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Fighting crime with Jesus

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A Chicago pastor, Jon Kelly, tired of seeing kids raised in crime and violence turn around and perpetuate the cycle with their own acts of criminality, has taken his prison past, his theology studies and a dose of good ol' boldness in God and headed to the streets -- taking over drug dealers' corners and setting up "Jesus Saves" shop. This is how it's done, folks.

Susan Rice's breathtaking spins

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File this under Most Disingenuous Argument Ever. Susan Rice, of Barack Obama national security adviser fame, actually penned a piece for the Washington Post decrying President Donald Trump administration's "false statements" about wiretapping -- saying such unproven allegations present a danger to America. Can she say Benghazi, and YouTube video?

Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. questions Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch during the committee's confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 21, 2017.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Graham flexes impeachment muscle at Trump

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Sen. Lindsey Graham, sometimes Republican from South Carolina -- but always Republican In Name -- seemed to issue a direct, not-so-veiled threat to President Donald Trump during the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch. Oh yes, he did.

President Donald Trump speaks at the National Republican Congressional Committee March Dinner at the National Building Museum, Tuesday, March 21, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) ** FILE **

The Trump budget and Big Bird

The liberal fainting couch continues to get a workout. Since President Trump announced his budget last week, the poor liberal base has been pummeled with hysterical headlines announcing Mr. Trump's desire to destroy the Meals on Wheels program. Once he's done with that, he'll murder Big Bird. And then after that, the evil and depraved genius has figured out how to completely eradicate all the "arts" in America.

Energy Industry Red Tape Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Declaring energy independence

The United States is about to reach a major energy milestone. A new government report predicts that the nation is on track to become a net energy exporter within the decade.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, March 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) ** FILE **

Political partisans within the ivy-covered halls

In her address last month at CPAC 2017, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos strongly criticized the nation's college campuses for trying to indoctrinate students. She claimed that the faculty -- "from adjunct professors to deans" -- are telling students "what to say, and more ominously, what to think. On many college campuses, if you voted for Donald Trump, you're a threat to the university community."

Unanswered Questions in the Mideast Conflicts Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

A slippery slope in Iraq and Syria

The good news is various forces are attacking ISIS (the Islamic State) and its control of territory is weakening. But as it does, historical adversaries are converging on the battlefield and American troops are standing between them in ever-increasing numbers. What began as limited airstrikes has become an American ground presence. Changes begun in the previous administration continue in the current one.

Trumpcare would hurt many

I have a rare brain disorder called idiopathic intracranial hypertension. It affects one in 100,000. My brain thinks it has a tumor but it doesn't and for some reason it increases production of cerebral-spinal fluid, causing intense spikes in pressure in my head. It has been so bad that the fluid has twice leaked out my ear and I have had to undergo brain surgery to repair the leaks. Doctors tried installing a shunt to direct the extra fluid into my stomach, but that shunt has now failed and I'm awaiting a surgery date to have it removed.

Making America great the first time

For decades George Melloan has been the insightful pater families of The Wall Street Journal's editorial pages. Recently he retired as deputy editor and columnist, although he continues still to contribute commentary to the paper. Yet, he also has taken time to research, report and create this charming and penetrating memoir of his life during the Great Depression and its parallels to Washington's continuing irresistible impulse to shape America to the liking of our political elites, left or right.

'Someone else's babies' Americans

When quotes like Rep. Steve King's show up in the news, it threatens the very diversity of the generations of immigrants who expanded this country into what it is today ("White House dismisses Rep. King's comments about 'someone else's babies,'" Web, March 14). When these statements are offered by an elected official charged with making decisions about modern families, it concerns child welfare advocates because it harms kids. It is critical for those in power to remember that the people of this country aren't always a mirror image of those who lead.

Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch talks about playing basketball with former Supreme Court Justice Byron White as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 21, 2017, during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

No time to go wobbly

Washington has a bad case of whiplash. Barack Obama spent eight years pushing the nation toward the radical transformation that he couldn't openly talk about. Now President Trump is attempting to stop that train in its tracks.

President Donald Trump pauses while speaking at the National Republican Congressional Committee March Dinner at the National Building Museum, Tuesday, March 21, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The Trump legacy

Donald Trump's greatest legacy (it's not too soon to speculate) is likely to be the end of the dependency of the rest of the world on the United States. This peculiar relationship was itself a legacy of World War II. Europe had been decimated by an earlier world war inflicted on an earlier generation, and the moral bankruptcy that followed enabled the ascendancy of the Nazis and the destruction of the Jews in Europe.

Budget Director Mick Mulvaney arrives at the Capitol with President Donald Trump to rally support for the Republican health care overhaul, in Washington, Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Mulvaney wrote in a memo late last week that until the full budget release in May, "all public comments of any sort should be limited to the information contained in the Budget Blueprint chapter for your agency," referring to the 53-page document released last Thursday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

All politics are local -- and usually stupid

I started out in journalism in a quaint little place called Prince William County, Virginia. Back then, the late 1980s, the small county was a bedroom community for Washington. Now PWC has nearly a half-million residents and has helped pushed Virginia into the Democrats' column, but back then there were fewer than 200,000 residents and the state was solidly red.

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