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Illustration on decreasing economic freedom in the U.S. by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

America's declining economic freedom

When you think of the United States as being free, what comes to mind? The ability to speak your mind? To vote? To live and work where you please? Good answers, but there's another kind of liberty that's easily overlooked, although it affects nearly everything we do. Published February 1, 2016

In search of solutions

Whether you're liberal or conservative, it's usually easy to say what you oppose. Both sides spend a good deal of time trying to shoot down policies from the other side. But do you know what you favor? Published January 25, 2016

A Nation Forged from a Wide Array of People Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Assimilation nation no more

America has always been a melting pot. We are a nation founded by people from all over the world who came here seeking a better life for themselves and their families. So why is immigration such a hot-button issue? Published January 18, 2016

Illustration on gun violence and control by William Brown/Tribune Content Agency

The anti-gun arguments shot full of holes

Few issues are as polarizing as guns. Some Americans applaud President Obama's recently announced series of "executive actions" on firearms. Many others deplore them. Which side is on target? Published January 11, 2016

Illustration on a new commission to investigate Islamic terrorism by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Taking a closer look at the terrorist threat

A recent Gallup poll asked Americans to name the No. 1 issue facing the country. What do you suppose came out on top? Not the economy. Not health care. Not immigration. No, the issue that headed the list was terrorism. Published January 4, 2016

US President Barack Obama delivers his speech at the 'Mission Innovation: Accelerating the Clean Energy Revolution' meeting at the COP2, United Nations Climate Change Conference, in Le Bourget, north of Paris, Monday, Nov. 30 2015. (Ian Langsdon, Pool photo via AP)

Making the nation more secure

You'll find charts galore in the 2016 Index of U.S. Military Strength, but two at the start of the detailed report are particularly troubling. Published November 30, 2015

Thanksgiving dinner. (Associated Press)

Restoring a sense of gratitude

Many Americans still believe in this nation's enduring principlesIt's easy, alas, for our gratitude to become perfunctory -- more something we say than something we feel. But take it from someone who has traveled to many countries: A look at what some people around the globe endure can make your appreciation genuine. Published November 23, 2015

Jonathan Butler, front left, addresses a crowd following the announcement that University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe would resign Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, at the university in Columbia, Mo. Butler has ended his hunger strike as a result of the resignation. Associated Press Photo

Caving in to crybullies

Millions of people worldwide were horrified to learn that Paris had been attacked by terrorists. But some supporters of the student protests at the University of Missouri had a unique reason for their dismay: outrage over what had happened in France was taking the spotlight off their grievances. Published November 16, 2015

Illustration on the contentious nature of political debate by Mark Weber/Tribune Content Agency

A renewed call for Senate civility

It's billed as "the world's greatest deliberative body." But at a time when public polls routinely place the popularity of federal lawmakers in single digits, it's time to ask: What happened to the U.S. Senate? Published November 9, 2015

Rct. Wilde Lariveaux, Platoon 1066, Alpha Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, provides security as his team rushes through a combat training course Aug. 26, 2014, on Parris Island, S.C. Recruits sprinted, crawled and climbed through the course in teams, reinforcing the saying no one left behind. The course is part of Basic Warrior Training, held during the ninth week of boot camp, which focuses on basic field-related skills all Marines must know. The basic combat training recruits receive while on Parris Island will be broadened after boot camp during follow-on training at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Lariveaux, 19, from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is scheduled to graduate Sept. 19, 2014. Island has been the site of Marine Corps recruit training since Nov. 1, 1915. Today, approximately 20,000 recruits come to Parris Island annually for the chance to become United States Marines by enduring 13 weeks of rigorous, transformative training. Parris Island is home to entry-level enlisted training for 50 percent of males and 100 percent of females in the Marine Corps.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Caitlin Brink/Released)

The declining state of the U.S. military

It seems fitting that the Heritage Foundation released its latest Index of U.S. Military Strength just before Halloween. It makes for some scary reading. Published November 2, 2015

Illustration on militarization of the EPA by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Environmental Protection Army?

Even those of us who have worked in Washington for many years and become accustomed to the inner workings of government can still be amazed by what lurks behind the curtain sometimes. Case in point: the Environmental Protection Agency. Published October 26, 2015

Illustration on the calls from climate change believers to jail those who don't agree with their contentions by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A heated debate over climate change continues

Debate. It's the hallmark of an open society. We may hold different points of view on a certain topic, but we can express those views freely, without fear of repercussions. Published October 19, 2015

Nurturing a crucial alliance

South Korean President Park Geun-hye is in Washington this week as the third of President Obama's summit trifecta with Northeast Asian leaders. She has the opportunity to address growing regional security challenges and reassert an important Korean role on the world stage. Published October 14, 2015

Illustration on government abuse of civil forfeiture laws by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

When cops steal from innocent citizens

Not many people make a habit of carrying large amounts of cash around. After all, thieves could steal it. How ironic, then, that a growing threat to your money is the people you'd call if your money was stolen: the police. Published October 12, 2015

Pope Francis talks to journalists during a press conference he held while en route to Italy, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. Pope Francis returned to the Vatican Monday at the end of a 10-day trip to Cuba and the United States. (Tony Gentile/Pool Photo via AP) ** FILE **

Overlooked remarks from the 'people's pope'

To say that Pope Francis' visit to the United States drew a lot of media attention would be an understatement. The coverage was 'round-the-clock. Yet as a lifelong "cradle Catholic," educated by Jesuits, I couldn't help noticing what a remarkably incomplete, if not misleading, portrait emerged of the Holy Father. Published September 28, 2015

Illustration on the ending of the Ex-Im Bank by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Killing the Ex-Im Bank won't cost jobs

Let's say you've been letting your child watch too much TV. You decide, quite sensibly, to cut down on his viewing time. Think he'll realize it's for the best and take it without a fuss? Published September 21, 2015

Scamming the Banks Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Trafficking in budget gimmicks

Frustrated voters sometimes denounce their representatives as "good for nothing," but are they being fair? Consider the budget gimmicks some politicians come up with. When it comes to fiscal gymnastics, who can deny their creativity? Published September 14, 2015