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The Maryland State Board of Elections provides instructions for hand-marking a paper ballot in a sample ballot photographed Tuesday, April 19, 2016, in Hagerstown, Md. Maryland is going back to basics, with an ink pen and paper ballot, for the presidential primary elections. (AP Photo/David Dishneau)

A vote for low-tech elections

Someone has been hacking into voter registration databases and the FBI is on it. After James Comey’s blowing off the evidence collected by his agents of Hillary Clinton’s email crimes, however, there’s considerable cause to be afraid, very afraid, for the legitimacy of the November elections. With the push to make elections more convenient at the price of security, penetration by outside actors has become nearly inevitable.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a joint statement with Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto in Mexico City, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. Trump is calling his surprise visit to Mexico City a 'great honor.' (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Trump in Mexico

Hillary Clinton and the Democrats — and a considerable number of Republican summer soldiers who play “can you top this” with each other to see who can say the most hateful things about their party’s nominee — thought they had Donald Trump’s number.

President Obama is expected to ratify the Paris climate accord by executive agreement with Chinese President Xi Jinping prior to the G-20 Summit, according to reports from the South China Morning Post. (ASsociated Press)

Looking for a legacy in China

The emperor has no clothes, and it’s “we the people” who are expected to butt out. President Obama has flaunted his disdain for the Constitution, and has assumed powers he was never meant to hold. Now Mr. Obama is playing coy about whether he will set U.S. climate change policy on his own uncertain authority.

Members of the Graduate Employee and Students Organization-Unite Here deliver a petition bearing the names and faces of hundreds of Yale University graduate student employees during a protest on campus in New Haven, Connecticut on Oct. 15, 2015. (Associated Press)

Graduate students, organize

The National Labor Relations Board has never met a union it didn’t like and now that it has a majority of very liberal Democrats, it’s eager to assist in the creation of unions that go where no union organizer has gone before.

FILE - In this Wednesday, May 13, 2015, file photo, Google's self-driving Lexus car drives along street during a demonstration at Google campus on  in Mountain View, Calif. As Google cars encounter more and more of the obstacles and conditions that befuddle human drivers, the autonomous vehicles are likely to cause more accidents, such as a recent low-speed collision with a bus. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)

Taking a flyer on driverless cars

With more than 250 million vehicles clogging the American road, the joy of that open road is quickly giving way to the anguish of the gridlocked highway. The driverless car is supposed to unsnarl the backups and prevent thousands of traffic deaths caused by human error.

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Family members gather for a road naming ceremony with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, centre, his son Hunter Biden, left, and his sister Valerie Biden Owens, right, joined by other family members during a ceremony to name a national road after his late son Joseph R. "Beau" Biden III, in the village of Sojevo, Kosovo, on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016.  President Joe Biden is the guest of honor during the street dedication ceremony naming the national road Joseph R. "Beau" Biden III.AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)

A mission to a mess

Vice President Joe Biden's visit to Turkey next week is likely to be critical, if not conclusive. Whether he can establish a new relationship with this important NATO ally, the ally with military resources exceeded in the alliance only by those of the United States, is crucial to just about everything in the Middle East.

Down the drain with Obamacare

Not for nothing is economics called "the dismal science," but more dispiriting still is President Obama's attempt to rewrite the principles of the science. The first principle is that the individual engages in economic activity to fulfill his needs, not those of someone else. Obamacare broke that rule by forcing Americans to subsidize the health costs of others, and it's Obamacare that's now going broke. Justice triumphs sometimes, after all. If supplicants come to Congress looking for a bailout, the only reasonable answer is no.

Donald Trump said that with interest rates so low, "this is the time to borrow" in order to pay for more than $500 billion in infrastructure he wants to build. (Associated Press)

Consensus in a bubble

Throwing rocks at the newspapers and television networks, however much many of them deserve to take a big one squarely on the snout, is a fool's game. Never pick an argument, as the saying goes, with a man who buys ink by the barrel.

FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2015 file photo, President Barack Obama signs the "Every Student Succeeds Act," a major education law setting U.S. public schools on a new course of accountability, in Washington. The lazy days of summer are ending for millions of children as they grab their backpacks, pencils and notebooks and return to the classroom for a new school year. No more staying up late during the week. Farewell to sleeping in. And, hello homework!  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Breaks for the undeserving

President Obama wants to be every felon's best friend. Whether locked up at Guantanamo Bay or a federal penitentiary somewhere across the America, every prisoner can hope that he, too, will escape the Big House. Mercy and clemency is the hope of every prisoner, and some deserve it, but not everyone to whom the president shows such mercy is likely to walk straight on the narrow from now on. Americans who live in a gated community or a big house with a platoon of armed guards are at no risk to suffer the consequences. The rest of us are.

Hundreds of civilians flee villages outside Mosul the day after Iraqi Kurdish forces launch an operation east of Islamic State-held Mosul on Monday, Aug. 15, 2016. The Kurdish forces known as the Peshmerga say they have retaken 12 villages in the operation in an effort to encircle the city. (AP Photo/Susannah George)

ISIS comes closer

The adage "the best defense is a good offense" is an old one and usually an accurate one. It's frequently invoked by sportswriters on the football beat, but it can apply to warfare, too. President Obama, a keen sports fan, nevertheless failed to understand this and now America's enemies are coming. Whether they can be stopped before they inflict further serious damage is a question we'll all see answered.

FILE - In this July 22, 2016, file photo, a hostess prepares for the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting in Chengdu, in southwestern China's Sichuan province. China will propose a joint initiative to revive weak global growth at next month's meeting of leaders of Group of 20 major economies amid rising protectionist sentiment in the United States and Europe, officials said Monday, Aug. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, Pool, File)

Bringing back 'stolen' jobs

The international economy is so interlocked that creating jobs in one national economy creates jobs in another national economy. That's why it's misleading to talk of the Chinese and other low-wage countries having "stolen" American jobs. It's not "just that simple."

FILE -- This undated image posted online on July. 28, 2016, by supporters of the Islamic State militant group on an anonymous photo sharing website, shows Syrian citizens gathered near burned cars after airstrikes hit Manbij, in Aleppo province, Syria. Syrian activists and state media said Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016, that at least 49 civilians, among them 5 children, have been killed on Saturday in Syria's contested Aleppo province as rebels and government forces traded indiscriminate fire across the region. Rebels and pro-government forces are battling for control of the northern metropolis, once Syria's largest city and its commercial capital. (Militant Photo via AP, File)

Extermination in Aleppo

An epic battle continues for control of Syria's largest city, once a rival of Cairo and Istanbul as a center of urban culture and civilization in the Middle East. Aleppo, once the Western terminus of the Silk Road from China, is swiftly becoming the latest symbol of man's inhumanity to man.

Extermination in Aleppo

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An epic battle continues for control of Syria's largest city, once a rival of Cairo and Istanbul as a center of urban culture and civilization in the Middle East. Aleppo, once the Western terminus of the Silk Road from China, is swiftly becoming the latest symbol of man's inhumanity to man.

In this Dec. 13, 2013 photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie reacts to a question during a news conference in Trenton, N.J., A former aide to Christie texted to a colleague that the New Jersey governor "flat out lied" during the news conference about the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal, according to a new court filing. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Nannies gone wild

"Multi-tasking" is the current fad word for "trying to do two things at once." Some folks are against it. New Jersey, which doesn't think Jersey guys are smart enough to pump gasoline into their own cars, now wants to make a misdemeanor of drinking coffee while driving.

Nannies gone wild

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''Multi-tasking" is the current fad word for "trying to do two things at once." Some folks are against it. New Jersey, which doesn't think Jersey guys are smart enough to pump gasoline into their own cars, now wants to make a misdemeanor of drinking coffee while driving.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks a group of pastors at the Orlando Convention Center, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Moving closer to 'Clexit'

First there was Brexit, when Great Britain shook up the global establishment by following through on a dare to exit the European Union. Now a movement is building that would further stun the supranationalists: an exit from the United Nations climate change protocol, dubbed "Clexit." (Not very imaginative, but sloganeers are rarely original.)

