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President Barack Obama speaks during the third day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Wednesday, July 27, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The biggest ego in town

President Obama is not the incarnation of Demosthenes, or even William Jennings Bryan, as he seems to think, but he’s not bad on a good day with the right subject matter. His favorite subject matter, which is not necessarily the people’s choice, is about him.

Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby said she has no regrets in bringing charges against the six officers. (Associated Press)

Justice in Baltimore

Marilyn Mosby, no Blackstone she, has made such a mess in Baltimore that the city won’t live it down for decades. The Baltimore state’s attorney announced this week that she was dropping all charges against the remaining Baltimore police officers she charged with murder in the 2005 death of Freddie Gray.

A voter marks a ballot for the New Hampshire primary inside a voting booth on Feb. 9 in Manchester, N.H. (Associated Press)

The other battle at the ballot box

Party conventions, first of the Republicans in Cleveland and this week of the Democrats in Philadelphia, first and foremost are about whose name goes on the top of the ballot. Before any votes are cast on Nov. 8, though, questions must be settled about identification rules determining who gets to cast a ballot. Voter identification laws, popularly called ID laws, have proliferated.

California delegates hold up signs as they cheer during the third day session of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Dreaming the impossible Democratic dream

The Democrats had better pack a good lunch on their way to the post-convention campaign. It’s going to be an all-day job. They must persuade voters to avoid looking at Barack Obama’s disaster of “hope and change” while Hillary Clinton pushes the party’s platform of more of the same. The platform, as adopted in Philadelphia this week, is an exercise in the old shell game.

President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks about the mall shooting in Munich, Germany, before addressing law enforcement officers from around the country at the Advancing 21st Century Policing Briefing in the South Court Auditorium of the White House complex in Washington, Friday, July 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The price of trusting Iran

Barack Obama may be the last man in America who actually trusts the holy men in Iran, and a secret codicil, or amendment, he made to his infamous nuclear agreement with them reveals just what happens when a president has no understanding of “the art of the deal,” or the people he makes deals with.

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Sainthood for a heroine

Nonprofit advocacy organizations spring up in Washington like mushrooms after a hard rain in early spring. Most of them profess to be working to build a better world, and some are. But few of them do very much of anything. They issue studies and statements that nobody reads, hold press conferences that few attend and raise money, sometimes a lot of money, to pay for studies, press conferences and the expense of raising more money. Many of the non-profits are staffed by men and women who are well motivated and well-meaning. Others are run by those who come to Washington to do good, and stay to do well.

In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian soldiers take up positions during fighting between Government forces and Islamic State group militants in Palmyra, Syria, Sunday, March 27, 2016. Syrian state media and an opposition monitoring group say government forces backed by Russian airstrikes have driven Islamic State fighters from the historic central town of Palmyra, held by the extremists since May. (SANA via AP)

Destroy the barbarians

Everyone but the president of the United States seems to understand that the civilized world is in an all-out struggle with the pure evil of radical Islam. The Islamic State, or ISIS or ISIL, is gaining ground and by consolidating the several radical Islamic terrorist groups around the world it has become a formidable foe.

People carry the cross of the scene 'Crucifixion' at the Palm Sunday Procession in the old town in Heiligenstadt, Germany, Sunday, March 20, 2016.  Thousands of believers from the region and all over Germany attend the procession when participants carry life-size figures showing the Passion of Christ.(AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

The Passion

Straightaway in the morning, the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council, and bound Jesus, and carried him away, and delivered Him to Pilate.

Wedding rings (Wikimedia Commons) ** FILE **

Redeeming the American Dream

Everybody keeps up with the money in his pocket. Interest in economics, the dismal science of what keeps money in the nation's pocket, not so much. Trying to manage money while navigating an increasingly unstable economic landscape is challenging, so it's useful to remember the reason for having a little concentrated concern in the family. As family goes, so goes fortune.

Donald Trump insists he will win on a first ballot, but his two remaining rivals, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, are banking on being able to deny him an outright majority. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The unthinkable grows closer

The strategy of the Republican elites, to resist Donald Trump for as long as they can and put off thinking about how to retreat gracefully for as long as they can, is still intact. But only barely. The strategists may be drawing their last healthy breaths. Donald won Arizona by 23 points this week, and all its delegates, raising his number of delegates won to 739. Ted Cruz has 465 and John Kasich, 143.

Hail the robot nation

Job displacement is a nagging threat to the American worker as companies flee to locations overseas to save on labor, taxes and other costs. But more fearsome still is a competitor that rolls off another assembly line: the smart robot and its sidekick, the artificially intelligent computer.

U.S. President Barack Obama, right, and his Cuban counterpart Raul Castro wave to cheering fans as they arrive for a baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban national baseball team, in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, March 22, 2016. The crowd roared as Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro entered the stadium and walked toward their seats in the VIP section behind home plate. It's the first game featuring an MLB team in Cuba since the Baltimore Orioles played in the country in 1999. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

An open hand, the clenched fist

President Obama's open hand to the Castro brothers in Havana has been met with a clenched fist. Only the naifs at the White House could have been surprised. Cubans protesting the most repressive regime in the history of the Western Hemisphere have been beaten and abused in answer to the visit of the president, and on camera.

