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FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2015 file photo, water flows through a series of sediment retention ponds built to reduce heavy metal and chemical contaminants from the Gold King Mine wastewater accident, in the spillway about 1/4 mile downstream from the mine, outside Silverton, Colo. Southwestern Colorado residents told Congress Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015 that the Gold King Mine blowout and other mines spilling acid waste into waterways could cause serious long-term damage to their tourism economy, but they disagreed on whether a federal Superfund designation would help or hurt. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, file)

More ‘help’ from the EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency is a hazard to living things, including women, children and little fishes. The agency commissioned to protect Americans from environmental disaster is an environmental disaster itself in Colorado again.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan waits for the arrival of European Council President Donald Tusk prior to a meeting at the EU Council building in Brussels on Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. Erdogan is on a two-day visit to meet Belgian and EU officials. (Francois Lenoir, Pool photo via AP)

The ‘Syriazation’ of Turkey

Turkey is rapidly catching the Syrian disease, threatening to become another Middle Eastern country torn apart by internal factions with a reputation as a playground for contending international forces.

Democrats and Republicans alike accused Hillary Rodham Clinton of a political flip-flop of historic proportions, but she said the evidence is that the deal President Obama finalized falls short of her goals. (Associated Press)

Hillary’s Benghazi sleight of hand

Sometimes the only defense is a good offense, with Hail Mary passes thrown on every down. Hillary Clinton readies for her showdown with the Benghazi congressional committee with a Hail Mary offensive to delegitimize that crucial investigation.

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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.

Secretary of State employee Anthony Armstrong scatters salt on the steps the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., during a snow storm Monday, Feb. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

A carbon copy of cold

Ms. Nature may be giving global warming the cold shoulder. It's only September, but there are signs that the approaching winter will be a repeat of last year's frigid season.

Migrants and refugees waitfor buses after crossing  the border between Hungary and Austria in Nickelsdorf, Austria 70 kilometers (43 miles) southeast of Vienna, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015.  Hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees and others are still making their way slowly across Europe, seeking shelter where they can, taking a bus or a train where one is available, walking where it isn't. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

The consequences of incompetence

Acts have consequences, and sometimes the absence of acting has greater consequences. This can be a hard lesson, and sometimes must be learned more than once. The waves of migrants threatening to swamp Europe are teaching it anew.

"I should have used two email addresses, one for personal matters and one for my work at the State Department. Not doing so was a mistake. I'm sorry about it, and I take full responsibility," Hillary Rodham Clinton wrote in a post that repeats many of her words from an ABC News interview earlier Tuesday. (Associated Press)

Hillary's emerging new strategy

Hillary Rodham Clinton and her wise men and clever women have only shreds and patches left of their original strategy for winning the Democratic nomination for president, so the only thing left for them to do is think up a strategy to cultivate such numbing boredom that it will induce such a stupor in the ranks that the party will accept her coronation if only to be done with it.

"I'm happy that Germany has become a country that many people abroad associate with hope," German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters during a press conference this week in Berlin, shortly before announcing her government would spend an additional $6.7 billion to deal with the influx. "That is something very valuable, especially in view of our history." (Associated Press)

Germany takes a gamble

Chancellor Angela Merkel, as in a woman's prerogative, changed her mind. Germany will take unlimited numbers of the flood of refugees from the Middle East and North Africa, after all.

Visitors to the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., participate in a memorial service Thursday as the nation marks the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. (Associated Press)

A dark and grim anniversary

Where are we, 14 years after Sept. 11? The future looks dark and grim. Fourteen years after the American people rallied with one voice to demand retribution and an assurance that this would never happen again, confusion and indecision have replaced the spirit of the America that can do anything and everything.

An Egyptian armored vehicle patrols next to a military watch tower on the Egyptian side of the border, seen from the south of the Gaza Strip, Thursday, July 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

Playing catch-up in the Sinai

The news that four American soldiers were wounded on the Egyptian-Gaza border and were evacuated, and their injuries are not life-threatening, is good news. But the bad news is that the incident demonstrates how out of alignment American policy is in the region.

Blue lives matter

A sheriff's deputy in Houston is shot 15 times as he fuels his squad car because, as investigators learned later, he "was wearing a police uniform." In Illinois, a popular police officer, 30 years on the force, is slain in rage and anger.

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The right to the fruits of our labor

When you get a whole country -- as did ours -- thinking that Washington is a sort of heaven and behind its clouds dwell omniscience and omnipotence, you are educating that country into a dependent state of mind, which augurs ill for the future.