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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.

President Donald Trump speaks at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., Thursday, April 6, 2017, after the U.S. fired a barrage of cruise missiles into Syria Thursday night in retaliation for this week's gruesome chemical weapons attack against civilians. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (Associated Press)

U.S. strike on Syria ends hopes of new era with Russia

The U.S. missile strike on Syrian territory spells the end of a long and strange period of speculation, of hopes for a new era of U.S.-Russian relations, of prospects for a "major deal" between the two countries and, in general, of any possibility that President Trump is, as alleged, a "pro-Russian" leader.

U.S. and Russian national flags wave on the wind before U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrival in Moscow's Vnukovo airport, Russia, Tuesday, April 11, 2017. Mr. Tillerson is due to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday. (AP Photo/ Ivan Sekretarev)

Forget grand U.S.-Russia bargain

What's a grand bargain? Since Donald Trump's election last November, there has been much speculation about a U.S.-Russia grand bargain, although it has faded dramatically in recent weeks amid far-reaching U.S. investigations of Russian interference in U.S. elections last year and possible collusion between Mr. Trump's associates and the Kremlin.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., talks to reporters before the vote to confirm President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, April 7, 2017. The Republican majority changed Senate rules to lower the vote threshold for Supreme Court nominees from 60 votes to a simple majority to counter Democratic resistance. McConnell also supported Trump's airstrike on Syria. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Mitch McConnell: Republican Hero

When Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia died on February 13, 2016, conservatives mourned. Not only had the Court lost a great jurist and an intellectual giant, but the Supreme Court now faced the possibility of being flipped to a 5-4 liberal majority.

The Death of the Soviet Union Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Russia can be an ally to patriotic Americans

The Kremlin and its current leadership have long memories. The Russian attempts to hurt Hillary Clinton in her presidential race against Donald Trump hark back to when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tried to get Vladimir Putin thrown out of office at the turn of the decade. Mr. Putin holds grudges.

President Trump met with Chinese President Xi Jinping at at Mar-a-Lago resort Thursday in Palm Beach, Florida. The two are expected to discuss North Korea in their meeting. However, columnist L. Todd Wood notes in his column that South Korea has been absent from discussions involving North Korea. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

South Korea badly in need of a little Trump attention

- The Washington Times

There's been a lot going on in recent weeks with the Stalinist regime of North Korea and its quest for a nuclear arsenal to threaten the world. It is obvious the Trump administration intends finally to stop talking and start doing something about this festering geopolitical sore. As Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said this week after the latest North Korean missile test, "The United States has spoken enough about North Korea. We have no further comment."

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)

Speaking truth to power about financial literacy

A new pre-paid debit card specifically for African Americans has the potential to empower people of color, put badly needed funds into the "frontlines" of our inner city church charities, give assistance to young African American adults seeking a better education or trade and spread the message to go your own way.