President Barack Obama gestures to another guest as he arrives for a state dinner at the Palace of the Revolution in Havana, Cuba, Monday, March 21, 2016. Obama's visit to Cuba is a crowning moment in his and Cuban President Raul Castro's bid to normalize ties between two countries that sit just 90 miles apart.  (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Repairing the special relationship

There are important lessons for the United States in the arrest in Brussels of one of the planners of the Paris massacre of last November. Salah Abdeslam was arrested in the Belgian capital's notorious, largely Muslim quarter of Molenbeek, where he had lived openly, free of worry about arrest.

Interior Sally Jewell testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Killing the drilling

Barack Obama has once more applied the knife to the backs of conventional energy producers, and Hillary Clinton is leading the cheers. The Democrat in the White House and his waiting surrogate for his third term have renewed their commitment to inflicting mortal damage on the nation's energy industry.

In this Sept. 16, 1987, file photo, U.S. Supreme Court nominee Robert H. Bork testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill. Bork's failed Supreme Court nomination made history. (AP Photo/Charles Tasnadi)

The ghost at the Supreme Court

Robert Bork was a renowned legal scholar who, despite having been a Yale Law School professor, U.S. solicitor general, an acting attorney general, and a justice of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, never made it to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Products labeled with Non Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) are sold at the Lassens Natural Foods & Vitamins store in Los Feliz district of Los Angeles. The food industry is pressuring Congress to act before the state of Vermont requires food labels for genetically modified ingredients. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

A food label to frighten

Eating "organisms" evokes an image of a mouthful of squirmy things harvested from a petri dish. Eating "genetically modified organisms" sounds even worse. Those are the thoughts that skeptics of genetically modified organisms, or GMO foods, mean to trigger if they can force the food industry to put GMO labels on their healthy food.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally Friday, March 11, 2016, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

A cat among the pigeons

Donald Trump has clearly put the cat among the pigeons. The Republican establishment, as the party's elites don't like to be called, can't decide what to do about the power of the Trump tornado. They're suddenly getting a taste of what impotence feels like, learning that money can't buy love.

The triumph of the dancing master

Vladimir Putin is the dancing master. His dance is the kasatka, the Russian folk dance which tests the dancer's balance and stamina, requiring him to crouch and fling out each leg and foot in turn, testing his balance and the nerves of those around him. It's not a dance for the weak or distracted, and Mr. Putin is dancing the kasatka around Barack Obama.

FILE - In this March 14, 2016, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks at the Chief of Missions Conference at the State Department in Washington. Obama said Wednesday, March 16, he will reveal his Supreme Court nominee to fill the vacancy of the late Justice Antonin Scalia. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

President Obama's collateral damage

President Obama regards himself as a conjurer of deep thoughts, a living example of "The Thinker" immortalized in the Rodin sculpture. Neither the bronze ponderer will budge from his stone nor the president from his radical blueprint for a new America.

In this March 14, 2016, photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton) ** FILE **

A primary lesson for Republicans

No one knows better how not to campaign for president than the chief strategist for Mitt Romney, who blew his very good chance to defeat Barack Obama in 2012. Mr. Romney, a genuinely nice guy, forgot baseball legend Leo Durocher's famous admonition that "nice guys finish last."

Former President Bill Clinton delivers remarks at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., on behalf of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Monday, March 14, 2016. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Bubba's telling boo-boo

Watching Bill Clinton play politics is like watching Brooks Robinson play third base. A master at work is a delight to see. Bubba is trying to help Hillary now, and it's obvious that he would suit up in a New York minute if he could. Politics is his game. Helping his beloved try her hand at it only tries his patience.

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Democratic National Committee chair (Associated Press) **FILE**

Firing on Debbie from the left

Revolutions are notorious for eating their own, punishing any true believer who isn't a true believer 100 percent of the time. Ronald Reagan once said he considered anyone who agreed with him 80 percent of the time a true friend, but the Gipper was a kind and reasonable man, and 80 percent is not always enough for a true believer.

Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump holds a plane-side rally at Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport in Vienna, Ohio, Monday, March 14, 2016.  (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Blaming the victim

Everyone recognizes the First Amendment as the cornerstone of the republic, but sometimes it's difficult to honor what the Founding Fathers had in mind in Philadelphia. It's easy to defend the speech of someone you agree with; defending the speech of your enemy, not so much. When disagreement turns violent, as it did at a Trump rally at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the principle of free speech takes a beating. The demonstrators set out to shut down Donald Trump, and succeeded. It may be difficult to think of the Donald as a victim, but everyone lost in this exercise.

President Barack Obama speaks before a performance by the cast of the Broadway play "Hamilton" in the East Room of the White House, in Washington, Monday, March 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Racist nonsense by the Army

The first responsibility of the national government is the national defense. The U.S. Army sheds blood, sweat and, lately, tears at the perilous task of keeping 320 million Americans safe. The nation's military is commissioned to stand with sword and shield (and a few other more lethal weapons) to say to prospective foe, "This we'll defend." Encouraging the warrior spirit is the first duty of any army so that it will be ready and eager to "march to the sound of the guns."