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FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2015, file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. Even as Obama tries to make a hard case for sentencing reform, prisoner rehabilitation and confronting racial bias in policing, he has been less clear about the death penalty. Obama has hinted that his support for capital punishment is eroding, but he has refused to discuss what he might call for. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

When danger is deliberate

Barack Obama is blowing past all signs of caution on the left lanes of the road of American politics. That’s a dog-bites-man headline that by now is common knowledge. He no longer cares what Americans think of his leadership. His “my way or the highway” handling of the Syrian refugee crisis, which could endanger the homeland, seals it.

FILE - in this Nov. 13, 2012 photo a worker pulls a line of shopping carts toward a Wal-Mart store in North Kingstown, R.I.  Wal-Mart reported improved customer traffic and an uptick in a key sales figure as it topped earnings expectations in the third quarter, even as a stronger dollar pressured its performance overseas. Its shares edged up more than 2 percent in premarket trading Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 after it detailed results from the quarter that ended Oct. 31. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Jeers for the greedy on Thanksgiving Day

Black Friday is traditionally the first taste of holiday cheer. Thanksgiving is unique in that it has never been commercialized like Christmas, although they’re working on it. One national advertiser thinks it should be renamed “Thanksgetting.” For union organizers, it means an opportunity to protest for higher wages. If the crowds flocking to the nation’s malls are anything like recent years, it means consumers aren’t buying the politics of envy.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures as he talks during a news conference at the end of the G-20 summit in Antalya, Turkey, Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. The leaders of the Group of 20 wrapped up their two-day summit near the Turkish Mediterranean coastal city of Antalya Monday against the backdrop of heavy French bombardment of the Islamic State's stronghold in Syria. The bombings marked a significant escalation of France's role in the fight against the extremist group. (Anadolu Agency via AP, Pool)

A new crisis in an old place

These are scary times. Miscalculations can be expensive, paid for by everyone. The shooting of a mere archduke set off World War I, and Japanese militarists thought they saw an unarmed America too proud to fight, and ordered the raid on Pearl Harbor. The Arab nations thought Israel would fold under attack, and started two wars that ended with the Arab nations folding like the accordion.

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Rescue workers gather at victims in the 10th district of Paris, Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. Several dozen people were killed in a series of unprecedented attacks around Paris on Friday, French President Francois Hollande said, announcing that he was closing the country's borders and declaring a state of emergency. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

Islamic State 'not contained' as Paris attacks show

Even as Islamic State terrorists carrying Syrian and Egyptian passports were moving into position last Friday morning to launch the most terrifying attack on Paris since World War II, President Obama went before the cameras on ABC's "Good Morning America" to assure George Stephanopoulos and his audience that we've "contained" ISIS.

FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2015 file photo, Republican presidential candidates, Sen.Ted Cruz, R-Texas, accompanied by Carly Fiorina, speaks during Republican presidential debate at the University of Colorado, Wednesday in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

A quiet night for the Gaffe Patrol

Everybody but some of the media wise guys agrees that the fourth Republican presidential debate this week in Milwaukee was better than the MSNBC train wreck that preceded it. The practiced pontificators didn't like it because it had no fireworks, no memorable gaffes and no memorable sound bites, no throwing of shoes, eggs or lamps and with only one or two boos for questioner or candidate straying toward the unexpected.

President Obama. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Bordering on lawlessness

The Constitution matters. The much-abused document on which the republic stands has been rescued from the trash bin where President Obama threw it, and still stands between the government and his "progressive" goal of using a flood of illegal immigrants to build a permanent "progressive" majority. The reprieve is welcome but Mr. Obama has not learned much.

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) ** FILE **

Nuances ride again

How quickly Washington forgets that Ronald Reagan's forthright stand against Soviet totalitarianism and the tyranny of Communist China was the object of derision at the time. The elites sniffed and scoffed at the cowboy president. He was so unsophisticated. The late Clark Clifford, expensive lawyer, fixer and tutor of the elites, called him "an amiable dunce."

In this picture released by the official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a speech during a meeting in Tehran, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015.  (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)

Submission to tyrants

When the nation's negotiators shake on a deal at the bargaining table, the result ought to be peace and good feeling. But not when one of the parties agreeing to peace in our time is the Islamic Republic of Iran. Once it signed its long-sought nuclear deal with the United States and its global partners, the mullahs went home to search for more rope.

Members of Concerned Student 1950, University of Missouri's Graduate Professional Council, faculty and student supporters gather at Mel Carnahan Quadrangle to rally in support of an ongoing protest to get UM System President Tim Wolfe to resign on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. Tensions have been rising throughout the week following MU student Jonathan Butler's decision to hold a hunger strike Monday, Nov. 1. In response to today's protest and the Missouri football athlete strike, President Wolfe did announce his decision to resign. (Matt Hellman/Missourian via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Mob rule on campus

If the campus is an accurate reflection of the rising generation, the nation has frightful prospects. The "kids" are in the streets again, trying to reprise the fun of the '60s, long before they were born, but the decade that formed many of their professors.

