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              Andreas Widmer shakes the hand of Pope John Paul II before leaving the Swiss Guard. "I know a saint," Mr. Widmer said with a laugh. "I'm becoming a secondary relic."

              In the company of a saint: Catholics gear up for a rare double canonization

              By Meredith Somers - The Washington Times

              Andreas Widmer spent two years at the side of Pope John Paul II as part of the elite papal security force known as the Swiss Guard. On Sunday, he will be one of the thousands of people in Vatican City for the canonization of his mentor.

              A Ukrainian soldier carries a box with ammunition as Ukrainian army troops receive ammunition in a field on the outskirts of Izyum, Eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

              Sold out: Ukraine’s leadership swapped best military weapons for cash

              By Rowan Scarborough - The Washington Times

              The woeful state of Ukraine’s military can be blamed on corruption, Kiev’s shaky commitment to national defense and a policy of selling the best weapons to gain cold hard cash, analysts say.

              A GOP strategist said that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a former boxer and ex-chairman of the powerful Nevada Gaming Commission, likely relishes being "best bodyguard that president Obama has." (Associated Press)

              Wild about Harry: In Republican’s hunt for Senate, its all about Reid

              By Seth McLaughlin - The Washington Times

              Hoping to galvanize their base further, Republicans are casting the midterm elections as a golden opportunity to fire Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat who has served as lead blocker for President Obama’s liberal agenda on Capitol Hill and chief opponent of GOP legislation.

              "The Renewable Fuel Standard was designed to drive investment in and the development of advanced biofuels. It has succeeded in doing that, if not at the pace Congress originally had hoped," said Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican and a supporter of ethanol. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

              Running on empty: EPA slashes biofuel goals because of ethanol shortage

              By Ben Wolfgang - The Washington Times

              Just a few years ago, it looked as though ethanol and its politically potent lobby would reshape the U.S. energy landscape, but now even the federal government has been forced to acknowledge that its projections for the biofuel simply don’t match reality.

              White House press secretary Jay Carney gestures as he speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Carney discussed the Ukraine and that the media will not have access to President Barack Obama's meeting with senior advisors where he will also observe a moment of silence to mark the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, and other topics. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

              ISTOOK: Obama’s sleight of hand hides hidden government’s work

              By Ernest Istook

              Call it distraction. Illusion. Or just cry out, “Squirrel!” While an army of reporters flocks to the White House Press Room to hear Jay Carney’s insults and misdirections, an army of bureaucrats are doing the real work of Barack Obama’s presidency, laboring in obscurity.

              Image: YouTube, Betabrand

              ‘Gay Jeans’ that fade into rainbow-colored denim created

              By Douglas Ernst - The Washington Times

              Individuals with a desire to announce their sexuality or support for the gay community simply by wearing a specific brand of clothing can stop looking. ‘Gay Jeans’ that slowly transform from blue to rainbow-colored denim over the time are now available.

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