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In this July 29,2015 file photo, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. According to GOP lawmakers, Boehner to step down end of October. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

John Boehner and the earmark

John Boehner is leaving the House and the speakership with cheers ringing in his ears and maybe with a few regrets, but looking at the chaos in his wake, watching his Republican colleagues struggling to find a suitable successor, he’s entitled to reflect on his own accomplishments. There have been more than a few.

China's President Xi Jinping arrives for the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Testing China’s aggression

President Obama seems to have learned a lesson from his fecklessness in Syria. He has listened to the pleas of Ash Carter, the secretary of defense, to assert the freedom of the seas in Southeast Asia.

 This photo provided by AMC shows, Kim Dickens, left, as Madison and Cliff Curtis as Travis in a scene from "Fear the Walking Dead" season 1.  (Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC via AP)

A numbness to pain

The bullets fly and all eyes turn to gawk at the pain and suffering in the wake of the latest mass murder. President Obama steps in front of the cameras and scolds America and the press for becoming numb to violence. Then tragedy fades from the headlines with the rest of yesterday’s news.

Sowing sexual confusion

When nature calls, who answers? The answer is important in the current national obsession with bodily function. Who’s who and who’s got what determines who can use which public restroom. But the factory-installed sexual equipment, which should settle the argument, is no longer the determining factor.

Despite considerable political baggage, former President Bill Clinton may convince some voters to support his wife. (Associated Press)

Echoes of a Clinton past

Hillary Clinton is taking a lot of heat for her manifold greed and transgressions over the years since she and her husband brought their long-running circus to town 22 years ago, and she just can’t find a way to turn the thermostat down.

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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.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker pauses as he speaks at a news conference Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, in Madison, Wis., where he announced that he is suspending his Republican presidential campaign. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Exit Scott Walker

Six months ago no one would have bet that Rick Perry of Texas or Scott Walker of Wisconsin would have been the first to step off the Republican presidential merry-go-'round. Both looked like authentic contenders.

This Nov. 11, 2014, file photo shows the U.S. Capitol Building illuminated by the setting sun on the National Mall in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

An abiding suspicion of government

Americans have always been skeptical of their federal government. It's in the republic's DNA. The founding fathers even wrote the Second Amendment into the Constitution, just in case. But skepticism in our time has become something close to contempt. The Gallup Poll finds that almost half the country says the United States government is "an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary Americans."

The U.S. Navy warship USS John McCain, an Arleigh-Burke class destroyer, is docked at the Subic Freeport to take part in the joint US-Philippines naval exercise  called Cooperation Afloat Readiness And Training (CARAT) at the former US naval base of Subic, about 70 miles west of Manila, Philippines Thursday, June 26, 2014. After more than a decade of helping fight al-Qaida-linked militants, the United States is disbanding an anti-terror contingent of hundreds of elite American troops in the southern Philippines where armed groups such as the Abu Sayyaf have largely been crippled, officials said Thursday. The move reflects shifting security strategies and focus in economically vibrant Asia, where new concerns such as multiple territorial conflicts involving China have alarmed Washington's allies entangled in the disputes. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

A test for the Navy

The U.S. Navy is unique. Now that Britain's Royal Navy, which for centuries enabled Britannia to rule the waves, has declined along with the rest of the empire, America's ships dominate the waves simply because no one can compete in every ocean sea across the globe.

Holy orders: Pope Francis looks out from the Hill of the Cross in Holguin, Cuba, Monday as he entreated the island nation to adapt some of its more conservative views. Francis faces some backlash from U.S. Catholics for his more liberal views on such issues as same-sex unions and climate change. Story A8. (Associated Press)

The naive intentions of Pope Francis

Pope Francis arrives Tuesday to a hearty welcome in the United States, fresh from a triumphant visit to Cuba, where the Castro brothers not only put out a red carpet for him but put on a show of how to suppress dissent. Catholic dissidents to the Castro rule were knocked about by "state security" when they showed up for the mass the pope no doubt intended for all.

A visit by Pope Francis

This is a big week for foreign visitors. Pope Francis, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church, arrives and no sooner leaves Washington than the leader of China comes to town for a state visit. Pomp and circumstance were never so abundant. It's a good week to stay out of the tangle of blocked streets the visits will make of downtown traffic.

President Barack Obama, top, walks behind Chinese President Xi Jinping as they enter a room before a meeting after participating in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit at the Zhongnanhai leadership compound in Beijing. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Mr. Xi's bluffing hand

The state visit of Xi Jinping to the United States this week will include a lot of the usual pomp and nothing much else, given the circumstance. There's little expectation that the lengthy list of critical issues between Washington and Beijing will be addressed in a substantive way.

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

The debt to Donald Trump

The Republican candidates, though no doubt feeling a little bedraggled and punch-drunk on the morning after, owe Donald Trump a debt. He gave them a needed splash of cold water in the face.

Tiananmen Square's famous gate is being repainted for what will be Chinese President Xi Jinping's first military parade since taking power in 2012. (Associated Press)

China drops a money bomb

It's not easy to lead, and it's impossible to "lead from behind." Jordan, one of America's oldest and most reliable allies in the Middle East, has signed a military assistance agreement with China, which is eager to lead from right out front.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott answers questions at a media conference before attending the parliament's question time in Canberra, in this Feb. 9, 2015. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Impatient constituencies

Tony Abbott was sacked by his party as the prime minister of Australia this week. He was not the first such leader and he'll not be the last to be dismissed by impatient constituencies that demand immediate gratification of their wants and wishes.

FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2015 file photo, a plume of steam billows from the coal-fired Merrimack Station in Bow, N.H.  President Barack Obama on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, will unveil the final version of his unprecedented regulations clamping down on carbon dioxide emissions from existing U.S. power plants. The Obama administration first proposed the rule last year. Opponents plan to sue immediately to stop the rule's implementation. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)

Fun with the Green Climate Fund

The globalists have a problem: They want money, lots of it. And they want the prosperous nations to give it to them so they can redistribute it to poor nations. That would make the world "fair." But how can the prosperous be separated from their wealth?

Syrian refugees make their way on a railway track after crossing the border between Serbia and Hungary in Roszke, southern Hungary, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

The arriving miserables

The chaos of men, women and children fleeing the horror of the Middle East continues to deepen. With Germany serving as enabler, hundreds of thousands and perhaps soon a million Syrians, Iraqis and others are trying to get to haven in Europe.

In this Sept. 10, 2015, photo, Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a labor rally in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

A party in a panic

Vice President Joe Biden wants to be president. Good for him. But twice bitten, more than a little shy. The only memorable moment in either attempt was the speech he swiped from a British politician and gave without reading it first, describing himself as the son of a Welsh coal miner.