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Chris Hughes (Images courtesy of Chris Hughes. Montage by Scott Lamb)

Better Christian engagement by staying in the trenches and thinking local

Chris Hughes believes Christians who look to make a real difference in the public square need to change their strategy of involvement. Too often, he says, Christians get worked up and busy just a month or two before an election--only to disappear from the trenches after the election. "Somehow, we've got to train these guys and tell these pastors that they need to be involved, but not just when they're in the spotlight," Hughes said. "They need to realize there is always another election, and not leave the process for a few more years until there's another hot issue."

The future of patent protections

American innovation is at a crossroads today -- and the future of invention in our country will be determined by our resolve to enforce patent protections and to uphold the rule of law.

Russian President Vladimir Putin answers questions during a news conference after his talks with and Finnish President Sauli Niinisto in Savonlinna, Eastern Finland, on Thursday, July 27, 2017. President Putin pays a working visit to Finland to discuss bilateral and international issues with his Finnish counterpart and to commemorate Finland's 100-year independence. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Conservatives shouldn't be Putin's 'useful idiots'

I have been hearing a lot of comments lately from conservatives that Russia is not our enemy, that President Vladimir Putin is a great guy, a strong leader who loves his country and is simply standing up to the globalist European Union. Mr. Putin and Russia, I'm told, are standing up for Christianity and providing security for Christians from Islamist extremists.

Jim Lembke, a former member of the Missouri House and Senate. (Photos courtesy of Donna Lembke, Jim Lembke's wife)

Jim Lembke and the Christian's call to public service

Due diligence also means not blindly voting for a party. "You can't just vote for the person because they're a Democrat or Republican," Jim Lembke said. "As a Christian, I believe that we are called to be engaged in the process -- to use our minds. The Lord has blessed us with a Republic and that means it's our job to hold on to it -- as one of our Founders stated."

President Donald Trump waves as he walks to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, July 24, 2017, for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md. then onto the 2017 National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) **FILE**

Religion in Trump's America

What is the Trump administration's relationship with organized religion? The White House sends mixed signals. On the one hand, photos of last week's prayer circle in which Evangelical leaders laid hands on the President to invoke God's blessing, showed a president very much at home with religion.

This June 6, 2013, file photo shows the National Security Administration (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md., where the U.S. Cyber Command is located. U.S. officials say the Trump administration, after months of delay, is finalizing plans to revamp the nation's military command for defensive and offensive cyber-operations. The plan would eventually split it from the intelligence-focused National Security Agency in hopes of intensifying America's ability to wage cyber war against the Islamic State group and other foes. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Section 702 surveillance should not be extended until the Fourth Amendment is honored

Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments of 2008 (FAA) authorizes the government to seize and search the international communications of American citizens without probable cause or warrants in violation of the Fourth Amendment. Section 702 should not be extended beyond its current expiration date of December 31, 2017 unless Congress cures its constitutional infirmity.

Health: Never skip breakfast

Did you eat breakfast today? Or are you one of the estimated 31 million Americans who skip breakfast because you don't feel hungry, are "too busy," or just don't want to eat that meal?

Alexander Zakharchenko, the leader of pro-Russian rebels in Donetsk, meets with the media after talks on cease-fire in Ukraine in Minsk, Belarus, Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. Ukraine and the Russian-backed rebels have signed a cease-fire deal that starts in less than two hours, a European official at the talks said Friday. (AP Photo)

East Ukraine becomes a pawn again

With the backdrop of the Russia hysteria in the American media and negotiations proceeding over a variety of issues between the Kremlin and the White House, the miserable, frozen conflict of East Ukraine is once again a pawn in the great game between world powers.

In this Jan. 20, 2015 photo, Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., accompanied by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. West Virginia likes to say it's "Almost Heaven." Less idyllic is the spot its Republican senator, Shelley Moore Capito, is in as she decides whether to back her party's effort to repeal and replace Democrat Barack Obama's health care law. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Senate Republicans: Partners in perfidy

Americans are often accused of having short political memories. And three Republican senators - Rob Portman of Ohio, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska - are betting their entire political careers on that premise.

The D.C. Council voted unanimously Tuesday to bar city agencies from providing voting information requested by President Trump's election integrity commission. The District joins a number of states that have rebuffed the request over privacy concerns. (Emma Ayers / The Washington Times)

Recasting Trump's election integrity commission

President Donald Trump's May 11, 2017 Executive Order establishing the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity is overbroad and unfocused. Section 3 (a) and (b), for instance, authorizes inquiry into anything that might "enhance" or "undermine" public confidence in the integrity of elections, which could include media or polling biases, money, gerrymandering, or otherwise.

Mark Riggins, a retired school teacher, ran for the Nevada State Assembly in 2016. Though he lost to the 5-time incumbent, he earned his opponent's praise for the vigor and integrity of his campaign.

Mark Riggins and the potential of a second attempt

With the next primary less than a year away, Mark Riggins looks forward to being in the thick of the race once again. And with the solid name recognition he earned in 2016 combined with a lack of an incumbent to defeat, who knows what may happen the second time around?

Glide past gardens and ancestral mansions along the canals of Suzhou, China.

Modern Suzhou is steeped in ancient China

In a country so deeply steeped in future forward industrialization, China's few preserved pathways to the past are to be treasured. And so it is with Suzhou.