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FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018 file photo, House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Vice President Mike Pence, President Donald Trump, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., argue during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. On Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, The Associated Press has found that stories circulating on the internet that Democrats gave a $150 billion payout from the U.S. treasury to Iran, are untrue. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Ending the government shutdown

The Cambridge English Dictionary defines blackmail as "the act of getting money from people or forcing them to do something by threatening to harm someone unless [they do] as you say."

At odds with one another and the world

Families and trust -- the emotional kind as well as the financial one -- are central to Kathy Wang's first novel, "Family Trust."

FILE - This March 9, 2016, file photo, shows a stop sign in front of the international border fence in Nogales, Ariz. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey says building a wall isn't the only way to provide security along the U.S.-Mexico border. Ducey made border security a key issue of his 2018 campaign for re-election, and during his first term created the multi-agency Arizona Border Strike Force to focus on border area crime, especially drug smuggling. (AP Photo/Astrid Galvan, File)

Existing border barriers work -- and we need more of them

- The Washington Times

When CNN's Jim Acosta tweeted a selfie video from the U.S.-Mexico border, he was roundly mocked and ridiculed for claiming he saw no "crisis" at the "tranquil" spot where he stood. Of course he didn't. Because where he stood was on the safe side of a steel barrier protecting him (and the rest of America) from illegal border crossings.

The burial of Rep. Steve King

- The Washington Times

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?"

President Donald Trump and Tony Soprano     The Washington Times

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.

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.

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.

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.

Soft Landing for the Federal Reserve Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Engineering a soft landing for the economy

Federal Reserve Chairman Powell faces the tough challenge of engineering a soft landing for the economy. The task is made terribly more complicated by economic conditions abroad and new technologies that have broken traditional relationships among growth, employment, inflation and interest rates.