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Russian President Vladimir Putin listens during a meeting in the Moscow's Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

The 2016 campaign continues

Faith, as the Bible teaches us, is the evidence of things not seen. Faith is the key to belief that surpasses all understanding, and now the secular intelligence chiefs tells us that trust is the key to understanding affairs of state, too. All the president's men, or at least some of them, have now spoken what they insist is the last word on the Russian hacking scandal, concluding that Vladimir Putin plotted to choose the 45th president of the United States. If the chiefs of spies were to explain how they know that, they would probably have to kill us. Published January 9, 2017

President-elect Donald Trump listens to a reporters question at Trump Tower in New York, Monday, Jan. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Making good on the promise

Donald Trump's signature campaign promise was to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border to take control of immigration to America. The promise was appealing to most Americans, because every nation in the world has the right to control who gets in, and how. Published January 9, 2017

Jeff Sessions was nominated by President Reagan in 1986 for a judgeship, but senators blocked him over what they said were racist tendencies. (Associated Press/File)

The black friends of Jeff Sessions

The confirmation hearings for Cabinet and other high-position nominees, of and by any president, must be fair but robust. The questions put to the nominee must be tough but just. But sometimes confirmation hearings can become what Clarence Thomas, who survived a mean and unjust hearing to become a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, called "a high-tech lynching." Published January 8, 2017

The real Obama legacy

President Obama imposed regulations to help specific businesses, such as Tesla Motors and Solar City, while destroying others, such as coal companies. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has achieved massive wealth with subsidies from taxpayers. His company makes electric toys for well-to-do people. Published January 8, 2017

Former Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during the second day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite,File)

California discovers states' rights

The Democratic liberals have treated the Second, Ninth and Tenth Amendments to the Constitution with the respect given to discarded Kleenex over the eight years of the Obama presidency. But California, the bluest of the blue states, has just discovered, of all things, states' rights. The ghost of Strom Thurmond and his States' Rights Democrats is apparently alive and well in Sacramento. Published January 8, 2017

Stars unqualified to talk intelligence

Hollywood has had a lot to say in the last year about President-elect Donald Trump. Very little of it has been nice. Whoopi Goldberg promised to flee America if Mr. Trump was elected. She's still here, along with other high school dropouts Robert De Niro, Johnny Depp, Charlie Sheen and Cher, all of whom share Ms. Goldberg's disdain for our soon-to-be president. Published January 5, 2017

Obama broke own promise

President Obama claims that he would be elected to a third term if it were not prohibited ("Some big talk on the way out," Web, Dec. 28). I'm 90 years old. I've lived through some of the best and some of the worst times in our history. I believe it has been reported that the country is now more divided than at any time since the Civil War. Published January 5, 2017

This image from a video that was broadcast live on Facebook and later posted on Vidme shows a frame in which a man, right, is assaulted in Chicago. The video shows the man with his mouth taped shut as a woman and other people cut off his shirt and hair with a knife, and someone pushes his head with his or her foot. Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, that the victim has mental health challenges, and he called the video "sickening." (Vidme via AP)

Pure evil in Chicago

Evil is more than something in the eye of the beholder, and someone who can't recognize evil when he sees it reveals a lot about who he is and where he comes from. Published January 5, 2017

A survey finds that 91 percent of the incoming 115th Congress identify as Christian, compared to 95 percent of the 1961-62 legislative body. (Associated Press)

Giving Congress a good shake

Congress, like a proper martini, should be shaken, not stirred. Democrats and Republicans alike are getting an early demonstration of the effects of a good shaking. Shaking can move mountains, and even timid congressmen. Published January 5, 2017

Hot on the cyber trail

Condemnation of Russia's presumed cyberhacking, aimed at high-level figures suspected of abusing the latest presidential election campaign, has sprouted from every corner of Washington. There's little mischief to anger Americans more than the idea that foreigners are manipulating the transferral of governing from one president to another. Published January 4, 2017

Trump haters' hypocrisy

On the day President-elect Donald Trump takes over, Gloria Steinem and others of her ilk will again attempt to spread the blather of socialist hypocrisy ("Liberals revive anti-women narrative for the Trump era," Web, Jan. 3). Ms. Steinem and others from the supposedly faultless Planned Parenthood wish to portray Mr. Trump as anti-women based on some dumb comments he made years ago. Published January 4, 2017

A student walks the University of Maryland campus. (Facebook, University of Maryland) **FILE**

News from the College Park cuckoo's nest

A sequel of sorts to the 1975 film, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," is playing out at the University of Maryland at College Park, where the inmates are threatening to take over the asylum. The cuckoo's nest, which the movie set in Oregon, has been moved to College Park. Published January 4, 2017

Better men than Obama and Kerry would leave

Both President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry have publicly proclaimed that they will stay in Washington in 2017 to continue to push their (failed) political agenda on the people of the United States of America. Published January 4, 2017

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks to the media on Capitol Hill in Washington on Nov. 29, 2016. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Delay of game

What goes around comes around, and never more often than in the partisan games politicians play. Sen. Charles Schumer of New York, the new leader of the Democrats in the U.S. Senate, is determined to put a quick finish to whatever honeymoon Donald Trump may get when he becomes the president two weeks hence. Published January 3, 2017

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell speaks during a session about opioids at the National Governors Association meeting in Des Moines, Iowa, on July 15, 2016. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Striking a blow for good sense

When the urge to be edgy leads to fad, the unique, the uncommon and sometimes the weird and goofy is suddenly high fashion. In 2016, "transgenderism," the urge to be what you're not, became a fad. A visitor from Mars might think that every Earthling is determined only to change his sex and find an inappropriate place to pee. Published January 3, 2017

Restore equality for boys, men

I hope that the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump will act immediately to restore equal justice, equal rights and equal opportunity to those whom the Obama administration has denied all these things -- boys, men and fathers. An excellent starting point would be the Department of Education, which will be under his direct administrative control ("Donald Trump and Bill Gates find common ground," Web, Dec. 28). Published January 3, 2017

History will see Obama clearly

Newsweek's print publication closed its doors in late 2016. Despite its liberal reputation, it had recently found the guts to speak the truth about President Obama's agenda. In his final column for the print edition, Matt Patterson wrote that future historians will ask how a man as devoid of professional accomplishments as Mr. Obama could beguile so many, making them believe that he could manage the world's greatest economy, lead the most powerful military and be leader of the free world. Published January 3, 2017

A capital chance for change

Congressmen love recess almost as much as the kids do, and no one knows for sure what either Congress or the kids will do when the bell finally rings and they return to their seats. With the opening of the 115th Congress, there's high anticipation that Congress will settle down to conduct the nation's business like adults. Published January 2, 2017

Assistant U.S. Attorney General Tom Perez announces a civil rights unit to be based in Birmingham, Ala., on Tuesday. The unit will be responsible for prosecutions and lawsuits. (Associated Press)

A race to the bottom

Once they get over their post-election pout (and even if they can't, and don't), the Democrats must choose a new chairman of the Democratic National Committee. The two top contenders, Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota and Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, represent that great distinction without a difference. Published January 2, 2017

Punishing children for fathers' sins

I am a retired Department of Justice lawyer, a former judge's law clerk and a with-honors law-school graduate. I am not your ordinary crackpot. I want to call attention to the last paragraph in Article III of our Constitution. It bans "corruption of blood," prohibiting the punishment of children in case their parents are convicted of treason. Published January 2, 2017