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A dog whistle by the master

- The Washington Times

Barack Obama has the master wordsmith’s gift for bending language, saying something that sounds good, but heard as something not so good.

Sen. Jim Webb Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Jim Webb, a maverick with a message

It’s going to be easy — and fun for some — to dismiss the presidential candidacy of former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, if he actually decides to run.

An attitude of gratitude

Is there anything in the world that can stop the United States of America? We were born struggling against the British Empire — the most powerful entity at the time — and we totally wiped the floor with those crumpet-gobblers.

Congress Controls Purse Strings to Neutralize Executive Orders Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The coming Washington war

If you thought the bare-knuckled, no-holds-barred, midterm elections were rough, the last two years of Barack Obama’s presidency will make that look like a Sunday school picnic.

Illustration on a coalition government for Libya by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Opening the door to a peaceful Libya

We all remember how in February 2011 the Arab Spring reached Libya, and Libyans came together to overthrow a 42-year-old dictatorship that crushed any semblance of democracy, freedom and free will.

"The Skeleton Road" by Val McDermid. Book jacket courtesy Grove Atlantic.

Who’s the corpse in the Edinburgh pinnacle?

Atragedy embedded in a love story is vividly relived in the setting of the brutal Balkan wars in this gripping and expertly plotted thriller.

Illustration on Bill Cosby by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Bill Cosby’s message survives personal disaster

What’s fascinating about the coverage of the persuasive accusations against Bill Cosby, now 18 and rising, is that race doesn’t dominate. There’s an outcry at the abuse of women, and he’s shredded the healthy black-father family man image he carefully cultivated on his sitcom, but you don’t read or hear notice taken of the fact that the women who say he drugged and raped them were usually white.

John Winthrop Portrait

The truly first Thanksgiving

What sustained both Plymouth and Massachusetts Bay was that, thankfully, America could be carved into a better community for all, providing that elusive but mysterious challenge that was missing from the lives of so many in England.

Death of the Sexual Revolution Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The joy of sex is over

So this is how the sexual revolution is ending. It is ending with gangs of angry women recalling alleged sexual assaults up to a half-century ago. Their alleged assailant in this case is the avuncular 77-year-old Bill Cosby.

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Illustration on the continuing burdens of Obamacare by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Grubered, gruberish, Grubergate? The new gruberisms multiply

- The Washington Times

Grubergate, gruberish, grubered, grubermania, moneygrubering and gruberpalooza are among the new terms that have sprung into public use, these inspired by one particular economist who made an unfortunate comment about Obamcare, transparency and the mental capacity of Americans recently. But such things spawn instant culture. All the new nouns and verbs - some capitalized, some not - are now appearing in multiple print and online reports from Time, Bloomberg, Fox News, Powerline, Lucianne.com and many other sources. What with Twitter hashtags and jaunty dialogue, the usage has been spirited in recent days.

Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker gives a thumbs up as he speaks at his campaign party Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in West Allis, Wis. Walker defeated Democratic gubernatorial challenger Mary Burke. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Not much of a sizzler, but still a victor: Scott Walker becomes viable 2016 contender

- The Washington Times

"Does Walker sizzle? Not exactly. Is he a particularly charismatic speaker? No, he isn't. But does he sit upon a throne made of the skulls of his enemies? Yes, yes he does. The November 4 election proved that in a definitive fashion. And though we are a constitutional republic not given to men upon thrones, this particular throne deserves consideration for a national position," observes Federalist writer Rich Cromwell observes.

Illustration on equality and tolerance as an excuse for anti-religious tyranny by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A brave new world of intolerance

After decades of chipping away at America's Christian heritage, the liberal enforcers of "equality" and "tolerance" are more open about the brave new future they envision: It's their way or nobody's way.

Gov. Jerry Brown discusses his re-election while taking with reporters at his Capitol office in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

EDITORIAL: Tarnish on the Golden State

Jerry Brown is stepping up for an unprecedented fourth term as governor of California, but nobody would call his economic performance particularly distinguished. The Cato Institute ranks him as the nation's most fiscally inept governor on its Governors Report Card for 2014.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Penelope Fitzgerald'

The novelist Penelope Fitzgerald is not every reader's cup of tea. She firmly believed that "less is more," so her novels are brief. They are also cryptic and elliptical; packed with brilliant scenes, funny at times, but dark, too, and a little unsettling.

Tasha Burns holds her daughter, Heaven, 13 months, as her son, Brian, 4 months, sleeps at rear in a Salvation Army homeless shelter in Oklahoma City on April 3, 2007. The Burns family has been homeless since Hurricane Katrina hit Florida in August of 2005. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Marriage is pro-growth

- The Washington Times

I have come to believe that marriage is a key element of a stronger economy.

DC Abortion Law from Hell Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

D.C.'s hopelessly illegal abortion mandate

The D.C. Council could vote as early as Tuesday to force pro-life employers within the District to pay for their employees' elective surgical abortions.

U.S. President Barack Obama, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping drink a toast at a lunch banquet in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. Obama is on a state visit after attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. (AP Photo/Greg Baker, Pool)

Climate change self-delusion

That sound you're hearing from across the Pacific is the Chinese rulers and Beijing laughing at us.

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell talks during a news conference as Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman listens on Thursday, Nov.13, 2014 at the Columbus Metropolitan Library in Columbus, Ohio.  Burwell says enrolling in health insurance should be faster and easier for consumers during the second sign-up period for the federal health care law. Officials are hoping to avoid a repeat of last year's website meltdown. Open enrollment under Obama's health overhaul starts Saturday.  (AP Photo/The Columbus Dispatch, Fred Squillante)

EDITORIAL: The last Obamacare open enrollment

Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the secretary of health and human services, is headed to Tampa, Fla., on Monday to celebrate open enrollment for Obamacare, which began Saturday. Obamacare has made it to its first birthday, but it has no guarantee to see its second.

Illustration on Obama's ineffectual action against ISIS by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Calling to account Obama's ISIS war

It probably won't be, but the first item on the lame-duck congressional agenda should be the military action in which we are now engaged against the Islamic State, or ISIS.