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Obama, Putin is five steps ahead of you

Russian President Vladimir Putin's geopolitical goals are simple. He wants to make Russia great again. He also wants to diminish American influence and power across the globe, along with the rest of the Western world. He is not interested in peace as a goal. If it happens, great. He'll take credit for it. However, it is not what drives him.

6 year old Gavin Price follows the lead of big sister Sydney Price, 11, and prays during Ash Wednesday service at St. Rose of Lima Parish in Haddon Heights, N.J., Wednesday, Feb. 10,  2016.  The Price's are from Mt. Ephraim. (Elizabeth Robertson/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday

This week, Ash Wednesday marked the beginning of Lent, a period of spiritual reflection, fasting and penitence that many Christians undertake each year to prepare for the celebration of Easter.

2016 Lexus ES 300h on the entry-level sedan hybrid shortlist

It's an entry level luxury sedan with an exciting list of new bells and whistles in 2016. It is also an excellent choice for car buyers looking to buy an entry level sedan with a hybrid moniker. Along with a silent cabin that has been tweaked to perfection there is also a new grille and a new safety package. The 2016 Lexus ES 300h most certainly hits all the high notes and count on impressive fuel efficiency and new colors choices as well.

In this Dec. 11, 2014 photo, Dark Sea Salt Caramel Chocolates, currently among the most popular treats made at the R.G.W. Candy Company, are seen displayed at the company near Atlanta, Ill. (AP Photo/Herald & Review, Jim Bowling)

Chocolate: health benefits of the love potion

Our love for chocolate dates back to the Mesoamerican era, 3,500 years ago. Fast forward 2,000 years, chocolate houses opened throughout Europe and served as social clubs and meeting places for the elite. And today, it remains a prized love food of Valentine's Day for everyone -- and even throughout the year.

'Their Blood Cries Out' in Syria, elsewhere for our help

Twenty years ago, Professor Paul Marshall of the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto, Canada, wrote a book with a particularly uninviting title, "Their Blood Cries Out." This tome, not unlike the 16th century John Foxe's Book of Martyrs, described the persecution of multiple Christians around the world.

FILE - In this undated image released earlier this year by the New York City Health Department, a graphic warning NYC consumers of high salt content in foods that is now required on menus at many fast-food and chain restaurants is already headed for a court fight. The National Restaurant Association says it filed a lawsuit in Manhattan on Thursday, two days after the first-of-its-kind rule took effect. The rule requires chain restaurants to put the salt-shaker icon on menu items that top the recommended daily limit of 2,300 milligrams of sodium, about a teaspoon of salt. (Antonio D'Angelo/New York City Health Department via AP)

Please, don't pass the salt

It has been postulated that diets high in sodium contribute to an annual 2.3 million cardiovascular deaths worldwide and is responsible for 1-in-10 U.S. deaths. And researchers also found that 40 percent of these deaths affect adults 69 years of age or younger.

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. speaks during a campaign stop at the Palace Theatre, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Bernie, the prophet

The role Sen. Bernard Sanders is playing in our time bears some resemblance to that of the ancient prophets. He has built an entire presidential campaign on an enumerating his view of the failings of American society.