In this photo taken through a window, Cuban videographers film the U.S. flag from a crane after it was raised at the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Friday, Aug. 14, 2015. The Stars and Stripes rose over the newly reopened U.S. Embassy after a half-century of broken diplomatic relations. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

An upsurge in misery in Cuba

Barack Obama's attempt to woo Fidel and Raul Castro away from their regime's totalitarian roots has turned from disaster to catastrophe, giving a new and ugly meaning to President Obama's campaign slogan of "hope and change." So far there's been no change and no hope, but more misery.

President Barack Obama makes a statement on the Keystone Pipeline from the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 6, 2015.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The sickening toll of Obamacare

Obamacare was supposed to provide more Americans with more affordable health care. The result would be fewer Americans suffering budget-breaking medical expenses and more Americans living a healthy life.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a press conference at the prime minister's official residence  in Tokyo, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

The new player from Japan

This week Japan Post Holdings, where many Japanese put their household savings, began the privatization of one of the largest accumulations of capital in the world. The 144-year-old Japanese postal system, originally modeled after state corporations in France and Germany, sold shares in Japan Post Bank, which holds $1.5 trillion in Japanese household savings deposits, and Japan Post Insurance.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a media conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Rising to the challenge

Nowhere in the muddle of Barack Obama's foreign policy, such as it is, are contradictions so apparent as in America's relations with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., listens to a student's question at a town hall meeting at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015.  (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

A new tune for Bernie Sanders

Vermont's favorite Socialist has watched his early advantage over Hilary Clinton dissipate and now he thinks that maybe he isn't as tired of her "damn emails" as he thought he was. Maybe he should stick to talking about how to redistribute the nation's wealth and punish those who create jobs and economic growth.

Debates no longer serve voters

I cannot remember the last time I watched a political debate. This is because the presidential debates long ago got transformed into a bad reality-TV show. That is a political fact of life. What amazes me is why the Republican Party would subject itself to whatever the mainstream media wants to throw at it.

Opposition protesters shout slogans and hold placards opposing the planned meeting of Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou with his China counterpart Xi Jinping in Taipei, Taiwan, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

Chinese bombshell No. 31

The unanticipated Singapore meeting Saturday of Xi Jinping, the chairman of the Communist Party and the leader of the People's Republic of China (Beijing) and Ma Ying-jeou, the chairman of the Kuomintang Party and leader of the Republic of China (Taipei) is at last an authentic bombshell in Asia.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah answers questions from reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Avoiding cellphone snoops

In the early days of the cellphone, "Can you hear me now?" was a popular catch phrase of television hucksters for cellphone companies. It was a reasonable question then, when the phones were a novelty that didn't always work as advertised, but now nobody has to be concerned about being heard.

A big night for normal

Tuesday's elections results sent a shiver up the spines of the "progressives" with a normal pulse. Goofy and Stupid took a hit across the land. In San Francisco, where anything strange is the norm, voters sacked the sheriff who wouldn't enforce immigration law in his "sanctuary city."

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a campaign event at Clark Atlanta University Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Bridging the gender pay gap

America has been the land of opportunity since the first settlers set foot on the continent. But now social engineers with no appreciation for that inheritance are determined to trade equal opportunity for equal outcome.

When something precious dies

The impeachment of a government official is serious and solemn business, not to be undertaken lightly. The Internal Revenue Service commissioner, John Koskinen, who obstructed the congressional committee investigating how the IRS targeted conservative political organizations, deserves it.

China's ruling Communist Party announced Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015,  that it will abolish the country's decades-old one-child policy and allow all couples to have two children, removing remaining restrictions that limited many urban couples to only one, the official Xinhua News Agency said. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

Birth of a catastrophe

After decades of brutal enforcement, China has announced the end of its one-child per couple policy. Introduced in 1979, this attempt to control population has prevented the birth of up to 400 million persons in the world's most populous country.

A guard tower looms over a federal prison complex which houses a Supermax facility outside Florence, in southern Colorado, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015. The prison is among those being assessed by a team of Pentagon officials as potential sites to house Guantanamo detainees amid the Obama administration's stalled effort to close the controversial facility. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

Reforming criminal 'justice'

Nearly everyone thinks the American criminal justice system is broken, and needs fixing. Prisons are overflowing, often with men and women who were convicted of crimes that are crimes only in the imaginations of legislators who write the laws, and prosecutors who put as many people in prison as they can only to pad their resumes. Prosecutors are usually judged not for how they serve justice, but on how many men and women they put away.