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Kavanaugh Commitment to Catholic Charities Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Brett Kavanaugh's priorities

By Ashley McGuire and Andrea Picciotti-Bayer

President Trump just introduced to the nation his nominee for the next justice on the U.S. Supreme Court: Brett Kavanaugh. Judge Kavanaugh then introduced the nation to someone perhaps a bit unexpected: Monsignor John Enzler. In a short and poignant speech that revealed Judge Kavanaugh's biggest priorities, faith and family, he highlighted his mother and father, his wife and children, and the president and CEO of Catholic Charities D.C. Published July 17, 2018

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In a Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, file photo, Franklin Graham greets guests as his father, the Rev. Billy Graham, lies in honor after a ceremony in the Capitol, in Washington. (Erin Schaff/Pool via AP, File)

Franklin Graham's not the intolerant, hateful one here

- The Washington Times

The Rev. Franklin Graham is headed to the United Kingdom to preach on the spiritual pitfalls of "sex, drugs, money, even religion," but Blackpool bus company powers-who-be, facing pressure from LGBTQ activists, have pulled his advertisements about hoping in Jesus from their transit system.

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, listens to FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok testify before the House Committees on the Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform during a hearing on "Oversight of FBI and Department of Justice Actions Surrounding the 2016 Election," on Capitol Hill, Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) **FILE**

Attempted assassination by accusation

The most recent of these disgusting assaults is being launched against Rep. Jim Jordan, the Ohio Republican who is widely viewed as a leading contender for speaker of the House.

President Donald Trump greets  Judge Brett Kavanaugh his Supreme Court nominee, in the East Room of the White House, Monday, July 9, 2018, in Washington.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump taps Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

- The Washington Times

President Trump nominated federal appeals court Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court Monday night, setting up a furious partisan confirmation battle as he seeks to move the high court firmly under conservatives' control for decades to come.

Hundreds of activists protest the Trump administration's approach to illegal border crossings and separation of children from immigrant parents, in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 28, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

No children reunited yet from border separations

- The Washington Times

The federal government will have to cut corners on safety checks in order to meet a federal judge's "extreme" deadlines to reunify families separated at the border, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Thursday.

In this June 29, 2018, photo, Sirley Silveira Paixao, an immigrant from Brazil seeking asylum, left, and paralegal and interpreter Luana Mason listen on the phone to Denise Brown, director of Heartland Human Care Service, on the procedures Paixao needs to fulfill to get her son Diego released from immigration detention in Chicago. Seated with them are Lidia Karine Souza, second from right, and her son Diogo, who recently was released from immigration detention. Paixao and her son arrived in this country from Brazil on May 22, and were separated shortly after. She was released on June 13 and has been living in Massachusetts, while her son was taken to Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Feds chide Congress for holding up family unifications at border

- The Washington Times

The U.S. Health and Human Services Department chided members of Congress on Tuesday for all the demands to visit the dorms where illegal immigrant children are staying, saying the hundreds of hours it took to show facilities to lawmakers could have been better spent reuniting parents and children.

Australian Archbishop Philip Wilson arrives for sentencing at Newcastle Local Court in Newcastle, Tuesday, July 3, 2018. Wilson, the most senior Roman Catholic cleric in the world to be convicted of covering up child sex abuse, was sentenced to 12 months in detention. (Darren Pateman/AAP Image via AP)

Australian bishop sentenced to year's detention for cover-up

- Associated Press

The most senior Roman Catholic cleric to be convicted of covering up child sex abuse was sentenced to 12 months in detention by an Australian court Tuesday in a landmark case welcomed by some abuse survivors as a strong warning to institutions that fail to protect children.

Illustration on the attractiveness of Socialism by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The unthinking and the unobservant

This past week, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a self-proclaimed socialist, won the Democratic primary for a congressional seat in New York. Why would a sane person advocate a political movement that was responsible for well over a hundred million deaths in the last century, as well as untold misery? By her comments, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez revealed a couple of things about herself. The first is an ignorance of history — because it is unlikely that she really meant to be an advocate for a cause that often results in mass death and destruction — and that she is unable to think beyond stage 1, or the first order effect of a policy.

The American Experiment Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Finding the meaning of Independence Day

In announcing his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination in November 1979, Ronald Reagan spoke eloquently about his vision for America. In his address, he acknowledged that an unease, a "malaise" President Jimmy Carter had called it, seemed to pervade the country.

The Supreme Court rules to favor pregnancy centers

The mission of the pro-life movement has always been to "love them both" — protecting the innate human dignity of both mother and child. There is no better example of carrying out this mission than pro-life pregnancy care centers, the kind involved in the Supreme Court case NIFLA v. Becerra. In that case the right of pregnancy care centers to continue providing compassionate, life-affirming care to expectant mothers and their babies was just upheld.

