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Ernest Istook

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: Get Ernest's free email newsletter by signing up here.  

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ERNEST ISTOOK: 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.

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)

ERNEST ISTOOK: Obama White House's lack of transparency

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.