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GRAY: Congress needs to step up oversight in 2014

Christmas came early to the executive branch this year, thanks to Republicans in Congress. They gave the Obama administration a yearlong Christmas present: benign neglect.

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MILLER: Pay cut for bureaucrats

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Those with a government job are sitting pretty. A typical fed’s total compensation averages 16 percent more than that of his neighbor at an equivalent private-sector gig. In this troubled economic time of 8.5 percent unemployment, nothing beats the public dole’s 100 percent job security.

President Obama speaks on Friday, Dec. 16, 2011, during the 71st General Assembly of the Union for Reform Judaism at National Harbor in Oxon Hill. (Associated Press)

MURRAY AND BIER: Avoiding a lost decade

- The Washington Times

Remember Japan’s “lost decade” of the 1990s? For the United States, 2011 was the “lost year.” Congress and President Obama are engaged in a standoff that will see 2012 go the same way unless they both get out of the way and let the private economy grow.

Senior Editor Emily Miller

MILLER: Emily gets her gun, Part 2

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Over the past couple months, I’ve been trying to get a legal gun in the District. I always knew this would be a challenge, but I had no idea how time-consuming it would be to complete all 17 steps the city requires. I’m not even halfway done.

This artwork by M. Ryder relates to Hanukkah and Christmas.

GOLDBERG: Fussing over our happiest holiday

- The Washington Times

As a non-Christian with a deep affection for Christmastime, I’ve always felt a little left out around this time of year, but not in the way you might think. I’ve always felt a bit out of place with the venerable conservative tradition of denouncing the “war on Christmas.”

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** FILE ** Che Guevara (Associated Press)


Ernesto Guevara - or "Che," as he is known in infamy - has held a romantic appeal for certain sophomores since he died in Argentina in 1967 in the same manner he dispatched thousands in Cuba, by an executioner's bullet.

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LAMBRO: Making a case for Trayvon Martin

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The polarizing racial and legal debate over George Zimmerman's acquittal in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Florida has been turned into a national political issue that's not going away anytime soon.

Illustration Government Money by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Accommodating failure

President Obama hopes to take the nation's attention away from the IRS scandals and a royal baby (good luck with that) with a speech Wednesday. His topic, the economy, isn't an obvious one, considering miserable economic growth numbers and 7.6 percent unemployment.

Illustration: Immigration by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Acting on a dream

Sometimes a little research confirms something everyone knows. The Pew Research Center asked in a National Survey of Latinos, "Are unauthorized immigrants overwhelmingly Democrats?" The answer was overwhelmingly yes, which should give House Republicans a little food for thought.

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PRICE: Mali's presidential election

- The Washington Times

By U.S. standards, there are few free, fair and transparent elections in Africa. Candidates' cries of foul play often mar the election process. If every request to postpone an election were accepted, there wouldn't be any held.

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CARSON: Honoring the right of the ballot

I have had the opportunity to visit many countries, and I have taken it upon myself to inquire how people in other nations prevent voter fraud. Even those from Third World countries tell me that everyone has some type of official voting credential that is nationally recognized.

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FEULNER: Transcending bad circumstances

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Small wonder that New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera grabbed the spotlight at the latest All-Star game. His perfect eighth-inning relief appearance not only helped the American League win the game, it showcased the kind of success story that Americans love.

Secretary of State John Kerry shown kite surfing off Nantucket when the former senator was a presidential candidate in 2004. (AP photo)

GAFFNEY: John Kerry's folly at Israel's peril

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In one of Team Obama's trademark Friday afternoon specials, Secretary of State John F. Kerry announced last week that his six rounds of shuttle diplomacy had resulted in an agreement to reconvene Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.

This undated photo provided by Jones Day shows attorney Kevyn Orr. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced March 14, 2013 that Orr, a bankruptcy expert who represented automaker Chrysler LLC during its successful restructuring, has been named Detroit's emergency manager. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Motown meltdown

Franklin D. Roosevelt called America to arms on the eve of war as "the arsenal of democracy," and he was talking mostly about Detroit. Its factories built the tanks, trucks and weapons that won World War II.

**FILE** Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke speaks during a news conference in Washington on March 20, 2013. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Bernanke's mood ring

Financial markets waited breathlessly to digest the latest pronouncement of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke. They were anxious to learn how long he would keep printing greenbacks to "stimulate" the economy.

Columnist Ernest Istook says Congress, on its own, has clear authority to arrest and jail former IRS official Lois Lerner until she testifies. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: The search for a scapegoat

It turns out the "rogue agents" at the Internal Revenue Service field office in Cincinnati weren't quite so rogue after all. Democrats had hoped some low-level minion at the agency would serve as the fall guy in the expanding snooping scandal.