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Gun control propaganda blinds us to Oregon shooting lessons

The Oregon murders should be more than fodder for gun control propaganda and fanaticism, which interfere with the lessons we should learn: Absent fathers create alienation; sensational media coverage only provokes more violence. Published October 6, 2015

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., center, speaks with the committee's ranking member Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 14, 2015, as they arrive for a committee's meeting to debate and vote on the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015. Republican and Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee reached a compromise Tuesday on a bill that would give Congress a say on an emerging deal to curb Iran's nuclear program. Also pictured is Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., third from left. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Blame Congress, not just Obama, for awful Iran nuclear deal

Blame Congress, as well as President Obama, for the awful nuclear deal with Iran. Lawmakers chose to play political blame games instead of legitimately fighting to block Mr. Obama's terrible agreement. Published September 5, 2015

Map of sanctuary cities. (Center for Immigration Studies/www.cis.org)

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