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An Eisenhower moment: David Keene joins the mission to build a new memorial to the 34th president

- The Washington Times

The Eisenhower Memorial Commission Advisory Committee has a new member. Washington Times opinion editor David Keene has joined the six-man team now shepherding the mission to ensure that a national memorial to honor Dwight D. Eisenhower becomes a reality, and one that properly reflects both a president and a citizen devoted to public service, leadership, integrity, a lifelong work ethic and the values and processes of democracy. Congress approved the Dwight D. Eisenhower National Memorial in 1999, and the effort was signed into law by President Clinton.

FILE - In this May 19, 2015 file photo, Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

50 senators have plans for Planned Parenthood

- The Washington Times

Fifty senators from both sides of the aisle have acted quickly after the release of two undercover videos revealing Planned Parenthood officials referencing the harvesting and sale of fetal tissue for profit. Sen. Joni Ernst, who organized the effort, has 50 signatures on a letter to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, seeking an investigation of the dismal practice.

Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina was the most succinct of any critic who was shocked and dismayed by the second Planned Parenthood video that referenced potential harvesting and selling of aborted fetal tissue for profit. (ASsociated Press)

Fetal parts, the dismal sequel

- The Washington Times

Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina was the most succinct of any critic who was shocked and dismayed by the second Planned Parenthood video that referenced potential harvesting and selling of aborted fetal tissue for profit. "It doesn't matter whether you think you're pro-choice or pro-life. Every woman, every man has to look at these videos and think, what has gone wrong in our nation?" asked Ms. Fiorina in her own video reply, produced just as she embarked on a 12-city tour of Iowa beginning Wednesday. Ms. Fiorina had much company.

A leaner, more aggressive Jeb Bush begins a series of heavy policy speeches on Monday, starting with a talk titled "Taking on Mt. Washington." (Jeb2016 campaign)

Leaner, meaner: Jeb Bush starts his climb

- The Washington Times

Monday marks the first in a series of speeches by Jeb Bush "that will outline what his priorities will be as president, beginning with taking on Mount Washington and reforming the way D.C. works" -- this according to his campaign. The inaugural speech itself is titled "Taking on Mount Washington," in fact.

Sen. James M. Inhofe, unhappy about the Iran nuclear deal, says the American military must remain at Cold War-era levels of readiness. (U.S. Air Force)

Advice on Iran from the Reagan era: Trust but verify -- or else

- The Washington Times

Skeptical critics of the U.S. nuclear agreement with Iran have deemed the diplomatic deal a historic mistake, a disaster, a catastrophe and a surrender, among many other things. While the toxic fallout continues, one lawmaker recommends the U.S. at least consult the lessons of the Cold War, when finesse, guts and common sense were paramount -- along with a few fully loaded B-52s.

Citizens United for Israel is in the nation's capital for a major conference that includes 5,000 attendees and plenty of input from presidential hopefuls, pastors, activists and lawmakers. (Citizens United for Israel)

Christians United for Israel draws 5,000 to Washington for summit, GOP hopefuls, some truth

- The Washington Times

Christians United for Israel is now midway through its 10th annual summit in the nation's capital -- a major two-day event that has drawn 5,000 attendees and a wide spectrum of speakers that includes Sens. Lindsey Graham, Tim Scott, John Cornyn, and Tom Cotton; Mike Huckabee, John Kasich and Rick Santorum, with video messages from Jeb Bush, Sen. Ted Cruz and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

"The only way to stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon is through military force, which President Obama will not undertake," former State Department missile-counter John R. Bolton told Inside the Beltway Monday (Associated Press)

John Bolton: The 'only way' to stop Iran is through military force

- The Washington Times

There's no evidence that Iran will jettison its nuclear program, according to former State Department missile-counter John R. Bolton, who offers a stark reality check as negotiations between Iran and P5+1 -- the U.S. and five other nations -- drag on. "Iran fully intends to continue its nuclear weapons program and is solely interested in getting free of the economic sanctions. There is no evidence Tehran has made the strategic decision to give up its pursuit of deliverable nuclear warheads," Mr. Bolton tells Inside the Beltway.

Presidential candidate and businessman Donald Trump has been busy on Twitter, tweeting out negative thoughts and opinions on his fellow GOP candidates, including former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. (Invision/Associated Press)

Trump: 'They know I am right'

- The Washington Times

Presidential candidate and businessman Donald Trump has been busy on Twitter, tweeting out negative thoughts and opinions on his fellow GOP candidates, including former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Citizens and legislators rebel against American flag desecration while Americans themselves continue to be patriotic. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

A patriotic flap: American Legion, lawmakers step up to protect Old Glory from desecration

- The Washington Times

It's quite an ironic flap: Disarm NYPD, a New York-based anarchist group that burned an American flag in a Brooklyn park earlier this week, ultimately needed the protection of the New York Police Department themselves. When the anarchists lit Old Glory on fire in a portable barbecue, a group of bikers, military veterans and assorted opponents descended to stop the process.

Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican and presidential candidate, holds the record for the most frugal lawmaker. (Associated Press)

Rand Paul, the most frugal lawmaker of them all

- The Washington Times

As White House hopefuls strike their presidential poses, the meticulous National Taxpayers Union Foundation continues to pore over their voting records, which brings us to Sen. Rand Paul, the latest subject of the organization's research. No spender is he. During his first two terms in Congress, the Kentucky lawmaker actually proposed savings agendas that would cut $483.8 billion per year, on average, from the federal budget.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton steps onstage to address an audience at Trident Technical College during a campaign stop Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in North Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Hillary's July Fourth fundraising blitz -- all 26 of them

- The Washington Times

So the nation's birthday is coming up. What better time than to raise a cool million or two in the name of 2016? That appears to be the plan for Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential campaign this week, which features five major fundraisers in four states in the days leading up to July 4.

Gov. Chris Christie revs up his "Tell It Like It Is" campaign tour; his bid for the White House gets underway Tuesday. (Associated Press)

Chris Christie hits the accelerator, Bridge-gate in the rearview mirror

- The Washington Times

He wants Bridgegate in his rearview mirror: A determined Gov. Chris Christie proclaims his intent to run for president Tuesday with all the proper trimmings. He's released a heartfelt video about his mother's wisdom and family ties. Then the straight-talking, classic Jersey boy heads back to his old neighborhood -- back to the gymnasium of his high school alma mater in the town of Livingston -- for his long awaited declaration.