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Charles Hurt

Charles Hurt

Charles Hurt is the Opinion Editor and a columnist for The Washington Times. Often seen as a Fox News contributor on the cable network’s signature evening news roundtable, Mr. Hurt in his 20-year career has worked his way up from a beat reporter for the Detroit News and Washington correspondent for the Charlotte Observer before joining The Washington Times in 2003. He later served as D.C. bureau chief and White House correspondent for the New York Post and editor at the Drudge Report. He can be reached at

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President Obama, flanked by Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, National Governors Association (NGA) Chairman, and Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, NGA Vice Chair, meets Dec. 4, 2012, in the Roosevelt Room at the White House in Washington with the NGA executive committee regarding the fiscal cliff. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner is at right. (Associated Press)

HURT: Washington’s financial miscreants sucker us

Only in a town like this would criminally reckless and penniless grifters still be at the bargaining table as their debtors and creditors pick through the rubble of the financial ruin they themselves created. Published December 4, 2012

**FILE** President Obama leaves the East Room of the White House on Nov. 14, 2012, following his first post-election news conference. (Associated Press)

HURT: Whole gaggle ‘wasn’t looking’ during presidential election

During this time of Thanksgiving, it is altogether fitting and appropriate that we stop to give thanks for one of our most important and cherished freedoms in America: our freedom of the press. Without the vigorous and unflinching watchdogs of truth and justice, where would we be today? Published November 20, 2012

President Barack Obama calls Wisconsin volunteers as he visits a campaign office call center the morning of the 2012 election, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

HURT: Obama victory means four more years with no hope of change

All that for nothing. It was the billion-dollar election that did not decide one single damned thing. Republicans control the House. Democrats control the Senate. And the White House remains in Democratic hands with absolutely no mandate whatsoever. Published November 7, 2012

A volunteer check-in clerk reads the newspaper while waiting for constituents to cast their votes during the lunch time hours at Wesley Methodist Church, precinct 32, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)

HURT: Voting in Washington, D.C., is an experience like nowhere else

Living here in the capital of the world's most powerful and sophisticated democratic republic isn't so easy, especially on Election Day. As the beacon of freedom and self-governance, we voters in the District of Columbia take seriously our duty once again to humbly demonstrate to the world how democracy works. Published November 6, 2012

President Barack Obama answers a question during the third presidential debate at Lynn University, Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Boca Raton, Fla. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

HURT: Exceptionalism Obama versus Bowing Obama

Good news, America! Just three years and 351 days into his presidency, President Obama has finally accepted the concept of American exceptionalism in the world. Published October 22, 2012

President Barack Obama, left, listens as Republican presidential candidate former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney answers a question from a member of the audience. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

HURT: Romney ticks off failed math of Obama’s four years

Thanks to the debates, we now know our country is being run by a couple of stoner college kids who spend most of their time slouched on the couch, watching TV, playing video games and doing drugs. Published October 16, 2012

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton attends a conference on women's empowerment in Lima, Peru, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012. Clinton arrived for the long-planned women's event in Lima, Monday, after another weekend of criticism from Republicans over the Obama administration's initial explanation of the Sept. 11 attack and security at the consulate in Benghazi, where the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans died. (AP Photo/Karel Navarro)

HURT: White House finds a scapegoat for tragedy in Libya

Lost in all the "fog of war," as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called it, that is still rising like smoke from the burned and looted U.S. Consulate in Benghazi is an even more glaring global catastrophe caused by the Obama administration. Published October 16, 2012

Vice President Joseph R. Biden speaks  Oct. 4, 2012, in Council Bluffs, Iowa. (Associated Press)

HURT: Want higher taxes, Joe Biden? ‘Yes, we do!’

Joe Biden's done it again. He inadvertently said exactly what was rattling around in his old head, which is the cardinal sin of any politician and particularly egregious when your mind contains the peculiar thoughts of Vice President Joseph R. Biden and President Obama. Published October 7, 2012

** FILE ** Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Obama speak during the first presidential debate, at the University of Denver on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Goldman/Eric Gay)

HURT: Obama the debater: Making Jimmy Carter look awesome

Bewildered and lost without his teleprompter, President Obama flailed all around the debate stage last night. He was stuttering, nervous and petulant. It was like he had been called in front of the principal after goofing around for four years and blowing off all his homework. Published October 3, 2012

**FILE** Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks Sept. 26, 2012, in Westerville, Ohio. (Associated Press)

HURT: Romney’s game-changer: Run for only one term

When Mitt Romney walks into the debate hall Wednesday night for the most crucial performance of his accomplished life, he does not need to have mastered the dark arts of slick body language with which D.C. spinmeisters are so obsessed. Published October 2, 2012

President Obama walks to the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on Sept. 14, 2012, after arriving on Marine One on the South Lawn. (Associated Press)

HURT: Will the real Jimmah please stand up

Even in these corrosively partisan times there is one thing we can all agree upon: President Obama has managed to out-Jimmy Carter even Jimmy Carter himself. Published September 16, 2012

President Obama speaks at a campaign event Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

HURT: Beware the breathless pollsters

Election polls today are worth precisely what you probably paid to read them. Everybody has their thumb on the scale. Published September 12, 2012