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FILE - In this July 9, 2015 file photo, a Wall Street sign is seen near the New York Stock Exchange in New York. U.S. stocks moved lower on the last day of the year as the market headed for a sluggish end to 2015. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Who is best to reform Wall Street?

In order to reform the financial industry, the next President needs to understand what the fixes should be or risk an overreaction that makes the excesses worse.

Arrogant Iranian Actions Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Iranian arrogance

Iran’s recent capture of two U.S. Navy 47-foot Riverine Command Boats (RCBs) that were on a routine transit from Kuwait to Bahrain on January 12 is another example of the arrogance and contempt Iran holds for America and our political leadership.

Illustration on deporting persons who have overstayed their visas by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A fresh approach to the immigration conundrum

Our broken immigration system has been bad for the country and a source of political division for well over a decade. Some want a so-called “comprehensive” solution to the crisis, but the prospects for it actually happening (let alone being a solution) are not good amid our divisions. It’s time to rise above the existing gridlock and build a national consensus based on national security.

Illustration on the costs of green energy by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Unearthing an all-of-the-above energy approach

Last month in his final State of the Union Address, President Obama abandoned his belief in an “all-of-the-above” approach to energy policy — one that blends the use of emerging and established energy resources for the American people and the American economy.

Crisis in Civic Education Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

College ignorance and the threat to liberty

Media outlets around the country have reported that 10 percent of college graduates think Judith Sheindlin — better known as TV’s “Judge Judy” — is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court. Behind this embarrassing yet hilarious finding is the fact that there is a serious crisis in American higher education.

Illustration on the West's failure to take Muslim culture seriously by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Islamist wears Dolce & Gabbana

In the “culture” section of the venerable Atlantic magazine last month, there was a news item I wouldn’t want you to miss: “The Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana has just launched a line of hijabs (headscarves) and abayas (cloaks) in the label’s signature playful, theatrical aesthetic.”

Illustration on the need for a new U.S. military rifle by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Obama’s search for a ‘safe’ gun

Just after the Battle of Gettysburg, Christopher Spenser, inventor of a revolutionary repeating rifle, escorted Abraham Lincoln out to the East Lawn of the White House to do a bit of target shooting. Lincoln was so impressed that he ordered Gen. James Ripley, the Army’s chief of ordnance, to purchase tens of thousands of Spenser’s repeaters at once and issue them to soldiers.

Illustration on rape and Muslim cultural practices by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Arab rape game

Lobbing firecrackers into the crowd gathered in the square outside Cologne’s cathedral on New Year’s Eve, a thousand-strong violent flash mob of Middle Eastern and North African Muslim men then took their celebration to the next level, breaking into smaller groups and isolating German women to rob, grope, fondle and in two cases (so far), rape them.

President Barack Obama speaks at the Righteous Among the Nations Award Ceremony at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama’s Holocaust remembrance

Chutzpah is one of those Yiddish words that defy exact definition. Merriam Webster lists synonyms like “audacity,” “nerve,” “cheek” and “gall.”

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Winding its way through federal courts is a case that, although inconsequential on its face, is actually highly illustrative of the depths professional illegal-alien "rights" activists will go in their war against our sovereign borders.

Devalued Chinese Currency Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Why China's market chaos threatens U.S. recession

China's stock market chaos is injecting fear into equity markets globally, and President Obama would do well to start listening to Donald Trump about the menace posed by the Middle Kingdom's economy.

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare'

The British commando operation was so audacious that it could be rightly termed harebrained. With an assault team aboard, a sailing vessel disguised as a Swedish pleasure boat, the Maid Honour, traveled some 3,000 miles from England to the minuscule island of Fernando Po, a Spanish colonial territory off the west coast of Africa.

Illustration on New York values embodied by Mayor Bill DeBlasio by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Whining over 'New York values'

Ah, New York. The Big Apple. The City That Never Sleeps. The place where dreams are made, and empires get built.

Illustration on the disastrous impact of Muslim immigration to Europe by Linas Garsys/the Washington Times

The threat to America's national existence

President Obama judged the Islamic State the "JV team," boasted that he'd set al Qaeda "on its heels" and implemented successful counterterrorism policies in Yemen. He insists that both the nuclear deal and the hostages-for-felons swap he concluded with Iran's rulers are triumphs of diplomacy.

