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Having a merry pagan Christmas

Ross Douthat, a columnist for The New York Times, says the culture war in America may not be so much about secularism or atheism replacing Christianity but the rise of an old Christian foe — paganism.

MSNBC television anchor Mika Brzezinski, co-host of the show "Morning Joe," takes questions from an audience, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, at a forum called Harvard Students Speak Up: A Town Hall on Politics and Public Service, at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, on the campus of Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass. Co-host Joe Scarborough, not shown, also attend the event. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

NBC News’ Mika Brzezinski problem

- The Washington Times

It was just 12 months ago that NBC News found it no longer feasible to retain Matt Lauer’s services as morning anchor of “Today.” The tidal wave of harassment accusations against their multi-million dollar investment had quickly reached critical mass and Mr. Lauer was sent packing.

Illustration on U.S. energy production by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The American energy strategic advantage

From the Bakken’s booming oil fields to the high-yielding Marcellus shale formation in the Midwest, the United States continues to produce record outputs of oil and natural gas.

Illustration on judicial vacancies by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Ending the judicial vacancy crisis

Words like “crisis” are in the eye of the political beholder. But it’s hard to pick a better one to describe the current state of vacancies in the federal courts.

Illustration on the border wall by Paul Tong/Tribune Content Agency

Is it a wasteful wall?

Throughout Donald Trump’s campaign for the presidency, he repeatedly promised to build a high, impenetrable, concrete wall along America’s nearly 2,000-mile border with Mexico.

Illustration on Democrat attituteds towards Hillary by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

‘Well, I’d like to be president’

The death stare gave it away. As President and Mrs. Trump greeted the Obamas and Clintons at the funeral of former President George H.W. Bush, Hillary Clinton nodded coldly to the first lady and then glared straight ahead rather than acknowledge Mr. Trump. Two things became immediately evident: 1) she’s still in bitter denial about losing to him; and 2) she’s back.

Horace Greeley

All the sound and fury called news

This has been a rough year for news junkies. Today the abundance of sources enables massaging the news to fit personal prejudices and predispositions. It’s the famous slogan of The New York Times, “All the news that’s fit to print” distorted to “All the news that fits our bias, we print.”

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'Everyone is a loser in a trade war'

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LOVERRO: Redskins a franchise that's now beyond salvation

The Lafemina Redskins good will era came to an end Tuesday afternoon with the news that the organization he was brought in, along with a team of other suits, to save had yet again committed a self-destructive crime by picking up Reuben Foster, the former first-round pick who had been cut by the San Francisco 49ers after spending Saturday night in jail in Tampa following his third arrest in 12 months.

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Chris Cuomo, sorry, but Christmas isn't about open borders

- The Washington Times

CNN's Chris Cuomo offered up a somewhat off-the-rails rationale for why America ought to open borders wide for the migrants trying to enter the country -- and suggested it was a Christian's Christmas duty. Sorry, Cuomo. Christmas isn't about open borders. Neither is Christianity, for that matter.

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Liberals' love affair with false thinking

- The Washington Times

A Princeton professor of African American studies, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, said in a tweet about the caravan at America's borders that the White House ought to "open the border" and "let them all in." After all, "No human being is illegal," Taylor went on.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham to Trump: Gina Haspel or nothing

- The Washington Times

You can't help pumping your fist and mouthing "yes!" on watching Sen. Lindsey Graham spring to action again on Wednesday. You could almost hear him going after Sen. Dianne Feinstein and other Senate Democrats during the Brett Kavanaugh hearings last month.

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America, think before you chip

- The Washington Times

Thousands of Swedes have been busily inserting microchips beneath the skin on their hands -- for convenience's sake, for goodness sake. That's fine and dandy. For Sweden. But what's alarming is that the trend has been making a beeline for America's shores, as well.

Trump Energy Policy Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Unleashing the energy sector

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Illustration ondifferences of opinion among women in the public eye by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

When women march to different drummers

It's not exactly a cat fight, and even calling it that is a no-no. But certain lionesses of culture and politics are growling, hissing, spitting and scratching at each other. Some of the growls are fiercer than others, but there's anger aplenty.

Illustration on tax reform opportunities by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Pursuing new tax reform

In the waning days of the 2018 campaign, President Trump made a curious declaration about his intent to pursue a new tax reform, which neither he nor anyone else bothered to spell out. The reference quickly became derided as a mere campaign ruse and no one paid it much mind after that, except to use it as further evidence of the president's calumny.

Illustration on the recent government report on climate change by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Apocalypse when?

Each time an end-of-the-world prophecy is delivered — whether by a self-deluded preacher, a group of politicians or scientists — we are told that we must believe. Never mind how many of their prophecies have been wrong in the past, this time they mean it.

Illustration on climate-change predictions by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Making climate predictions

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The chief justice and a needed tutorial on law

When Donald Trump became president, he swore an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution and enforce federal laws "faithfully." James Madison, who was the scrivener at the Constitutional Convention, insisted on using the word "faithfully" in the presidential oath and including the oath in the body of the Constitution because he knew that presidents would face the temptation to disregard laws they dislike.

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Putting job creators in his crosshairs

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The G-20 pathway to plenty

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