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In this Sept. 16, 2015, file photo, Pope Francis speaks during the weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)

Angling for a piece of the pope

- The Washington Times

Everybody wants a piece of the pope. Fidel Castro and his little brother in crime applaud Pope Francis' assault on the very idea of capitalism, and Barack Obama wants to use the pontiff as a recruit in his war on what he perceives to be the "social injustice" of thwarting the Obama agenda and threatening the Obama legacy.

Republican presidential candidate, businesswoman Carly Fiorina makes a point during the CNN Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, in Simi Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

This is how we get a president

- The Washington Times

The Republicans are still looking for the right someone to carry their banner into the election next November, and they're getting a pretty good idea now of who they don't want. That's the first step, after all, in making a choice, as any town belle could tell you.

Republican presidential candidates from left, Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Scott Walker, Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and John Kasich take the stage for the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Can anybody here 'catch the moment?'

- The Washington Times

The Republican topsiders will be playing in a new landscape Wednesday night in the political season's second debate. The old landscape is as remote now as a valley on the moon. The suspense is all about who emerges as No. 2.

"That was a mistake. I'm sorry about that. I take responsibility," said Hillary Rodham Clinton about her use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state. (Associated Press)

The coming deluge on Hillary's parade

- The Washington Times

Drip, drip, drip. Anyone can see that the lady's coiffure is damp and her shoes need attention, but she's not yet soaking wet. So when does the drip, drip, drip become the deluge? Maybe sooner than later.

Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman         Associated Press photo

A novel solution to racial resentment

- The Washington Times

Reparations is an idea whose time has not yet come, but agitation for it -- reimbursing black folks for damage done to their slave ancestors -- thrives in certain quarters.

Donald Trump (Associated Press)

The Donald tries out for the team

- The Washington Times

Now even Donald Trump is taking himself seriously. He's trying now to be colorful without being reckless, careful not to be rude when he doesn't have to be, and playing less the showboat and more like someone trying out for the team.

Caitlyn Jenner on the cover of Vanity Fair    Associated Press photo

New pronouns for the traveling freak show

- The Washington Times

Caitlyn Jenner, taking pride in his or her decolletage with a smart new frock for his famous Vanity Fair photo shoot, started the madness of the summer of '15, but he's got nothing on the educationist establishment. They're nothing but boobs (and proud of it).

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks on the campus of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, during a 'Commit to Vote' grassroots organizing meeting. (AP Photo/David Richard)

A late apology in clintonspeak

- The Washington Times

Hillary Clinton attempted to "come clean" about her emails again, like a sinner squirming in the hands of an angry god, but the partisan gods do not seem to be appeased.

Vice President Joe Biden. (Associated Press)

Now the real fun is about to begin

- The Washington Times

This may be the most entertaining road show yet. Round and round the presidential campaign goes, and where it stops nobody knows. Even Mitt Romney is said to be thinking about jumping in again, no doubt figuring that some of Jeb's "investors," who are familiar indeed, may be looking for another place to place their bets.

Michael Hayden (Associated Press)

The birds circling over Hillary Clinton

- The Washington Times

Hillary Clinton may think those creatures making wide, gentle circles over her campaign are bluebirds of happiness, but they're looking more and more like buzzards. They look hungry.

Hillary Clinton (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The Hillary Horror Movie, a Sequel

- The Washington Times

You almost have to pity Hillary Clinton. She has seen this movie, and now she has to sit through it again. The players are different, but it's the same old plot: The lady arrives to cheers and high spirits, and eventually the lady vanishes.

Biologist Olivier Mbaya works with serum samples in a European study of an experimental Ebola vaccine. (AP)

Good news at last from Africa

- The Washington Times

Good news, an old newsroom canard goes, doesn't sell newspapers. It's true that it's the rare reader who wants to read about the ship that didn't sink, the house that didn't catch fire, the hurricane that blew itself out at sea. But sometimes the good news is the most thrilling news of all, and last week there were two items of news nothing short of thrilling about the march of medicine through Africa, where the news is almost never good.

Donald Trump (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The anger at The Donald softens

- The Washington Times

Donald Trump is changing the tone, if not the substance, of the Republican reservations about him. He's still the uninvited guest at the family dinner, the object of raised eyebrows and whispered snark, but everyone is beginning to be a little more careful with the insults.


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.