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Wealth building 101: Squirrel something away

One of the most important things a good business person can do in the early stages of his or her career is to squirrel something away. Whether one's source of income initially comes from employment or profits from a business venture, some money should be stashed away to be applied to future opportunities. Published August 30, 2015

Secretary of State John F. Kerry this spring asked the department's inspector general to review the security standards that let his predecessor conduct official business on a private email account. The IG is allowed to interview any department employee. (Associated Press)

Deal with Iran is a national security tragedy

The mullahs in Iran call the United States the Great Satan, but we are the ones who just made a deal with the devil. And this devil also just hit the jackpot. Published August 27, 2015

Protesters gather along West Florissant Avenue during a demonstration in Ferguson, Mo., Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015. The St. Louis suburb has seen demonstrations for days marking the anniversary of the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, whose shooting death by a Ferguson police officer sparked a national "Black Lives Matter" movement. Tuesday was the fifth consecutive night a crowd gathered on West Florissant, the thoroughfare that was the site of massive protests and rioting after Brown was killed.  (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

What if black lives really mattered?

On the first anniversary of the death of Michael Brown, protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, took to the street with the urgent message that "black lives matter." The phrase has come to symbolize a movement largely focused around instances of alleged police abuse against black citizens, a problem that many in the movement see as a systemic lack of regard for the sanctity of black life by law enforcement. Published August 23, 2015

A woman walks past Westminster Abbey in central London, Tuesday Nov. 23, 2010. Britain's Prince William, grandson of Queen Elizabeth II, and Kate Middleton will marry April 29 in Westminster Abbey, the historic London church where Princess Diana's funeral was held. Royal officials said Tuesday that the couple chose the venue for its beauty, intimacy and historic royal connections. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

In London, a tale of two Europes

My most recent trip to London was probably one of the most enjoyable and enlightening since I began travelling to Europe during the summers over 20 years ago. My previous trips had focused mostly on France and Italy, but as a Washingtonian and somewhat of a lover of history, visiting London had special significance. Published August 16, 2015

Plannned Parenthood's Deborah Nucatola, filmed discussing the sale of body parts taken from aborted babies.

The evil in Planned Parenthood's aborted baby parts market

In a scene reminiscent of "Silence of the Lambs," a brilliant doctor sits at a table casually munching on salad and sipping red wine (a nice Chianti?) while salivating over the prospect of harvesting the "tender" livers of aborted babies. No, this is not a pitch for a new horror movie. This is actually what happened in a video recently released by the Center for Medical Progress, which has since been viewed millions of times on the Internet. Published August 2, 2015

In this June 3, 2014 photo, state Sen. Clementa Pinckney speaks at the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia, S.C. Pinckney was killed, Wednesday, June 17, 2015, in a shooting at an historic black church in Charleston, S.C. The shooter is still at large. (Grace Beahm/The Post and Courier via AP)

A call to courage in the hour of evil

Among the nine innocents murdered at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston Carolina this past Wednesday was Pastor Clementa Pinckney. Reverend Pinckney is my cousin, and our parents lived just across the field growing up in Marion, South Carolina. Our families have remained very close over the years. I knew them before I knew the world. We were all molded from the same clay. Published July 27, 2015

A message board stands at a sidewalk memorial as visitors write notes in memory of the shooting victims in front of Emanuel AME Church on June 22 in Charleston, South Carolina. (AP Photo)

In Charleston's response, hate is defeated by grace

One of the things that really stood out over the past few weeks in the aftermath of the tragedy in South Carolina was the incredible grace with which the community of Charleston has borne both its own anguish as well as the intense international media circus that has enveloped the town. The city's response stands in stark contrast to some of protests and outright chaos that occurred in places such as Ferguson and Baltimore. Published July 26, 2015

An FBI investigator investigates the scene of a shooting outside a military recruiting center on Friday, July 17, 2015, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez of Hixson, Tenn.,  attacked two military facilities on Thursday, in a shooting rampage that killed four Marines. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Time to make the Islamic State fear the U.S.

As Americans, the threat of terrorism today seems at a comfortable, manageable distance: miles, oceans and armies away. At most, we turn on our TVs to the international news and watch with a tune of sympathy. Published July 19, 2015

Supporters of the No vote react after the first results of the referendum at Syntagma square in Athens, Sunday, July 5, 2015. Greece faced an uncharted future as its interior ministry predicted Sunday that more than 60 percent of voters in a hastily called referendum had rejected creditors' demands for more austerity in exchange for rescue loans. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Greece's democracy rebuffed the debt vultures, so why can't we?

