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Is virtue something that can be taught?

Is virtue something that can be taught?

How can human society form and raise up virtuous people? In the Summer/Fall 1982 issue of Modern Age, philosopher Russell Kirk explored this peren ...

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Can Democracy be reformed?

Can Democracy be reformed?

Most of us are glad to live in a democracy. Yet, we may also think that our democracy is not representing us, or not functioning well. So, can democr ...

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What Armistice Day means today

What Armistice Day means today

I’m just old enough to remember when my elders still called November 11 “Armistice Day:” the armistice in question that which stopp ...

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The priest-president of Notre Dame and his 'foreign wives': helping people behave immorally

The priest-president of Notre Dame and his 'foreign wives': helping people behave immorally

There is a public good in having diverse post-secondary institutions. By "diverse," I do not mean the widely-held meaning. Here is the ...

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James Thunder: 'Even Trump' wouldn't do that; but Obama and Clinton did

James Thunder: 'Even Trump' wouldn't do that; but Obama and Clinton did

The dispute in Australia in which President Trump’s name was invoked is this: On October 9, a six-minute light projection used the “sails ...

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Pope Francis and his 'natural sympathy' for communists

Pope Francis and his 'natural sympathy' for communists

In an opinion article published by the New York Times, Cardinal Joseph Zen ze-kiun -- the retired shepherd of Catholics in Hong Kong -- wrote that a ...

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Trump to save millions in federal dollars by challenging China on subsidized shipping

Trump to save millions in federal dollars by challenging China on subsidized shipping

The Trump Administration announced today that it will address the disparity in global postal rates paid by U.S. businesses. The measure will especial ...

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Scientists adjust the date of the destruction of ancient Pompeii

Scientists adjust the date of the destruction of ancient Pompeii

In the ruined city of Pompeii, a recently discovered inscription surprised archaeologists and re-sets the date that until now had been ascribed to th ...

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How a gold standard for the dollar protects liberty

How a gold standard for the dollar protects liberty

The idea of a constitution and/or written legislation to secure individual rights so beloved by conservatives and among many libertarians has proven ...

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How Christians and their pastors should prepare for the Persecution

How Christians and their pastors should prepare for the Persecution

Last year an 18-year-old Australian Christian named Madeline was dismissed from Capital Kids Parties after putting an "It's OK to Vote No ...

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Where Democrats' contempt for America is leading

Where Democrats' contempt for America is leading

Democrat officials' opposition to Donald Trump originated during the Republican primary in dislike of his rude verbal style. When he beat heir- ...

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Oldest specialized human tool found in Morocco

Oldest specialized human tool found in Morocco

The oldest well-dated specialized bone tool associated with the Aterian culture of the Middle Stone Age has been identified as an artefact disc ...

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Reassessing President Andrew Jackson

Reassessing President Andrew Jackson

Like all human beings, President Andrew Jackson certainly had his faults: sometimes spectacular, brutal, and violent ones, but is it just t ...

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One thousand years of jihad

One thousand years of jihad

At a time when Christian youth are taught that Islam means peace, pilgrimage and prayer, and Christian adults are under the impression that Musl ...

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Warsaw and Auschwitz: words are only the beginning

Warsaw and Auschwitz: words are only the beginning

Politics is about power. Political rhetoric is about control over people's thinking, decisions and behavior. Sometimes power comes from votes, ...

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How U.S. Holocaust Museum distorts historical Holocaust

How U.S. Holocaust Museum distorts historical Holocaust

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has just published a 2019 calendar which focuses on the museum’s new exhibit about Americans’ ...

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How conservatives used C-SPAN to revolt against liberal legacy media

How conservatives used C-SPAN to revolt against liberal legacy media

This is excerpt No. 32 (of 45) from America'Right Turn: How Conservatives Used New and Alternative Media to Take Power, by Richard A. Viguerie ...

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The reality about those who leave Islam

The reality about those who leave Islam

In the immortal words of ‘The Eagles’, the Hotel California is place where you can ‘check out anytime, but you can never leave&rsqu ...

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The old and the new of Islam's war on the West

The old and the new of Islam's war on the West

Today is the seventeenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, Muslim terrorist attacks on the New York World Trade Center Towers, the Pentagon and ...

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PETA politicizes animal crackers

PETA politicizes animal crackers

The manufacturers of Barnum's Animal crackers, which have delighted children for decades, has redesigned its iconic packaging after falling to ...

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Nazi deported, 14 years after judge issues order

Nazi deported, 14 years after judge issues order

Jakiw Palij, a former labor camp guard in German-occupied Poland and a postwar resident of Queens, New York, has been removed by Immigration and Cust ...

