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Mercedes Schlapp

Mercedes Schlapp

Mercedes Schlapp is a columnist for The Washington Times.

Articles by Mercedes Schlapp

School children, wrapped in blankets, wait nearby their high school in Grasse, southern France, after a 16-year-old student opened fire, wounding two other students and the principal trying to intervene, Thursday, March 16, 2017. French Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem says the shooting in a high school appears to be the "insane act of a fragile young man fascinated by weapons." (AP Photo/Philippe Farjon)

Strong families key to fighting the growing menace of human trafficking

This week I had the great honor to speak at the United Nations on the issue of human trafficking, invited by the Center for Family and Human Rights (C-Fam). The discussion focused on the root causes of trafficking and the key role of the family in preventing this growing and disturbing trend of modern slavery. Human trafficking knows no boundaries and affects the lives of women and children around the globe. Published March 16, 2017

Jeff Sessions testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in January. (Associated Press/File)

In Sessions obsessions, Democrats break out ugly playbook

Smelling blood, Democrats immediately turned to character assassination tactics against the Attorney General Jeff Sessions, with the clear ambition of taking down another one of President Trump's closest allies. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi demanded Mr. Sessions' resignation and accused him of lying during his confirmation hearing. Published March 2, 2017

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, right, accompanied by White House strategist Stephen Bannon, speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Conservatives more united than mainstream media reports

Conservatives acknowledge that President Trump is not a purist, and establishment conservatives have criticized him on issues such as infrastructure spending and trade. But even the conservative establishment can agree that Mr. Trump is making a concerted effort to keep his campaign promises. Published February 23, 2017

Evan McMullin

#NeverTrumpers fight back, with the help of the deep state

The #NeverTrumpers are at it again, cheering on the "deep state" in the bureaucracy and politicized members in the intelligence community as they try to undermine and delegitimize President Trump. Their actions are disturbing, destructive and — as the president himself correctly tweeted — deeply "un-American." Published February 16, 2017

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. reacts to being rebuked by the Senate leadership and accused of impugning a fellow senator, Attorney General-designate, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington Warren was barred from saying anything more on the Senate floor about Sessions after she quoted from an old letter from Martin Luther King Jr.'s widow about Sessions. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Democrats have a focus and a strategy, but do Republicans?

Republicans beware. Democrats are fighting with a vengeance, feeling galvanized and determined to outsmart Republicans in Congress and President Trump. Rather than taking an introspective look at why they lost the presidential election, Democrats are obstructing, protesting, and creating chaos inside the halls of Congress and in major U.S. cities. Published February 10, 2017

Demonstrators protest outside of the Trump Hotel during a march in downtown Washington in opposition of President-elect Donald Trump, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Trump demonstrators demonstrate their own inability to move on

The protesters trying to spoil the inauguration celebrations are only exposing themselves as emotionally incapable of coping with a Trump presidency, determined to do whatever they can to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power. Published January 19, 2017

Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper and National Security Adviser Adm. Michael Rogers testified Thursday before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing "Foreign Cyber Threats to the United States." (Associated Press)

Donald Trump needs to build trust with the intel pros

President-elect Donald Trump should focus on building trust with the country's intelligence professionals, but so far he seems to be sending mixed signals on his future relationship, at times criticizing their past failures and questioning their current capabilities. There has even been talk of the Trump administration streamlining our intelligence bureaucracy, which may be needed. Published January 5, 2017

Protesters demonstrate against the new Bears Ear National Monument in Montecello, Utah, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016. President Barack Obama expanded his environmental legacy in the final days of his presidency with national monument designations on lands in Utah and Nevada that have become flashpoints over use of public land in the U.S. West.  The Bears Ears National Monument in Utah will cover over 1 million acres in the Four Corners region, the White House announced Wednesday.  (Rick Egan/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Dawdling Obama charts last-minute rush of mischief

Our procrastinator-in-chief is frantically trying to make up for lost time, as President Obama uses his final days in office to issue last-minute regulations and play political games at the United Nations that harm and insult one of our best allies. Published December 29, 2016

The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is lit up during a ceremony on the West Front of the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. The Capitol Christmas Tree is an 80-foot Engelmann Spruce from the Payette National Forest in Idaho. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

A Christmas wish list for our president-elect

I warned the Schlapp children that their Christmas lists were due no later than this Friday to give "Santa" enough time to organize his workshop schedule. In thinking of what my girls might ask for, I couldn't help but wonder what President-elect Donald Trump's list would look like. If he needs any help, I have some recommendations for him. Published December 8, 2016

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR OCEAN SPRAY - Emmy nominated singer/songwriter Regina Spektor celebrated America's favorite fall fruit and waved to spectators on Ocean Spray's® Cranberry Cooperative float during the 90th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision for Ocean Spray/AP Images)

Don't take the argument bait at holiday dinners

Thursday's Thanksgiving dinner kicked off the annual holiday season of family get-togethers, visits with the relatives and fellowship around the dinner table. Published November 24, 2016

FILE -  In this Wednesday, June 4, 2014 file photo, Kathryn McDonough breaks down crying, when asked how she felt after telling jurors how she pushed Elizabeth "Lizzi" Marriott's body into the water and covered it with seaweed during testimony in Strafford County Superior Court in Dover, N.H. McDonough testified against her former boyfriend Seth Mazzaglia, who was convicted of killing Marriott and sentenced to life without parole. McDonough's three-year prison sentence comes to an end Saturday, July 16, 2016, when she will be released. (AP Photo Jim Cole, File)

Students moping over Trump need to get a grip

Call it "election depression." College professors have postponed exams and canceled classes. Universities are offering hug therapy, coloring-book therapy, even pet-a-dog therapy to help stunned students cope with last week's election results. These schools are not helping their charges, they're coddling them, raising and molding a generation of wimpy kids incapable of coping with reality. Seriously? Published November 17, 2016

Donald Trump and Mike Pence won the historic election of 2016. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

What I will tell my children about an amazing election

The elitists thought that they were morally justified in criticizing millions of Americans for supporting a candidate who was an outsider. They might have the platform, but on Tuesday Americans exercised both their right to vote and their power to change the course of their nation's history. Published November 10, 2016