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Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 21, 2017, during Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch's confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Leahy won’t join Democrats’ effort to filibuster Gorsuch

- The Washington Times

The Senate’s most senior Democrat says he probably won’t join his party’s effort to filibuster Judge Neil Gorsuch, in the first major indication that Republicans may not have to resort to the so-called “nuclear option” to fill the empty Supreme Court seat.

The Pentagon pushed back against reports that an aggressive string of recent U.S. military sorties have killed hundreds of civilians in Iraq and Syria. Defense Secretary James Mattis reportedly has been weighing a loosening of restrictions on U.S. airstrikes that the Obama administration kept in place in war against the Islamic State in Iraq, current and former U.S. officials have said. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Pentagon defends targeting as reports of civilian death tolls rise

- The Washington Times

The Pentagon on Monday pushed back against reports that an aggressive string of recent U.S. military sorties have killed hundreds of civilians in Iraq and Syria, even as a former senior-level Defense Department policy adviser said the Trump White House has unofficially “opened the aperture” for riskier strikes as part of a more aggressive campaign against the terror group.

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President Trump proposes to cut cherished Obama programs such as support for alternative energy and slashes the EPA budget by 31 percent. (Associated Press)

Trump's 'hard power' budget boosts Pentagon spending, slashes foreign aid

- The Washington Times

President Trump's first budget called Thursday for a dramatic shift from the "soft power" diplomacy of the Obama era to a "hard power" military buildup, cutting the State Department by 28 percent in a slashing of foreign aid, boosting Pentagon spending by 10 percent and budgeting more than $4 billion to start construction of a border wall with Mexico.

"Our plan is to hit the sweet spot that gets a big vote count, that gets us our passage, that gets all members happy," House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said. (Associated Press)

Ryan open to 'fine-tuning' of Republican health plan

- The Washington Times

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan signaled Wednesday that he is open to "fine-tuning" the Republican health care bill as he and President Trump try to win back conservatives — and risk alienating even more moderates in the Senate who say the legislation is already kicking people out of coverage.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte's party successfully beat back a challenge from populist candidate Geert Wilders in Dutch parliamentary elections. (Associated Press)

Incumbent holds off anti-immigrant populist in Dutch elections

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte's center-right party decisively beat back a challenge from anti-immigrant populist candidate Geert Wilders in the nation's parliamentary elections Wednesday, exit polls showed, in a closely watched vote many saw as a key test of the appeal of Donald Trump-style populism in Western Europe.

Illustration on campus culture by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

When the violent campus reflects a sordid culture

Middlebury College, a symbol of violent rioting in the name of tolerance, is easy to scorn and disdain. Nice boys and girls, sons and daughters of nice moms and dads, get caught acting out on intolerant impulses, and a "disturbance" sends a professor to the hospital. (At Ole Miss this would be called a "riot.")

White House Press secretary Sean Spicer speaks to the media during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, March 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Send in the bullies

Watching White House press secretary Sean Spicer get verbally attacked at an Apple store by an unhinged activist was bizarre, but not entirely surprising as the left continues its meltdown over being rejected by the American people.

Like President Trump, Andrew Jackson was a political outsider and populist when he became president. Jackson also vocally disdained the media of his day. (Associated Press PHOTOGRAPHS)

Trump to visit home of admired hero Jackson

- The Washington Times

When President Trump visits the homestead of his hero Andrew Jackson in Tennessee on Wednesday, he'll pay tribute to Washington's first outsider president, a comparison he relishes.

People hold anti-deportation signs during a rally, Thursday, March 9, 2017, in New York. The rally was held in support of Ravi Ragbir, leader of the New Sanctuary Coalition, and an immigrant from Trinidad, who may face deportation. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Number of sanctuary cities nears 500

- The Washington Times

Nearly 500 jurisdictions are now sanctuary cities, according to a group that's tracked the issue for more than a decade, and who said there's been a massive surge in the number of places trying to thwart federal immigration agents since President Trump's election.