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Supporters gather for a rally to protest the removal of Confederate flags from the Confederate Memorial Saturday, June 27, 2015, in Montgomery, Ala.   (Julie Bennett/AL.com via AP) MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

The Civil War that never ends

- The Washington Times

Breaking news from 1865: There's a war on between the North and the South. This time it's barely more civil than last time, though we aren't shooting at each other. Yet.

(Photo courtesy of The White House)

The surging truth-tellers of the GOP

- The Washington Times

Donald Trump is surging in New Hampshire, and Chris Christie's back on the hunt, sounding like a born-again contender. They're both long shots -- the Donald is off the board -- but they're making the kind of noise the wiseheads say they can't make.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia gives the keynote speech at the Snake River Adjudication celebration dinner at the Boise Center on the Grove in Boise, Idaho, on Monday, August 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger)

Why gays 'can't get no satisfaction'

- The Washington Times

You might think the gays, the liberals and the mellowed-out folks who groove on kittens and little living things would be content to lie in a patch of sunlight in the corner and purr together.

Major retailers, including Amazon, Sears, eBay, Etsy and Wal-Mart, are halting sales of the Confederate flag and other such related merchandise. (Associated Press)

Ethnic cleansing of the American South

- The Washington Times

The South is the new China. Southerners, like the Chinese, revere the past, worship their ancestors (and their flags), and eat a lot of rice. William Faulkner observed that the past is not dead, because it is not even past.

A Confederate flag flies next to the Alabama Confederate Memorial on the grounds of the Alabama Capitol building in Montgomery, Ala., Monday, June 22, 2015. (Albert Cesare/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)  NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT

Letting no tragedy go to waste

- The Washington Times

The funeral processions to the graveyards in Charleston will be crowded unless the families can keep out the interlopers, exploiters and other cheap opportunists. The easy riders have hitched up their hobbyhorses for the big parade.

Donald Trump (Associated Press)

The candidate who says the darndest things

- The Washington Times

We're finally getting a little comic relief in the 2016 presidential campaign, which hasn't actually started yet. But it's important to get it out of the way so we can get on with the race of 2020. That one will pit Chelsea Clinton, avenging her mother's second calamitous attempt to match her daddy's accomplishments, against George P. Bush. We won't run out of Clintons and Bushes for at least a hundred years.

Hillary Rodham Clinton    Associated Press

Blues for a first lady

- The Washington Times

Nobody likes to hear himself ridiculed, criticized, scolded or even mildly rebuked, especially when he deserves it. It's part of being human. Politicians, who come with outsized egos, like it less than others.

Paul Ryan      Associated Press photo

A bipartisan betrayal of trust

- The Washington Times

The civility chorus may at last be getting what it wants, a shutdown of debate in the name of piety and good manners. Honest debate frightens the chorus, whose sopranos and tenors forget that debate, sometimes gentle and sometimes loud and robust, is what Congress is meant to be about.

Caitlyn Jenner

The not-so-gay guessing game

- The Washington Times

The U.S. Supreme Court will dispense its ruling on marriage -- who can do it, why, when, where and how -- any day now, perhaps as early as Friday -- and if the court trashes centuries of law and tradition in its haste to ratify universal conjugal bliss, the consequences might not be quite as dire as some of the bewitched, bothered and bewildered often fear.

George Washington

Obama's legacy in the Middle East desert

- The Washington Times

''Can't anybody here play this game?" That could be the ol' perfessor, watching Barack Obama and his gang of sad sacks trying to manage the chaos and confusion in the Middle East, much of it of their own making. It's clear now to nearly everyone that this president and his administration have cornered the market on ineptitude.

Paula Jones smiles during a news conference in Dallas, in this April 16, 1998, file photo. Encouraged by an outside lawyer, Paula Jones is ready to insist on $2 million, half from President Clinton and half from a New York tycoon, in exchange for dropping her sexual harassment lawsuit, two legal sources involved in the case said Saturday, Oct. 17, 1998. (AP Photo/LM Otero) ** FILE **

Paula Jones: Reprise of a famous bimbo eruption

- The Washington Times

For the Republicans, worthy or not, Hillary and Bubba are the gift that keeps on giving. Whoever is responsible for writing the thank-you notes has a big job ahead. The dynamic duo keep a network of warehouses just to house and keep track of the gifts. No wonder Hillary needs her own Internet server.

