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Charles Hurt

Charles Hurt

Charles Hurt is the Opinion Editor and a columnist for The Washington Times. Often seen as a Fox News contributor on the cable network’s signature evening news roundtable, Mr. Hurt in his 20-year career has worked his way up from a beat reporter for the Detroit News and Washington correspondent for the Charlotte Observer before joining The Washington Times in 2003. He later served as D.C. bureau chief and White House correspondent for the New York Post and editor at the Drudge Report.

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**FILE** Then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testifies on Capitol Hill on Jan. 23, 2013, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks against the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

HURT: Hillary 2016 — What difference does it make?

The Draft Hillary movement is really taking off. There hasn't been this much excitement behind a Draft Hillary movement since, well, the last time there was a Draft Hillary movement. Published June 18, 2013

President Obama pauses while talking about national security on Thursday, May 23, 2013, at the National Defense University at Fort McNair in Washington. He was interrupted multiple times by hecklers. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

HURT: Obamacare has federal work force panicked

Say what you want about President Obama but you got to give the guy credit. He finally discovered the holy grail for dislodging the bloated ranks of federal workers from their jobs. Published June 13, 2013

** FILE ** Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin speaks during the final day of the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference in Fort Washington, Md. on March 16, 2013. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/Special to The Washington Times)

HURT: Smart enough to know stupid doesn't work for GOP

It is time Republicans declare war on stupid. This love affair with dumb increasingly causes the party problems. Just enough problems, in fact, for Harry Reid to still be in control of the U.S. Senate. Published June 11, 2013

** FILE ** Steven Miller (right), the ousted chief of the Internal Revenue Service, answers questions on May 17, 2013, on Capitol Hill from the House Ways and Means Committee as it holds a hearing on the IRS practice of targeting applicants for tax-exempt status based on political leanings. At left is J. Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for tax administration. (Associated Press)

HURT: IRS figures find grilling before Congress taxing

You know you are a serious societal pestilence when even politicians can kick you around. Which is why the Senate Finance Committee called Steven Miller, former acting IRS commissioner, to testify about the agency's scheme targeting conservatives for tax punishment. Published May 21, 2013

Vice Chairman Elijah Cummings, Maryland Democrat, speaks as State Department officials Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Counterterrorism Mark Thompson, Foreign Service Officer and Gregory Hicks, senior diplomat in Libya, and Eric Nordstrom, Diplomatic Security Officer and former Regional Security Officer in Libya, testify before a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the Sept. 11, 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, on Capitol Hill on May 8, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

HURT: Benghazi shows Democrats at most desperate

The party that swept into power on promises of transparency and accountability scrambled Wednesday to circle wagons in an extravagant attempt to protect administration officials, the White House and the woman many Democrats hope will be their next nominee for president. Published May 8, 2013

** FILE ** FBI agents walk along Norfolk Street in Cambridge, Mass., on April 19, 2013. (Associated Press)

HURT: Boston on wrong side of gun-control debate

Across the country, good people watched the events unfold around Boston all week and felt sorry for their defenseless fellow Americans cowering in their homes. "Bet they wish they had a gun now," was the common refrain. Published April 23, 2013

President Obama leaves the podium after speaking in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington on April 15, 2013, following the explosions at the Boston Marathon. (Associated Press)

HURT: A pox on both sides' perpetual 'rush to politics'

When did we all become so bitterly political? When did vicious murder, blind terrorism, the slaughter of innocent children and cruel rampages by mad men become so divisive and partisan in America? Published April 16, 2013

President Barack Obama laughs during the beginning of the Radio and Television Correspondents Dinner, Friday, June 19, 2009, in Washington. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

HURT: Social Security 'reform': This is another stickup

Having plunged America trillions of dollars deeper into debt with little to show for it, President Obama reportedly has found agreement with congressional Republicans on something: Social Security "reform." Published April 9, 2013

HURT: Obama's 'common sense' on guns makes no sense

President Obama keeps preaching about "common-sense" new federal laws that will end the senseless slaughter of innocents such as the massacre we saw at an elementary school in December. Published April 4, 2013

**FILE** A girl sits on a Newtown bus leaving the new Sandy Hook Elementary School after the first day of classes in Monroe, Conn., on Jan. 3, 2013. The Sandy Hook students started that day in their new school, formerly called Chalk Hill School in Monroe. It was renamed Sandy Hook Elementary and overhauled especially for the students from the Sandy Hook School shooting. (Associated Press)

HURT: Newtown as political tool against guns

The truth is, President Obama and his fellow politicians have no real plan for curbing gun violence. Twenty children were murdered by a psychopath and they smelled blood. And they did what politicians do. They used the poor dead children to push their political agenda. Published April 3, 2013

HURT: Communing with hatemongers from the pulpit

President Obama sure is serpent-bit when it comes to going to church. First, it was his longtime Chicago preacher who dragged the young presidential aspirant into hot water with all his fiery old sermons about the U.S. of KKK and chickens coming home to roost. Now, his most regular preacher, we find out, hangs out with white supremacists. Published April 2, 2013

** FILE ** The Butner Federal Correctional Complex in Butner, N.C., is pictured on Monday, July 13, 2009. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

HURT: Please withhold your judgment of prison father-daughter dances

The purpose of the very traditional father-daughter dance inside prison walls is just what you would think. It gives lost little girls a glimpse of their fathers in a highly controlled environment. And it gives fathers a heart-wrenching glimpse of their daughters, which hopefully becomes an incentive to get through their prison stint and stay out. Published March 26, 2013

The 2010 census gave respondents 14 options for ethnicity, as well as a place to write in another ethnic group with which they identified. Under the two-question set-up, however, respondents only have seven options. (Associated Press)

HURT: We're from the government and we're here to learn everything about you

Rage over the waste and injustice of agents sent by the federal government to bang on doors of law-abiding citizens to ask probing, creepy questions is normally something that bubbles up only every 10 years. But ever since the federal government became a cancerous leviathan, the outrage is now an annual occurrence. Published March 19, 2013

President Obama speaks about automatic defense budget cuts during a visit to Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, in Newport News, Va., on Feb. 26, 2013. (Associated Press)

HURT: Barack Obama, the spending jihadist

With $6 trillion down the drain, you might think that wild, drunken spending of other people's money that we do not have is President Obama's single greatest talent. Turns out, there is something else he is even better at. Published March 5, 2013