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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump briefly addresses delegates during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Monday, July 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Six in 10 dissatisfied evangelical leaders would pick 'least bad' option for president

By David Sherfinski - The Washington Times

Just six in 10 evangelical leaders said they would hold their nose and vote for the "least bad" option if they didn't like either major-party candidate in the presidential race, according to a survey released Wednesday by the National Association of Evangelicals. Published July 20, 2016

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This file photo taken just after the liberation by the Soviet army in January 1945 shows a group of children wearing concentration camp uniforms behind barbed wire fencing in the Oswiecim (Auschwitz) Nazi concentration camp. A 94-year-old former SS guard at the Auschwitz death camp is going on trial Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, on 170,000 counts of accessory to murder, the first of up to four cases being brought to court this year in an 11th-hour push by German prosecutors to punish Nazi war crimes. (AP Photo)

Pope to meet Holocaust survivors during Auschwitz visit

- Catholic News Agency

Though rumors have been floating for some time, the Vatican confirmed that the Pope will meet with 10 Holocaust survivors during his upcoming visit to Auschwitz while in Poland for World Youth Day.

Motherhood transforms women in lasting, beneficial ways

To the mothers, grandmothers, aunties, sisters and other women who have loved and nurtured children with a mother's heart, today is intended to recognize your care and investment in our new generations.

In this Jan. 31, 2008, photo, a class of Mormon missionaries practice the Russian language with each other at the Mormon Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. Mormon missionaries will remain in Russia despite the country's new anti-terrorism law, which will put greater restrictions on religious work starting later this month. In a statement issued Friday, July 8, 2016, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said that missionaries will respect a measure that Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law this week. (AP Photo/George Frey, File)

Russia tightens grip on the faithful

Associated Press

Mormon missionaries in Russia will now be known as "volunteers" to comply with a new anti-terrorism law that puts restrictions on religious practices.

A sign sits on empty chairs before the third day session of the GOP 2016 Convention, Wednesday, July 20, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Catholics on the Republicans' platform

- Catholic News Agency

The detailed platform adopted by the Republican Party this week received mixed reactions among Catholics for its positions.

Using a smartphone's GPS, the Pokemon Go app creates a map of the player's surroundings and then taps into the phone's camera to generate a virtual image of a Pokemon on the screen. The more Pokemon a player has, the more power. (Associated Press)

Pokemon Go all fun and games until laws are broken

- The Washington Times

The augmented reality game app Pokemon Go has brought millions of players out of their homes and into the great outdoors in search of Squirtles, Charmanders and Bulbasaurs — and sometimes into the presence of savvy robbers, angry property owners and disgusted guardians of sacred places.

Motherhood transforms women in lasting, beneficial ways

To the mothers, grandmothers, aunties, sisters and other women who have loved and nurtured children with a mother's heart, today is intended to recognize your care and investment in our new generations.

In this image released by Paramount Pictures, Zachary Quinto, left, and Karl Urban appear in a scene from "Star Trek Beyond." (Kimberley French/Paramount Pictures via AP)

A touch of humor invades 'Star Trek Beyond'

- Associated Press

In the previous "Star Trek" installment, Spock cried. In the latest, "Star Trek Beyond," he laughs. And not just a little snicker, either, but a belly-full one. What bold explorations into the farthest reaches of the galaxy hold for Spock no one knows. A sigh? A hiccup?

In this Sunday, May. 3, 2015 photo a doctor attends to a malnourished child at a refugee camp in Yola, Nigeria. The U.N. children's agency warns that some 49,000 children will die of malnutrition in areas once cut off by northeastern Nigeria's Islamic extremist uprising if they don't get treatment. UNICEF is calling for charities and donors to respond quickly to avert a tragedy in Borno state, where nearly a quarter of a million children are severely malnourished. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, File)

UNICEF urges more aid for starving Nigerians

- Associated Press

Some 49,000 children will die of malnutrition in areas once cut off by northeastern Nigeria's Islamic extremist uprising if they don't get treatment, the U.N. children's agency warned Tuesday.

Whole wheat pasta

The skinny on pasta

- Deseret News

Italian researchers say that pasta eating is linked to healthy body weight. But use your noodle before you ramp up the linguini, and follow this advice to make pasta a healthier dish for your family.

 Downey Baptist Church in Downey, Iowa. (David Scrivner/Iowa City Press-Citizen via AP)  NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT

A state religion for Iowa

Christ told his followers, in the 22d chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, to "render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's, and render unto God the things that are God's." This is so plain and simple that even a cave man could understand it, but a number of busybody bureaucrats in Iowa have decided that everything belongs to Caesar. It's a skirmish of the war on faith and the people of faith.

