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Charles Hurt

Articles by Charles Hurt

** 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

Vice President Joseph R. Biden and President Obama. (courtesy: White House)

HURT: White House paints picture of Joe Biden out to pasture

Perhaps in this brave new era where nobody's a traitor anymore, it's not such a big deal how badly President Obama is shortchanging his vice president. But it is fairly extraordinary considering how much Mr. Obama owes his presidency to Joe Biden. Published July 30, 2013

George Zimmerman leaves Seminole Circuit Court with his family on Saturday, July 13, 2013, in Sanford, Fla., after a jury found him not guilty of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. (AP Photo/Joe Burbank, Pool)

HURT: Race obsession obscures good Samaritan George Zimmerman

George Zimmerman swoops back into the spotlight, this time saving the day. He and another good Samaritan arrived on the scene of an accident just in time to help rescue two adults and two children trapped inside their burning vehicle that had turned over. Published July 23, 2013

Several hundred people gather in Baltimore on Monday, July 15, 2013, for a demonstration after the acquittal of neighborhood watch member George Zimmerman, who was found not guilty Saturday in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

HURT: Can't we all just move on when it comes to race?

Appalling ignorance, seething racial hatred, lurid sexual fears and grotesque violence once again swirl together in search of rough justice and bark out gunfire in the inky darkness, instantly altering so many lives forever. Published July 16, 2013

**FILE** Attorney General Eric Holder, the nation's top law enforcement official, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 15, 2013, before the House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing on the U.S. Department of Justice. (Associated Press)

HURT: Voting Rights Act represents abomination of justice

Like so many monstrosities of injustice and unfairness — especially if the federal government is involved — the Voting Rights Act began with the best of intentions. But today, long after the vast majority of Americans have emerged from the low and sordid swamp of racial discrimination, the federal government remains deeply mired in it. Published June 25, 2013

**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