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Mercedes Schlapp

Mercedes Schlapp

Mercedes Schlapp is a columnist for The Washington Times.

Articles by Mercedes Schlapp

A gunman shot at lawmakers during a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, Wednesday. Rep. Steve Scalise was injured in the attack. (Associated Press)

Shooting exposes the deep anger at the heart of the culture

The shooting of a senior GOP congressional leader, Hill staffers and Capitol police officers is a sober reminder of how deeply anger and division have penetrated our politics and our culture. We are forgetting the basics, failing to foster civility and respect for one another in America. Both political parties need to take inventory on how to restore civility in our nation and calm the political tension. Published June 15, 2017

Former FBI Director James Comey is sworn in by Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., foreground, during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool)

A disgruntled employee fails to make the case against his old boss

During Thursday's showdown Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, fired FBI Director James B. Comey came across as less as a fearless crusader for the truth and more as a disgruntled employee upset with the boss who unceremoniously let him go. Published June 8, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump, right, sits next to British Prime Minister Theresa May during in a working dinner meeting at the NATO headquarters during a NATO summit of heads of state and government in Brussels on Thursday, May 25, 2017. US President Donald Trump inaugurated the new headquarters during a ceremony on Thursday with other heads of state and government. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, Pool)

'Deep state' leakers undercut country in their zeal to hurt a president

The leakers of classified intelligence information are chipping away at our democratic institutions. It's becoming a dangerous game where those who are feeding sensitive information to the media are also creating distrust within our intelligence agencies and damaging relationships with our allies abroad. Published May 25, 2017

In this May 16, 2017, photo, President Donald Trump welcomes Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the White House in Washington. The Trump administration faced growing calls Thursday for a forceful response to violence by Turkish presidential guards on American soil, who were briefly detained this week but then set free. The unseemly incident added to U.S.-Turkish tensions that are being compounded by a growing spat over U.S. war strategy against the Islamic State group in Syria. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

No use trying to satisfy demanding Democrats

A close relative shared with me his thoughts on the odd situation we find ourselves in these days, where Republicans are in charge of the Congress and the White House yet it feels as if the minority Democrats are running the show. Published May 18, 2017

In this photo taken Dec. 8, 2016, the Capitol Building as seen in Washington. Congress wrapped up the 114th session early Saturday, a tumultuous two years marked by the resignation of a House speaker, a fight over a Supreme Court vacancy, bipartisan bills on health care and education and inaction on immigration and criminal justice. The new Congress will be sworn-in Jan. 3, 2017.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Lessons learned and challenges ahead in Hill's health care fight

The passage of the American Health Care Act in the House on Thursday is a major legislative breakthrough for Republicans, who are carrying the heavy load of repealing and replacing Obamacare with no help from the minority Democrats. Published May 4, 2017

President Donald Trump speaks while meeting with Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, Thursday, March 30, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump and Freedom Caucus must find a way to get along

President Trump sent a direct and stern message to the Freedom Caucus in his Thursday tweet, warning the conservative House caucus "will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don't get on the team, & fast. We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!" Published March 30, 2017

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