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Environmental lobbyists plan to turn up the head against Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator-designate Scott Pruitt, a climate change denier, as his confirmation hearings loom. (Associated Press)

Confirm Scott Pruitt at EPA

Quick question: Who is likely to have more impact on the American economy? Treasury Secretary-nominee Steven Mnuchin or Environmental Protection Agency Administrator nominee Scott Pruitt?

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Q&A with Doug Stringer about 'Leadership Awakening'

Books on leadership often seem written by authors who gave little effort, simply regurgitating bland truisms and pithy quotes. Stringer gives plenty of principles, truisms, and potent quotes from leaders past and present. But this isn't a boilerplate book on leadership. Stringer invested himself in the writing and it shows. Pick up a copy and chew on it slowly; don't speed-read this one.

Joel Ng, 5, joins her dad, Ulane Eng (second from left), for meditation Sunday on the Mall as Falun Gong practitioners and their supporters mark the 10th anniversary of a Chinese crackdown on the spiritual movement. It has gained millions of followers since its 1992. founding. (By Astrid Riecken/The Washington Times/File)

Health and the art of meditation

While you most likely made healthy resolutions for this New Year to watch what you consume and to be more physically active, my hope too is that you take aim to cultivate habits that will help reduce chronic stress and anxieties in your life with a goal to increase happiness and overall life satisfaction ... with greater joy and peace!!

A Russian Marine aims his pistol during a Capability Demonstration at Manila's Rizal Park, Philippines on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017. Russia is eyeing naval exercises with the Philippines and deployed two navy ships for a goodwill visit to Manila as Moscow moves to expand defense ties with the country. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Pushing back when Russia tests its limits

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Russian President Vladimir Putin learned a valuable lesson in 2013, when President Obama laid down his famous "red line" against chemical weapons use in Syria — a problem that Mr. Putin "solved" and thus headed off an American attack on Moscow's longtime ally.

Q&A with Newt Gingrich about the faith component of his latest two novels

Gingrich writes, "A major purpose of writing Duplicity and Treason was to let readers know how deeply different our enemies among the Islamic Supremacists are from the rest of us. We want people to understand that the motivations and the reasoning of our enemies are deeply felt beliefs and are very powerful. All too many of our secular analysts and reporters cannot grasp the power of religion in motivating and guiding people."