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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., left, speaks committee member Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., as Attorney General nominee William Barr testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Dick Durbin's public servant problem

- The Washington Times

So Sen. Lindsey Graham wants to take a peek at several Barack Obama-era political curiosities, to put it kindly, that have left voters with bad tastes in their mouths -- and Democrat Dick Durbin thinks that's oh-so-stupid, worthy of mocking. But Durbin's laughter, thrown as it is Graham's way, is actually a face-slap to voters.

Lady Gaga, winner of the awards for best song for "Shallow" and best actress for "A Star Is Born," poses in the press room at the 24th annual Critics' Choice Awards on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Lady Gaga defines Christianity as -- Not Mike Pence

- The Washington Times

Lady Gaga, in a Las Vegas concert, went on a bit of a tantrum against this White House, dropping the f-bomb at the president for the partial government shutdown and then, somewhat curiously, calling out the vice president as "the worst representation of what it means to be a Christian" because of his views of LGBTQ issues.

In this Aug. 1, 2018, file photo, Rudy Giuliani, an attorney for President Donald Trump, addresses a gathering during a campaign event in Portsmouth, N.H. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File )

Rudy Giuliani -- stop talking!

- The Washington Times

Rudy Giuliani is a great American, a stand-up guy and a solid law-and-order patriot who obviously loves his country, loves his president and wants to do right by both.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined from left by Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and Majority Whip John Thune, R-S.D., speaks to reporters following a weekly policy meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Republicans finally getting it right

- The Washington Times

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.

In this photo taken Monday, June 4, 2018, a painting of the Last Supper is seen next to posters quoting China's constitution on religious freedom in a house church shut down by authorities near the city of Nanyang in central China's Henan province. Under President Xi Jinping, China's most powerful leader since Mao Zedong, believers are seeing their freedoms shrink dramatically even as the country undergoes a religious revival. Experts and activists say that as he consolidates his power, Xi is waging the most severe systematic suppression of Christianity in the country since religious freedom was written into the Chinese constitution in 1982. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan) ** FILE **

Religious Freedom Day, a time to reflect -- and fight

- The Washington Times

Religious Freedom Day is being celebrated at choice spots around the nation, giving Americans who take such matters for granted a brief moment in time to consider: Not all have it so First Amendment-y free and easy. In fact, a look at the statistics show most don't have it so free and easy when it comes to worshipping.

In this Jan. 5, 2017, file photo, Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., speaks during a news conference discussing women's health care on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Zach Gibson) ** FILE **

House Democrats pledge tax dollars for abortions

- The Washington Times

Well, here's a real winner of an issue for the left -- Democrats, in all their newly won legislative majority wisdom, have pledged to use their House powers to repeal a ban on federal dollars being used to abort babies. They're pledging, in essence, to use tax dollars for abortions.

Gillette's "We Believe: The Best Men Can Be" is billed as a "short film" that encourages men to contemplate "toxic masculinity," "bullying" and other concerns tied to the #MeToo movement. (Image: YouTube, Gillette video screenshot)

Masculinity's not the problem

- The Washington Times

Everywhere you look, masculinity is under attack. But the devil's in the definition. In a culture where masculinity's been defined more by sexual conquest than by providing for one's wife and children -- when a little black book means more than a marriage certificate -- no wonder the word "masculinity" brings a negative connotation.

Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, waits to participate in a mock swearing-in ceremony in the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, as the 116th Congress begins. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) ** FILE **

Mitt Romney -- but of course -- demands Steve King resign

- The Washington Times

Newly-elected Sen. Mitt Romney stretched his neck across the Senate all the way to the House to issue his fellow congressional member Steve King, Iowa lawmaker, a harsh message that went like this: Resign. Now if only Romney could get as tough with Democrats as he does with Republicans -- perhaps he'd be a great senator.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., flanked by Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., left, and Rep. Anthony Brown, D-Md., talks to reporters after signing a House-passed a bill requiring that all government workers receive retroactive pay after the partial shutdown ends, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

Sorry, Nancy Pelosi: 53% likely voters say wall not 'immoral'

- The Washington Times

Voters, with a voice of 53 percent, say border walls aren't immoral -- meaning, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is off the mark, along with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, along with any number of Democrats who've either outright agreed or intimated by their silence a border wall is an "immorality."

Hansjoerg Reick looks at a display of Oral-B Genius X smart toothbrushes at the Procter & Gamble booth before CES International, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Technology in your toothbrush, telling you how to brush

- The Washington Times

If CES 2019 tells anything, it's a story of how technology is moving into every aspect of human life, from driving to securing home and possessions to parenting to -- brushing teeth. Some of the artificial intelligence serves as an apt demonstration of overkill.

Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas, the 2018 Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in Texas, makes his concession speech at his election night party in El Paso, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Beto O'Rourke and his magic border beans

- The Washington Times

Beto O'Rourke -- or, as he was born, Robert Francis O'Rourke -- tweeted out a video response to President Donald Trump's border wall speech that in essence said this: There's nothing to see here, folks. Go home to your families, eat and be merry. The borders are safe, safe, safe. And then he clapped his hands, spun three times and threw down some magic beans and voila, the borders were indeed safe.