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Author to release updated analysis of the 'god that failed'

Author to release updated analysis of the 'god that failed'

Author Joshua Muravchik, who once shared the idealistic materialism of socialists, told Spero News that he is set to release a new edition of his sem ...

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My Pashtun Rabbi: a search for truth in the Muslim world

My Pashtun Rabbi: a search for truth in the Muslim world

A Jewish American working in the United Arab Emirates fears hostility but finds humanity in this debut memoir, My Pashtun Rabbi: a Jew's se ...

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Ancient Egyptian embalming formula revealed

Ancient Egyptian embalming formula revealed

It is the first time that extensive tests have been carried out on an intact prehistoric mummy, consolidating the researchers'previous findings ...

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The American roots of Nazi eugenics

The American roots of Nazi eugenics

Hitler and his henchmen victimized an entire continent and exterminated millions in his quest for a co-called "Master Race." But the con ...

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What started in a classroom ended up in a gas chamber

What started in a classroom ended up in a gas chamber

In 1803 Thomas Robert Malthus, an English clergyman who was concerned about the origins of poverty, published an Essay on the Principle of Population ...

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The political polarization that created The Swamp

The political polarization that created The Swamp

In the first and only political science course I ever took, just over 50 years ago, the first and almost only thing I remember learning was that the ...

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Salafism and a history of misunderstanding

Salafism and a history of misunderstanding

Henri Lauzière’s book, The making of Salafism. Islamic Reform in the Twentieth Century, Columbia University Press, New York, 2016,& ...

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Pat Buchanan: Can tariffs make America great again?

Pat Buchanan: Can tariffs make America great again?

“Make America Great Again!” will, given the astonishing victory it produced for Donald Trump, be recorded among the most successful sloga ...

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Diamond and Silk: Dinesh D'Souza says what Republicans need to learn from Trump

Diamond and Silk: Dinesh D'Souza says what Republicans need to learn from Trump

YouTube celebrity Trump-supporters Diamond and Silk interviewed conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza about his new film Death of a Na ...

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101 books Millenials should read before they die

101 books Millenials should read before they die

MercatorNet's book list, '101 books Gen Ys must read before they die', which was published in 2012, long before anyone had ever ...

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Newt Gingrich: Trump challenges America to recoup 50 years lost

Newt Gingrich: Trump challenges America to recoup 50 years lost

Forty-nine years ago, today, we had every reason to believe that Neil Armstrong's "One small step for [a] man," was in fact the first p ...

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The 'curse' of an ancient Egyptian tomb is revealed

The 'curse' of an ancient Egyptian tomb is revealed

More than 2000 years after it was sealed by the ancient Egyptians, archaeologists opened a gruesome black sarcophagus in the city of Alexandria. On Thur ...

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Ancient Irish tomb is 'find of a lifetime'

Ancient Irish tomb is 'find of a lifetime'

In what some are calling the “find of a lifetime,” Irish archaeologists have found a 5,500-year-old megalithic tomb in County Meath, near ...

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IRS says: Don't try to leave the U.S. until we tell you to

IRS says: Don't try to leave the U.S. until we tell you to

When it comes to human migration, nearly everything we hear nowadays in relation to the United States and Europe is related to immigration into North ...

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Democrats' vision for American judiciary: identity politics becomes identity justice - part 3

Democrats' vision for American judiciary: identity politics becomes identity justice - part 3

This is the third part of a five-part essay. The first part described the Democratic Party's vision for the American judiciary, using the langu ...

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Required reading to understand the Land of Israel

Required reading to understand the Land of Israel

Judaism, Zionism and the Land of Israel by Rabbi Yotav Eliach engraves a comprehensive and well documented history of Eretz Yisrael, that is, in my o ...

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Democrats' vision for American judiciary: identity politics becomes identity justice - part  2

Democrats' vision for American judiciary: identity politics becomes identity justice - part 2

This is the second part of a five-part essay. The first part described the Democratic Party's vision for the American judiciary, using the lang ...

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Newt Gingrich: America, the best is yet to come!

Newt Gingrich: America, the best is yet to come!

Every Fourth of July American embassies around the world share our national celebration of independence with local communities. They are actually ...

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The Declaration of Independence: hate speech?

The Declaration of Independence: hate speech?

Facebook apologized to the Liberty County Vindicator newspaper in Texas after the social media giant flagged a post of the text of the Declaration of ...

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Newt Gingrich: see the dinosaurs around you

Newt Gingrich: see the dinosaurs around you

Look outside your window and you will probably see dinosaurs. They are flying, hopping, chirping, and perching on trees. You call them birds, but the ...

