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Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, stand during the playing of the national anthem before an NFL football game between the Indianapolis Colts and the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Pence spikes ball over NFL decision to ban players from kneeling: '#Winning'

By Valerie Richardson - The Washington Times

Vice President Mike Pence cheered the NFL's decision Wednesday to ban on-field protests during the national anthem with one word: "#Winning." Published May 23, 2018

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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., emerges from the chamber just after key conservatives in the rebellious House Freedom Caucus helped to kill passage of the farm bill which had been a priority for GOP leaders, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, May 18, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

House panel advances GOP welfare-reform bill

- The Washington Times

The House Ways and Means Committee approved Thursday a massive overhaul of the country's welfare system that would push more people on the public dole to look for work, hoping to wean them off benefits altogether.

A pharmacist at Marquier's Pharmacy in Newark, N.J., holds a bottle of the prescription drug Ritalin on March 26, 1996. Ritalin, manufactured by Ciba Pharmaceuticals based in Summit, N.J., is prescribed for hyperactivity in children but has been abused by some adolescents who take larger quantities to get high. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

ADHD medication poisonings, abuse increasing, says study

- The Washington Times

Calls to poison control centers increased for children accidentally exposed to ADHD medication, according to a new study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers raised the alarm that improper use of the therapy is a growing problem in the U.S.

Pope Francis asperges holy water as he celebrates a Pentecost mass in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Sunday, May 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

LGBT community cheers pope's 'God made you like this' remark

- Associated Press

Pope Francis' reported comments to a gay man that "God made you like this" have been embraced by the LGBT community as another sign of Francis' desire to make gay people feel welcomed and loved in the Catholic Church.

University Goat Petting Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Pursuing God, or petting goats

It is finals week at colleges and universities across the nation, and the University of Maine at Orono just announced a brilliant plan: It is providing a herd of goats for students to feed and pet in order to help them — presumably the students, not the goats — get through the stress of final exams.

A protester carries a sign down the street near a Planned Parenthood health center in the Van Nuys section of Los Angeles on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. Several dozen protesters gathered in California's San Fernando Valley demanding the organization be stripped of its federal funding.  (AP Photo/Richard Vogel) ** FILE **

Trump's about to make pro-life camp very happy

- The Washington Times

President Donald Trump has a new proposal, and it's one that's going to make his Christian and evangelical base quite happy. He's set his sights on reeling in Planned Parenthood and abortion -- another campaign promise coming true.

Young adults feel stress of long-term care, AP-NORC poll shows

- Associated Press

Most young adults haven't given much thought to their own needs as they get older, but a significant number are already providing long-term care for older loved ones, according to a new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

This photo combo of booking mugs provided by the Solano County Sheriff's Office in Fairfield, Calif., shows Jonathan Allen and his wife, Ina Rogers. Police said Monday, May 14, 2018, they had removed 10 children from a squalid California home and charged their father, Allen, with torture and their mother, Rogers, with neglect after an investigation revealed a lengthy period of severe physical and emotional abuse. (Solano County Sheriff's Office via AP)

10 kids removed from California home; mom, dad deny torture

- Associated Press

A Northern California woman denied that she or her husband abused their 10 children after authorities said the kids suffered puncture wounds, burns, bruising and injuries consistent with being shot with a pellet gun.

In this photo combination, Palestinians protest near the border of Israel and the Gaza Strip, left, and on the same day dignitaries, from left, Sara Netanyahu, her husband Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner, and U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump, applaud at the opening ceremony of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem on Monday, May 14, 2018. Netanyahu praised the inauguration of the embassy as a "great day for peace," as dozens of Palestinians have been killed in Gaza amidst ongoing clashes. (AP Photo)

Deadliest Palestinian protests in years mar historic Jerusalem embassy opening

On a day of surreal, split-screen contrasts, the prime minister of Israel and the daughter of President Trump headlined a celebration of the opening of a U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem while just miles away more than 50 Palestinians were killed in the deadliest protests against Israeli occupation in years.

Pope Francis gestures during a visit to the "Scholas Occurentes" Foundation in Rome, Italy, May 11, 2018. (Max Rossi/Pool Photo via AP)

Pope Francis to give Chilean bishops a dressing-down on abuse errors

- Associated Press

The Vatican made it clear Saturday that Pope Francis had summoned Chile's bishops to Rome for a papal dressing-down because of their role in covering up sexual abuse by priests and their "grave omissions" in caring for victims.

Frances McDormand, from left, Pierpaolo Piccioli, Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman attend The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination exhibition on Monday, May 7, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Inside the Met Gala: Real-life cardinal gets star treatment

- Associated Press

It was cocktail hour at the Met Gala, the most glittery and exclusive event on the New York social calendar, and celebrity guests were thronging around the imposing Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, sipping drinks and munching on canapes. Pretty much everyone in the room was famous, some hugely so, but one guest seemed to be getting a little more attention than most: Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Roman Catholic archbishop of New York.

Illustration on America's religious freedom roots by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

A time of reckoning for religious freedom

Sometimes, the merry-go-round of false narratives deserves to be stopped, history reasserted. America's religious roots are under intense pressure today from the media, state governments, educational institutions and litigious atheists. We are at a time of reckoning — and so is our role in the world as a beacon of religious freedom.

Former Marquette University professor John McAdams sued the private Catholic school in 2016, arguing that he lost his job for exercising his freedom of speech by expressing his disapproval of what he believes was a teacher's attempt to shut down a discussion about opposition to gay marriage. (Associated Press)

Catholic colleges, conflicted conservatives

In recent years, opinions about free speech and academic freedom have fallen squarely along party lines — especially with regard to private, religious schools.

Illustration on freedom of speech on campus by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Free speech for some, but not for all

"I may not agree with what you say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it." Few quotations are more quintessentially American than this (attributed in various forms to Voltaire, Oscar Wilde and others). You may not persuade anyone, but at least you can count on being heard.

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.

From The Vault

Michelle Wolf arrives at the 6th Annual Hilarity For Charity Los Angeles Variety Show at the Hollywood Palladium on Saturday, March 24, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)

A Wolf at the White House Correspondents Dinner

There's no doubt that the annual White House Correspondents Association Dinner historically has been a grand affair. I've been several times and always had a blast. (Not to mention the fact that they were great networking events.)

In this Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 photo, members of the Sisterhood Salaam Shalom talk after a unity vigil held at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. The Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, a national organization that brings together Muslim and Jewish women, organized the gathering as part of the organization's response to President Donald Trump's travel ban. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

US Muslims and Jews strengthen bonds amid acts of bigotry

- Associated Press

They sat on either end of the congressmen's couch, one a Jewish healthcare executive whose parents fled Germany in 1936, the other the Kashmiri Muslim chairman of a well-known American furniture chain. The men, Stanley Bergman and Farooq Kathwari, came to draw attention to an outbreak of hate crimes. But Bergman and Kathwari hoped their joint appearance would also send a broader message: that U.S. Jews and Muslims could put aside differences and work together.

George Washington

Rediscovering God in America

America's most iconic author, Mark Twain, once observed that "it ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so." And in the United States, our secular academic elite has taught two generations of Americans to know a lot of things for sure that fall into that latter category -- they just aren't so.