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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.

Illustration: Big Government by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

MILLER: Pay cut for bureaucrats

- The Washington Times

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

- The Washington Times

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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Illustration College Debt by John Camejo for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: A debtor's alternative

The House votes this week on a student-loan bill that cleared the Senate last week by a vote of 81 to 18. There's an air of urgency because higher student-loan rates are bad politics for politicians.

** FILE ** Rep. Darrell E. Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: Indulging the wastrels

House Republicans and Senate Democrats are squabbling over the Internal Revenue Service budget for next year, and a disinterested observer (if there are any) would expect them to be fighting over who could be roughest and toughest on the agency.

Illustration by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

KUHNER: Turning up the volume

- The Washington Times

Race relations have deteriorated dramatically under President Obama. Both whites and blacks agree: the racial divide has increased over the past several years. The reason is simple.

Illustration by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

EDITORIAL: The Obamacare canaries

Thirty-five House Democrats broke party ranks last week to vote for a Republican bill to delay the employer mandate in Obamacare. They're the canaries in the coal mine, and everyone knows what President Obama thinks of coal.

President Barack Obama speaks about the economy, Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill. Seeking to focus public attention on the problem he was sent to the White House to solve, Obama is making a renewed push for policies to expand the middle class, helping people he says are still treading water years after the financial meltdown. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

EDITORIAL: Christmas in July

President Obama, the retailer-in-chief. Who knew? He's making a series of speeches on the economy over the next few weeks to revive flagging interest in himself, if not the economy, stealing, sort of, from retailers who hold "Christmas in July" sales as the attention of shoppers is drawn to the attractions of summertime.

** FILE ** President Obama pauses as he speaks at the daily news briefing at the White House in Washington on Friday, July 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

RAHN: Obama's bad news for blacks

- The Washington Times

If you knew nothing else about President Obama other than looking at the data, you might conclude that he was insensitive to blacks, given that they have done far worse economically under his administration than Hispanics or whites.

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FIELDS: High-tech and humanity

- The Washington Times

Economic anxiety defines the Detroit bankruptcy, and not just in Michigan and the Midwest. Detroit is the urban nightmare, symbolic of America's downward cultural spiral since the 1960s, when optimism about what Americans could accomplish was the national elixir.

Christine O'Donnell

EDITORIAL: The 'sinister force,' afoot again

The government war against Republican conservatives gets curiouser and curiouser. It's not just the IRS, but a state government, too. The link between the IRS pursuit of Christine O'Donnell and the state of Delaware's snooping through her federal tax records may be just a coincidence, but color us suspicious.

Illustration by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times

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.

** FILE ** Che Guevara (Associated Press)

EDITORIAL: A hero for UNESCO

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.

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.