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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

FILE - This March 21, 2014, file photo shows National Security Adviser Susan Rice speaking in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. (Associated Press)

PRUDEN: Bowe Bergdahl, bad bargain

Barack Obama seems determined to empty the prison at Guantanamo Bay five Islamic heroes at a time, if only he can find enough American prisoners of war to make the swaps. Published June 2, 2014

Clarence Thomas                The Washington Times photo

PRUDEN: Running out of white folks

Another great national crisis is at hand: We're running out of white folks. There just aren't enough of them to suit the Democrats. Published May 19, 2014

President Barack Obama walks with Sen. Mark Pryor while touring tornado-damaged areas of Vilonia, Ark., Wednesday, May 7, 2014. Surveying the remnants of nature's destructive power in the country's midsection, Obama pledged to residents of tornado-ravaged Arkansas communities that their government will stand with them until they finish rebuilding. (AP Photo/Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Benjamin Krain, Pool)

PRUDEN: Barack Obama's dysfunctional Washington

Barack Obama fell in love with the sound of his voice at an early age. It's the love that dares shout its name, and will not die even when everybody else has quit listening. Published May 8, 2014

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (ALLSPORT photo)

PRUDEN: The NBA's Sterling-Silver showdown

There's something in the Donald Sterling saga for almost everyone, though the NBA, by imposing something just short of capital punishment, has put the race hustlers on the sidelines. Published May 1, 2014

President Obama bows to a Japanese robot, ASIMO, during a youth science event at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo.

PRUDEN: Obama's fishy Asian adventure

President Obama is in Asia, for those who remember him, and it hasn't been a great week for either his administration or his family. He might be tempted to stay there. Published April 24, 2014

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PRUDEN: Putting the 'pee' in Portland

Portland, Ore., is a nice place to live. Nothing much happens there, and that's its charm. Oregon is perhaps the most politically correct of the 50 states, shading even Massachusetts, and Reservoir 5 of the Portland water system is a monument to the work of the weenie bureaucrat. Published April 21, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a televised call-in show with the nation in Moscow, Thursday, April 17, 2014. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)

PRUDEN: When a bored president just 'mails it in'

Like it or not, the world is a dangerous place, and getting more so. None of the portents look good. Vladimir Putin not so subtly says, in ever louder voice, that he's in charge of events now, and the rest of the world should just get used to it. Published April 17, 2014

** FILE ** Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (Associated Press)

PRUDEN: Loose-lipped pols pay a debt to plain language

Sometimes the smartest among us should just shut up, and watch his language. Nobody gets the opportunity now, if he ever did, to take something back, to explain "context" or "clarify" what he was trying to say. It's all on somebody's tape. Published April 14, 2014

FILE - In this March 15, 2013 file photo, dairy cows stand near a barn on a farm in Billings, Mo. Farmers expressed relief this week that a long fight over federal dairy subsidies had ended with an overhaul that most thought would be fair and effective in keeping farms from going under during hard times. The House approved compromise legislation Wednesday Jan. 29, 2014, and a Senate vote is expected soon. (AP Photo/The Springfield News-Leader, Nathan Papes, File)

PRUDEN: Flatulent cows and the global warming hysteria

Cows, like Rodney Dangerfield, don't get no respect. The White House wants to cut methane emissions from the dairy industry by 20 percent by the year 2020. The Environmental Protection Agency isn't sure how to do it, but we can be sure a new tax will come with the solution. Published March 31, 2014

** FILE ** Sen. Mark Pryor, Arkansas Democrat. (Associated Press)

PRUDEN: Gaffes from loose lips can sink campaign ships

Some of our politicians just don't get it. They don't understand the wired world, and pay the price for talking when they shouldn't. Loose lips that sink ships ruin election campaigns, too. Published March 27, 2014