Illustration on Hillary's past suppression of "Bimbo eruptions" against her husband by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Hillary's past meets the present

Did any of the political cognoscenti consult Real Clear Politics last Thursday? Those who did found that Donald Trump's recent charges that Hillary Clinton was for years her husband's "enabler" while committing "very seedy" behavior is irrefutable. Moreover, the evidence is contained in a book that has been right under our noses for years.

Illustration on the crige-causing candidates for the 2016 presidential race by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Cringe-causing candidates

If you are among those voters who think that America's 2016 presidential election has become the laughing stock of the world, you are not alone.

Mum on free-market space success

In last State of the Union address President Obama tried hard through obfuscation, omission and exaggeration to cast his accomplishments in a shining light -- but he essentially failed objective fact-checking scrutiny.

Put Iran in its place

Americans are wondering what the heck is wrong with their commander in chief ("U.S. military releases 1st account of sailors' Iran detention," Web, Jan. 18). They expected a strong protest and perhaps even one or two Tomahawks to land in Iran as retaliation for Iran's recent treatment of U.S. Navy personnel who strayed into Iranian waters as a result of either mechanical or navigational problems.

President Barack Obama waves at the conclusion of his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool)

Ending the audacity of overreach

President Obama marveled during his State of the Union address at the breathtaking rate of change sweeping the nation. He didn't mention that the phenomenon — and its disorienting effect — has been largely his doing. He campaigned on a promise of "hope and change," and what America got was destructive change and not much hope.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

The consequences of romancing mullahs

It's hard to exaggerate the strategic disaster of Barack Obama's celebrated deal with the mullahs in the Islamic Republic of Iran. With "lone wolf" murders proliferating and no central command over them, the president has emboldened a vicious wing of radical Islamic terrorism.

Illustration on the reset cycle of intersecting government overreach and societal apathy by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

2016's resemblance to 1937

We have begun to hear the drumbeat that we may be on the verge of another 2008. Truth is, if you really want to better understand where we may be heading, you might want to look back even earlier: It's time to party likes it's 1937.

Absent from Negotiating Table Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A feeler from nuclear North Korea?

North Koreans want to be accepted as a nuclear weapons state. They also want normal diplomatic relations with the United States. Kim Jong-un knows that if he wants a normal relationship with the U.S., with an immediate peace treaty similar to his current request, North Korea will have to dismantle all of its nuclear programs and eventually resolve issues related to the north's human rights and illicit activities programs.

Stop censoring climate debate

President Obama told Americans in his recent (and last) State of the Union address: "Democracy grinds to a halt without a willingness to compromise, or when even basic facts are contested, or when we listen only to those who agree with us. Our public life withers when only the most extreme voices get all the attention." Yet the president will not compromise with or even listen to the many highly qualified scientists who contest his position on climate change.

An Indian washerman works on the banks of the River Brahmaputra on a foggy winter morning in Gauhati, India, Monday, Jan. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

Preventing a water war in Asia

Just when Asia was getting accustomed to the Chinese threat to the oceans of Southeast Asia, there's another water worry for Asians. The government in Beijing controls the health of six major South and Southeastern Asian rivers, the heart of life in the region. All of the rivers rise on the Tibetan plateau.

Hillary unfit for any office

When asked about those discrepancies in her ledgers, Mrs. Clinton either can't or won't give anyone a straight answer. How does anyone misplace or lose that much money? This incompetent act alone should make Americans question Mrs. Clinton's ability to oversee even greater funds from a position of even greater responsibility.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, left, addresses the Maryland House of Delegates as House Speaker Michael Busch, center, and Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford stand nearby, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, in Annapolis, Md. Maryland lawmakers gathered for the start of their annual 90-day legislative session. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

Gov. Larry Hogan and voting rights

Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland is a man of judgment and courage. The odds were against his being elected governor of one of the most relentlessly blue states, where conservative Republicans are all but an endangered species. Despite occasional exceptions -- Spiro Agnew and Robert Ehrlich come to mind -- Democrats have taken success as their due. But Gov. Hogan, both a Republican and a conservative, beat the odds.

A president simpatico with Iran

I served for more than 30 years on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and even longer in public service. I have watched numerous American presidents handle foreign policy crises -- from the Iran hostage standoff to Ronald Reagan's stare-down of the Soviet Union to the invasion of Afghanistan.


Azerbaijan awaits a tailwind from Washington

Last week, the Obama administration took a positive step in dealing with the United States' lack of real friendships and genuine alliances in the Muslim world. It acknowledged the critical part Azerbaijan plays in the interdiction of nuclear and radiological materials as a part of the global nonproliferation effort.