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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.

We can still learn from Ronald Reagan, says Craig Shirley, a historian who has penned his fourth book on the 40th president. (Associated Press)

Ronald Reagan warned us

Ronald Reagan warned Americans that freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. America is one generation removed from the late President Reagan's term in office, and freedom now teeters on the brink of extinction.

Raymond Cruz of Simi Valley, California, preaching to 350 former prisoners.

Issachar stories: Raymond Cruz, of Simi Valley, California

I'm beginning a new series of interviews with Christians who have worked to take "Jesus into the Public Square" by running for local elected office. Many of these people attended Issachar Training workshops -- campaign and election training sessions for Christian pastors who are considering a run for public office. I caught up with Simi Valley resident Raymond Cruz this week and talked to him about his involvement with campaigning for local office and his prison ministry too.

Roadster ready with the 2017 Mazda Miata

Driving should be an adventure. Certainly there are many choices to get the adventure started. However, last week when I drove the little 2017 Mazda Miata I actually found myself smiling when I thought about going anywhere. I was looking for adventure and trying to create new places to drive this little roadster.

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)

How to earn your halo

To make a difference, you must first see the world as it is, with all its institutionalized injustices, then work to improve it by going your own way.

Illustration on the drawbacks of Obamacare risk pools by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Are Obamacare insurance mandates really that popular?

So, we found out in last week's AHCA exercise that despite there being 237 Republicans in the House of Representatives, there are not 218 votes there to repeal the core elements of Obamacare - the insurance company mandates that are causing skyrocketing premiums. That, ultimately, is the key flaw that led to the bill's demise.

Megan LeGrand, center, and Lindsay LeGrand, right, pray as they stand with their grandfather, Rep. Phil Stephenson, R-Wharton, during the opening of the 85th Texas Legislative session at the Texas State Capitol, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Texas Toilet Seat Award for Legislators

David Lane directed readers to watch a video filmed this week by 100 Houston area pastors. The topic is the Texas Senate Bill 6 (SB6), otherwise known as a bathroom bill. Lane said that after he saw the video: "I wanted to throw my hat in the air and shout Hallelujah! Pastors are turning the corner, a new paradigm is being constructed in the public square to restore America to her Judeo-Christian heritage and re-establish a Biblical-based culture."

The monument to the victims of the Chernobyl tragedy is in front of a new shelter installed over the exploded reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear plant, Chernobyl, Ukraine, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. A massive shelter has finally been installed over the exploded reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear plant, one of the most ambitious engineering projects in the world. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Ukrainian corruption casts nuclear pall over Europe

In 2016, the No. 1 tourist destination of Ukraine was the lifeless town of Pripyat, evacuated after the deadly reactor meltdown at Chernobyl in 1986. Today, Ukraine relies on nuclear power for 53 percent of its power generation, but is risking another nuclear accident on a scale greater than Europe -- and the world -- could imagine.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., announces that he is abruptly pulling the troubled Republican health care overhaul bill off the House floor, short of votes and eager to avoid a humiliating defeat for President Donald Trump and GOP leaders, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, March 24, 2017. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Autopsy of GOP's repeal and replace efforts

It all started with Speaker Paul Ryan's conclusion that a House version of the Obamacare repeal could not get through the Senate without a filibuster by the Democrats. He wasn't confident that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell could round up the 60 votes required to break a filibuster.