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President Barack Obama speaks about his Clean Power Plan, Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in the East Room at the White House in Washington. The president is mandating even steeper greenhouse gas cuts from U.S. power plants than previously expected, while granting states more time and broader options to comply. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The president’s other war

If Barack Obama could summon the will to make war on America’s enemies abroad with the enthusiasm he makes war on Americans at home, joy all sublime would descend on the mountains, dells and every fruited plain. But the Environmental Protection Agency released the final version Monday of a new scheme to regulate carbon-dioxide emissions from power plants in 49 states, and it’s a shocker. The fruit on the plain is likely to shrivel.

Mr. Obama’s Cuban legacy

The French, as they usually do, have a word for it: the tendency of a man to judge problems solely on the basis of his professional skills. The French call this “deformation professionelle.”

Hillary Rodham Clinton, the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination, fended off the new questions about the email scandal and suspicious foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation, distracting from her effort to wrangle support from union bosses at the AFL-CIO's annual summer meeting. (Associated Press)

The Democratic dilemma

For any candidate to have an authentic chance to be the presidential nominee of either party, the voters have to envision him (or her) as sitting behind the desk in the Oval Office. If they can’t do that, John Sears, who managed Ronald Reagan’s 1976 campaign, observed, the hopeful candidate will never make it. Mr. Sears called this the candidate’s first test.

Republican presidential candidate former Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks during a forum Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Questions for the debate

The debate, such as it is, over illegal immigration gets curiouser and curiouser, and more confusing. Donald Trump provided the gotcha! moment, with a statement off the top of his head damning the quality of Mexican immigrants.

In this Jan. 24, 2015, file photo, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Speak softly of evil

Political rhetoric is dangerous in the hands of careless writers and speakers. Reaching for Hitler as an analogy for contemporary villainy is particularly misleading. Hitler has been sui generis, one of a kind, since Genghis Khan and Attila the Hun, rivaled in modern times only by Joseph Stalin and Mao Tse-tung. Mullahs, evil as some of them may be, don’t count. They’re bush leaguers.

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No haircut for the First Amendment

Once upon a time, the idea of giving the First Amendment a haircut never occurred to anyone. The constitutional guarantee of free speech was held to be the cornerstone of the unique American experiment in government of the people, by the people, and for the people. The Founding Fathers wrote it, plain, direct and so unambiguous that even a United States senator could understand it.

Liz Sullivan, mother of Kathryn Steinle, is consoled by Sabine Durden as she cries during the testimony of Kathryn's father Jim Steinle during a Senate Judiciary hearing in Washington on Tuesday. The family told Congress they support changing the laws that allowed her alleged killer to remain in the United States despite being deported several times. (Associated Press)

No sanctuary for lawbreakers

There's bad immigration news, but it's leavened by news that is a little better. The bad news is that the Center for Immigration Studies puts the number of illegal aliens crossing the border by the seventh year of the Obama administration at 2.5 million. The better news is that the number of illegals swarming to the United States has leveled off, owing to hundreds of thousands who have gone home. Arrivals and departures are now about even.

The Times Square military recruiting station displays insignia for each military branch, Friday, July 17, 2015, in New York.  Security at military recruiting and reserve centers will be reviewed in the aftermath of a deadly shooting in Tennessee. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Give the soldiers a gun

The attacks on military recruiting offices continue because they're attractive targets for terrorists and they are, by necessity, located in vulnerable places. They're placed in high traffic areas so they will be highly visible -- they're intended to attract attention -- and they're staffed by soldiers, sailors and Marines shorn of the weapons they're trained to use.

President Obama asked Americans to wait for more facts about the Chattanooga shootings, and did not use the word "terror" to describe the attack. (Associated Press)

Obama takes his deal to the U.N.

President Obama got the endorsement of his Iranian "deal" Monday that probably means the most to him, a unanimous vote by the United Nations Security Council. Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N, and Gholamali Khoshroo, the Iranian ambassador the U.N., fell over each other to get up to say what a terrific occasion the day was.

Daly Simmons, 26, sits as she prays in front of a makeshift memorial outside the Armed Forces Career Center Saturday, July 18, 2015, in Chattanooga, Tenn.    Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez, of Hixson, Tenn., attacked two military facilities on Thursday, in a shooting rampage that killed four Marines and one U.S. Navy sailor.  (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

A call to arms

Chattanooga joins Fort Hood and Little Rock as indictments of the continuing failure of the nation's strategy for eliminating the threat of Islamic terrorism. The man entrusted with the responsibility for keeping America safe won't even call the threat by its right name. Hint: It's not "workplace violence."

Dinesh D'Souza. ** FILE **

The deprogramming of Dinesh D'Souza

Arrogance is ugly wherever found, and it's particularly ugly in a judge with the power to deprive a man of his freedom. Dinesh D'Souza is an author, filmmaker and onetime college president who was convicted of violating campaign finance law.

President Barack Obama speaks in the Choctaw Nation on economic opportunities for underprivileged communities across the nation, on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, in Durant, Okla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Obama's hissy fit

There is not a lot to love in President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran, despite the attempted assurances in his what's-not-to-like press conference on Wednesday. In addition to the near-unanimous doubts about his "air-tight verification" promises, which he insists make a nuclear arms race in the Middle East less likely, a short list of what's wrong with the deal must include the names of four Americans: Jason Rezaian, Saeed Abedini, Amir Hekmati and Robert Levinson. They're American hostages in Iran, and they just lost their best chance for freedom. Mr. Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry apparently "forgot" to press for their release.

Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Associated Press)

Kiev 2015, Madrid 1936

All historical analogies are odious, some dead white man has written somewhere. It's true that comparisons from one era to another are obviously false because the facts and conditions may be different. They always are.

 Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director Katherine Archuleta testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington in June. FILE (Associated Press)

Closing the barn door

Katherine Archuleta's resignation as director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management was inevitable, even in an administration with an easy tolerance of incompetence. On her watch, hackers, probably working for the Chinese, opened doors in cyberspace enabling access to millions of confidential files of current and former government employees.

President Barack Obama speaks at the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse, in La Crosse, Wis., Thursday, July 2, 2015, about the economy and to promote a proposed Labor Department rule that would make more workers eligible for overtime. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The president's deal with Iran

The Iranians are dancing in the streets, and why not? They won. There's not enough sugar in Louisiana to coat the disaster that President Obama and John Kerry agreed to in Iran. Everyone expected something bad, and now that the details of the deal are emerging the dimensions of the disaster are larger than anyone imagined. Mr. Obama wanted a legacy, and he got one, writ large.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake pauses while speaking during a media availability at City Hall, after violence occurred after a march for Freddie Gray, Saturday, April 25, 2015 in Baltimore. Gray died from spinal injuries about a week after he was arrested and transported in a police van. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The shooting crime rate

Baltimore's mayor is all wet, and not only because a woman poured water on her at a town hall. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake blames the cops for the spike in murders in her city. Uncaring cops, her argument goes, prey on the underclass, particularly young black men like Freddie Gray in Baltimore and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

President Barack Obama talks with the Joint Chiefs of Staff following a meeting in the Situation Room of the White House, Oct. 28, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Obama and his generals

Secretary of State John Kerry is exactly the mandarin that George Wallace was talking about when he warned about bureaucrats "who can't park a bicycle straight." Mr. Kerry can't ride one, either, and has the bruises to prove it. He's in Lausanne now, polishing the last concessions President Obama is determined to make to enable the Iranians to protect their path to the Islamic bomb. Mr. Obama wants the deal to be the foreign-policy legacy of his eight years in the White House. He need not fear.

Hillary's practiced deceptions

The idea that telling a lie in Washington is somehow shameful was probably born with the fabricated tale of little George, his hatchet and his father's favorite cherry tree at Mount Vernon. Lies are to Washington what cars once were to Detroit. In our own time Bonnie and Clod have made deceivers fashionable, demonstrating that speaking in fable is no dishonor.

President Barack Obama pauses while speaking in the Rose Garden of the White House, Thursday, June 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The watchman on the wall

Barack Obama is an intelligent fellow. Smart, sometimes. But for a smart, intelligent man, clever enough to get himself elected president of the United States not once but twice, he has a fifth-grader's understanding of the evil men out there determined to kill us.

In this Friday, June 26, 2015 photo, different varieties of marijuana flowers are displayed at medical marijuana dispensary Kaya Shack in Portland, Ore. On July 1, recreational marijuana in Oregon is legal, but it's likely customers won't be able to buy the pot at medical dispensaries until October 1. (AP Photo/Gosia Wozniacka)

A bust for medical marijuana

Celebrating the medical benefits, if any, of marijuana has been an effective ruse to win social acceptance for getting high. This was thoroughly predictable, and now it's clear that the organized pot heads have been blowing smoke at us.

Following a federal judge's decision Wednesday to cancel a half-dozen of the Washington Redskins' federal trademark registrations, public focus has returned to the team moniker and emblems. (Associated Press)

'Hail to the Redskins'

Why a few Indians, obviously envious of other ethnic minorities who get their names in the paper so often, are so dead to the celebration of courage and valor escapes us, but dead they are. The cheers roll down from the stands at FedEx Field, the martial strains of "Hail to the Redskins" float on the autumn air, and dead souls do not hear. The Washington Redskins unite a contentious city, a city riven with partisan anger and something close to hate, and dead ears cannot hear, dead eyes cannot see.

With potentially-explosive shipments increasing 40-fold in recent years as North American crude production booms, the railroad industry, at the urging of the Obama administration and safety officials in the U.S. and Canada, is considering a closer look at the risks posed by trains that now carry hazardous liquids through every region of the country. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

Liberate American oil

Forty years ago America was in a panic. The world was running out of oil. Cars lined up around the block at every gasoline station in town. President Nixon took a commercial flight to California, riding (first class) with the semi-ordinary folk, and leaving Air Force One in the hangar. Congress enacted a law prohibiting selling American oil abroad. Cheap oil was gone for good and America was resigned to kowtowing to the shieks of Arabia forever.

bailout: Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (left) hopes to work out a rescue deal with European leaders to save his country's economy.

The impossible common currency

When the euro was first proposed and for some time after it became the currency, certain economists had pertinent questions (which some of the hosanna shouters thought impertinent): Could a common currency be possible for a group of countries which insisted on keeping their own individual economic, monetary and fiscal policies intact?

This photo provided by Discovery Channel shows a Great Hammerhead, one of the largest sharks in the world, during an episode of "Shark Week." The Hammerhead's strangely shaped head is part of an electrosensory system, helping it locate its prey. "Shark Week" returns Sunday, July 5, 2015, with 19 hours of prime-time programming including "Shark Island" with shark specialist Craig O'Connell, airing 8 p.m. EDT Sunday, July 12.  (Discovery Channel via AP)

No snacking in the surf

The water has never been the same since "Jaws," the 1975 movie starring a hungry great white shark snacking on beachgoers at the fictitious New England resort of Amity Island. The unexpected sight of a shadow in the surf -- real or imagined -- sets off a panicked flight atop the whitecaps to the safety of dry sand.