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By Michael P. Orsi
Edward Snowden should declare his patriotism in court
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Christmas
Saying they've been inspired by Pope Francis' teaching, Senate Democrats vowed Thursday to force votes on raising the minimum wage, expanding unemployment benefits and giving more taxpayer help to college students.
Less than a month after talking about his new contract extension and return to action this season in D.C., the Lakers announce Kobe Bryant will miss six weeks with a knee injury.
For Phyllis Sartor and her 3-year-old grandson, Jesse, Santa Claus isn't the face of a national debate over race and ethnicity, he's the symbol of Christmas and the holiday spirit.
Inquiring minds want to know: who do the nation's esteemed lawmakers work for? It looks like the freewheeling group works for nobody. The vast majority of Americans — 90 percent — say elected officials in Washington behave "like they don't have a boss."
We examine which teams would break, give away or set fire to their toys.
Christmas is different things to different people it seems, and that's no surprise. For most, if recent surveys are correct, it's just a wonderful time to reconnect with family and friends, exchange presents, and, perhaps, consume too many calories. This week, the District-based Public Religion Research Institute reported "more than one-quarter (26 percent) of Americans celebrating Christmas this year will do so largely as a non-religious holiday."
Nine out of 10 Americans do Christmas and three-quarters believe in the biblical account of Jesus' birth — but only a little more than half actually regard the holiday primarily as a religious celebration.
It's not a most wonderful time of the year for all Americans, as 1.3 million face a loss of unemployment benefits if Congress doesn't act by Dec. 28.
There is a noteworthy dimension to Larry Klayman's zeal to be a vigilant government watchdog. The Creator is a presence for the conservative attorney who is ever ready to file a lawsuit to underscore the presence of corruption or ethical lapses within federal agencies.
Mikey Weinstein is back. The notable head of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation — a group with a claim to fame of halting displays of Christian symbols at military bases around the nation, especially those tied to the Air Force — has now complained about a nativity scene at Guantanamo Bay.
Netflix has released the trailer for the much-anticipated documentary "Mitt," based on the six years leading up to Mitt Romney's loss in the 2012 presidential race against President Obama.
It has been a grim Christmas around the White House. Frankly, I think President Obama must be wondering why. Has anyone on the White House staff seen him tee off lately? He is really walloping the old ball, and his putting game has improved, too.
Barbara Walters admitted on a broadcast appearance with Piers Morgan that maybe Christmas wasn’t the time to say it, but it’s true – the media regarded President Obama as the “next messiah” because of his promises and policies.
Half a billion dollars so far: That's the record-setting jackpot level that Mega Millions is promising for one lucky winner in Tuesday's draw.
The Holderness family of Raleigh, N.C., has released a new video version of their family Christmas card. In less than a week, the video has more than 2 million views on YouTube.