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Charles Hurt

Articles by Charles Hurt

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara announces charges against more than a dozen Russian diplomats and their spouses living in New York during a news conference Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 in New York.  The charges stem from the defendants' alleged involvement in a $1.5 million fraud of a U.S. government health program for the poor. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

HURT: Russian diplomats found socialist paradise in U.S.

Investigators in New York and politicians here in America's capital were shocked to learn last week that 50 Russian diplomats had defrauded the U.S. out of some $1.5 million as part of a Medicaid scam. Published December 10, 2013

**FILE** Fireworks explode over the New York-New York, a $460 million hotel & casino in Las Vegas, on Jan. 2, 1997. (Associated Press)

HURT: Postal Service misses address by a whole continent

So the Postal Service decides to issue a stamp commemorating the Statue of Liberty. Just one slight little problem — the postage stamp commemorates a cheap schlocky knock-off statue that graces, naturally, the strip in Las Vegas. Published December 3, 2013

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HURT: Let us all give thanks for George Mason and the Bill of Rights

George Mason's home, Gunston Hall, just down the river from Mount Vernon, is closed on Thanksgiving Day but reopens to visitors the day after. In this season when Americans reflect upon all that we are grateful for, these stately and hallowed grounds are a good place to start. Published November 26, 2013

**FILE** President Obama (right) waves to members of the audience after speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative with former President Bill Clinton in New York on Sept. 24, 2013. (Associated Press)

HURT: It's the Democrats, not the GOP, facing a looming civil war

Despite what the hysterical media will tell you, those distant blasts you heard last week rolling from New York City to Richmond were not cannon fire from the ongoing civil war within the Republican Party. They were the first shots fired in the civil war that is about to break wide open within the Democratic Party. Published November 12, 2013

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HURT: Sarah Palin knew a death panel when she saw one

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was laughed out of town for making four years ago what we now know is a prescient prediction about Obamacare and death panels. Perhaps she is one of the few who actually read the health care bill before it passed. Published November 5, 2013

Lou Reed (left), former frontman of the U.S. band "Velvet Underground," speaks with former Czech Republic President Vaclav Havel, who was a big fan. (Associated Press)

HURT: Lou Reed: A voice wanting to get free

Before he finally flew into the sun this week, Lou Reed set the world of rock 'n' roll aflame, filled stereos with the spirit of pure poetry, renounced the fakery of so much commercial success, fed the Velvet Revolution and chronicled some of New York City's freakiest characters. Published October 29, 2013

President Barack Obama reaches over to help Karmel Allison of San Diego who started to lose her balance while he was speaking in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, on the initial rollout of the health care overhaul. The woman, who was standing with a group of supporters of the health care law, was helped away from the stage. Obama acknowledged that the widespread problems with his health care law's rollout are unacceptable, as the administration scrambles to fix the cascade of computer issues. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

HURT: Ineptness of Obama leaves America staggering

That was America standing behind President Obama in the Rose Garden this week as he stammered, and droned on and on, trying to explain away the epic disaster that Obamacare has become even before it has begun. Published October 22, 2013

President Barack Obama talks about the the budget and the partial government shutdown, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in the Brady Press Room of the White House in Washington. The president said he told House Speaker John Boehner he's willing to negotiate with Republicans on their priorities, but not under the threat of "economic chaos."  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

HURT: No need for lectures from a debt-saddled president

In the seven years since President Obama voted as a U.S. senator not to raise the federal debt ceiling any higher, he and his government cronies have piled up $7 trillion in crazy new spending that even our grandchildren have little hope of ever paying off. Published October 15, 2013

Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

HURT: Cruz playing kamikaze checkers with budget antics

I consider myself an unapologetic Tea Party Patriot. But here is where I have to get off the crazy train. This bamboozling head fake of a parliamentary charade led by Mr. Cruz and company that they say will somehow defund Obamacare by not actually defunding Obamacare is just plain nuts. Published September 24, 2013

** FILE ** A rifleman sits inside a helicopter circling above the Washington Navy Yard as police search for shooters on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. (Andrew S. Geraci/The Washington Times)

HURT: Defenselessly 'sheltered' as anti-gun fortress is breached

For those of us foolish enough to live in a crime-gripped city that summarily denies our constitutional right to protect ourselves, this week's massacre at the Washington Navy Yard pretty well sums up our insane, defenseless existence. Published September 17, 2013

** FILE ** In this Aug. 30, 2013, file photo Secretary of State John Kerry makes a statement about Syria at the State Department in Washington. Kerry said in a series of interviews on news shows Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, that the United States now has evidence of sarin gas use in Syria through samples of hair and blood provided to Washington by first responders in Damascus. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

HURT: Tales of atrocities, as told by John Kerry

What a delightful change of pace it has been this past week listening to Secretary of State John F. Kerry accuse someone other than U.S. soldiers of committing atrocities against innocent civilians, women and children during war. Published September 3, 2013

** FILE ** Alana Thompson, better known as Honey Boo Boo, stars in the TLC show "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo." (AP Photo/TLC)

HURT: The boo-boo of 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo'

America, if you want to know what the establishment media and the beneficent federal government think of you, tune your television sets in to "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo." Published August 27, 2013

Washington Post buyer Jeff Bezos was described by Slate magazine as an "inscrutable libertarian Democrat." The Amazon CEO has thrust himself into politics in recent years, with views supporting both Democrats and Republicans. (Associated Press)

HURT: The Washington Post: A once-great newspaper brought the world to a boy

This week's shocking fire sale of the once-vaunted Washington Post to a home-shopping magnate was another inglorious jolt reminding us that newspapers have committed themselves to a slow and painful suicide. It was like watching a body in free fall from some high rooftop slamming off another window sill in its long journey to the pavement. Published August 6, 2013