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Wesley Pruden

Wesley Pruden

American journalist legend and Vietnam War author James Wesley Pruden Jr. is Editor Emeritus of The Washington Times. Mr. Pruden’s first job in the newspaper business dates back to 1951 as a copyboy at the now defunct Arkansas Gazette where he later became a sportswriter and an assistant state editor. In 1982, he joined The Washington Times, four months after the paper began, as chief political correspondent. He became assistant managing editor in 1983, managing editor in 1985, and editor-in-chief in 1992. He retired in January 2008 and became editor-in-chief-emeritus. Mr. Pruden is known for his coverage of President Ronald Reagan. In 1991, he won the H.L. Mencken Prize for excellence in writing and commentary. Mr. Pruden writes a twice-weekly column on politics and national affairs for The Times.

Articles by Wesley Pruden

Sen. Rand Paul said former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's war record is likely to give independents and even some Democrats pause at the thought of supporting her in 2016.

No naps for the war-weary

It's a little early for the candidates of '16 to start calling each other names, but they're loosening tongues, limbering voices and auditioning invective, anyway. Published August 25, 2014

Gov. Rick Perry (Associated Press)

Brutal politics in a not-so-gay place

Somebody has finally indicted the famous ham sandwich that an infamous judge once said any prosecutor so inclined could do. Published August 18, 2014

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton holds her memoir "Hard Choices" at Bunch of Grapes Bookstore, in Vineyard Haven, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, during a book signing event for her memoir "Hard Choices."  Hillary Rodham Clinton says she's looking forward to hugging out her differences with President Barack Obama. Obama's former secretary of state told reporters Wednesday that she's proud to have served with him despite some differences of opinion. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Huggin' and chalkin' on the campaign trail

Nothing comforts a child like a hug from his mother, or reassures like a father's manly embrace. The hug is a reassuring gift of affection that means something. Published August 14, 2014

Paul Ryan, inspiring Democrats

Democrats swimming in a sea turning red

Nobody reckons that election returns from Hawaii, stuck thousands of miles off the California coast in the vast reaches of the Pacific, have much to say about national political trends. Nevertheless, disappointment and disgust with the established order has reached across the waves. Published August 11, 2014

Mao Zedong

Something heroic for Obama's legacy

Unless he can find something and find it quickly, Barack Obama isn't going to like his legacy. The man who once walked on water may soon find himself at the bottom of the lake. Published August 7, 2014

** FILE ** In this 2014 photo provided by the Samaritan's Purse aid organization, Dr. Kent Brantly, left, treats an Ebola patient at the Samaritan's Purse Ebola Case Management Center in Monrovia, Liberia. (Associated Press)

Ebola panic more lethal than the virus

Here we go again, and this time the panic is on steroids. The Ebola sickness is a horrific disease, and the virus that causes it is lethal and fast-moving. Published August 4, 2014

Alexander Hamilton, the nation's first Treasury secretary, in 1792 deftly handled a financial crisis like the one of 2008.

Cooling the manufactured impeachment panic

Manufacturing a crisis is what pundits and politicians do best, and the media mills are running three shifts daily now to manufacture panic over what the Democrats want the public to think is the impending impeachment of President Obama. Published July 31, 2014

Elizabeth Warren (Associated Press)

PRUDEN: The Democratic-wannabe mice under Hillary Clinton's feet

If Hillary Clinton is inevitable, why are so many mice scurrying about under her feet? Hillary is supposed to be the juggernaut of the ages, awash in money, feminist adulation and nostalgia for the security and serenity of the Clinton years, when nothing much happened beyond Bubba's Oval Office pantry. Published July 24, 2014

**FILE** Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada speaks July 8, 2014, to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press)

PRUDEN: 'Dirty Harry' Reid’s increasing eccentricity

Harry Reid is the majority bumpkin of the U.S. Senate, vying with the vice president to say weird, goofy, sometimes amusing and often embarrassing things. His Democratic colleagues typically chuckle, roll their eyes, and put it down to ol' Harry just being old Harry. Published July 10, 2014

Worried Democrat

Obama and a world on fire

Incompetence breeds incompetence, and eventually the slowest-witted among us recognizes the man who not only doesn't know what he's doing but won't listen to those who do. His earnest ignorance blights everything he touches. Even yellow-dog Democrats are growling. Published June 23, 2014

Associated Press photo

PRUDEN: The shame of the Indian givers

Some Americans truly have no shame. The elites, nonpartisan but mostly Democrats, are encouraging hell on the border to force immigration "reform." That's painful for the children but tolerable as long as it doesn't inconvenience the elites. Published June 19, 2014