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President Donald Trump, accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence, left, speaks before signing an Executive Order on "Improving Accountability and Whistleblower Protection" at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The first 100 days that Trump voters wanted

- The Washington Times

As the establishment media outlets parrot the message that President Trump has failed on nearly every front during his first 100 days in office, a new ABC News-Washington Post poll reminds us -- as if we need further reminding -- of the yawning chasm between Washington, D.C.'s ruling class and the everyday Americans who elected Mr. Trump.

" As Russia reasserts itself in geopolitical affairs, steered by the consummate statesman Vladimir Putin, the memory of the bombing of Serbian forces in the Balkan wars of the 1990s is still fresh in the memory of many Russians," writes columnist L. Todd Wood. (Sergei Karpukhin/Pool Photo via AP)

More Balkan trouble brewing in region famous for mischief

- The Washington Times

We are seeing this scenario play itself out in the Balkans. The region is a flash point, a world conflict waiting to happen. Consider the charges traded by Albania and Serbia over accession to the European Union. As one reporter from the regional news service Tsarizm stated, it is obvious there is an imposed peace in the Balkans, a peace that right now looks very fragile.

Don Hinkle, editor of The Pathway, and a leader in public policy among Southern Baptists.

Missourians taking Jesus into the Public Square.

Hinkle said, "God created all of reality. It all belongs to him. Government is one of only three institutions that he ordained, and there is no way that you can make me believe that God doesn't intend for his children to be actively engaged in every facet of reality. Not for ourselves, but for our fellow citizens, so that they may prosper and live Godly, peaceful lives."

Let's make a deal ... over North Korea

As the drumbeats for war with North Korea grow louder, it's time to imagine a peaceful solution to the crisis that would appeal to the author of "The Art of the Deal." There's room for a bargain with China in which it would effectively police its client state, in return for American give-ups that we'd be better off without.

Seasonal allergies: Nip them in the bud

With spring temperatures warming up, you may find yourself among the estimated 50 million people throughout our nation afflicted with puffy, itchy eyes; a scratchy throat; sneezing and coughing; or even shortness of breath. Reports are that local hospitals, clinics and doctor's offices are seeing high volumes of people suffering from allergies this season.

Illustration: Reagan tax reform by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times.

Will tax reform fail, too?

Tax reform is one of the big ticket items on the Republican Party's wish list for this year. President Trump supports overhauling America's tax code. House Speaker Paul Ryan outlined tax reform as a major step in his "A Better Way" blueprint.

Screen shot from C-SPAN video of 1978 "Firing Line" debate over the Panama Canal Treaty. And book cover from Craig Shirley's recent release, Reagan Rising.

Reagan-Buckley debates of 1978, and the state of civil discourse

There are endless numbers of anecdotes or quotes that I highlighted for future use. But if you asked me for one specific story from the book that struck me, it would be Craig Shirley's account of the 1978 "Firing Line" debates over the Panama Canal Treaty --between Ronald Reagan/Pat Buchanan (against the treaty) and William Buckley/George Will (for the treaty). What keeps us from having this level of discourse today?

A European Union flag waves in the wind in front of the Chancellery in Berlin on Oct. 12, 2012. **FILE**

'Old Europe' sinks under the weight of secular progressivism

This week the existential problems facing the European Union came into stark relief as Belgium threatened Poland and Hungary with legal action if they did not agree to commit cultural suicide by letting in hundreds of thousands of "refugees" from the Middle East. This comes on the heels of Facebook-livestreamed rapes in Sweden, truck attacks in France and other Western European capitals, and jihadist bombs targeting the buses of famous soccer teams in Germany.

In this Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 photo, an unidentified person leaves the EZ Money Check Cashing storefront in Omaha, Neb. About 80 Nebraska businesses offer payday loans, according to the state Department of Banking and Finance. Several of these businesses, including EZ Money, have multiple storefronts. A Nebraska legislative committee on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, will hear two vastly different approaches to regulating the payday lending industry. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Financial options that give back

As I described it in previous blog posts, the TRUTH Card empowers millions of African Americans and people of color with a new viable financial solution for those who cannot get a bank account, ultimately freeing themselves from check-cashing or payday-lending options.