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President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, center, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, left, listen as Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks during an Armed Forces Full Honor Farewell Review for the president, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, at Conmy Hall, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Terrorism made easy when nobody's looking

- The Washington Times

President Obama is on his way out, and not a minute too soon. The legacy he obsesses over continues to expand in revealing ways. It may not be exactly what he thinks he's leaving, and it's more legacy than he wants.

In this May 15, 2013, file photo, President Barack Obama sits with Attorney General Eric Holder during the 32nd annual the National Peace Officers Memorial Service on Capitol Hill in Washington. Obama has announced plans to improve Democrats down-ballot fortunes once he leaves office. He is launching an initiative with former Attorney General Eric Holder aimed at making Democratic gains when states redraw legislative district lines following the 2020 census. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The Obama years stumble to a cheesy climax

- The Washington Times

Everyone only thought the interregnum between presidents was "the natural transition," an orderly march to the beat of neither knives, nor guns or even stones. It's the way Americans have conducted themselves since George Washington turned the house key over to John Adams.

Benjamin Netanyahu (Associated Press)

A knife in the back with Obama's fingerprints

- The Washington Times

Barack Obama couldn't pass up his last opportunity to put a knife in the back of the Israelis, whom he has demonstrated for years in word and deed that he doesn't like very much. He doesn't like Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, at all.

The Washington Times

The amazing grace of Christmas morn

- The Washington Times

The malls and the Main Streets will fall silent. The ringing cash registers and the happy cries of children are but ghostly echoes across the silent cities. But the Christ child born in a manger 2,000 years ago lives, liberating the hearts of sinners and transforming the lives of the wicked.

President-elect Donald Trump. (Associated Press)

Putting Campaign '16 to bed at last

- The Washington Times

Well, now what? Sorehead losers, who have thrived in such graceless abundance since Nov. 8, had been telling anyone who would listen, for more than a year, that Donald Trump could never, ever be elected president of the United States.

Bill Richardson (Associated Press)

The Democratic hangover is on the way

- The Washington Times

Like it or not, The Democrats will have to come off their crying jag after the inauguration. Some of them will need safe spaces for a little while longer, with calming videos of puppies and kittens. But some senior members of the party understand that soon even Democrats still deep in an endless drunk will have to sober up to deal with cold and unforgiving reality.

Vladimir Putin (Associated Press)

Trying to overturn a free and fair election

- The Washington Times

The world has turned itself upside down. Only yesterday the liberals and the left (the "progressives," as they want to be called) regarded the CIA as the locus of evil, the gang that couldn't shoot straight, forever poisoning gentle minds with a diet of conspiracy and tall tale.

Colin Kaepernick (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The killer wind from Hurricane Donald

- The Washington Times

They said it couldn't be done, and even if it could, Donald Trump wouldn't be the man to do it. But a fresh wind from somewhere is blowing through the jungle where the timid, the fearful and the politically correct cower in the shade of the no-no tree.

Nancy Pelosi (Associated Press)

The revolt of the peasants gathers steam

- The Washington Times

The populist saber continues to cut the elites down to size. The elites, who think they know it all and are uniquely qualified to tell everyone else how to live, took another pasting Sunday in the Italian elections. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi felt so humiliated by voter rejection of his proposals for constitutional reform that he quit on the spot.

Ron Wyden (Associated Press)

The churls and their denial and grief

- The Washington Times

Life is not fair to losers, or the critics of Donald Trump, and the way he won the presidency. He just won't stand still and give the rotten eggs a chance to hit their mark.

Donald Trump (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The melting of campus snowflakes

- The Washington Times

Academic freedom, once so popular in the faculty lounges, appears to be optional on many campuses where college presidents wilt under the first squeals of snowflakes.

Sen. Jeff Sessions (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The agony of watching the transition

- The Washington Times

What we used to call "the press," before the newspapers aspired to be part of the professional class with its inflated titles and airs, is never happy. Nor should it be. The press is a demanding and cranky lot by definition, and now they're something called "the media." Marshall McLuhan, who invented the concept if not the word, must never be forgiven.

Rudy Giuliani (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Chaos in transition, business as usual

- The Washington Times

The Democrats and their media acolytes keep sorting through the entrails of road kill looking for clues to find the disaster to unmake the making of the president. So far nothing has worked.

Dan Quayle (Associated Press)

Drowning the elites in the gene pool

- The Washington Times

The 2016 elections are a gift that keeps on giving, and nothing has been sweeter than watching the chattering class being taken back to school. Rarely has smug arrogance been so sharply rebuked. It's delicious to watch. Yum, yum.

Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau (Associated Press) ** FILE **

A day to separate the losers

- The Washington Times

This is the day that divides winners and losers, and it's fashionable to say it's about time. But watching the losers of aught-16 do it unto themselves was the best part of the show.