Hillary Clinton took pages from Mr. Obama's economic plans, echoing his calls for an infrastructure bank and a clean energy surge. (Associated Press)

Hillary's stale economics

It's too bad that Ronald Reagan is not around today to say, "Well, there she goes again." Hillary Clinton's much-anticipated economic policy speech was full of fluffy rhetoric, stale proposals for rebuilding the middle class that Barack Obama peddled eight years ago. Those were the ideas that tanked the middle class.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to medical professionals after taking a tour of Borinquen Health Care Center, in Miami, Fla., Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016, to see how they are combatting Zika. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Hillary and the Second Amendment

Another day, another Donald Trumpism to exploit and enjoy. What the Republican candidate actually said about Hillary Clinton and the Second Amendment was quickly lost in the Democratic hysteria that always follows any hint of g-u-n-s. (We can't even say the word.)

FILE - The main building of the National Institutes of Health is seen in Bethesda, Md., in this Aug. 17, 2009 file photo. Ten clinicians with a Boston-based nonprofit organization responding to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone are to be transported to the United States after one of their colleagues was infected with the deadly disease.  The clinician who became infected has already been evacuated and is receiving treatment at the National Institutes of Health. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

The coming age of the chimera

Flights of fantasy have long envisioned animals with human traits. George Lucas' "Star Wars" entertained millions of movie fans with an iconic tavern scene where all manner of beastly aliens packed a drinking dive and behaved in a way that any visitor to a biker bar would recognize. Beasts behaving badly.

New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

A new top cop for New York City

A policeman's lot, as Gilbert and Sullivan reminded us, is not a happy one, and the lot of New York City may not be a happy one, either, in the wake of the departure of William Bratton as the police commissioner.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Crown Arena, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016, in Fayetteville, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Anyone for real talk about real issues?

For one brief moment this week it looked possible, if not exactly probable, that the presidential campaign of 2016 might focus on real issues of actual concern to Americans, after all. Donald Trump delivered a speech outlining an economic plan he says would get the millions of Americans left behind in recent years back to work, lighten the tax burden on the middle class with Reagan-like tax cuts and double the annual GDP growth rate.

In this Dec. 6, 2006, file photo, reviewed by a U.S. Department of Defense official, a shackled detainee is transported away from his annual Administrative Review Board hearing with U.S. officials, in Camp Delta detention center at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba. (AP Photo/Brennan Llinsley, File)

Keeping the key to Guantanamo

President Obama is still talking about redeeming one of his original campaign pledges, to close the terrorist detention center at Guantanamo Bay before he leaves the White House. If he does, he ought to leave the key on the desk in the Oval Office. His allies in the war on terror, as well as a bipartisan roster of members of Congress, think Guantanamo is still needed.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump delivers an economic policy speech to the Detroit Economic Club, Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Jump-starting America

Donald Trump isn't dumb: He knows it's always "the economy, stupid." As a billionaire businessman, he understands that economic growth isn't just a number, but a measure of human progress. Mr. Trump presented a bold blueprint Monday for putting America back on the road to prosperity. It's worth careful consideration.

In this Thursday, July 28, 2016, file photo, Khizr Khan, father of fallen US Army Capt. Humayun S. M. Khan and his wife Ghazala speak during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

In cahoots with Allah

Khizr Khan, the father of an American soldier who died in Iraq, picked a fight with Donald Trump and did pretty well at it. For awhile. But he can't let it go. Celebrity from the headlines and soundbites are going to his head. Now he says the Donald's mistakes aren't necessarily his fault because Allah makes him do it.

Recent polling has Donald Trump behind in Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan, New Hampshire and even solidly Republican Georgia. (Associated Press)

Time is running out

The clock is ticking, and Donald Trump still hasn't figured out what time it is. It's clear, and has been for months, that America is eager to vote for anybody but Hillary Clinton, but the Donald seems determined to make sure that "anybody" is not him. Many voters are on the verge of deciding, however reluctantly, to hold their noses and cast their ballots. It's beginning to look like a run on clothespins.