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What would Tony Soprano think of Donald Trump?

Tony Soprano is back, in the media if not in prime time. In the year of the Superhero, the anti-hero is old news, but the ghost of the mob boss of “The Sopranos,” the end of the ‘90s blockbuster, is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the premiere. “The Sopranos” was a true cultural and political icon, and Tony has been summoned from the grave to talk about what he would think about Donald Trump as the president.

The burial of Rep. Steve King

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Rep. Steve King from Iowa has become a pariah on Capitol Hill, distanced by Democrats and his own party Republicans alike for wondering aloud, during an interview with The New York Times, this question: “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive? Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?”

Illustration on the Democrats' junket to Puerto Rico by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Now playing in Puerto Rico

More than 109 lobbyists and 39 Democratic members of Congress attended a “winter retreat” last weekend in Puerto Rico, ostensibly to help raise funds for damage caused by hurricane Maria in 2017, reports Fox News. The fun in the sun was enhanced by a limited run of the Broadway hit “Hamilton,” starring its creator, lead actor, and Democratic partisan, Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Illustration on saving Nigeria's christians by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Saving Nigeria’s Christians

Last month, Amnesty International released a new report that outlined the costs of a dangerous and often deadly cycle of violence occurring in Nigeria’s Middle Belt region between Christian farmers and Muslim herders — 3,600 people have been killed in the past 3 years, with 2018 being the worst year on record so far.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a press conference after a summit of heads of state and government at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, Thursday, July 12, 2018. NATO leaders gather in Brussels for a two-day summit. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

Going down the rabbit hole

The national security talking head and op-ed circuit these days is full of “clucking” about how we can recover lost ground from the Russians and Chinese in the post-Cold War competition of world powers. Not surprisingly perhaps, there is little discussion of how we got ourselves into this mess — this because many of the op-ed authors and talking heads were complicit in our great power demise.

Illustration on the FBI and investigating the President by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Can the FBI investigate the president?

Last weekend, The New York Times reported that senior FBI officials were so concerned about whatever President Donald Trump’s true motivation for firing FBI Director James Comey was that they immediately initiated a counterintelligence investigation of the president himself.

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The House rebukes a member

The House of Representatives has voted, nearly unanimously, to condemn remarks made by Iowa congressman Steve King. The long-time Republican congressman, in an interview with The New York Times, asked a rhetorical question: "White nationalist, white supremacist when did that become offensive?" The correct answer is "a long time ago." Rep. King's remarks set off a firestorm, including calls to resign from powerful members of his own party.

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Republicans finally getting it right

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Republicans had two years of total control of Congress in which to pass provisions to tighten the border, in line with President Donald Trump's agenda and campaign promises. They didn't. They failed. Now? They're finally coming together on this shutdown and standing strong.