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Illustration on Putin's Middle East intentions by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

‘Pravda’ on Russia in Syria

Pravda is the most abused word in the Russian language. Though it means “truth,” we learned it as the name of a Soviet-era, government-controlled newspaper that printed everything except the truth.

Illustration on the impact of Syrian mass migration to Europe by Schrank, The Independent on Sunday, London, England

Paralysis over Syria

There is turbulence in the eurozone and its disquieting genesis lies in the protracted Syrian civil war, some 750 miles to the east.

Illustration on the position of the D.C. Metropolitan police under Chief Lanier by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Integrity versus loyalty

Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier is often portrayed by an admiring media as an almost uniquely popular and effective law enforcement leader, who has made the District safer than ever by putting together one of the most effective big city police departments in the country.

Illustration on FDIC targeting of the payday loan industry by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

When bureaucrats rule personal preference

Ours is a nation of laws, not men. Our Constitution requires the concurrence of majorities in both houses of Congress and the signature of the president in order to create those laws.

Then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, on the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Gumming up the works over Benghazi

- The Washington Times

Pity the American voter. Angry, frustrated and desperate, in successive elections he delivers more Republican soldiers to Congress, all in the spirit of Dr. Johnson’s famous description of a second marriage as “the triumph of hope over experience.” All that changes in Washington is the size of the nothingburgers.

Rah-Rah Ralley for Unionization Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Obama’s sop to Big Labor

President Obama is hosting Big Labor bosses at the White House on Wednesday for a “Summit on Worker Voice.” The event will “focus on how workers can make their voices heard in the workplace.” This alleged voice deficit is being identified as a cause for a weak job market and wage stagnation.

Obama Decimates the U.S. Military Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

No moral outrage in the military

Recent articles highlighting horrifying child abuse atrocities inflicted on defenseless children by our Afghan military and police partners are but the latest examples of how President Obama is destroying U.S. military forces.

Illustration on employees flight from the burdens of Big Labor by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Big Labor’s assault on employee freedom

In yet another example of the Obama administration promoting Big Labor, the White House and Department of Labor will hold a “Summit on Worker Voice” on Wednesday to encourage unionization and promote organized labor.

Government Bureaucracy Predicting the Weather Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Lost on the hurricane trail

No federal government agency is more important to Americans than the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

Illustration on the deteriorating Secret Service by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The Secret Service’s rotten culture

Nothing illustrates so well how rotten the Secret Service’s management culture is as an assistant director’s effort to retaliate against a member of Congress by advocating leaking embarrassing information about him.

Creating a buffet for Russian tyrants

Russia is sweeping into Syria with what one defense official described to Fox News as “the largest deployment of Russian forces outside the former Soviet Union since the collapse of the USSR.”

Score one for the Tea Party

Remember the much-maligned Tea Party movement? These were the patriotic Americans — millions of them — who took to the streets and the town halls across America and revolted against President Bush’s corporate bailouts, President Obama’s stimulus spending blowout and Obamacare, and the Federal Reserve’s policy of tossing trillions of dollars out of helicopter windows (figuratively).

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Illustration on determining the true conservative candidate by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Conservative solutions to the nation's challenges

As the former chairman of the American Conservative Union, I have watched, with pride, the structural growth of the movement. When William Buckley, Stanley Evans and other founders created ACU 52 years ago as our country's first conservative organization, they embarked on a mission that has been joined by dozens of other important conservative groups, publications and social media outlets.

Carly Fiorina (Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times)

How Carly Fiorina dominated the debate

And the race is on. I've been generally open-minded about the Republican candidates this time around. We all know what it's like to have a favorite early on, only to have the chaos of campaigns spin everything around to the point where we're chanting "There's no place like home, there's no place like home" by the end of the night.

Union Interference in the Workplace Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The misguided fight against workplace 'freedom'

Labor unions are fighting hard to maintain the power to force people to join unions as a condition of work. In June, Gov. Jay Nixon, Missouri Democrat, vetoed a bill banning forced union membership and forced union dues payments in the workplace, and the legislature just upheld his veto.

Putin and the United Nations Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Putin is coming to New York -- what will he say?

Many analysts who believe Russia's Vladimir Putin has developed into an implacable foe of the United States are convinced that when the Russian president comes to speak at the United Nations, we can expect an even harsher speech than the attack on U.S. foreign policy he delivered in Munich back in 2007 and which continues to reverberate among foreign policy analysts around the world.

Coulter owes U.S. an apology

As an American first and a Democrat second, I have had it with Ann Coulter. Yes, she has every right to express herself, but really, where in a decent society does she get off with her "f---ing Jews" tweet during the second GOP presidential debates ("Ann Coulter accuses GOP candidates of pandering to 'fing Jews'; ADL responds," Web, Sept. 17)?

A visit by Pope Francis

This is a big week for foreign visitors. Pope Francis, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church, arrives and no sooner leaves Washington than the leader of China comes to town for a state visit. Pomp and circumstance were never so abundant. It's a good week to stay out of the tangle of blocked streets the visits will make of downtown traffic.

President Barack Obama, top, walks behind Chinese President Xi Jinping as they enter a room before a meeting after participating in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit at the Zhongnanhai leadership compound in Beijing. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Mr. Xi's bluffing hand

The state visit of Xi Jinping to the United States this week will include a lot of the usual pomp and nothing much else, given the circumstance. There's little expectation that the lengthy list of critical issues between Washington and Beijing will be addressed in a substantive way.

Trump no 'Lonesome Rhodes'

Pointing an accusatory finger always points three fingers back ("Trump is 'Lonesome Rhodes,'" Web, Sept. 14). Columnist Cal Thomas is also a prime violator of Ronald Reagan's "11th commandment" not to speak ill of fellow Republicans.

Carly Fiorina will appear in the prime-time segment of the next RepUblican presidential debate, CNN announced Wednesday evening. (Associated Press)

Trying to name the winner

In terms of presenting a detailed policy agenda for her presidential candidacy, Carly Fiorina clearly won Wednesday night's Republican debate on CNN.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a town hall event Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, in Rochester, N.H. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty) ** FILE **

The debt to Donald Trump

The Republican candidates, though no doubt feeling a little bedraggled and punch-drunk on the morning after, owe Donald Trump a debt. He gave them a needed splash of cold water in the face.

GOP Campaign Slugfest Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Memo to GOP candidates: Get real

Am I the only Republican who remembers Ronald Reagan's 11th Commandment: Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican? Undoubtedly I'm not, but the people running for the party's presidential nomination seem to be suffering from collective amnesia as they turn the campaign into a slugfest.

Make U.S. mass transit a priority

Nations around the world, including our economic competitors, are making significant investments in transportation, especially mass transit. Congress needs to stop making transportation a partisan football that it kicks back and forth and instead make a real commitment to improving and expanding our transportation network — for everyone's benefit.

Republican presidential candidate, businesswoman Carly Fiorina makes a point during the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, in Simi Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

This is how we get a president

- The Washington Times

The Republicans are still looking for the right someone to carry their banner into the election next November, and they're getting a pretty good idea now of who they don't want. That's the first step, after all, in making a choice, as any town belle could tell you.