Sen. Bob Casey's campaign spokesman said that Mr. Casey "is opposed to [the] Roe [v. Wade ruling]," and wants to "reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies."
(Pa.) holds a press conference along with local immigration activists at the 30th St. Station in Philadelphia to demand that the Trump administration produce a plan to reunite families who have been separated at the border on Monday, June 25, 2018. (Heather Khalifa/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Pennsylvania Senate hopefuls spar over Roe, high court

- The Washington Times

The pending Supreme Court vacancy and its implications for abortion law has become a battleground already in Pennsylvania's Senate race between incumbent Democratic Sen. Bob Casey and his Republican challenger, Rep. Lou Barletta.

Illustration on unrest in Iran by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Resisting Iranian extremism

Iran seems to be a perpetual case of the good, the bad and the ugly. Ugly is the regime, an extremist sectarian system that has caused untold misery to its own people and others. Bad is the challenge of dealing with a potential Iranian nuclear weapon.

Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., center, and Rep. Anthony Brown, D-Md., left, arrive for a news conference on pre-existing health conditions on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The Do A Lot of Harm Act

The Do No Harm Act, proposed by several Democrats in the U.S. Senate ranging from the far left to the farther left, is a sneaky case of mislabeling. If there were truth in marketing, it would be called the Do A Lot of Harm Act.

Judge temporarily blocks abortion reporting rule in Indiana

- Associated Press

A federal judge on Thursday temporarily blocked a new Indiana law's requirement that medical providers report detailed patient information to the state if they treat women for complications arising from abortions.

Migrant kids could end up in already strained foster system

- Associated Press

Foster care advocates say the government won't likely be able to reunite thousands of children separated from parents who crossed the border illegally, and some will end up in an American foster care system that is stacked against Latinos and other minorities.

In this Feb. 1, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump, followed by Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway, left, walks into the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington  as David O'Steen of the National Right to Life watches. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) ** FILE **

Muted reaction by 'pro-family' groups to family separations

- Associated Press

Even as many religious organizations, from liberal to conservative, denounced the Trump administration's policy of separating immigrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border, some major advocacy groups that depict themselves as "pro-family" declined to join in the criticism.

Pope Francis takes part in an ecumenical prayer at the World Council of Churches (WCC), on Thursday, June 21, 2018, in Geneva, Switzerland. (Denis Balibouse/pool photo via AP)

Pope Francis, in Geneva, says Christians can work together on peace

- Associated Press

Pope Francis on Thursday encouraged Christians to work together to further peace and justice in the world and resist the temptation to use religious differences as excuses to thwart unity as he made a visit to Geneva, one of the first cities to embrace the Protestant Reformation.

From The Vault

The White House is seen at dusk in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) ** FILE **

Trump hosts first Iftar dinner in observance of Ramadan

- The Washington Times

President Trump is hosting his first Iftar dinner Wednesday night at the White House to mark one of the religious observances of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, a gesture that was met with surprise and criticism among some U.S. Muslims.

First lady Melania Trump speaks on her initiatives during an event in the Rose Garden of the White House, Monday, May 7, 2018, in Washington.  The first lady gave her multipronged effort to promote the well-being of children a minimalist new motto: "BE BEST."  The first lady formally launched her long-awaited initiative after more than a year of reading to children, learning about babies born addicted to drugs and hosting a White House conversation on cyberbullying.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Melania Trump unveils 'Be Best' agenda to promote children's well-being

- The Washington Times

First lady Melania Trump rolled out an agenda Monday that focused on enhancing the well-being of children, soldiering on in her duties against one of the Washington press corps' most hostile receptions for a first lady and rabid news coverage of the president's alleged infidelity with adult film actress Stormy Daniels.

Pedestrians walk past the entrance for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/David Goldman) ** FILE **

CDC: Teen mom birth rates hit historic low

- The Washington Times

Babies born to teenage mothers reached an historic low between 2015 and 2016, with the birth rate continuously declining for mothers between the ages of 10 and 19 years old, according to new data released on Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In this photo taken Thursday, Aug. 14, 2013, an embryologist works on a petri dish at the Create Health fertility clinic in south London. Since the first test-tube baby was born more than three decades ago, in vitro fertilization has become a sophisticated process with pricey incubators, specialized techniques and extensive screening. Now, scientists are going back to basics and testing a simpler and cheaper method intended mainly for use in developing countries. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

More than 71,000 babies born in 2016 from IVF

- The Washington Times

Babies born using assisted reproductive technology increased in 2016, with 71,296 births counted from the efforts of 377 clinics in the U.S., according to preliminary data from the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology.