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Louisiana State Representative Beryl Amedee

Once a homeschooling mom, now a Louisiana state representative

Sometimes, being involved could simply mean praying. We're all supposed to do that. Other times it means taking action like showing up at your local government meetings and speaking up. But other times it might mean jumping in and running for a particular office -- especially those offices where the decisions are made.

The 2017 Kia Niro

2017 Kia Niro hybrid has lots of pep

Can you say compact hybrid crossover SUV with some snazzy offerings? If that's your thing, then the 2017 Kia Niro is going to be right up your alley. It's all new for Kia fans with competition like the Toyota Prius Hatchback, Ford C-Max Hybrid Wagon and the Toyota Rav 4 SUV.

Hundreds of newly trained al-Shabab fighters performed military exercises, in Feb. 2011, in the Lafofe area some 11 miles south of Mogadishu, in Somalia. The U.S. military said today that a service member was killed in Somalia during an operation against the extremist group al-Shabab. (Associated Press)

Trump should follow Reagan and exit Somalia

President Donald Trump should terminate the co-belligerency of the United States with Somalia in its war against Al Shabab. Its government is clannish, illegitimate, and staggeringly corrupt. it has the ignominy of having been listed as the most corrupt nation in the world by Transparency International for 10 consecutive years. And it is irrelevant to the national security of the United States.

FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015 file photo, US President Barack Obama speaks about the Paris climate agreement from the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. About 160 countries are expected to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change Friday, April 22, 2016, in a symbolic triumph for a landmark deal that once seemed unlikely but now appears on track to enter into force years ahead of schedule. The U.S. and China, which together account for nearly 40 percent of global emissions, have said they intend to formally join the agreement this year.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Mr. Trump, tear up the Paris climate treaty

Candidate Donald Trump had one simple thing to say about the Paris climate change treaty. In 2016, he said, "We're going to cancel the Paris climate agreement and stop all payments of United States tax dollars to U.N. global warming programs."

In this Saturday, April 17, 2010, photo, a traveler from Malaysia uses his laptop computer at Schiphol Airport, Amsterdam, Netherlands. International air travelers might soon rediscover magazines, paperbacks and playing cards. Airline passengers have become hooked on their laptops and tablets to get work done or just kill time during long flights. But U.S. aviation-security officials appear determined to ban large electronic devices in the cabin of flights from Europe. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

Air scare: Travelers facing computer ban fears

What price security? American travelers are about to find out when they plan a trip to, say, Amsterdam - not Amman - and find they have to surrender all electronics except their smartphone before boarding a plane back to the U.S.

President Donald Trump meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Monday, May 22, 2017, in Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Dateline Israel: Trump amid Jerusalem's jubilee

Many Israel-watchers don't believe in coincidence. As they wait for President Trump to arrive, they ponder the significance of the fact that his visit is happening during the week of Jerusalem's jubilee celebrations. Fifty years ago this week Jerusalem was liberated from Jordan, which had captured it in a war of aggression 19 years earlier.

In this June 19, 2013, photo, former FBI Director Robert Mueller testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. On May 17, 2017, the Justice Department said is appointing Mueller as special counsel to oversee investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. (Associated Press) **FILE**

A primer on special prosecutors

- The Washington Times

Special prosecutors enjoy more or less autonomy within the Executive Branch to provide public confidence that their investigatory and prosecutorial decisions will not be compromised by a conflict-of-interest.

National Association of Police Organizations Top Cops

Top Cops on America's honorable Thin Blue Line

Linden, N.J., Police Officers Angel Padilla, Peter Hammer and Mark Kahana responded to a call in late summer of 2016, an extraordinary call, about a suspicious man seemingly sleeping outside the doorway of a bar. What they soon learned after awakening the man was that he was a suspected terrorist who had planted three bombs in New Jersey and New York City.

Illustration on the roots of Bernie Sanders' "Democratic Socialism" by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

What is Democratic socialism?

When Bernie Sanders, the senator from Vermont, entered the Democratic primaries last year, a lot of people wondered. "What is democratic socialism?"

Probiotics: Pros and cons

Perhaps a friend or family member has talked with you about probiotics? Or you may have walked by the dairy case or health food section - and you see shakes, milk, yogurt, energy bars, ice cream (along with an array of other items) with added probiotics claiming that the product will improve your overall health. But that may not necessarily be fact.

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Federalist Society's Leonard Leo laid groundwork for Neil Gorsuch

Justice Neil Gorsuch's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court - a huge win for conservatives - was the result of the hard work of President Trump and his team, numerous conservative organizations, and hundreds of thousands of grassroots activists across the country. But one man in particular deserves special recognition for the standout role he played, not only in Gorsuch's confirmation process, but also in President Trump's selection process.

U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres, center, addresses the European Parliament, while EU Parliament president Antonio Tajani leaves in Strasbourg, eastern France, Wednesday, May 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)

EU deepens its own crisis with attacks on Hungary, Poland

The European Parliament has condemned Hungary for human rights issues and a breakdown of the rule of law. Brussels is now threatening all-out financial war against both Hungary and Poland, among others, for alleged human rights abuses and anti-democratic policies and actions. But with conservative governments insisting on their sovereign right to protect their borders and preserve their national identities, Europe is headed for an existential crisis from which it may not recover in its current form.

Much of the architecture in Uzbekistan reflects ancient Persian history.

Uzbekistan: A place where religious tolerance prevails

Our media are inundated with stories of strife, especially from the arch of instability which reaches from the Atlas Mountains to Afghanistan. However, there are some areas where one can experience moderate and tolerant Islam, which lived for centuries in peace with Christians and Jews. Take Uzbekistan in Central Asia.

Roy Costner III and Roy Costner IV, of Pickens County, South Carolina

Like father, like son: The Costners on Christianity in public places

My son says, "You can't take God out of me if I go the school. So they can tell me all day long not to bring God to school, but I'm taking him with me." The same thing is true with me whenever I serve in public office. Everywhere I go, I've got God right there with me. And, as Governor Jindal said, "Christians need to wake up." We don't need to be the voices that are hiding in the closet. We need to be the guys that are sitting right out front telling the good news about Jesus Christ.

Journalists worried about press freedom

Journalists from around the world gathered last week at the Jerusalem Press Club for a conference on Freedom of the Press in the Digital Age, with veteran journalist Carl Bernstein as the keynote speaker.

Atty. Gen. Sessions should appeal music industry anti-trust setback

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been lobbied furiously by music industry behemoths to refrain from appealing a wayward decision of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in United States of America v. BMI (September 16, 2016). It threatens ready public access to popular copyrighted music at competitive prices.

Book jacket "Fake Work: Why people are working harder than ever but accomplishing less, and how to fix the problem," by authors B.D. Peterson and G.W. Nielson

'Fake work'

Psychology of work researchers B.D. Peterson and G.W. Nielson in their 2009 research, titled "Fake Work: Why people are working harder than ever but accomplishing less, and how to fix the problem," found that about half of the "work" that employees accomplish "fails to advance the organizations' strategies."