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Charles Hurt

Articles by Charles Hurt

Book tells heart-wrenching story of Arlington House

Perched on high bluffs above the Virginia banks of the Potomac River and overlooking the sprawling federal city of Washington, Arlington House for more than 150 years has been a tortured and conflicted spot. Published January 27, 2015

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Mario Cuomo was not a total liar, and that's saying something

In all the stirring eulogies and remembrances leading up to the funeral of former New York Governor Mario Cuomo last week, his greatest contribution to American politics went entirely unheralded. All the fawning tributes and tearful, pearl-clutching accolades have failed to include the one single thing about Mario Cuomo that will forever set him far apart from all the rest of the politicians of his ilk. Published January 13, 2015

In this image released by Universal Pictures, director Angelina Jolie, from left, speaks with actors Jack O'Connell, Domhnall Gleeson and Finn Witrock on the set of "Unbroken." (AP Photo/Universal Pictures, David James)

In hacked Hollywood, real heroes get smaller spotlights

I am not — nor ever have been — a member in good standing of the Kim Jong-un Fan Club. In fact, I am pretty sure the teacup child despot inherited his father's seat in the Axis of Evil. Published December 23, 2014

President Barack Obama speaks to military members and families at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, in Wrightstown, N.J., in this Dec. 15, 2014, file photo. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

Welcome to lawless Obama's America, hombres!

Just when President Obama thought it was safe to show his face in an American courtroom again, in walks John Wayne in a black robe to deliver one of the greatest legal beatdowns ever suffered by a sitting president. Published December 16, 2014

Lesley McSpadden, second from right, Michael Brown's mother, is comforted outside the Ferguson police department as St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch conveys the grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of her son, Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen)  **FILE**

Empty promises in wake of Ferguson

This was a tragedy that happened at the hands of Michael Brown himself. It happened at the hands of his parents who apparently failed to instill in him a respect for others. It happened at the hands of a society that failed to instill in him a respect for the law. It happened at the hands of an education system that failed to instill in Michael Brown that a box of Swisher Sweets is the reward for learning and hard work. Published December 2, 2014

A police car is set on fire after a group of protesters vandalize the vehicle following the announcement of the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri. A grand jury has decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed, black 18-year-old whose fatal shooting sparked sometimes-violent protests. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Ferguson riots are Obama's legacy

Now I realize that some in the media have taken grave exception to people referring to the riots in Ferguson as the "Ferguson riots." And I must say that I agree with them. They really are not the "Ferguson riots." They are the "Obama riots." Published November 25, 2014

In his strange remarks, the President Obama dismissed the notion that legalizing some five million illegals is somehow amnesty. (Associated Press)

King Barack's doddering effort at amnesty slaps workers in the face

In his immigration lecture Thursday night, President Obama revealed himself as a man politically broken, isolated from any sense of normal reality and completely unspooled from logic. The man who once unified this country with elegant, daring and powerful speeches was ashen, confused and doddering. Published November 20, 2014

President Obama is poised to thwart Congress and offer amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, something he said he was opposed to in a 2010 speech. (Associated Press)

Trashing the republic to save his party with immigration 'reform'

Let's just consider how President Obama threatens to slash to ribbons the very fabric of the world's greatest free republic by unilaterally thwarting Congress to grant amnesty to untold numbers of illegal aliens who illegally crossed our borders and are presently residing here now. Illegally. Published November 18, 2014

(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)

An open letter to Barack Obama

Dear President Obama: You are now staring into the exhausting, lonely abyss that is your final two years of a job you desperately wanted yet clearly never liked. Published November 11, 2014

File photo of President Barack Obama (AP Photo).

America faces most dangerous two years in 150 years

If President Obama suffered a "shellacking" in the 2010 elections, then what he endured Tuesday night was nothing short of a vicious gangland beatdown the likes of which have rarely been seen before in the history of electoral politics. Published November 5, 2014

 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., left, confers with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., during an event on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 3, 2014, to urge approval for raising the minimum wage. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) **FILE**

Democrats will win if Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid lose power Nov. 4

Poised to lose control of the Senate and give up even more seats in the House, Democrats in Congress will have no choice but to finally dump House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. This is good news for Democrats and any serious voters who consider themselves "progressives." Published October 28, 2014

President Obama speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Mr. President, where is your soaring rhetoric now?

President Obama is about as popular on the campaign trail these days as the Ebola virus. Democrats flee from him. At the mere mention of his name, they betray him. Facing dejected and angry voters, Democrats play dumb and pretend they never supported him. Published October 23, 2014

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Rick Perry whiffs in President Obama's Ebola footsteps

Rick Perry could have sauntered onto the scene in his cowboy boots and slapped down the so-called Centers for Disease Control as incoherent, incompetent and failing to take the threat seriously enough. He could have shushed down President Obama, who is still unclear about whether you can catch Ebola or not by riding on a public bus with an infected person. Published October 21, 2014