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President Obama arrives to speak during a nationally televised address from the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jim Bourg, Pool)

Obama puts the cat among the pigeons

- The Washington Times

Barack Obama put the cat among the pigeons Thursday night, but he may be surprised by how big that cat could get, and with it a big cat’s appetite for more than pigeons.

Illustration on the Constitution and marriage by Linas Garys/The Washington Times

Considering the thorny question of a marriage amendment

At a time when many Republicans have embraced a “don’t ask, don’t tell” approach to same-sex marriage (“Don’t ask me what my position is because I won’t tell you”), Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has proposed a characteristically audacious solution to judicial assaults on traditional marriage: a constitutional amendment.

In this photo taken May 12, 2014, Shon DeArmon, top, and his partner James Porter carry a flag in support of the county issuing marriage licenses for same-sex couples at the Pulaski County Courthouse in Little Rock, Ark.  A 2004 amendment to the Arkansas constitution lands before two courts Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, with the state Supreme Court and a federal judge considering separate challenges in the case. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

A constitutional amendment on marriage

Our nation is in the final stages of a sweeping and historic social transformation that just 10 years ago seemed improbable at best.

Gruber's Black-box Obamacare Number Cruncher Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Gruber and the shenanigans of Leviathan

Democratic politicians and the liberal media are scrambling to curtail the damage from Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber’s proclamations on stupid voters and deceitful legislative tactics.

Illustration on the need for immigration reform by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Solving immigration, one step at a time

Republicans have no shortage of ideas for fixing America’s immigration system and no lack of good will toward those who would come here for opportunity and freedom. What we do need, urgently, is to restore the bonds of trust — between the people and their government, and between the institutions we depend on to maintain the rule of law.

Playing with constitutional fire

Earlier this week, President Obama made it clear that he will soon offer some form of limited amnesty to about five million foreign nationals who are currently living illegally in the United States. He will do so by issuing an executive order to federal officials who oversee immigration directing them to undertake a course of action that, if complied with individually by all persons whom he designates as eligible, will cause the federal government to remove the threat of deportation from those who meet the standards he will lay down.

CAL THOMAS: Teaching hate

The Jerusalem terror attack is yet another example that the Islamists are playing to win; we aren’t.

Illustration on future Democratic legislation being written in Latin by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A modest proposal to left-wing friends

I have a suggestion for my left-wing Democratic friends in light of all the controversy over Obamacare. That the controversy continues all these years after the bill’s passage and that today much of the bill is in danger of amputation must be very dispiriting to those left-wingers who had such high hopes for it.

Illustration on campus sexual policies by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Misreading the cry of rape

- The Washington Times

If Aesop were here he might rewrite his famous fable, replacing the boy who cried “wolf!” with the girl who cried “rape!” The cry of “rape” is used so carelessly that it’s often impossible to get to the truth of an accusation. When rape was a capital offense it was a rare and vicious crime which required a court of law to apply justice. It was underreported, since the rapist usually took advantage of those who felt too vulnerable even to say anything about it.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Using 'suicide voting' tactics in Va. election

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** FILE ** Sen. Jim Webb was the chief author of the 21st Century GI Bill of Rights. (The Washington Times)

Giving thanks to our veterans

It's always heartening when Veterans Day rolls around each November to see our nation pay tribute to those who have served so nobly in our armed forces.

Illustration on Obama's vacilating responses to national security threats by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The greater sacrifices that underlie Veterans Day

If Americans who, on some previous Veterans Day, ever thanked me or my brothers and sisters in uniform for our service, then please accept this thank you in return for voting last Tuesday.

A flight medic with 2nd Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, is hoisted into a medical helicopter with Luca, a Military Working Dog with 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division during a training exercise, Feb. 24, at Forward Operating Base Spin Boldak, Afghanistan. The training prepared the flight medics for medical evacuation of working dogs. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael Needham, 102nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment.

Heroic military war dogs get their own float in the nation's biggest Veteran's Day parade

- The Washington Times

No parade rest here. When the nation's largest Veterans Day parade gets rolling up Fifth Avenue in New York City on Tuesday, the warrior dogs will be a part of it. Six former military dogs who saw combat in Iraq and Afghanistan will be aboard a special new float in the big parade - these are canines who sniffed out explosives as "improvised detection dogs" and are each credited with saving the lives of 200 soldiers.

Actor Jon Voight says he is fed up with President Obama's "executive privilege," and hopes Americans will express some outrage too. (Showtime)

Jon Voight: President Obama 'must be stopped'

- The Washington Times

Academy Award winning actor Jon Voight has issued a call to arms as the nation honors their military with heartfelt thanks and thoughtful appreciation. He is fed up with President Obama's "executive privilege" and urges Americans to voice some outrage.

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., speaks to reporters, surrounded by supporters, in front of the New Orleans VA Hospital construction site, the day after being forced into a runoff against her main challenger, Rep. Paul Cassidy, R-La., in New Orleans, Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Good times roll again on the Louisiana bayou

- The Washington Times

The good times are about to roll again down on the Louisiana bayou. The good old boys gathered Monday to present a solid front against Mary L. Landrieu and her fading "clout." Gallantry be damned.