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'From Russia With Blood' (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: 'From Russia With Blood'

Heidi Blake's "From Russia With Blood" (a clever take on Ian Fleming's "From Russia With Love" title), lifts the veil off a series of murders in the United Kingdom and places blame squarely on Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

Cameron Bray donates to the the Salvation Army outside of Hobby Lobby in Janesville, Wisconsin, on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2019. Bell ringer Debi Pulver averaged $63 raised per hour while ringing the ball last year. (Anthony Wahl/The Janesville Gazette via AP) **FILE**

Pay it forward with charitable contributions

- The Washington Times

Santa's done his thing, and you've sifted through his deliveries to decide which you'll keep, which you'll regift and which (shrug) you'll return to brick-and-mortar stores -- or struggle to find the return labels for shipping. While you're at it, consider paying it forward. Donate to a worthy and reputable cause, and get a tax credit to boot.

'One Man's Terrorist: A Political History of the IRA' (book cover)

BOOK REVIEW: 'One Man's Terrorist: A Political History of the IRA'

This book's account of how Sinn Fein's leaders played an instrumental role in making this possible is an indispensable guide to understanding how this template can -- and cannot -- be applied to resolving other terrorist conflicts, as well.

Four Pillars Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Recognizing the four pillars of the republic in public schools

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to restore civics in public schools. Worried that students are graduating ignorant of how America's system of government works, he announced that he's instructing Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran to have all seniors take the test administered to immigrants applying for citizenship.

Terror Cartels Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Why drug cartels should be designated terrorist organizations

In an interview with Bill O'Reilly, President Trump stated that he planned to designate the Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations. His comment was in response to the brutal murder of nine American citizens in Mexico last month. The murder victims included women and children.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has a weak hand in withholding the two articles of impeachment from the Senate. (Associated Press)

Nancy Pelosi has no leverage on impeachment and will fold

After pushing through a quick, partisan impeachment, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made a grievous strategic miscalculation. The California Democrat decided not to forward the two articles of impeachment to the Senate, believing she could pressure the Senate to require witnesses as part of the trial.

Illustration on the Battle of the Bulge by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Recalling the Battle of the Bulge

Seventy-five years ago, at the Battle of the Bulge (fought from Dec. 16, 1944, to Jan. 25, 1945), the United States suffered more casualties than in any other battle in its history. Some 19,000 Americans were killed, 47,500 wounded and 23,000 reported missing.

 Socialism: Failures Forgotten Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Socialism's cynical appeal

Like swallows returning to Capistrano, socialism makes an appearance on a regular cycle. The current presidential campaign features self-confessed socialist Bernie Sanders, Vermont independent, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts Democrat, who doesn't self-describe as a socialist, but whose policies closely resemble those of Mr. Sanders.

Illustration on U.S. markets and the silk road by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The U.S. emerging markets opportunity along the Silk Road

Newly released trade figures show that China is feeling the pain in its ongoing economic spat with the United States. Exports are reportedly down for the 12th consecutive month,with trade volumes 1.1 percent below where they were last November.

Christmas Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Christmas in America

What if Christmas is a core value of belief in a personal God who lived among us and His freely given promise of eternal salvation that no believer should reject or apologize for? What if Christmas is the rebirth of Christ in the hearts of all believers? W

Afghan Capitalism Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

The Afghan drug debacle

Every time we Americans declare a war on an inanimate object, we lose. Cases in point: the War on Alcohol (Prohibition) 1920s and '30s, the War on Poverty 1960s and the War on Drugs 1980-present. Consequently, we should not be surprised that declaring war on drugs in Afghanistan would be a debacle.

This image released by Netflix shows, from left, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Ray Romano in a scene from "The Irishman." On Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, Pacino was nominated for a Golden Globe for best supporting actor in a motion picture for his role in the film.(Netflix via AP)

Comparing 'The Irishman' and 'I Heard You Paint Houses'

I watched "The Irishman" on the night it premiered on Netflix and although the film was slow, long and a bit too talky, I enjoyed it. But I viewed the film as fiction. I read "I Heard You Paint Houses," the book "The Irishman" was based on, some years ago.

Illustration on state pensions by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Why states must address pension reform now, before it's too late

It's been quite a while since the American economy has performed as well as it is now doing. Joblessness has sunk to record lows, causing some analysts to suggest we may be as close to full employment as we're ever going to get.

Illustration on lessons from Julius Caesar by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Progressives, beware of Julius Caesar's fate

As we consider the manifestos of today's progressives, we should ask: What can we learn from the reign of Julius Caesar? Julius Caesar established the Roman Empire and crowned himself dictator perpetuo -- "dictator for life." Just how did he become so powerful? Caesar promised the Romans everything under the sun -- everything that they would not have to pay for.

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