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Newt Gingrich, a Republican, served as House speaker from 1995 to 1999 and ran as a presidential candidate in 2012. He is an adviser to the Center for Union Facts.

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In this Wednesday, April 27, 2016 photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a thumbs up after giving a foreign policy speech at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington. He's become one of the most closely scrutinized people on Earth, but until this week nobody really knew what policies and actions Trump would pursue for the world at large if he elected president. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Trump's foreign policy of putting America first

The day after Donald Trump carried every county in five states (a remarkable achievement), he gave his first major foreign policy and national security speech to the Center for the National Interest. It was a substantive speech to a serious foreign policy and national security organization. Published April 28, 2016

Europe's crisis of crises

Callista and I have been on a great cruise up the Rhine River from Amsterdam to Basel. Published April 22, 2016

Veterans Affairs has come under fire for failing to properly discipline employees, but VA Secretary Robert McDonald said the agency is streamlining the administrative leave process so employees can be disciplined more quickly. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The VA needs a radical overhaul

No American should be satisfied with the incompetence and corruption exemplified by the VA. Published April 15, 2016

Daniel Berger hits from a bunker on the second hole during the second round of the Masters golf tournament Friday, April 8, 2016, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

The Masters an event unlike any other

What was most impressive and surprising about the Masters was that the event is about so much more than golf. From the pimento cheese sandwiches to the peach ice cream sandwiches (both tributes to the tournament's location in Georgia), there are more experiences than you can imagine. There is also an amazing amount of history at the Masters. Published April 13, 2016

Mother Angelica became the face of Catholic media during the Pope John Paul era by founding Eternal Word Television Network and being its most prominent on-air personality. (EWTN)

In remembrance of Mother Angelica

We were saddened by the passing of Mother Angelica who died at the age of 92 on Easter Sunday. This beloved Catholic nun lived a truly extraordinary life. Published March 29, 2016

Belgium police stand guard during an investigation in a house in the Anderlecht neighborhood in Brussels, Belgium, Wednesday, March 23, 2016, one day after Tuesday's deadly suicide attacks on the Brussels airport and its subway system. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Thoughts on the Brussels attack

Hours after the horrific terror attacks in Brussels on Tuesday, a correspondent on one of the American cable networks remarked that ordinary Belgians were predicting grimly that security would be very tight that day--and that the next day, it would return to the same casual mediocrity that had failed to stop the attack in the first place. Published March 23, 2016

Troubles at the VA cost former Secretary Eric K. Shinseki his post this spring.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Why the Phoenix VA scandal drags on

700 days. That's roughly how long it has taken the Department of Veterans Affairs to seek the firing of three senior officials at the Phoenix VA who oversaw the systematic falsification of wait times for appointments. And that's how long they could continue to receive full pay before the VA actually succeeds in firing them. Published March 21, 2016

Georgia State Capitol (Photo by By Ken Lund - Flickr;

Help Georgia make the right choice

Throughout our history, American innovators have used their freedom to improve the lives of their fellow citizens - making us healthier, happier, and more prosperous. But resistance to change naturally comes from those who see anything new as a threat to the old way of doing things. Published March 10, 2016

Illustration in appreciation of Nancy Reagan by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Nancy Reagan: Our remembrance

Callista and I were sorry to learn of the passing of Nancy Reagan on Sunday. We will miss her supportive and welcoming presence at the Reagan Presidential Library, but are comforted to know that she will once again be reunited with her beloved Ronnie. Published March 8, 2016

Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Friday, March 4, 2016, in National Harbor, Md. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

John Kasich's moment

Thursday night's debate in Detroit became Ohio Gov. John Kasich's moment. In Frank Luntz's focus group, 18 of 24 picked Mr. Kasich as the winner. Published March 4, 2016

In this Aug. 6, 1986 photo, Supreme Court Justice nominee Anthony Scalia attends a Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearings in Washington. On Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, the U.S. Marshals Service confirmed that Scalia has died at the age of 79. (AP Photo/Lana Harris/File)

The wisdom of Antonin Scalia

"I hope to impart to you the courage to have your wisdom regarded as stupidity. For decades, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia shared some form of this message with countless audiences. Published February 18, 2016

6 year old Gavin Price follows the lead of big sister Sydney Price, 11, and prays during Ash Wednesday service at St. Rose of Lima Parish in Haddon Heights, N.J., Wednesday, Feb. 10,  2016.  The Price's are from Mt. Ephraim. (Elizabeth Robertson/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday

This week, Ash Wednesday marked the beginning of Lent, a period of spiritual reflection, fasting and penitence that many Christians undertake each year to prepare for the celebration of Easter. Published February 12, 2016