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Ben Carson, midway through a trip to Israel - sees the realities of the Holy Land

- The Washington Times

Ben Carson is midway through a significant trip to Israel to see the Holy Land for himself - including the spiritual, political and security-minded factors that are realities for the nation. His journey includes a visit to Nazareth, Galilee and Bethlehem - along with tours of the Gaza strip, terrorist tunnels, a military base and Hadassah Medical Center

The World War II era Civil Air Patrol has been awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for their intrepid service. (Image from CAP Historical Foundation)

They flew 24 million miles: World War II-era Civil Air Patrol awarded Congressional Gold Medal

- The Washington Times

At long last, a Congressional Gold Medal has been awarded to the founding members of the Civil Air Patrol, which began operation under the Office of Civilian Defense on Dec. 1, 1941. Using civilian aircraft and their own money, the unpaid volunteers provided essential support to the U.S. Army and Navy, including armed convoy and antisubmarine patrols off the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.

FILE - This  July 16, 2014, file photo shows the U.S. Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington.  America's unofficial end of summer this week marked the unofficial beginning of the campaign that may give Republicans control of the Senate, an outcome that could utterly close down President Barack Obama's legislative agenda in his final two years in the White House. Republicans already have an unassailable majority in the House of Representatives. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Fed-up Americans take political gridlock personally: 86 percent say nothing can be done

- The Washington Times

Politicians who think that Americans overlook the constant, stubborn impasse on Capitol Hill are kidding themselves. The public takes it to heart: 71 percent report that the problem of political gridlock is "very important to them personally," this according to a new Associated Press poll released Wednesday. Sadly enough, another 86 percent say there's nothing that can be done about it. And the most cited reaction to the current political climate is "disappointment," the survey found, followed by "frustration."

Passersby exit an entrance to the main campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Sunday, May 31, 1998. The university's endowment of nearly $13 billion makes it the richest in the world and, if ranked against Fortune 500 companies it would be in the top 25 percent, The Boston Globe reported Sunday. (AP Photo/Patricia McDonnell)

All about feelings: Ivy League law students now too 'traumatized' over Ferguson to take exams

- The Washington Times

It is a new educational phenomenon: Ivy League law students at three major universities - Columbia, Harvard and Georgetown University - are now exempt from taking final exams if they feel "traumatized" by the grand jury decisions made in Ferguson and New York City. The students are also being offered counseling if they need it. A few professors with impressive credentials now have a few questions.

Buttons are laid out at the National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee booth at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) held at the Gaylord Hotel, National Harbor, Md., Friday, March 7, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

The $10.5 million Draft Ben Carson PAC opens a N.H. office — it's 'just the beginning'

- The Washington Times

The same group that has already rounded up 23,000 volunteers for Ben Carson and raised $10.5 million for his potential White House campaign are upping their ante. The National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee, an independent political action committee formed to draft the retired neurosurgeon and author has opened a 1,700-square-foot "Draft Ben Carson for President Victory Center" in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Marchers with a group called Backbonecampaign.org from Vashon, Washington, march along 6th Ave. during the People's Climate March in New York Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Climate activists offer to help out Ferguson protestors

- The Washington Times

Other activists have been watching the unfolding events in Ferguson and elsewhere. That includes the same organization behind the massive, gaudy, drum-thumping People’s Climate March that drew 400,000 protestors to the streets of New York in September, and in 150 cities overseas. The group did not disband after their big event, which included celebrities and Democratic lawmakers among its marchers. They want to repeat their performance in the near future, and perhaps offer their street theater and resources to Ferguson-inspired protestors.

A recent cover from The New Republic

Media in rocky transition: 30 New Republic editors resign, next issue cancelled

- The Washington Times

There have been rumors of change and differences of philosophy for a month. Multiple news sources now report that Franklin Foer has resigned as editor of The New Republic on Thursday afternoon, to be replaced by Gabriel Snyder, a digital guru at Bloomberg Media who formerly worked for The Atlantic Wire and Gawker. Some reports frame the event as an "editorial shakeup" in the immediate aftermath.

Protesters hold up their hands while chanting "hands up don't shoot" outside Ebenezer Baptist Church, the church where The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. preached, as U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder speaks inside to members of the community during an interfaith service, Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, in Atlanta. Holder traveled to Atlanta to meet with law enforcement and community leaders for the first in a series of regional meetings around the country. The president asked Holder to set up the meetings in the wake of clashes between protesters and police in Ferguson, Missouri. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

'Hands up, don't shoot' named the most cited phrase in the world by language researchers

- The Washington Times

With the media's help, "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" has become the most cited phrase in the world according to the Global Language Monitor, a Texas-based research group that bases its judgment strictly on public usage, relying on specialized computer software to gauge how frequently the phrase appeared in 275,000 electronic and print news sources, plus social media worldwide.

Supporters of immigration reform attend a rally in front of the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, thanking President Obama for his executive action on illegal immigration. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Mike McCaul takes on amnesty: 'We will see a wave of illegal immigration'

- The Washington Times

News, turmoil and political distractions are plenty these days. That has not dissuaded Rep. Mike McCaul, Texas Republican and chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, from calling a hearing Tuesday to focus on still unanswered questions surrounding President Obama's call for amnesty, and the hair-raising prospect of porous U.S. borders. There to testify about federal response and incoming policy changes: Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.

America's top-10 turkey leftovers - and where to get the recipes

- The Washington Times

Well, someone has to figure out what the heck Americans like to do with turkey in a post-Thanksgiving world. That job goes to the all-knowing National Turkey Federation, which charts both bird and industry with precision. Naturally, a reprise of the actual turkey dinner itself is the most popular, what with the siren call of hot turkey sandwiches bolstered with stuffing and gravy. That is, of course, unless Junior and Uncle Ralph didn't get to the turkey first.

Do Americans still agree with "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses," as engraved on the Statue of Liberty? (National park Service)

Poll: Americans not so keen on verse 'Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses'

- The Washington Times

Many Americans recall the verse "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free" inscribed on the base of the Statue of Library, and written by poet Emma Lazarus in "A New Colossus," her poem of 1883. Eight-out-of-10 Americans say these sentiments applied in the past, notes a YouGov poll released Monday. Do we still believe these words today? Well, not particularly.

A 40-pound tom turkey looks out at Raymond's Turkey Farm in Methuen, Mass., Friday, Nov. 21, 2014. The farm raises approximately 20,000 Broad Breasted White Holland turkeys per year. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

PETA to White House: You protect the rights of women - why not turkeys?

- The Washington Times

The People for Ethical Treatment of Animals tried their best, but the White House turkey pardoning will go on as scheduled in Wednesday in the Rose Garden before a bank of cameras, journalists, amused officials and cautious turkey handlers. The activist group previously reached out to First Daughters Malia and Sasha, pleading with them to become vegans and intercede on behalf of the pair of turkeys, who hail from Ohio. The group considers the ceremony offensive, and a promotion for poultry breeders.

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Chuck Schumer's advice to Democrats: To win in 2016, embrace big government

- The Washington Times

As policy director for the Democratic Party, Sen. Charles Schumer promised to diagnose what went wrong for Democrats in the midterm elections. On Tuesday morning, he explained all at the National Press Club. The New York lawmaker said voters blamed the Democratic Party for a string of monumental government failures. But that's no excuse to give up on government, he cautioned - and an all-embracing government is the key to a 2016 White House win.