When an overwhelming majority of the Greek people voted "no" in a referendum that would decide whether Greece would continue to borrow its way into a hopeless debt spiral, the bankers that own the country's debt recoiled in confusion. Published July 12, 2015

Krislynn Rambert, of Charleston, S.C., wears a button in memory of the victims of last week's mass shooting while waiting on line to enter Sen. Clementa Pinckney's funeral service, Friday, June 26, 2015, in Charleston, S.C. President Barack Obama will deliver the eulogy at Pinckney's funeral at a nearby college arena. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

A call to courage

Late last month, pure evil visited the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. It came in the form of a deranged, racist gunman who attended Bible study among the welcoming members of the church before pulling a weapon and cruelly cutting them down. Published July 5, 2015

President Barack Obama, accompanied by Secretary of State John Kerry, talks with with Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah during a meeting with Gulf Cooperation Council leaders and delegations at Camp David, Md., Thursday, May 14, 2015. Obama and leaders from six Gulf nations are trying to work through tensions sparked by the U.S. bid for a nuclear deal with Iran, a pursuit that has put regional partners on edge. Obama is seeking to reassure the Gulf leaders that the U.S. overtures to Iran will not come at the expense of commitments to their security. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Deal on Iran would shred U.S. nonproliferation efforts

Lately I am having a really hard time sleeping at night, and the source of my worry is the Middle East. Specifically, I am deeply concerned that the deal President Obama is relentlessly pursuing at all costs with the terrorism-sponsoring regime in Iran will shred the global nonproliferation regime and spur additional countries in the world's most unpredictable region to amass atomic arsenals. Published June 28, 2015

The Rev. Clementa Pinckney

A call to courage in the hour of evil

Among the nine innocents murdered at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, this past Wednesday was the church's pastor, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney. Published June 21, 2015

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Caitlyn, gender and the 'post'-postmodern era

Let's face it -- with the grand debut of Bruce Jenner as a woman named Caitlyn (and the accompanying demand from the liberal media that we take it as anything more serious than attention-seeking narcissism) -- we have finally arrived at the post-postmodern era. Published June 14, 2015

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Even non-Christians benefit from its virtues

While America was undoubtedly founded upon a bedrock of religious freedom, it is equally true that the Christian faith has been probably the greatest contributor to the social fabric of this country. Published June 7, 2015

This 1966 file photo is the last official portrait taken of the entire King family, made in the study of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. From left are Dexter King, Yolanda King, Martin Luther King Jr., Bernice King, Coretta Scott King and Martin Luther King III. (AP Photo)

Reconstructing the black family

For a selected few in the know, the elections of President Obama and the passage of his signature health care act mark not the pinnacle (as is widely assumed) but rather the twilight end of a golden era of racial progress and progressive social policy in America. If the civil rights-era legislation and government programs could be characterized as the second Reconstruction, then Mr. Obama's presidency marks its wane. An essential question that blacks must ask at this point: How will they adapt to post-progressive America? Published May 24, 2015

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

We shouldn't need deadlines to make Iran a priority

While the Obama administration has been clumsily stumbling from one negotiating deadline to the next, Iran has been working hard to destabilize the Middle East and threaten U.S. interests. The time is past due for the White House to take to heart the threat of an Iranian nuclear weapon and get serious about changing Tehran's behavior. Published May 17, 2015

FILE - This Aug. 28, 1963, file photo shows Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. acknowledging the crowd at the Lincoln Memorial for his "I Have a Dream" speech during the March on Washington. Next Wednesday, the nation’s first black president will stand near the spot where Martin Luther King Jr. stood 50 years ago, a living symbol of the racial progress King dreamed about, and enunciate where he believes this nation should be headed. (AP Photo/File)

American society falling short of greatness

Fifty years later, the experiment has finally earned a retrospective. Looking back on it, we should have seen as a nation that the Great Society could not have been a permanent solution and might even be detrimental to America's growth. Published May 10, 2015

In front of blighted buildings, a protester leads marchers in a chant from atop a vehicle in Baltimore on Saturday, May 2, 2015, a day after charges were announced against the police officers involved in Freddie Gray's death. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Fear, loathing and moral decay in the streets of Baltimore

Let's face it. Baltimore has been a riot for decades and was looted long before its citizens finally rose up in glaring, sad and pathetic anger, long before the global media last week turned attention to the still-unexplained death of Freddie Gray in police custody. While the cops try to get their story straight, the citizens have taken to the street in a largely symbolic display of outrage, burning a few cars and torching a few businesses in a city that for all intents and purposes is already too burnt-out to really destroy. Published May 3, 2015