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Emad Salem, 43, the confidential informant in an alleged bombing plot, June 17, 1993 in Jersey City, N.J. Escorting blind Muslim clericSheik Omar Abdul-Rahman at a news conference at the Sheik' s apartment In Jersey City . (AP Photo/Daniel Hulshizer)

Christmas comes on Jan. 20

By Jan. 20, President Obama will be gone and President-elect Donald Trump will have the opportunity to lead America for four or possibly eight years. But there is still a month and a half left for Mr. Obama to do as much damage has he can on the way out.

In this 1960 photo, Cuba's revolutionary hero Ernesto "Che" Guevara, center, Cuba's leader Fidel Castro, left, and Cuba's President Osvaldo Dorticos, right, attend a reception in an unknown location in Cuba. Former President Fidel Castro, who led a rebel army to improbable victory in Cuba, embraced Soviet-style communism and defied the power of 10 U.S. presidents during his half century rule, has died at age 90. The bearded revolutionary, who survived a crippling U.S. trade embargo as well as dozens, possibly hundreds, of assassination plots, died eight years after ill health forced him to formally hand power over to his younger brother Raul, who announced his death late Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, on state television. (Prensa Latina via AP Images, File)

The U.S-Cuba report card

The United States should abandon its propensity for moral sermonizing in the manner of Dickensian schoolmarms about foreign leaders in obedience to the biblical injunction that, "He who is without sin ... let him first cast a stone at her." We need to tend to our own gardens.

FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016 file photo, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein delivers remarks at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Hillary Clinton's aides and supporters are urging dispirited Democrats to channel their frustrations about the election results into political causes - just not into efforts to recount ballots in three battleground states. The effort is being fueled by Stein, who's formed an organization to try to force recounts in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. (Christopher Dolan/The Citizens' Voice via AP, File) **FILE**

The election is over, or is it?

The presidential election of 2016 has been the most dramatic in memory. Each candidate went up or down every week, shocking revelations came every few days, then a stunning victory - now this. Just when everyone thought it was over, up comes another chapter: recount petitions!

Smiling group of young people enjoying cocktails at Christmas.

Cheers to Happy and Healthy Holidays!

It is that special time of year - where sugar plums not only dance in our heads but also join "Auntie's" favorite pie along with tables filled with tempting delights, at every turn. And if you have concerns about tipping the scales, it is for good reason.

President Ronald Reagan delivers his Inaugural Address on January 20, 1981. Image in the public domain.

Fifty days to Trump Inaugural Address

With just over 50 days to go until the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States, we can hope that he comes to the podium ready to deliver an inaugural address for the ages. Here are the video recordings of all 16 inaugural addresses since President-elect Trump's birth in 1946.

U.S. Constitution

The Constitution is our national strategy

Contrary to conventional wisdom (which is invariably wrong), the United States Constitution is the nation's strategy for greatness. The strategy entails invincible self-defense; peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations; and, entangling alliances with none.

President-elect Donald Trump waves as he arrives at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, in Bedminster, N.J.. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) **FILE**

Is it time to give Donald Trump a chance?

In less than three weeks, the euphoria has faded and the reality of leading is setting in. Some people who were adamant Trump supporters are now complaining about his decisions. Now the cries abound on social media that President-elect Trump has "betrayed" his base.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko speaks during a media conference at the conclusion of an EU-Ukraine summit at the European Council building in Brussels on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Time is running out in Ukraine

Pro-Ukrainian demonstrators this week vandalized the Kiev branch of a Russian bank and the offices of a pro-Russia political movement. They also rifled through the offices of the Ukrainian envoy to the Trilateral Contact Group, the international body attempting to settle the conflict with pro-Russia separatists in the east. Vandals set fires, destroyed equipment and broke windows.