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Psychologist Jordan Peterson points Canadian PM in direction of U.S. Constitution

Psychologist Jordan Peterson points Canadian PM in direction of U.S. Constitution

During an appearance at the Oxford Union Society, author Jordan B. Peterson offered advice to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Peterson -- a p ...

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Archaeologists make grisly find at deadly Civil War battlefield

Archaeologists make grisly find at deadly Civil War battlefield

Bones of Civil War dead were unearthed at the Manassas National Battlefield Park in Virginia in a shallow pit that also contained the skeletons of tw ...

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Juneteenth recalls Americans separated from their children

Juneteenth recalls Americans separated from their children

It seems as if overnight the world has been consumed with a new movement calling for an end to the separation of immigrant children from their mother ...

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Pat Buchanan: Trump makes historic gamble

Pat Buchanan: Trump makes historic gamble

President Donald Trump appears to belong to what might be called the Benjamin Disraeli school...

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The struggle over the memory of Nazi-Islamist alliance

The struggle over the memory of Nazi-Islamist alliance

Since the vicious massacre in Iraq known as the Farhud -the Pogrom of 1941 in Baghdad following the Sack of Basra on 7-8 May, 1941, many s ...

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Yad Vashem erases photo of Hitler and Mufti al-Husseini meeting

Yad Vashem erases photo of Hitler and Mufti al-Husseini meeting

Is Yad Vashem rewriting history? Changes at the world's premier Holocaust museum in Jerusalem seem to be suggesting that it is seeking to downpla ...

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Archaeologists discover dozens of children sacrificed to Peruvian gods

Archaeologists discover dozens of children sacrificed to Peruvian gods

The skeletal remains of at least 56 children were found in Pampa La Cruz, a village in Peru’s province of Trujillo. The children were sacri ...

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The high price humanity has paid for Marxism

The high price humanity has paid for Marxism

Karl Marx is being celebrated by Chinese president Xi Jinping as the “greatest thinker of modern times.” Western academics are celebratin ...

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What souvenir will William Duke of Cambridge bring back from the Holy Land?

What souvenir will William Duke of Cambridge bring back from the Holy Land?

While it is known that Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge and grandson of Britain's Queen Elizabeth, will soon visit Israel, rumors are rife ...

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Newt Gingrich: Entrepreneurs will change space exploration

Newt Gingrich: Entrepreneurs will change space exploration

Much of American history has been created by entrepreneurial pioneers who kept inventing things. Eli Whitney created the mechanical cotton gin in ...

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Edwin Black: International Farhud Day stymies invented Palestinian history

Edwin Black: International Farhud Day stymies invented Palestinian history

When International Farhud Day was proclaimed at a conference convened at the United Nations headquarters on June 1, 2015, its proponents wanted to ac ...

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Wilfred Owen: Sweet it is to die for one's country

Wilfred Owen: Sweet it is to die for one's country

Bent double, like old beggars under sacks, Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed throug ...

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Alveda King: In a generational shift on race, we are not color-blind

Alveda King: In a generational shift on race, we are not color-blind

Trump is a racist? Kanye is a coon? We need to be color blind? The races need to unite? Sound familiar? Currently the racial tension among the human ...

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Newt Gingrich: a virtuous cycle of learning

Newt Gingrich: a virtuous cycle of learning

Last week, I wrote about my Facebook series, "What If? History that Could Have Been", which highlights how history might be changed if ce ...

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Mysterious Roman skeletons found in unmarked graves

Mysterious Roman skeletons found in unmarked graves

During construction work along a city street in Cadiz, a city on Spain's Mediterranean coast, four skeletons dating to the late Roman period we ...

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'Lady Bird' amusingly mixes politics, family life and teen angst

'Lady Bird' amusingly mixes politics, family life and teen angst

Set in Sacramento in 2002-2003, Greta Gerwig's female coming-of-age story Lady Bird provides two main points of perspective on the otherwise cl ...

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Latin nations follow Trump's lead in Jerusalem

Latin nations follow Trump's lead in Jerusalem

Following the relocation of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem on Monday, Guatemala is planning to make a similar move on Wednesday and open its own new e ...

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Judaism, Zionism and the Land of Israel: new book gives context to Trump's move on Jerusalem

Judaism, Zionism and the Land of Israel: new book gives context to Trump's move on Jerusalem

Judaism Zionism and the Land of Israel. Yotav Eliach. Dialog Books, 2018. 807 pp. Rabbi Yotav Eliach’s new book, Judaism, Zionism and the La ...

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Dramatic drop of Muslim refugees to the United States

Dramatic drop of Muslim refugees to the United States

According to the Pew Research Croup, the number of Muslim refugees admitted to the United States in the first half of fiscal 2018 dropped from the pr ...

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Oliver North to take position at NRA

Oliver North to take position at NRA

Lt. Colonel Oliver North, USMC (Ret.) will become the next President of the National Rifle Association of America. According to a release, the NRA ...

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Remembering Ethel and Julius Rosenberg

Remembering Ethel and Julius Rosenberg

We all have moments in our lives when everything in the world seems to stop. The wind drops. The clouds slow their crawl across the sky. Something de ...

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UK-based Envirowaste makes spectacular historical find in a dust-bin

UK-based Envirowaste makes spectacular historical find in a dust-bin

Envirowaste, a UK-based environmental waste company, made a startling discovery in April. It was during an ordinary waste collection in central Londo ...

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Edwin Black: why new book 'Judaism, Zionism and the Land of Israel' fills a void

Edwin Black: why new book 'Judaism, Zionism and the Land of Israel' fills a void

For decades, Rabbi Yotav Eliach, esteemed principal of Rambam Mesivta High School in Long Island, has accumulated his teachings, writings, and those ...

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Orthodox patriarch says religion is the only answer to terrorism

Orthodox patriarch says religion is the only answer to terrorism

The leader of the Russian Orthodox Church told Christian faithful that only religion can bring an end to terrorism. While visiting Albania, Patriarch ...

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South Korea credits Trump with diplomatic break-through

South Korea credits Trump with diplomatic break-through

In an interview on CNN, South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha told Christiane Amanpour that President Donald Trump is largely responsible for ...

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Back to the future in Nicaragua: Ortega government totters on the abyss

Back to the future in Nicaragua: Ortega government totters on the abyss

After days of protests and deadly reaction by Nicaraguan police and military, international media is reporting that dozens of students and university ...

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Speculation grows about hidden Nazi gold aboard newly discovered U-boat

Speculation grows about hidden Nazi gold aboard newly discovered U-boat

A rare German U-boat was found by explorers this month in the Skagerrak strait, which lies between Denmark, Norway and Sweden. The Sea War Museum Jut ...

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Patrick Buchanan: America and its unsustainable empire

Patrick Buchanan: America and its unsustainable empire

Before President Trump trashes the Iran nuclear deal, he might consider: If he could negotiate an identical deal with Kim Jong Un, it would astonish ...

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Medieval tomb opened to discover mother delivered baby post-mortem

Medieval tomb opened to discover mother delivered baby post-mortem

A team of archaeologists has uncovered what some are calling a "coffin birth" in remains found in a medieval tomb. In Imola, a town in no ...

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Historical precedent for Trump's focus on Amazon

Historical precedent for Trump's focus on Amazon

Public attention to Amazon has increased because of President Trump’s focus on the retail giant. Last week, Trump ordered a review of the finan ...

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Edwin Black: the new challenge posed by the algorithm ghetto

Edwin Black: the new challenge posed by the algorithm ghetto

Today, I come not just to mourn nor to scorn but rather to warn our world, that is, the world of today whose memories are still whistling and bristli ...

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Trump says Americans have 'moral obligation' to address anti-Semitism

Trump says Americans have 'moral obligation' to address anti-Semitism

President Donald Trump said in a proclamation on Thursday that his fellow Americans have “a moral obligation to combat anti-Semitism, conf ...

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Flaws in CNN's series on the popes

Flaws in CNN's series on the popes

For the past month, CNN has been running weekly episodes of a series called Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History. Each episode focuses on an era an ...

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Wines from Spain advance on France and Italy

Wines from Spain advance on France and Italy

Spanish vintners had a spectacular year in 2017. Spain exported over 22 million hectolitres last year, according to the Spanish Observatory of W ...

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The teaching of history for the sake of liberty

The teaching of history for the sake of liberty

It's dangerous to say that history is meant to be for something ...

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FBI closing in on 'pernicious' infiltration by Chinese government in U.S. schools and universities

FBI closing in on 'pernicious' infiltration by Chinese government in U.S. schools and universities

The National Association of Scholars (NAS) released a report on Wednesday on the influence of the Confucius Institutes in American colleges and unive ...

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Mystery: 3-D image of Jesus Christ revealed

Mystery: 3-D image of Jesus Christ revealed

A specialist presented a three-dimensional image that he asserts represents the body of Jesus. Using the Shroud of Turin -- the purported burial shro ...

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1917: National Guard units protected U.S. border

1917: National Guard units protected U.S. border

In 1917, the Wisconsin National Guard transformed into the 32nd Division and made history in the trenches of Europe during World War I. A year earlie ...

