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Illustration on the non-efficacy of "evidence-based" review of government programs by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Obama’s bogus cure for boondoggles

In the 1930s, peasants who were starving due to the Soviet regime’s brutal farm collectivization policy lamented, “If only Stalin knew.” Nowadays, American social scientists look at floundering federal programs and lament: “If only Congress knew.” The solution, they say, is the “evidence-based” reform movement, which will magically beget a new era of good governance.

The Folly of Food Labels Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Package police on the prowl

Britain and Australia both have images of Queen Elizabeth on their money, use the metric system, and add the letter “u” to words like “color.” Soon they could have another thing in common: Neither will have branding on their cigarette packages.

Illustration on Obama's veto of the Keystone pipeline by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Killing Keystone

In the days leading up to President Obama’s veto of the Keystone XL pipeline, 14 oil tanker railroad cars derailed in West Virginia and exploded in a fiery environmental disaster.

Illustration on safety improvements to oil rail transport by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Tanking up on safety

Railroads share the public’s deep concern for the safe movement of crude oil by rail and, as recent incidents have shown us, freight railroads and others who share responsibility for the shipment of oil must continue to make improvements to ensure public confidence.

Peace in the Middle East Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Like-to-like ethnic migration in the Middle East

Population shifts resulting from Syria’s four-year-long civil war have profoundly changed Syria and its three Arabic-speaking neighbors: Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan. (Turkey and Israel have changed too, but less so.) Ironically, amid tragedy and horror, as populations adapt to the brutal imperatives of modern nationalism, all four countries are becoming a bit more stable. That’s because the fighting has pushed peoples to move from ethnic minority status to ethnic majority status, encouraging like to live with like.

Oscar’s gem from across the ocean

Hollywood can’t help itself. The glitteries inevitably use the Academy Awards to push their personal politics, sometimes cheap and occasionally not, rewarding razzle-dazzle over real life. This year the two most important Oscars, for best picture and best director, went to “Birdman,” about razzle-dazzle, and not “Boyhood,” about real life.

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. President Barack Obama does not intend to be silent or out of sight when Netanyahu addresses Congress in a visit that was arranged by Speaker John Boehner behind the administration’s back. The breach of protocol has grown to what seems like a grudge match between two men who dislike each other.  Vice President Biden will be out of town during Netanyahu’s speech, leaving an empty chair behind the Israeli leader’s podium and Secretary of State John Kerry may conveniently find a foreign trip to be on that day as well. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Time to be honest about Israel

Rather than a blow to a bipartisanship that simply doesn’t exist, Mr. Netanyahu’s acceptance of Mr. Boehner’s invitation offers the possibility of clarity and a way forward.

FILE - This Nov. 11, 2014, file photo shows the U.S. Capitol Building illuminated by the setting sun on the National Mall in Washington. When the leaders of the U.S. Olympic Committee meet Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, they'll be deciding on more than a city to put in the running to host the 2024 Summer Games. They'll be picking a partner that will help shape their near- and long-term future.  Leaders from Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington made their presentations last month and will not be present while the 15 USOC board members debate the pros and cons of each offering at their meeting at Denver International Airport. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Control spending to control deficits

Congressional Republicans should remember: Control spending and you control deficits. This is important, as new Republican Senate and House majorities sharpen their pencils to write their first budget. Republicans are going to want that budget to balance. However, if instead of focusing on deficits, they focus on spending, the deficits will take care of themselves.

Illustration on the cumulative dismantling of the Fourth Amendment by the U.S. government by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

What if the government fears freedom?

What if the current massive spying on Americans began with an innocent secret executive order signed by President Reagan in 1986? What if Reagan contemplated that he was only authorizing American spies to spy on foreign spies unlawfully present in the United States?

Host Neil Patrick Harris speaks at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

The Hollywood orthodoxy

Today film making is regarded as a political act, a condition that has altered the viewing experience.

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End of Brian Williams' career

Brian Williams is a pathological liar who has been lying for years just like the Clintons, both Obamas and most Democrats. Lying usually starts at a young age when parents or grandparents are not around to discipline their kids and show them right from wrong.

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

Rogues at the FCC

The 332 pages of new regulations for the Internet, revealed last week by the Federal Communications Commission, demonstrate vividly how a federal bureaucracy, if left alone without proper supervision, puts obstacles in the way of the economic sector. It's instinctive. The instinct to impose bureaucratic harm is exacerbated when an agency feels the pressure of an overzealous White House.

FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2014 file photo, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. speaks to the Center for American Progress’s Second Annual Policy Conference in Washington. The Massachusetts senator remains the subject of a draft movement by liberal activists but has repeatedly declined interest in running for president.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Not a coronation just yet: Progressive poll says Elizabeth Warren bests Hillary Clinton

- The Washington Times

Democratic voters want a campaign not a coronation. A new poll from the MoveOn.Org and YouGov reveals that 82 percent of likely Iowa caucus goers and 75 percent of likely New Hampshire primary voters want Sen. Elizabeth Warren to run for president in 2016. The Massachusetts Democrat has already said she's not particularly interested, but that has not deterred her devoted fan base from asking her to take on Hillary Clinton, long deemed the dominant favorite by pollsters and pundits alike.

Putin sees Obama, Merkel as weak

Leftist Germans do not want to offend Russia by sending arms to Ukraine, but they do not mind offending the Baltic and other endangered states by not doing so ("Obama, Merkel at odds over arming Ukraine against Russia," Web, Feb. 9). Anti-Ukrainian, former-East-German communists led by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and socialists at home and abroad oppose American arms to Ukraine. They ignore that Russians have killed 5,400 Ukrainians while signing treaty after treaty. Treaties mean nothing to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who perceives weakness in President Obama, President Hollande and Mrs. Merkel.

The Hollywood sign is seen from near the top of Beachwood Canyon, adjacent to Griffith Park in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles, on Friday, Jan. 29, 2010. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Cultural hypocrisy: Study accuses Hollywood of waging genuine 'war on women' through TV violence

- The Washington Times

A new study from the Media Research Center cites some Hollywood hypocrisy when in comes to popular TV programming. Though studio management and stars alike speak out against issues domestic violence, the programming doesn't back up the sentiment. The research revealed 129 acts of violence against women in one week of primetime TV shows. "It's just lip service. Hollywood sells violence against women as entertainment on practically every drama on network television," writes Kristine Marsh, who covers cultural issues for the watchdog group.

Illustration on legal flaws in Obamacare by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Misinterpreting Obamacare to save it

Good advice from former Supreme Court reporter Linda Greenhouse, writing in The New York Times: Just "read the briefs," she suggests — referring to the copious filings in King v. Burwell, which give nine justices another opportunity to constrain the reach of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. King will be argued on March 4 and likely decided by June 30. Here's the background:

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, Pool)

Bibi-bashing hypocrisy

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tells it like it is, clear and plain with the bark on, and sometimes says things that politicians in Israel and other places know is true but won't say. Barack Obama thinks he can sleepwalk on an imaginary high road past Iran's nuclear-weapons program, and Mr. Netanyahu's plain talk makes it difficult to stay asleep.

Correction: MPEG LA

The January 8 letter written by MPEG LA CEO Lawrence Horn contained a Washington Times headline written in error. MPEG LA does not take a position in the debate whether the FCC should require over-the-air broadcast TV to be freely accessible through every TV set sold in the United States.

Illustration on Obama's secret strategy to promote Iranian hegemony by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Worse than no strategy

It seems like only yesterday that President Obama was being criticized for having no strategy to counter the jihadi threat. In fact, it was about 10 days ago. Peggy Noonan's Feb. 1 Wall Street Journal column was headlined: "America's Strategy Deficit."

Illustration on Boston's misleading model for security against muslim terror by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Countering violent deception

President Obama's project to "combat violent extremism," to be showcased in a Washington "summit" on Feb. 18, cites Boston as one of three model cities that can lead the way. That will be a problem: The central Muslim institution that Boston law enforcement agencies are partnering with against extremism is itself extremist.

Telling message at prayer breakfast

Other than the fact that a prayer breakfast is the wrong time to spout severe negativity about religion, there were several glaring mistakes made by President Obama in his assessment of Christianity, the Crusades, slavery and the Jim Crow Laws ("Obama and the National Prayer Breakfast," Web, Feb. 4).

Failing Welfare Programs Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The failing legacy of the ‘Great Society’

It is Black History Month, and as people reflect on the struggles and accomplishments of African-Americans over many decades, many agree that "more can be done" to ensure economic opportunity for all Americans.

The big lie about jobs

For the past six years of the Obama economy, I've been telling readers that the administration has been juggling its job data to make the unemployment rates look much lower than they really are.

The University of Michigan. (Wikipedia)

Nice speech on campus

The unwary, which includes most of us, should step lively if stumbling onto the campus of the University of Michigan. You might offend by saying "good morning" to someone who is having an awful morning. Your obliviousness to the pain of others would be unforgivable, if not yet illegal.