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President Barack Obama speaks to reporters in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. President Obama is rejecting Russia's military campaign in Syria, saying it fails to distinguish between terrorist groups and moderate rebel forces with a legitimate interest in a negotiated end to the civil war. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

The cipher in the White House

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Responsible Immigration Laws Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Facing the agonizing immigration duty

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Illustration on the change in House leadership by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Deja vu all over again

- The Washington Times

The more things change, the more they stay the same. A week or so after Bob Dole resigned his Senate leadership role and Senate seat to run for president in 1996, he joined me and Lyn Nofziger for breakfast. We had all been friends for many years and could be honest with each other.

Illustration on Hillary Clinton's recent forays into comedy by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

'Taint funny, Hillary

While the Donald tries to overcome his reputation as an over-the-top television entertainer to caress his ambition to become president, Hillary Rodham Clinton is running for comedienne in chief. She went on "SaturdayNight Live" to trade her high seriousness for laughs. Neither candidate will seal the deal the way they're trying to do it.

Illustration on developing Romania's tourist industry by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Ongoing flux in East-Central Europe

For nearly a century, East-Central Europe has been a perennially unsettled region. Pragmatic deals cut after World War I, with more following World War II, have kept the area in an unending state of flux.

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Drowned Boy (Inspector Sejer Mysteries)

It is a tragedy when a 16-month-old boy drowns when he scrambles from his home and falls into a pond outside. His mother Carmen is hysterical in her weeping, his father Nikolai is taciturn and oddly bitter.

Hillary Make-over Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The 'new' Hillary

Hillary Rodham Clinton is borrowing from Richard Nixon, a man she worked to impeach while a staff member of the House Judiciary Committee in the early 1970s.

Natural Self Defense Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Trampling the natural right to self-defense

While the FBI continued to analyze the emails Hillary Rodham Clinton thought she deleted and her advisers pressed her to hire a Republican criminal defense attorney in Washington, a madman used a lawfully purchased handgun to kill a professor and eight students at a community college in Roseburg, Ore.

Framers knew what they were doing

The framers of our Constitution included the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights. The best-known reason is for this was to give Americans the right to possess firearms for self-defense against assaults and other types of physical violence.

Despite considerable political baggage, former President Bill Clinton may convince some voters to support his wife. (Associated Press)

Echoes of a Clinton past

Hillary Clinton is taking a lot of heat for her manifold greed and transgressions over the years since she and her husband brought their long-running circus to town 22 years ago, and she just can't find a way to turn the thermostat down.

Illustration on the mental illness root of mass murder by Donna Grethen/Tribune Content Agency

A culture of death?

Regarding last week's mass murder in Oregon, what is there to say that is new? There was a day in America when such an atrocity was almost unheard of. There were family feuds, mafia murders and I guess what were called juvenile delinquents' murders, though they were comparatively rare and for the most part ignored.

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