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Time to take the FBI off its 'pedestal' says expert

Time to take the FBI off its 'pedestal' says expert

The Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Justice announced today that it will begin a probe of the process by which FBI and DOJ obta ...

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Omnibus spending bill fosters America's self-destruction

Omnibus spending bill fosters America's self-destruction

With the advent of maneuverable hypersonic glide vehicles, such as the Russian Avangard (speed over 5,000 mph), many of the expensive weapons s ...

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Ancient Roman home found under subway station

Ancient Roman home found under subway station

Work on a new subway station in Rome has revealed an ancient residence that has been dubbed the “Commander’s House” or domus. It is ...

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Can anything change the metaphysical structure of reality?

Can anything change the metaphysical structure of reality?

A few days ago, CNN launched a four-part documentary on "The Most Powerful Man in History". Surprisingly, this man turned out to be Pope F ...

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Is freedom of speech still the American way?

Is freedom of speech still the American way?

There is a lot of abstract talk these days on American college campuses about free speech and the values of free inquiry, with plenty of lip service ...

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Jose Azel: Socialism is the opiate of highbrow elites

Jose Azel: Socialism is the opiate of highbrow elites

It was Karl Marx who despairingly characterized religion as "the opium of the people." But it is the highbrows'(or intellectualoid ...

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CNN gets the papacy and the Crusade wrong

CNN gets the papacy and the Crusade wrong

Last night was the first installment of CNN's six-part series, "Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History." Its treatment of the rise of t ...

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What CNN missed in documentary on Pope Benedict XVI

What CNN missed in documentary on Pope Benedict XVI

The CNN documentary, "What the Pope Knew,"deserves a response. The program begins with music and graphics t ...

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CNN's obsession with power and hierarchy

CNN's obsession with power and hierarchy

CNN's six-part series,"Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History," debuts on March 11. It promises to be a comprehensive account of the h ...

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Remains of WW2 pilot found on the bottom of Pacific Ocean

Remains of WW2 pilot found on the bottom of Pacific Ocean

U.S. Navy personnel have discovered the remains of an American aviator who was shot down in combat over the Pacific Ocean in 1944. A team aboard USNS ...

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The shock and awe of Muslim conquest

The shock and awe of Muslim conquest

A full assessment of Islamic rule in medieval Spain requires examining how the forces of the Islamic Caliphate gained control of this region. The rut ...

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Imperialism links Islam to leftists

Imperialism links Islam to leftists

Feminists are far from the only so-called left-wing or liberal group to betray their own basic principles out of a bizarre admiration for Islam, whet ...

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Discovered: grave of USS Lexington, 76 years after sinking

Discovered: grave of USS Lexington, 76 years after sinking

With funding from billionaire Paul Allen, submarine explorers have found the wreck of the USS Lexington -- an aircraft carrier that was lost during t ...

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Author Edwin Black offers 'secret' history of Balfour Declaration and the founding of Israel

Author Edwin Black offers 'secret' history of Balfour Declaration and the founding of Israel

New York Times best-selling historian Edwin Black, author of IBM and the Holocaust, appears March 20 at 7 PM at Manhattan East Synagogue to launch a ...

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An anniversary of maligned Pope Pius XII

An anniversary of maligned Pope Pius XII

On March 2, 1939, Eugenio Pacelli was elected pope and took the name Pius XII. No one did more to save Jews during the Holocaust than he did.   ...

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Newt Gingrich: Special counsel Mueller reveals the real Russian threat

Newt Gingrich: Special counsel Mueller reveals the real Russian threat

The indictment of 13 Russians for interfering in the 2016 American presidential election is the tiny tip of a large iceberg. We are beginning to be f ...

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Byzantine church discovered in Tunisia

Byzantine church discovered in Tunisia

A church dating from the late Byzantine period (5th - 7th century AD) was discovered at an archaeological site dubbed 'Castilia,'located b ...

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How U.S. officials handed Russia a victory in the 2016 election

How U.S. officials handed Russia a victory in the 2016 election

Much too much is being made of the naming of Russian agents operating in the U.S. and their ostensible efforts to thwart our electoral process. There ...

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Lessons learned by living under Islamism

Lessons learned by living under Islamism

My father's generation in Iran lived in an environment in which the Islamist party of the country's ...

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What makes Russia's disinformation campaign different this time

What makes Russia's disinformation campaign different this time

During the decades-long Cold War, the Soviet Union resorted to multiple tactics besides military power to counter American influence and prestige aro ...

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Do we know what Jesus Christ wore?

Do we know what Jesus Christ wore?

Over the past few decades, the question of what Jesus looked like has cropped up again and again. Much has been made of a digital reconstruction of a ...

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