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BOOK REVIEW: 'American Dreams: Restoring Economic Opportunity for Everyone'

Political polls, although increasingly iffy and unreliable, have become a growth industry, with the national media, caught up in a relentless wave of cutbacks and downsizing, routinely using them as primary sources for stories -- a practice no editor would have countenanced not too many years ago.

The Battle for Israeli Security Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The return of a 47-year-old headline

I was thumbing through an old magazine over the weekend. It was 47 years old to be exact, and I came across a surprisingly prescient piece entitled wittily, "The Arab, the Jew, and the Pickle." What particularly caught my eye was that the piece was written by me in what is now called The American Spectator. Imagine that.

Thanksgiving dinner. (Associated Press)

Restoring a sense of gratitude

Many Americans still believe in this nation's enduring principlesIt's easy, alas, for our gratitude to become perfunctory -- more something we say than something we feel. But take it from someone who has traveled to many countries: A look at what some people around the globe endure can make your appreciation genuine.

Illustration on advances in the world's situation by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

A bounty of good news

Your Thanksgiving dinner is going to be less expensive. This year the average person will need to work 2 hours, 21 minutes and 57 seconds to pay for all the items in a standard Thanksgiving dinner for 10 people -- a work reduction of one minute and 8 seconds from last year.

Former President George W. Bush speaks at the George W. Bush Institute at Southern Methodist University in Dallas on Feb. 19, 2014. (Associated Press) **FILE**

How Obama cooks the terrorism numbers

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Barack Obama has given an eloquent testimony to a Christian faith, but his sympathies are always with Islam. He insisted from Asia that "99.9 percent of Muslims worldwide reject terrorism," and that's good news, if true. But it clearly is not.

Black-eye Friday Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Why Wal-Mart's protests won't sell

For most Americans, Black Friday is the time to shop around for great deals on new Christmas gifts. For Big Labor, it's an opportunity to steal the headlines and advance its agenda.

Syrian 'Tourist' Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Terrorists as 'tourists'

President Obama has put a new twist on the Islamic invasion now taking place across Europe and the United States. Speaking to reporters last week during his visit to the Philippines, the president compared Syrian refugees to "tourists," saying they are no bigger a threat than people who come to sightsee and visit attractions.

An Israeli policeman collects evidence next to a body of a Palestinian attacker at a West Bank petrol station near Jerusalem, Monday, Nov. 23, 2015. A Palestinian stabbed an Israeli man to death before he was shot dead by security forces. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

Where terror lurks every day

Think back to October 2002, when the Beltway sniper and his young accomplice paralyzed the Washington region for three weeks, sowing fear and keeping people from pumping gas, buying groceries, holding soccer practices or venturing from their homes. Ponder what just happened in Paris.

Persecution of Christians by Muslims Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

No Christians and persecuted minorities allowed

Standing before the cameras in Turkey, President Obama found his safe place to indict half his countrymen for raising the issue of religion in their concern over his plan to open America's gates to tens of thousands of Muslim "refugees" from Syria. Subjecting refugees to a religious test runs counter to American values, said Mr. Obama.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Christian Persecutions in the Middle East: A 21st Century Tragedy'

As the latest terrorist atrocity in Paris demonstrates, radical Islam exhibits a veritable blood lust at the retail level. While politics undoubtedly was behind the attack -- French planes had been bombing Islamic State territory for more than a year -- the killers deployed theology to justify slaughtering 130 common people just going about their lives.

Illustration on President Obama, the tortured genius by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

President Obama, a 'tortured genius'

A U.S. Navy SEAL teammate and friend once described the worst type of leader as a "tortured genius." By this, he did not mean the artist or musician suffering from inspired hysteria, but someone who, no matter how obvious the failing or how fair and valid the criticism, accepts no blame and denies all responsibility. In the mind of such a leader, the rest of the world simply can't see the "genius" in what they do.

Confused about the enemy

Since the horrific Paris terror attacks, President Obama and the Democrats want you to think that defending ourselves from Islamic terrorism will only make things worse. Bombing the Islamic State, you see, will make it easier for them to recruit.

Illustration on refugees and the visa waiver program by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Entering the country visa-free

In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, Americans are more worried than ever about an attack on the United States. Their concerns are aggravated when they hear Washington debating the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), something most people had never heard of before. But it is critical to the security of our nation. The Visa Waiver Program allows visa-free entry to our country.

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