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No second thoughts about a bomb for Hiroshima

- The Washington Times

The pointless debate continues. As reliable as the arrival of the scorching heat and drenching humidity of August, comes the debate (mostly by academics) over whether the United States is guilty of moral outrage for having dropped the atomic bombs on Japan on Aug. 6 and 9, 1945, to put an end to the carnage of World War II.

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Life's a scream on the slippery slope

- The Washington Times

"The slippery slope" doesn't frighten very many people in Washington because that's where a lot of politicians live. Life can be comfortable there, and it's usually quite profitable. But it's a dangerous piece of real estate for the rest of us.

FILE - In this June 10, 2015, file photo, Coast Guard Vice Commandant Peter Neffenger testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing on his nomination to head the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

TSA administrator to address security failures by September

- The Washington Times

Newly confirmed Transportation Security Administration Administrator Peter Neffenger told lawmakers Wednesday that he plans to retrain security officials on how to identify and avoid some of the systemic problems that have plagued the federal agency, such as failing to spot weapons and neglecting to properly vet employees for terrorist ties.

Pinocchio (Associated Press)

When the Big Lie becomes the legacy

- The Washington Times

Maybe the Christian thing to do is to cut John Kerry a little slack. He hit his head harder than the doctor thought when he fell off his bicycle in Switzerland.

President Barack Obama speaks at the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution, in El Reno, Okla., Thursday, July 16, 2015. As part of a weeklong focus on inequities in the criminal justice system, the president will meet separately Thursday with law enforcement officials and nonviolent drug offenders who are paying their debt to society at the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution, a medium-security prison for male offenders near Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The mullahs rub some noses in Obama's folly

- The Washington Times

The Iranians, having hornswoggled Barack Obama and John Kerry, are giddy with euphoria. Ordinarily the parties to an agreement would help each other sell it to the skeptical and the suspicious in their ranks, not least by keeping their traps shut. But not these guys.

Hillary Clinton. (Associated Press)

Hillary Clinton tries to go home again

- The Washington Times

Hillary Clinton returned to the scene of the original crime Saturday night, telling the surviving Democrats in Arkansas why they should love her like she and Bill love themselves.

John Kerry     Associated Press photo

The leaking rancid details of the surrender to Iran

- The Washington Times

Reality is moving in on Barack Obama and the gang that can't shoot straight. The sun shines bright and the mice won't find a dark place to hide. The president continues to celebrate the remarkably awful deal he cut with Iran, but the rank and rancid details continue to leak, like something from a neighbor's overflowing toilet upstairs.

A redesigned American flag. (The Washington Times)

The summer the nation went mad

- The Washington Times

We'll remember this as the summer the nation went mad. Lynch mobs are usually brought to the boil by a heinous event, encouraged by heat, humidity and harangue. There was a heinous event, now all but forgotten, but this is hardly a long, hot summer. There's a drought in Southern California but June and July have been moderate and pleasant, with considerable rain, nearly everywhere else. Nevertheless, a lynch mob with tar, feathers, rails and ropes has been on the scout for somebody to harass, hurt or hang.

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Hillary catches the 'inevitability disease' again

- The Washington Times

Hillary Clinton can write the book on the risks and dangers to inevitable presidents. She's been there, done that. She has her inaugural address written, revised and polished. She has stood before her mirror practicing her Churchillian thunder, updating Bubba's laundry lists of the things that must be done. She has viewed with alarm and pointed with pride. She's ready.

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.

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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.