In this Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015, photo, the sun sets behind a McDonald's in Ebensburg, Pa. Starbucks and McDonalds told The Associated Press on July 18, 2016, that they're in the process of implementing technology to filter pornography from Wi-Fi connections at their stores. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

3 faith headlines

Will the "Johnson Amendment" end with a Trump White House?; can pro-life nurses keep their jobs?; McDonalds installs porn filters

A sign sits on empty chairs before the third day session of the GOP 2016 Convention, Wednesday, July 20, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Catholics on the Republicans' platform

- Catholic News Agency

The detailed platform adopted by the Republican Party this week received mixed reactions among Catholics for its positions.

Photo courtesy of Toyota

2016 Toyota Prius: An eco-friendly smart car

Go green in the perfect eco-friendly head turner. The 2016 Toyota Prius is not only long on great fuel economy, but also it looks good and behind the wheel it feels even better than ever before. The Prius has been redesigned for 2016 and you will definitely notice it is a quieter ride with a refined vibe both inside and out.

Straight outta somewhere

We are all born into families, situations and places not of our choosing, and it's those things that mold who and what we become and the life we live. As powerless as this reality may seem, there is a stark difference between choosing to be shaped by an experience or defined by one.

Dana Zzyym, of Fort Collins, Colo., talks about the arguments in a hearing on Zzyym's lawsuit requiring people to pick a gender to get a passport outside the U.S. Federal Courthouse early Wednesday, July 20, 2016 in Denver. Zzyym, who was born with ambiguous sex characteristics, claims that requiring people to designate their sex to get a passport is discriminatory. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Federal judge urges settlement in passport gender case

- Associated Press

A Navy veteran from Colorado who does not identify as male or female is pushing the U.S. government to allow for a third gender option or get rid of gender designators altogether on passports, highlighting the argument that forms on the state and federal level have been slow to include other identities even as gender becomes less defined.

Good fats promote heart health

Over time, fat has been ostracized, shamed and demonized. However, not all fat deserves this bad rap. Some fats are essential for our body, as they form the building blocks of cells and tissues.

Pope names American Greg Burke, ex- of Time, Fox, as Vatican spokesman

- Catholic News Agency

Greg Burke, the former American journalist and communications adviser for the Vatican, has been named the new director of the Holy See press office, it was announced Monday. The new vice-director will be Spaniard Paloma García Ovejero, the first woman ever to be appointed to the position.  

The Islamic Center of Boca Raton, Fla.,  is shown on Wednesday, July 13, 2016. Palm Beach County Elections Supervisor Susan Bucher disinvited the Islamic Center of Boca Raton as a polling center for the Aug. 30 Florida primary and the Nov. 8 general election after she received 50 complaints, including threats of violence, from people who don't want to vote in a mosque. (AP Photo/Terry Spencer)

Florida mosque nixed as polling site amid possible violence

- Associated Press

Palm Beach County voters have been assigned to polling stations in about 80 Christian churches and five synagogues or Jewish centers this year, along with schools, government buildings and other locations. Until last week, a single mosque was part of this mix.

An American flag hangs at the front entrance of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue SE in Washington, Wednesday, June 1, 2016. The White House may be occupied by President Barack Obama and his family for another few months, but other residents are already enjoying 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. That's 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, a new 77-unit apartment building that's four miles from its more famous neighbor and on the same street. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

DC's other 1600 Pennsylvania is source of humor, headaches

- Associated Press

Presidential candidates work for years to move in to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. For 24-year-old Nicole Berns, moving in was much easier, requiring filling out a three-page form and paying $500 in fees.

"I am getting questions constantly from foreign leaders about some of the wackier suggestions that are being made," President Obama said, taking a sharp detour into the campaign to succeed him. (Associated Press) **FILE**

The media 'Industry of Lies'

We live in the information age, and it turns out to be an age that overflows with misinformation and disinformation. If Francis Bacon was right when he said, "knowledge is power," then we are powerless indeed. We have more access to information than the world has ever known...so why are we still so ill-informed?

FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2009 photo, DMX arrives at the 2009 VH1 Hip Hop Honors at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, in New York. An attorney for DMX said the rapper has recovered after police officers resuscitated him outside a hotel in Yonkers, N.Y. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer, File)

Rapper DMX believes God has called him to become a pastor

- Deseret News

Rapper DMX believes he's been called to ministry, recently telling popular New York City radio show "The Breakfast Club" that he believes he'll eventually become a pastor, and that he often prays to have a positive impact when he performs.

Recent Opinion Columns

George Washington

Rediscovering God in America

America's most iconic author, Mark Twain, once observed that "it ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." And in the United States, our secular academic elite has taught two generations of Americans to know a lot of things for sure that fall into that latter category -- they just aren't so.

U.S. stamp of Patrick Henry. Image created by Scott Lamb using image of stamp from Wikimedia.

Christians need to be involved in government

Are Christians guaranteed political success? Absolutely not, but that shouldn't cause us to shrink back from our duty and leave the results to God. One statesman cannot make every speech, win every legislative battle, or do the heart-change work that is the work of God alone. But we can plead with our fellow citizens.

This file photo taken by Annie Leibovitz exclusively for Vanity Fair shows the cover of the magazine's July 2015 issue featuring Bruce Jenner debuting as a transgender woman named Caitlyn Jenner. (Annie Leibovitz/Vanity Fair via AP, File)

Trans rights over women's rights?

- Catholic News Agency

Few can forget the media furor over Caitlyn Jenner's cover story in Vanity Fair.

Persecution of European Jews Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Connect the terror dots

At the final moment of his radio show that I co-host on Tuesdays, my colleague and friend Armstrong Williams asked, "Do you think Europe is becoming Israel, with its terrorist problem?"

President Barack Obama, with his daughters, Sasha, left, and Malia, speaks before he pardoned the National Thanksgiving Turkey Abe, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. This is the 68th anniversary of the National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The plot to kill D.C. school vouchers

- The Washington Times

The scene: The Secret Service rolls away from the White House with first daughters Malia and Sasha in tow. The destination is Sidwell Friends School, which they've attended since Barack and first lady Michelle Obama moved into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. (Hollywood-style liberties exercised.)

Illustration in appreciation of Nancy Reagan by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Nancy Reagan: Our remembrance

Callista and I were sorry to learn of the passing of Nancy Reagan on Sunday. We will miss her supportive and welcoming presence at the Reagan Presidential Library, but are comforted to know that she will once again be reunited with her beloved Ronnie.

Police stand outside Sacred Heart Church for the funeral of Prince William County, Va., Police Officer Ashley Guindon, Monday, March 7, 2016, in Springfield, Mass. Guindon, 28, a Springfield native, was killed during her first shift on the job Feb. 27 while responding to a domestic dispute in Woodbridge, Va. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Shooting a cop for real

As I write this, I am watching the funeral procession for Ashley Guindon who at age 28 was shot to death in the line of duty less than 24 hours after being sworn in as a police officer by the Prince William County Police Department in Virginia.

In this Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 photo, a worker from India arranges steel tubes at a factory in the Muwaqer Industrial Estate, in northern Jordan. A new trade deal with Europe, a rush of foreign investment and ambitious public works are to put 200,000 Syrian refugees to work in Jordan in what the international community says is a precedent-setting new approach to the biggest displacement crisis in decades. (AP Photo/ Raad Adayleh)

Where normal is a dirty word

Who could possibly be opposed to life being normal? In my field, psychology, "normal" is a gentle word meaning free from any mental disorder; in other words, sane.

Sleep: There is no substitute

Adequate, quality sleep is vital to our health and well-being. People generally understand sleep makes them feel better but don't fully understand that its depth and breadth of importance goes way beyond a better mood or removing dark circles under eyes.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Young Lions' and 'Sailor and Fiddler

Leah Garrett is a professor of Contemporary Jewish Life and Culture at Australia's Monash University, but "Young Lions" shows that she has a rare understanding not just of American Jewish life and culture during World War II and its aftermath.

Why millennials are not marrying

Neil Clark Warren, the Internet matchmaking guru, interviewed 500 college students and found that over half of them had never observed a happy marriage. Is it any wonder that Millennials are rejecting marriage in favor of serial cohabitation in record numbers?

In this Aug. 6, 1986 photo, Supreme Court Justice nominee Anthony Scalia attends a Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearings in Washington. On Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, the U.S. Marshals Service confirmed that Scalia has died at the age of 79. (AP Photo/Lana Harris/File)

The wisdom of Antonin Scalia

"I hope to impart to you the courage to have your wisdom regarded as stupidity. For decades, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia shared some form of this message with countless audiences.