This undated colorized transmission electron micrograph image made available by the CDC shows an Ebola virus virion. For the first time, Ebola has been discovered inside the eyes of a patient months after the virus was gone from his blood, according to a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Thursday, May 7, 2015. (Frederick Murphy/CDC via AP)

A little good news about Ebola

- The Washington Times

The news from Africa and the Third World is seldom good, and much of the bad news is about disease born of ignorance, superstition and primitive sanitation, news dispatched by a media addicted to tales of unrelieved gloom, certain doom and inevitable disaster.

White House aide Sidney Blumenthal, shown in this video image, says during his Feb. 3, 1999, deposition that President Clinton lied to him. The videotape was part of House Manager Rep. James Rogan's, D-Calif., presentation in the Senate impeachment trial of President Clinton, Saturday, Feb. 6, 1999, in Washington. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Flying as close to the flame as Hillary dares

- The Washington Times

Everything about the Clintons, both Hillary and Bubba, is a lie, including (to steal a memorable line from the author Mary McCarthy) the "a," the "and," and the "the." Neither Bubba nor Hillary know how to tell the truth, but both of them are masters at spinning the lie.

Martin O'Malley speaks with reporters during a roundtable interview at the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Jan. 16, 2015. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

When Hillary gets an unexpected spanking

- The Washington Times

The Democrats can run, to paraphrase Muhammad Ali's rebuke of a timid opponent, but they can't hide. Hillary Clinton is turning her campaign into a game of hide-and-seek, and the party is terrified. Some leading Democrats are beginning to say out loud what they have said privately for weeks.

Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is calling for increasing military spending and for the U.S. to aggressively confront Russia, China and others that he says threaten the nation's economic interests. (Associated Press)

Marco Rubio fires an impressive opening shot

- The Washington Times

No presidential campaign guru ever posted a sign in headquarters warning the warriors that "it's foreign policy, Stupid." Americans are so pleased to be where they are they have little interest in what's going on anywhere else. Americans had zero interest in the gathering storm in the Pacific on Dec. 6, 1941, and on Sept. 10, 2001, nobody gave the Muslims, angry or otherwise, a second (or even third) thought.

The timid defense of free speech

- The Washington Times

Some of our liberal friends, particularly the art lovers among them, are terrified of the hobgoblins that Ralph Waldo Emerson warned about. "A foolish consistency," he famously said, "is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen, philosophers and divines."

Abraham Lincoln (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Liberals enabled the rise of 'transgenderism'

- The Washington Times

The "progressives," who were "liberals" before they stunk up the word so bad that even they couldn't take it any longer, invented identity politics, which encourages everyone to find a grievance and build his/her/its identity around it. We're almost there.

Carly Fiorina speaks at the Republican Leadership Summit in Nashua, N.H., in this April 18, 2015, file photo. The former technology executive formally entered the 2016 presidential race on Monday.  (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

An unusual field crowds the Republican pool

- The Washington Times

It's spring, and the water must be fine, because everybody's jumping in. Carly Fiorina leaped in Monday with Ben Carson, and Mike Huckabee will follow Tuesday. Republicans have never had such diversity.

Joani Allen, an opponent of same-sex marriage, holds a sign during a rally at the Utah State Capitol Tuesday, April 28, 2015, in Salt Lake City. Supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage rallied in Utah on Tuesday after the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on the constitutionality of laws banning such marriages. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

More love and marriage ahead, American style

- The Washington Times

American ingenuity is the envy of the world, and why not? The exceptional nation may no longer be the workshop of the world — Americans drive cars built in Japan, wear pants made in Malaysia, shirts sewn in Burma, shoes cobbled in Canada and drawers, from petite to queen size, manufactured in China — but nobody makes excuses, takes offense quicker and nurtures hurt feelings longer than the Americans. Taking offense is the great American growth industry.