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In this June 15, 2018, file photo, twenty dollar bills are counted in a North Andover, Mass. business.  (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)  **FILE**

$34 trillion national debt called ‘our generation’s world war’

- The Washington Times

As of Wednesday, the national debt was $33,836,693,993,860.35, according to the U.S. Treasury, which updates this startling statistic through a helpful online feature titled "Debt to the Penny." In the meantime, the House Budget Committee got a stark earful from its chairman about the burden of this debt.

A Merriam-Webster dictionary sits atop their citation files at the dictionary publisher's offices in Springfield, Mass. Merriam-Webster's word of the year for 2023 is "authentic. "(AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

Merriam-Webster looks for 2023’s most authentic word

- The Washington Times

Merriam-Webster -- which has been publishing dictionaries since 1847 -- has revealed its annual choice for the "Word of the Year" -- an honor bestowed upon a single word which has emerged as much both popular and sought after. That word is "authentic."

Shoppers walk through Macy's  on Nov. 26, 2021, in New York City, just as the holiday shopping season gets underway.  (AP Photo/Brittainy Newman, File)

A long — and crowded — weekend expected as 182 million plan to go shopping

- The Washington Times

"An estimated 182 million people are planning to shop in-store and online from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday this year, according to the annual survey released Monday," the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics advise. This figure is 15.7 million more people than the number listed last year and is the highest estimate for shopping participation since the survey was launched in 2017, according to the groups' new research.

This image provided by Southern Living magazine shows a tabletop garden centerpiece with small bunches of kale, herbs, ornamentals and even radishes (for a punch of red). (Laurey W. Glenn/Southern Living via AP)

The Senate’s famous bean soup — and how to make it

- The Washington Times

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. And without further ado, a recipe of note which has a few political overtones, and some history. "Senate Bean Soup" is a revered entry on the menu up on Capitol Hill, and a regular feature on tour guides and travel books.

House Budget Committee Chairman Jodey Arrington, R-Texas, joined at right by Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., the ranking member on House Appropriations, testifies as the House Rules Committee meets to advance Speaker Kevin McCarthy's debt ceiling package for the floor, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 25, 2023. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The GOP’s master plan to restore fiscal responsibility

- The Washington Times

"Reverse the Curse." Yes, it sounds like the name of a 1950s horror movie, perhaps -- but it happens to be the main title of a wide-ranging and helpful new report from the House Budget Committee. A subtitle explains it all: "The Plan to Restore Fiscal Responsibility, Economic Freedom, and Prosperity in America."

Not everyone thinks the U.S. should be a leader on the world stage according to a new poll from NPR, PBS and Marist College released Wednesday.   (Image courtesy of NASA).

Americans differ about country’s role on world stage

- The Washington Times

Not everyone thinks the nation should be a major player in world affairs, according to a new poll conducted by NPR, PBS and Marist College, released Wednesday. "Half of Americans (50%) think it is crucial for the U.S. to play a major leadership role in world events. 47% say the U.S. should focus on its own problems and take less of a leadership role," the poll analysis said.

A new study of major coverage of the war in Gaza reveals that broadcast news is fond of citing one particular source. (AP PHOTO)

Media’s reliable sources include Hamas terrorist group

- The Washington Times

"The American news media have been catching a lot of flack for uncritically quoting Hamas as a source for much of their on-the-ground coverage in Gaza. In the month following the terror organization's horrific October 7 attack on Israeli civilians, exactly two-thirds of the evening newscasts on ABC, CBS, and NBC cited either Hamas itself or Hamas-controlled entities when reporting on the conflict," wrote Bill D'Agostino, media editor and a senior research analyst for, a conservative press watchdog.

Republican presidential candidate Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a Republican presidential primary debate hosted by NBC News, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2023, at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County in Miami. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

DeSantis reminds us — politicians need convictions

- The Washington Times

Amid the hubbub of the campaign trail, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis clarified his basic mission during an appearance on the Fox News show "One Nation." The Republican hopeful was asked his opinion on "doing what's right" -- and why he was not "beholden" to anyone.

Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy answers questions from reporters after speaking at the Republican Party of Florida Freedom Summit, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Ramaswamy schedules ‘Stop World War III’ rally

- The Washington Times

"Political outsider and presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy will host a rally on Tuesday night to 'Stop World War III' in Miami ahead of the next GOP presidential debate," his campaign advised in a written statement. The event will be staged in a museum and performing arts center, but there were not too many details about the activities, except that the gathering begins at 7 p.m. Eastern time.