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Illustration on the value of the U.S. Constitution by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The Constitution, the great charter of liberty

When July 4 rolls around, there’s no mistaking it. There are fireworks, parades and other patriotic tributes to our Declaration of Independence. If you’re like most Americans, Sept. 17 comes and goes without any fanfare.

Illustration on climate, environmentalism and fuel supply by Mark Weber/Tribune Content Agency

Obama’s faulty climate-change solutions

President Obama boasted to the United Nations General Assembly last week that America is working hard to deal with what he called the “one issue that will define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other.”

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BOOK REVIEW: 'Conservative Internationalism'

After a full century's steady string of wars, each related to the others as in a continuing narrative, one political scientist has undertaken to categorize them and their warrior practitioners.

BOOK REVIEW: 'A World Elsewhere'

This is one of those books that operates on two distinct levels. On the one hand, it is the story of Aimee Ellis, a young American woman who falls in love with and marries Heinrich von Hoyningen-Huene, a Baltic aristocrat, goes to live in pre-Hitler Germany and stays there for the next two tumultuous decades.

Illustration on government healthcare encouraging death after 75 by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

If the government is paying the bill, it's best to die young

Much is being made of Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel's essay in The Atlantic, "Why I Hope to Die at 75," where he argues that dying at 75 would be best for everyone. He's entitled to his opinion, of course, but what makes this especially concerning is his role as an architect of the so-called "Affordable Care Act" (Obamacare).

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Long Way Home'

In this series of haunting mysteries built around the enchanting community of Three Pines and focused on the fascinating character of Armand Gamache, a police inspector with panache, the place sometimes transcends the plot.

Illustration on threats to West Virginia's coal industry by Mark Weber/Tribune Content Agency

A tale of two West Virginias

Last month, West Virginia state Sen. Brooks McCabe, a Democrat, predicted that "as a leading energy state, West Virginia could create a future unimaginable heretofore."

Illustration on the offense/defense relationship of the ACLU and American Christianity by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Score: Prayer 1,000, ACLU 0

After Oneida, Tenn., school officials decided not to fight the American Civil Liberties Union's (ACLU) demand that they cease an opening prayer before high school football games, the school's cheerleaders tackled the matter.

FILE - This March 25, 2014 file photo shows perforating tools, used to create fractures in the rock, lowered into one of six wells during a roughly two-week hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. well pad near Mead, Colo. The energy boom is scrambling national politics. Democrats are split between environmentalists and business and labor groups. Some deeply-conservative areas are allying with conservationists against fracking, the technique largely responsible for the surge.  (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

Fracking is the answer to global warming

President Obama raised a lot of eyebrows here and abroad when he declared in his United Nations climate-change speech: "Over the past eight years, the United States has reduced our total carbon pollution by more than any other nation on Earth."

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy holds up a pen before signing new emission guidelines during an announcement of a plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030, Monday, June 2, 2014, at EPA headquarters in Washington.  In a sweeping initiative to curb pollutants blamed for global warming, the Obama administration unveiled a plan Monday that cuts carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by nearly a third over the next 15 years, but pushes the deadline for some states to comply until long after President Barack Obama leaves office. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

An opportunity to rein in the EPA

In the absence of action by Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has taken dramatic and unprecedented steps to craft energy policy in this country by issuing new regulations regarding carbon-dioxide emissions.

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Eric Holder and shades of A. Mitchell Palmer

It's good that after more than five years, Eric Holder Jr. is resigning his post. He may be the most infamous attorney general of the United States since A. Mitchell Palmer held sway at the Department of Justice from 1919 to 1921.

Illustration on America's role in global stability by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Restoring international stability begins at home

The rise of the Islamic State, Hamas aggression against Israel, Russia's revanchism in Eastern Europe and China's territorial assertion in the Pacific have ended the most recent spell of U.S. isolationist delusion.