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Chinese President Xi Jinping said his country will give $1 billion toward U.N. peacekeeping efforts, including those in Syria.

A bubble in trouble

Little things sometimes mean a lot, and big things nearly always do. Li Ka-shing is an aging (87) Hong Kong tycoon worth billions of dollars in real estate, telecommunications companies, and even artificial flowers. Artificial flowers is where he got his start to becoming one of the richest men in the world. He has been one of the Beijing government’s favorite capitalists.

President Barack Obama speaks during the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service at Mount St. Mary's University.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama drops the pretense

President Obama is finally out in open as an advocate not of gun control, but of eliminating guns in the hands of the people. The White House announced Monday that the president is working on executive orders to do what Congress won’t.

President Barack Obama gestures as he answers question from members of the media during a news conference in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Taking liberties with progress

Human progress is not a given. Great achievement can be squandered if treated carelessly. Modern-day “progressives” like President Obama, who were “liberals” before they gave the word a bad odor, are counting on transformation of the culture to eliminate memory of the past. They may regret it.

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Russian President President Vladimir Putin listens to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon after the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, New York, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. (Mikhail Klimentyev, RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

When big talk meets action

President Obama was full of talk this week, declaring that as the world's greatest military power the United States will defeat the Islamic State, also known as ISIS. No argument here. The United States can defeat any enemy it seriously sets out to defeat.

United States President Barack Obama addresses the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

A climate of delusion

President Obama's globalist rhetoric captured hearts at the United Nations but it will take more than hot air to make global warming cool with anyone but the easily fooled.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump acknowledges applause at a town hall event Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, in Rochester, N.H. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Getting serious about taxes

The "issues" in a political campaign are often called by easily bored camp followers as "DBI," something dull but important. Many voters, addicted to watching the world pass by on the little video screen, sometimes think "issues" are best ignored. Better entertainment may be at hand.

Then-Incoming House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio, center. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson, File)

A speaker for the people

Intramural Republican fights often resemble high school student-body elections, or the way the ladies conduct "roasts" of each other. The point of a roast is to sling witty insults just this side of bad taste. They're usually good fun, even for the roastee. When the ladies do it the "roasts" usually become gentle and lady-like toasts. Some things don't translate.

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi arrives for the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Good news in Egypt

Good news is not an export from the Middle East, but sometimes there's a nugget of something not so bad for the patient. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi is resuming Egypt's role as leader of the Arab world. He has had no particular help from President Obama, who prefers to "lead from behind."

Blame game: Russian President Vladimir Putin, while bolstering military aid to Syria, said U.S. moves have deepened the ongoing refugee crisis. (Associated Press)

A small victory for Putin

Vladimir Putin can claim a small victory Monday at the United Nations when he sits down with Barack Obama, even if, as the White House suggests, it was the Russian president who asked for the date.

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, gets emotional during the opening of a ceremony awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to the American Fighter Aces,, Wednesday May 20, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Exit the speaker, crying

John Boehner's speakership had been on life support for weeks. The only surprise of his resignation was the timing. He obviously saw something bad coming at him. Better to exit crying than to be pushed out fighting.

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, at a banquet in Seattle. Leaders from Michigan to Beijing attended meetings Tuesday with Xi in the U.S. and signed an agreement to work together to advance renewable energy and clean technologies to combat climate change. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

A challenge to President Xi

Little things can mean a lot, but it isn't always easy to decipher exactly what those little things mean. Almost on the eve of Chinese President Xi Jinping's arrival in the United States for an elaborate state visit, something happened over the Yellow Sea, which separates China and the Korean Peninsula.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a campaign stop in Baton Rouge, La., on Sept. 21, 2015. (Associated Press)

Hillary in a corner

Anot-so-funny thing is happening to Hillary Clinton on her way to the coronation. By this time she was supposed to be busy getting accustomed to the purple, looking forward to high times next summer at the Democratic National Convention in Tampa.

Secretary of State John Kerry answers a question about the ongoing crisis in Syria during a news conference with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, in London. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool)

The sum of satire

If there's a market for black satire, Barack Obama and John Kerry have a future in the movies. They have outdone Peter Sellers and George C. Scott in the 1960s dark comedy, "Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb."

President Obama will need to more than double the number of Americans enrolled in Obamacare exchange plans to reach 21 million next year, the target set in budget projections, in what is shaping up as the next major test for the health care law. (Associated Press)

The painful costs of Obamacare

Just when it looked like Obamacare couldn't get worse, new statistical evidence shows that it can, and has. Healthcare insurance is getting more expensive for most workers because of an increase in deductions.

Illustration on Chinese human rights violations by Paul Tong/Tribune Content Agency

A welcome mat for Xi is not deserved

Washington will roll out the red carpet for President Xi Jinping this week. The honor is unwarranted. While President Obama offers toasts to the Chinese leader, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo continues to languish in a dark prison.