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Normalize U.S.-Russia relations?

For half a century after the Second World War, the ever-present realization was that should the U.S.-Soviet rivalry ever get out of hand, a nuclear war would likely mean the end of both countries and, possibly, the end of human life itself.

President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., speak to members of the media in the Rose Garden of the White House, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Trump's biggest victory of the year

By all reasonable accounts, President Trump has had a good first year in office. While he has not gotten many parts of his legislative agenda through, he has had some amazing victories in other areas.

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures while speaking to employees of Rostec Corporation during an awarding ceremony at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. The spokesman for Vladimir Putin says the Russian president has not decided yet whether to run for office next year as an independent candidate or secure support from the ruling party. (Sergei Karpukhin/Pool Photo via AP)

Russia's reform will have to wait for Putin's exit

- The Washington Times

The doping scandal unfolding in front of our eyes, with the International Olympic Committee this week banning Russia from participating as a nation in the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea, is instructive for those trying to chart Russia's future.

"Please disregard any instructions you receive from [Leandra] English in her presumed capacity as acting director," Mick Mulvaney told employees on his first day at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. (Associated Press)

Mulvaney should can English at CFPB

Now that U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Kelly has ruled in favor of President Trump's right to appoint OMB Director Mick Mulvaney as the acting director of the Consumer Protection Financial Board, CFPB deputy-but-not-acting director Leandra English has ensured herself a minor footnote in history - and, if justice and constitutional government reign, a firing at the hands of her new supervisor.

In 2016, the average price of a U.S. wedding hit $35,329, excluding honeymoon.

Families drowning in wedding costs

According to the 10th annual The Knot 2016 Real Weddings Study, the average wedding now costs $35,329. The average venue cost has gone to more than $16,000 and the average cost of a dance band is close to $5,000.

Trump parrots Obama's enthusiasm for one-branch government

President Donald Trump, acting through Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and scorning the Republican-controlled Congress, is expected to unilaterally diminish national monument designations of his predecessor issued under the Antiquities Act of 1906. He seems to be targeting Utah's Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante.

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to Russian Natural Resources Minister Sergei Donskoi during a meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russia continues to prepare for war

In addition to massive increases in military spending over the last decades, modernization plans to have 70% of the Russian armed forces fitted with modern equipment by 2020, huge snap drills which readily exercise the Russian military, Russian President Vladimir Putin is putting civilians and private companies on notice that they too must be prepared for war.

Ukrainian lawmakers scuffled during a parliament session in October. Former Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, who now heads an opposition party, accuses President Petro Poroshenko of stalling reforms and covering up corruption. (Associated Press/File)

Ukraine corruption disputed

After we wrote in our article on October 26th of this year about Ukrainian corruption, titled "Corruption problem in Ukraine cuts far deeper than many know," we received a response from the Chief Military Prosecutor of Ukraine, Anatoly Matios.

Do you have COPD and not know it?

There is a somewhat common health problem today impacting the well-being of an estimated 24 million Americans nationwide, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). And you, or someone you love, could be one of them.

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Be alarmed at first experiment with our liberties

Last week, Sen. Claire McCaskill, Missouri Democrat, added an amendment to the euphemistically styled "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" that would deny pharmaceutical companies full immediate expensing of truthful prescription drug advertising protected by the First Amendment.