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Michael Taube

Michael Taube

Michael Taube is a contributor for The Washington Times.

Articles by Michael Taube

Will black Republicans ever be less lonely?

Frederick Douglass, the great writer, orator and abolitionist leader, was a trusted adviser to President Abraham Lincoln — and a black Republican. In an Aug. 15, 1888 letter, he famously wrote, "I recognize the Republican party as the sheet anchor of the colored man's political hopes and the ark of his safety." Published April 1, 2015

** FILE ** An undated photo of Adolf Hitler. (Image: United States Holocaust Museum)

To know offensive ideology is to read it

Anyone who believes in the right to freedom of speech and expression knows it's a two-way street. You have to consistently defend speech that you fundamentally agree with, as well as speech that you completely oppose. Published March 3, 2015

Pipeline Stop Sign Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Rethinking the Keystone XL pipeline

Remember the good old days, when President Obama used to pay lip service about working with Republicans on important bipartisan legislation to help all Americans? Published February 17, 2015

From the Youtube video of "Saved by the Bell" reunion

For whom the ‘Saved by the Bell’ tolls

Most newspaper columnists are intrigued by the events that shape our world. They'll write about anything from breaking news stories, to subjects that are outside the box. Published February 10, 2015

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) tax forms

The flat tax reconsidered

Be still, my beating heart. At long last, there's a flat tax proposal on the bargaining table that could conceivably get passed into American law. Published February 3, 2015

Illustration on threatened government meddling in the private sector world of sports by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Jumping offsides on ‘Deflategate’

Super Bowl XLIX (49) will be played this Sunday. Sadly, the anticipated matchup between the AFC champion New England Patriots and NFC champion Seattle Seahawks has already had the wind knocked out of its sails — or, in this case, the air out of its footballs. Published January 27, 2015

Illustration on accusations of racism against the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences by Alexander hunter/The Washington Times

Al Sharpton vs. Hollywood

Last week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled its 2015 Oscar nominations. Popular movies, including "The Imitation Game," "Boyhood" and "The Theory of Everything," received some positive recognition. Other films, including "The LEGO Movie" and my personal favorite, "Mr. Turner," received lesser nominations or were snubbed in certain categories. Published January 20, 2015

Bleeding Arabian Satire Shield Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Charlie Hebdo and the pointed pen

France suffered through a horrifying series of terror attacks last week. Streets rang with the alarming sound of gunshots. Two agonizing hostage situations gripped the nation — and beyond. Blood was shed, and innocent life was lost. Published January 13, 2015

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La., center, with Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., right, greets fellow lawmakers on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015, as the House of Representatives gathered for the opening session of the 114th Congress. Scalise, the third ranking in the House GOP leadership, has been battling a scandal over a 2002 speech to a white supremacist group in Louisiana but he has received support from both Republicans and Democrats on the Hill.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The smearing of Steve Scalise

During the past year, there were some false stories (University of Virginia's rape case) and disputed facts (actress Lena Dunham's "Republican" rapist) that liberal media organizations simply accepted or didn't properly investigate. Published January 6, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: 'Michelangelo: Complete Works'

Last year marked the 450th anniversary of the death of one of the world's greatest artists, Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni. To commemorate this important anniversary, Taschen has reissued Frank Zollner's classic 2007 book, "Michelangelo: Complete Works." Published January 1, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Complete Little Nemo'

Winsor McCay is widely regarded as one of America's greatest cartoonists. His early 20th century comic strips ("Little Sammy Sneeze," "Dream of the Rarebit Fiend") and animated shorts ("Gertie the Dinosaur," "The Sinking of the Lusitania") are still among the most groundbreaking examples of both genres. Published December 25, 2014

Illustration on the value of Christmas memories by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Memories of seasonal joy endure the passage of time

While my Christmas columns have similar themes, I always take different approaches. They have been personal, humorous, serious and occasionally reflective. This year, it's all of the above. Published December 23, 2014

Illustration on Obama's meddling with the NFL by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Obama’s war on the NFL

Brace yourselves, ladies and gentlemen. President Obama is sticking his nose where it doesn't belong, again. Published December 16, 2014

The president and the bishop

There is no shortage of reading material about Abraham Lincoln's life and political career. Published December 10, 2014

Economist Paul Krugman accuses reporters of being tougher on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton than her Republican rival, Donald Trump. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The strange saga of Paul Krugman and Abenomics

A chance meeting between Paul Krugman (a liberal U.S. economist) and Etsuro Honda (economist and adviser to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a conservative) may have just saved the Land of the Rising Sun from economic ruin. Published November 25, 2014