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Illustration on diffusing conflict with Qatar by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Bringing Qatar back from open conflict with its brothers

The dispute between Qatar and its Arab neighbors hurts everyone involved. Qatar had agreed to cooperate with the other governments including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. Instead, they are involved in a boycott that verges on open warfare.

GRAY: Congress needs to step up oversight in 2014

Christmas came early to the executive branch this year, thanks to Republicans in Congress. They gave the Obama administration a yearlong Christmas present: benign neglect.

Illustration: Big Government by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

MILLER: Pay cut for bureaucrats

- The Washington Times

Those with a government job are sitting pretty. A typical fed’s total compensation averages 16 percent more than that of his neighbor at an equivalent private-sector gig. In this troubled economic time of 8.5 percent unemployment, nothing beats the public dole’s 100 percent job security.

President Obama speaks on Friday, Dec. 16, 2011, during the 71st General Assembly of the Union for Reform Judaism at National Harbor in Oxon Hill. (Associated Press)

MURRAY AND BIER: Avoiding a lost decade

- The Washington Times

Remember Japan’s “lost decade” of the 1990s? For the United States, 2011 was the “lost year.” Congress and President Obama are engaged in a standoff that will see 2012 go the same way unless they both get out of the way and let the private economy grow.

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Participants in the Columbus Day Parade ride a float with a large bust of Christopher Columbus in New York. A movement to abolish Columbus Day and replace it with Indigenous Peoples Day has new momentum but the gesture to recognize victims of European colonialism has also prompted howls of outrage from some Italian Americans, who say eliminating their festival of ethnic pride is culturally insensitive, too. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Columbus deserves his day

- The Washington Times

In this era of Making America Great Again, it is true and wonderful to celebrate this great and glorious holiday and sing high praises for the good and daring adventurer who discovered America.

Trump wiretap brouhaha raises Patriot vs. Patriot Act fight

- The Washington Times

The media's been filled with busy bees lately, painting President Donald Trump with the crazy stick and demanding he produce proof of Barack Obama's wiretap of Trump Tower -- but what has happened to America, land of the free, country of the Constitution, that wiretapping one's own citizens has become so believable?

Lobbying Group Tipping the Scale Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A free-market approach to health care

With the election of Donald Trump and the dominance of a Republican-led Congress, health care reform has moved to the top of the national agenda. Aside from scrapping and replacing the Affordable Care Act, many Republicans such as Paul Ryan and Department of Health and Human Services nominee Tom Price hope to radically alter Medicare, advocating for a more privatized system.

Illustration on rising criminality in sanctuary cities by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Talking truth to a sanctuary city

"Crime in Los Angeles rose in all categories in 2015, LAPD says" ominously declares the Los Angeles Times headline. But this isn't a surprise to those of us who aren't blinded by the false narratives and fantasy world of the American left.

Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

WRIGHT: What difference does it make?

Washington politicians' egos, penchant for nepotism and disregard for taxpayers' money knows no bounds. For weeks leading up to the country's second government shutdown in nearly 20 years, all America talked about, and continues to, is the nation's spending — and the nearly $17 trillion debt problem.

United States Park Rangers Josh Clemons, left, and Peter Zahrt close a trail at Mammoth Cave National Park, Ky. Tuesday, Oct., 1, 2013. National Parks across the country are closed due to the federal government shutdown. (AP Photo/The Daily News, Alex Slitz)

PRUDEN: Rangers vs. the walker brigade

The commander in chief and Harry Reid, his faithful dog robber in the U.S. Senate, have assigned the rangers of the National Park Service the most dangerous mission of the government shutdown. They're already up for medals.

** FILE ** In this Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, file photo, dark clouds pass over the Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

PRUDEN: The cheap tricks of the game

The games politicians play: Barack Obama is having a lot of fun using the government shutdown to squeeze the public in imaginative ways. The point of the shutdown game is to see who can squeeze hardest, make the most pious speech and listen for the applause. It's a variation on the grade-school ritual of "you show me yours, and I'll show you mine."

President Barack Obama stands with people who support the Affordable Care Act, his signature health care law, as he speaks in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. Congress plunged the nation into a partial government shutdown Tuesday as a long-running dispute over President Barack Obama's health care law forced about 800,000 federal workers off the job, suspending all but essential services. At second right is Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

MILLER: Obama opts to shut down for Obamacare

Conventional wisdom in Washington is that the first government shutdown in 17 years will only hurt Republicans. That might be true in the short term, but it will help GOP members in 2014, because they followed the will of their constituents instead of cowing to political pressure.

Hasan Rouhani Associated Press photo

PRUDEN: A president as clueless as ever

Barack Obama is no Bill Clinton in the pantheon of romancers and boudoir bandits, but he is the president, after all, and his vain search for love in all the wrong places is enough to break a heart of stone. He just can't believe that Hasan Rouhani, the new president of Iran, is just not that into him. (Isn't everybody?)

PRUDEN: The bad boy at the party

Ted Cruz has been a bad boy, and deserves a good spanking. That's the message his colleagues in the Senate, particularly his Republican colleagues, have been sending to him. They just couldn't find anyone big enough to deliver the spanking, and now they never can.