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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

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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

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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 ** National Intelligence Director James Clapper testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, April 18, 2013. Clapper is apologizing for telling Congress earlier this year that the National Security Agency does not collect data on millions of Americans. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

EDITORIAL: A big stick for a little guy

The Obama administration is running profitable businesses aground and their employees onto the unemployment line, but the owner of Lavabit, a small email-service provider in Texas, is threatened with criminal prosecution for closing its doors.

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Friday, April 12, 2013, before the House Ways and Means Committee hearing on President Obama's budget proposal for fiscal 2014 and her department. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

EDITORIAL: Obama's bucket of worms

Obamacare is the gift that just keeps on giving - to its growing chorus of critics. President Obama blames the Republicans for trying to "gum up the works," but the "gum in the works" is the Juicy Fruit peeled on the morning after from his own bedpost.

Facing a Goliath: A supporter of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi shoots a slingshot against Egyptian security forces during clashes in Cairo. Police in riot gear swept in with armored vehicles and bulldozers to clear two sprawling encampments. Gunfire rang out as protesters were showered with tear gas. (Associated Press photographs)

PRUDEN: Choosing a bad side in Egypt

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For once, there's bipartisan agreement in Congress, this time about what to do about Egypt. Everyone recognizes a true dilemma, with no good choices. Rep. Peter T. King of New York, the Republican chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, seems to speak for everyone: "The fact is, there's no good guys there."

Illustration School Choice by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Five cheers for choice

For many liberals, "choice" begins and ends with abortion. This inconsistency is where advocates of education reform should challenge the defenders of the status quo, which nearly everyone agrees has failed miserably.

Illustration Obamacare Hurts Religion by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Pastors with only a prayer

The familiar folk wisdom, "be careful what you pray for, you might get it," is particularly poignant for the United Methodist Church, one of the largest and oldest of the mainline denominations and the church home of, among others, George W. Bush and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Illustration: Union NLRB


President Obama's environmental regulations and tax increases are job killers enough, and now employers must also deal with a fully reconstituted National Labor Relations Board, with two new Democrats and two new Republicans.

Illustration School Choice by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: Bowing to Washington

Being trapped in a close place without an exit is the stuff of many a nightmare. For public school students in Huntsville, Ala., home to a NASA installation and lots of defense-related industries, it's a living nightmare.

Illustration: GOP changing lead by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

LAMBRO: A likely resurgence of the GOP

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Hardly a week goes by that we don't read about the Republican Party's "political problems" in the news media, which insist the GOP has become widely unpopular with voters.