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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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German Chancellor Angela Merkel shakes hands with Prime Minister David Cameron, right, at the 'Supporting Syria and the Region' conference at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London, Thursday Feb. 4, 2016. Leaders and diplomats around the world are meeting in London Thursday and pledging some billions of dollars to help millions of Syrian people displaced by war, and try to slow the chaotic exodus of refugees into Europe. (Stefan Rousseau / Pool via AP)

Refugee lessons from Europe

The media debate about Western countries accepting "refugees" has been full of more assertions than facts. Here, then, are a few facts. Published February 4, 2016

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., poses for a photo during a campaign event at Iowa State University, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Iowa lessons

Iowa, as it often does, offered some real surprises during the caucuses. Published February 2, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court Building in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Supreme Court Justice Obama?

As the Republican primaries have become increasingly contentious in recent weeks, various factions have threatened not to support the others should their preferred candidate fail to win the nomination. But if the prospect of Hillary Clinton as president is not frightening enough to unite Republicans behind their eventual nominee, perhaps something Mrs. Clinton said in Iowa this week will be. Published January 28, 2016

The Reince Priebus Revolution

A remarkable revolution has taken place quietly but certainly in the process of electing a candidate for president. Published January 21, 2016

This photo provided by Paramount Pictures shows Pablo Schreiber, from left, as Kris "Tanto" Paronto, John Krasinski as Jack Silva, David Denman as Dave "Boon" Benton and Dominic Fumusa as John "Tig" Tiegen, in the film, "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi" from Paramount Pictures and 3 Arts Entertainment/Bay Films. The movie releases in U.S. theaters Jan. 15, 2016. (Christian Black/Paramount Pictures via AP)

'13 Hours': a must-see movie

Callista and I saw "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi" on Monday. It was a tremendous experience. The intensity of the continuous action reminded me a lot of the movie "Black Hawk Down." Published January 19, 2016

EDS NOTE: GRAPHIC CONTENT - This image made from video posted online April 19, 2015 by supporters of the Islamic State militant group on an anonymous photo sharing website, members of an IS affiliate walk captured Ethiopian Christians along a beach in Libya. The video purportedly shows two groups of captives: one held by an IS affiliate in eastern Libya and the other by an affiliate in the south. A masked militant delivers a long statement before the video switches between footage that purportedly shows the captives in the south being shot dead and the captives in the east being beheaded on a beach. (Militant video via AP, File)

Obama blasts bullying, ignores beheading

The 2016 State of the Union address was very striking for the one-sidedness and disproportion of the president's concern for religious suffering. Published January 14, 2016

In this Dec. 19, 2015, photo. Hillary Clinton speaks during a Democratic presidential primary debate at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. Using a savvy social media campaign, in-person pleas and pithy T-shirts, three Iowa high school students have successfully lobbied Clinton to visit their small town. Clinton will appear Dec. 22 in Keota, a town of about a thousand people in southeast Iowa. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Hillary Clinton's Christmas gifts for Republicans

In the Democratic presidential debate on Saturday night -- which was, by design, almost unwatched, even by President Obama himself -- Hillary Clinton gave republicans three unexpected but delightful Christmas gifts. Published December 22, 2015

George Washington and troops crossing the icy Delaware River.

The war on Christmas

Rep. Doug Lamborn of Colorado took a small but important step in Congress this week when he introduced a resolution, H. Res. 564, along with 35 cosponsors, to reassert the place of Christmas in the public square. Published December 17, 2015

Republican presidential candidates, from left, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Chris Christie, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Donald Trump, John Kasich and Rand Paul talk together following the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Venetian Hotel & Casino on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Republican leaders should worry about themselves, not Trump

The latest polls showing Donald Trump with his biggest lead yet -- 38 percent in the new Washington Post-ABC poll -- have Republican leaders fussing about what the party will do if "The Donald" becomes their nominee. Published December 16, 2015

Government Waste Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Outrageous waste by an out-of-control government

Americans believe that more than half of all federal spending is waste, according to Gallup -- 51 cents out of every dollar to be specific. This is one of those points on which so-called experts can marshal all kinds of figures to show that ordinary Americans are wildly off-base -- and the experts will be stupider for it. Published December 10, 2015

President Barack Obama addresses the nation from the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, Sunday night, Dec. 6, 2016.  In a rare Oval Office address, Obama vowed the United States would overcome a terror threat that has entered a "new phase" as he sought to reassure Americans shaken by recent attacks in Paris and California.   (Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP) **FILE**

Obama's challenge to Congress is wrong

President Obama thought he was being clever in the conclusion of his address to the nation Sunday night, which he delivered just before heading to the Kennedy Center Honors. After 13 minutes spent reiterating the same failed approach, the president called on Congress to pass an authorization to use military force against Islamic State. "For over a year," he said, "I have ordered our military to take thousands of airstrikes against ISIL targets. I think it's time for Congress to vote to demonstrate that the American people are united, and committed, to this fight." Published December 8, 2015

President Obama speaks during a news conference at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Centre, in Paris, on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015. Obama discussed the COP21 climate change summit. (Associated Press)

The Paris delusion

Weeks after the Paris terror attacks that killed 130 people and wounded hundreds more, world leaders have converged on the French capital to discuss what they call the most urgent challenge facing the planet, a crisis that threatens to spread death and destruction across the globe: an increase in global average temperatures of two degrees by the end of the 21st century. Published December 1, 2015

Police officers walk outside the house of the mother of the female suicide bomber Hasna Aitboulahcen, in Aulnay-sous-Bois, near Paris, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015. Aitboulahcen is believed to have detonated a suicide vest after a brief exchange with police officers. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

President Obama, meet Hasna Aitboulahcen

"Apparently, they're scared of widows and orphans coming into the United States of America as part of our tradition of compassion." That was President Obama speaking in the Philippines this week, criticizing Republican presidential candidates for their concerns about the program resettling Syrian refugees in the United States. Published November 24, 2015

The Real War II: Defining success

I argued in my column earlier this week that we are engaged in a real war that will almost certainly be a long war as well. The war is worldwide and its center of gravity is the internet and other forms of communication. "A third world war" is how King Abdullah of Jordan described it. Published November 19, 2015

French President Francois Hollande waits for the arrival of US Secretary of State John Kerry at the Elysee Palace, in Paris, France, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. Kerry arrived in Paris to pay tribute to last Friday November 13 attacks in France. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

The real war

Friday night's attack in Paris was another reminder that we are in a real war. It is vital that we understand what the real war is and who the real enemy is. Published November 17, 2015

"While I was proud of our candidates and the way they handled tonight's debate, the performance by the CNBC moderators was extremely disappointing and did a disservice to their network, our candidates, and voters," RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement. (Associated Press)

Rethinking general election debates

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus showed real leadership after the CNBC debate last month when he announced the party was putting NBC's future debates under review. Published November 12, 2015