionary zeal and Shia dominance

Perhaps the most troubling reaction to the Iran deal announced last month has been the Saudi announcement that it is moving forward with its plan to acquire its own nuclear weapon -- now. No one doubts their ability to do so; after all, it was the Saudis who bankrolled Pakistan's nuclear program. Egypt and Turkey are almost certain to follow suit. The message from the Saudis is clear: They consider the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran intolerable. They are unwilling to live even a moment beneath the specter of an unanswerable Iranian nuclear strike.

Illustration on Vladimir Putin by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Taking Crimea and eastern Ukraine reminds the world to fear the Russian bear

The failure of Soviet totalitarianism ultimately brought down the Soviet Union itself in 1991. In the years following its collapse, the new Russian Federation struggled with a different problem: the seemingly terminal atrophy of the state and its authority. The so-called neo-liberals who came to power with Boris Yeltsin tried, but failed to deliver on their political and economic promises.

Illustration of Carly Fiorina by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Carly Fiorina, the anti-Hillary

- The Washington Times

When Carly Fiorina speaks, people lean in to listen. It's not just because she speaks in measured, almost soft, tones. It's because she projects an extraordinary calming presence, even when discussing the most dangerous threats and vexing problems facing America today.

Two Perseid meteors, center and lower left, streak across the sky during the annual Perseid meteor shower during 2014. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

Perseid meteor shower puts on a major show tonight -- 'best in years'

- The Washington Times

Yeah, why not pay attention to some flashy meteors while the White House hopefuls duke it out? NASA and assorted "Perseid pundits" report that thanks to a new moon, this week's Perseid meteor shower is expected to be one of the best in years. NASA Television will be there, offering a live broadcast, hosted by some true meteor hotshots from the Meteoroid Environment Office, the American Meteor Society and other learned spots. The four-hour broadcast begins at 10 p.m. EDT on Wednesday

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina waves to the crowd after speaking at the RedState Gathering, Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Carly Fiorina now on the A-List says Rasmussen Reports poll: 'Carly's up, Trump is down'

- The Washington Times

"The post-debate picture has a new contender in the top 10 of Republican presidential contenders, while the leader of the pack has taken a fall," says a new Rasmussen Reports poll released Wednesday. It reveals finds that Carly Fiorina - "stuck in the bottom tier of debaters last Thursday" - now garners support from 9 percent of support among Likely Republican primary voters, which puts her on par with Sen. Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush and Gov. Scott Walker.

Taiwan president pursues China peace

Since President Ma Ying-jeou of Taiwan took office in 2008, the Republic of China in Taiwan (ROC) government has been striving for the improvement in cross-Strait relations ("Drifting toward crisis on Taiwan," Web, July 29). Over the past seven years the two sides across the Strait have held 10 rounds of talks and signed 21 agreements, attaining a level of peace and stability unprecedented in the past 66 years.

FILE - In this May 8, 2015 file photo, gas station attendant Carlos Macar pumps gas in Andover, Mass. The economy is thought to have shrunk in the January-March quarter and may barely grow for the first half of 2015 _ thanks in part to sharp cuts in energy drilling. And despite their savings at the gas pump, consumers have slowed rather than increased their spending. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Gas prices low thanks to American oil industry ingenuity

The good news is that it's been a year since the price of gasoline hit the skids. The even better news is that the price could stay down there for a long time. The oil "freight train," as it's called, is on a roll, and OPEC is on the ropes. American industrial ingenuity is taking consumers past the obstacles to affordable fossil fuels, including the obstacles President Obama throws down. In an era in when economic struggle seems to be the new normal, cheap gasoline is the one bright spot.

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, whose home base of New York has a large Jewish population, is the most prominent Democratic opponent of the Iran nuclear deal, and polls show many of his constituents agree with him. (Associated Press)

Schumer braves Obama loyalists to reject Iran nuclear deal

Sen. Chuck Schumer's opposition to President Obama's Iran deal took considerable courage. The senator from New York knew that Mr. Obama brooks no dissent among his supporters and that his enforcers go after anyone who breaks ranks. Within hours, Obama loyalists were on the streets warning that the senator's "foolishness" would be an obstacle in his path to succeed Harry Reid as the party's leader in the Senate. The Obama loyalists suggested that Mr. Schumer's break wouldn't surprise anyone familiar with his record. He supported the invasion of Iraq, after all, and seems willing to put Israeli interests above those of his own country.

Illustration on Senator Chuck Schumer's opposition to the Obama/Iran nuclear weapons deal by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A laudatory letter to Chuck Schumer

I've been thinking about writing you for a while regarding your vote on President Obama's Iran deal. I knew you'd recognize that, from a policy perspective, this deal doesn't get a passing grade. But, from a political perspective, I understood that voting to disapprove would not be easy. Then, last week you announced your decisions in an incisive 1,670-word essay. Kudos to you.

Fundamentally Wreck America Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

U.S. acquiescence to a bad Iran deal was no mistake

There is no shortage of critics of the recently concluded nuclear agreement that President Obama has reached with the evil Iranian theocracy. All the "known concessions" by the Obama administration should come as no surprise. Make no mistake — these concessions were not due to incompetence nor the inability to negotiate. They are part of the president's planned agenda to fundamentally transform America by diminishing our stature and credibility. It is another example of his misguided view that America must be humbled for the many "problems" we have caused throughout the world.

Illustration on the State Department's ITAR regulation of the Internet by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The State Department overreaches in requiring a license to post technology online

The State Department has proposed a regulation to broadly criminalize online content ranging from technical discussions about boat propellers to basic engineering principles. Failure to obtain the appropriate license can result in 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine. We could hope that the administration will not abuse its newfound authority, but to do so would violate John Adams' advice that, "the only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty."