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Ernest Istook

Ernest Istook is a former Republican Congressman from Oklahoma. Listen to Ernest's broadcasts online at Washington Times Radio. Subscribe to his daily podcasts on iTunes:

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Map of sanctuary cities. (Center for Immigration Studies/

Boycott sanctuary cities because they are unsafe

Sanctuary cities are not safe, as people learned from the murder of Kate Stinle, allegedly by a five-time Mexican deportee and seven-time felon who found sanctuary in San Francisco. Sanctuary cities should be told: No public safety? Then no conventions or tourism. Published July 9, 2015

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Big Brother kills choices for low-income Americans

Big Brother's government regulators are out to kill the payday loan industry that serves millions of Americans. The welfare state wants no rivals for the loyalty of low-income people. Published July 8, 2015

In this April 28, 2015, file photo, demonstrators stand in front of a rainbow flag of the Supreme Court in Washington, as the court was set to hear historic arguments in cases that could make same-sex marriage the law of the land. Gay and lesbian couples could face legal chaos if the Supreme Court rules against same-sex marriage in the next few weeks. Same-sex weddings could come to a halt in many states, depending on a confusing mix of lower-court decisions and the sometimes-contradictory views of state and local officials. Among the 36 states in which same-sex couples can now marry are 20 in which federal judges invoked the Constitution to strike down marriage bans. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

Same-sex court decision destroys the democratic process

The Supreme Court's same-sex marriage decision destroys the democratic process. Instead of acting only with clear Constitutional authority, the justices give themselves power over the people by claiming their decision 'interprets' the Constitution rather than making new law. Published June 29, 2015

The Left wants to restrict rights because of Dylann Roof

The blame for the South Carolina church murders belongs on one deranged racist. But politicians and activists cast the blame widely; that's how they justify restricting the rights of millions of Americans. Published June 23, 2015

Dirty Dishes, from Wikimedia Commons

Plan to wash dishes by hand

Add another $99 to the price of home dishwashers as the Department of Energy enacts new "energy-saving" regulations to comply with President Obama's agenda. It's on top of a $44 price increase from another set of dishwasher regulations in 2012. Published June 23, 2015

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2015 file photo, Vice President Joe Biden listens as President Barack Obama speaks about the Islamic State group, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. Biden faces the daunting decision of how and when to re-enter public life after burying his 46-year-old son. On Wednesday, Biden returns to Washington for lunch with the president and a meeting with the Ukrainian leader, but he'll head straight back to Wilmington, evoking memories of the nightly trips home that Biden took after he lost his first child decades ago at the start of his political career.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Protecting Obama's 'equities' keeps the rest of us in the dark

Two days of congressional hearings demonstrated how the Obama White House shuts down the people's right to know what their government is doing. Even the usually liberal media are upset that President Obama is keeping the bureaucracy's inner workings concealed. Published June 10, 2015

Lost Gun Rights Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Obama swats free speech, gun control

Gun control and control of free speech would be combined in a new Obama administration plan that could send Second Amendment advocates to prison. Published June 8, 2015

A woman who declined to give her name, sits at a table in the casino during a liquidation sale at the closed Riviera Hotel and Casino Thursday, May 14, 2015, in Las Vegas. The Riviera Hotel and Casino closed May 4, but everything inside the 2,075-room hotel-casino must go. National Content Liquidators has started selling it all at a public sale that started 9 a.m. Thursday.  (AP Photo/John Locher)

Today's Indian wars are fought at the casino

America still fights Indian wars, but today these battles center not around settlers pushing their homesteads onto tribal lands but around gambling. Published May 20, 2015

Carla Chery illustrates how she shops on a budget at her neighborhood supermarket in New York.  Ms. Chery, a stay-at-home mom who networks with other moms on her blog, says she uses coupons to keep her family of four fed on a tight food budget. Government regulations are hurting everyday people and wrecking family budgets. (AP Photos/Bebeto Matthews)

How red tape, runaway regulations wreck your budget

Runaway regulations are hurting everyday people and wrecking family budgets. It's not big companies that suffer from the $1.88 trillion annual burden of red tape that the government imposes. They add the costs onto their price tags. Published May 13, 2015

Opponents of same-sex marriage hold a rally at the Utah State Capitol Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage rallied in Utah on Tuesday after the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on the constitutionality of laws banning such marriages. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Supreme Court to decide for believers what marriage is

Forget everything else you read about the Supreme Court case that could mandate same-sex marriages. All that matters is the swing vote of Justice Anthony Kennedy. He will break the expected 4-to-4 deadlock among the other justices. Published April 29, 2015

Gov. Jerry Brown responds to a reporters question concerning he meeting he held businesses affected by the drought at his Capitol office in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, April 16, 2015. Cities expected to slash water use in the drought are revolting against Brown's mandatory water restrictions, and dozens of agencies are telling water regulators that their assigned water use targets are unrealistic and unfair.  (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Liberal water czars create 2015 Dust Bowl in Golden State

California's liberals are seeking scapegoats to divert attention from how that entire state may soon become another Detroit, emptying out as people flee. Scapegoats like almonds, alfalfa and meat. Really. What Big Labor did to the Motor City the environmental extremists are doing to California, threatening to create a new Dust Bowl with their misguided water policies. Published April 22, 2015