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FILE - In this June 12, 2014, file photo, oil pumps and natural gas burn off in Watford City, N.D. The Interior Department is delaying an Obama-era regulation aimed at restricting harmful methane emissions from oil and gas production on federal lands. A rule being published Dec. 8, delays the methane regulation until January 2019, calling the previous rule overly burdensome to industry.  (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

If only to harness hot air

The civic shakedown of the oil and gas producers continues, and the frenzy has spread to California. Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York started it in January when he said he would seek billions of dollars in reparations from five major companies, including Exxon, BP and Chevron. Published February 4, 2018

GOP holds power to stop spiral

The Ninth Amendment reads, "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people." The amendment's numerical precedence gives it primacy over the 10th Amendment. This flows from the clearly stated intent of the Framers to keep the ultimate political power in the hands of the people. Published February 4, 2018

Bankrupt refiner made missteps

The oil industry's campaign to undermine the growth of domestically produced renewable fuels such as ethanol has certainly been ramped up lately. Today they're callously capitalizing on the financial woes of one of the oldest and least efficient refineries in the country, holding it up as a poster child to undermine public support for the nation's renewable fuel policy. Peter Weyrich apparently drank the Kool-Aid and is also blaming the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for Philadelphia Energy Solutions' troubles ("Securing American energy dominance," Web, Jan. 31). Published February 4, 2018

FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2017 file photo, House Judiciary Committee member Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., speaks during a House Judiciary hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.  Gowdy says he will not seek re-election. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Congressional Republicans in flight

Not so long ago the conventional capital wisdom, retailed wholesale by the pundit class, held that all that was necessary to replace the Republican Congress with a large, left-thinking Democratic Congress bent on revenge, was to count the votes. The liberal landslide was on the way. Published February 1, 2018

Left's comeuppance?

For the first 30 years of my life, I was a proud registered Democrat, following in the footsteps of my mother and my father, a steel worker and card-carrying union member. Our family was very conservative and traditional, as were most of the people in our small, heavily Republican town in southeastern Pennsylvania. Published February 1, 2018

Compassion only for some

Young children brought to the United States, legally or illegally, have little to say in the matter. So "Dreamers" didn't just pack up their knapsacks and wade across the Rio Grande; their parents brought them here. Many Dreamer supporters like to remind us incessantly that we cannot blame these children for their parents' actions (knowingly violating the law and placing their children in legal jeopardy). Liberals' mantra on this matter seems to be "As a country, we can't blame these children for what their parents did." Published February 1, 2018

A dog is dressed for the weather - with a puffer coat and rubber boots - while walking on a cold, wet morning, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Curbing the use of canine guinea pigs

Nobody likes torturing dogs, or even cats, and the Veterans Administration is under pressure to stop certain experiments. The opposition to the program is even bipartisan, which makes the legislation a rare animal in Washington, where even celebrating the decline in black unemployment is a celebration too far for rabidly partisan Democrats lest President Trump get credit for good fortune. Published January 31, 2018

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., listen to the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

A grand night for slinging

"Resistance" is highly popular in the salons of the Democratic left, but it's a dish best served hot inside the Democratic bubble. The dish does not travel well, and there appears scant appetite for it where happy people live. Published January 31, 2018

Incest victims' plight among worst

As someone who was sexually harassed, I know first-hand about the inner pain that victims experience. But as someone who spent five years as a therapist working in the fields of alcoholism, drug addiction and mental health, I want to share my observations and research findings about various forms of "abuse." Published January 31, 2018

Follow Obama-library lead

"Obama's presidential library ripped as 'ugly waste of taxpayer resources' by Chicagoans" (Web, Jan. 29) notes the fiscal and aesthetic concerns facing the local taxpayers in the design for former President Obama's new Chicago-based center. However, you left out a key feature in the plan, distinct from other ex-presidential library sites, which could benefit federal taxpayers. Published January 31, 2018

Why allowances for Dreamers?

Let's get one thing straight right off the bat: America doesn't 'owe' "Dreamers" anything. It's time that those who have benefited from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program admit they are in the illegal jackpot because their interloper parents put them there. While non-citizens in America are lawfully granted certain protections under our laws, that does not give them the right to make demands of any kind on our country or our legislators (no matter how weak or corrupt those legislators may be). Published January 30, 2018

The Democratic betrayal of the Dreamers

If the waves of illegal immigrants wading the Rio Grande to get into the United States were likely to be Republican voters, as a wide-awake wise man observes, Chuck Schumer would be on the border now, laying bricks, and scolding Nancy Pelosi, his apprentice hod-carrier, to keep the mortar coming for President Trump's "big, beautiful" wall. Published January 30, 2018

No more mushroom treatment

Many lines of inquiry suggest that time may be ripe for a cleanup on the FBI aisle ("Salvaging the legacy of the FBI," Web, Jan. 25). While the field agents of our most celebrated law-enforcement agency are above reproach, the politicized executive suite is soiled. Published January 30, 2018

Who are 'Dreamers,' really?

Most presidents depart office with some measure of disarray outstanding. President Obama departed with mounting debt, a moribund economy, a bogus Iran settlement and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) mayhem. Published January 29, 2018

FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. No natural orator, Trump has nonetheless shown at times that he can deliver a powerful speech that effectively outlines his vision, strikes an emotional chord and moves commentators to declare that he, at last, looks presidential. And then the teleprompter gets turned off. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

An encouraging State of the Union

Anyone, even a Democrat reluctant to say so, can see that the economic state of the Union is pretty good. Unemployment is down in key sectors, including among blacks, where the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says the number is as low as it has been since the racial number was broken out in 1972. Businesses have committed to expansion, paying bonuses and raising wages because of — and they are specific about this — the Trump tax cuts. Published January 29, 2018

Border first, amnesty second

In 1986 President Reagan gave amnesty to many illegals in exchange for securing the border. Today, in 2018, how can anyone talk of amnesty without first talking about securing the border — the way it should have been secured 30 years ago? Published January 29, 2018

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Moore named new associate opinion editor

Stephen Moore, a champion of free markets and a leading conservative voice on the economy and taxes for more than two decades, has been named The Washington Times' associate opinion editor. Published January 29, 2018

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 1984 file photo, first lady Nancy Reagan sits with a fourth and fifth grade class at Island Park Elementary School on Mercer Island, Wash., where she participated in a drug education class. At left is Amy Clarfeld, 10, and Andrew Cary, 10, is at right. During a visit with schoolchildren in Oakland, Calif., Reagan later recalled, "A little girl raised her hand and said, 'Mrs. Reagan, what do you do if somebody offers you drugs?' And I said, 'Well, you just say no.' And there it was born." (AP Photo/Barry Sweet, File)

Giving a lady her due

Settling a grudge requires stamina, because it can take so long to resolve. Ronald Reagan established his reputation for being amiable but tough when necessary early in his administration, when he fired the entire air-traffic controllers' union in 1981 for trying to hold the nation's safety and security hostage in a dispute over a contract. Some Democrats have never forgiven him. Published January 28, 2018

Trump remains true to his word

At President Trump's speech at the World Economic Summit, he re-emphasized that America will look out for it's own interests first, that other countries need to bear the burden of our shared security and that he will implement a free and fair trade policy that he stressed will be "reciprocal." Published January 28, 2018

Why Democrats must be wary

Democrats should be highly wary of any deal that President Donald Trump offers them, as he has all of the attributes of a used car salesman. Published January 28, 2018