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Within hours of his speech, Sen. Ted Cruz was fundraising off it, vowing that his own political movement will continue. He still has two years left before he needs to seek re-election to the Senate. (Associated Press)

Ted Cruz and an act of betrayal

Ted Cruz might have thought he was opening his 2020 campaign for president with his remarkable snub of the party and its nominee for president, but he was more likely making a deal with the undertaker.

FILE - This April 28, 2010 file photo shows the Colstrip Steam Electric Station, a coal-fired power plant in Colstrip, Mont. The Colstrip plant, a coal plant serving utility customers across the Pacific Northwest, has agreed to shut down two of its four units by 2022 under a settlement announced Tuesday, July 12, 2016, with environmentalists who sued over alleged air pollution violations. (AP Photo/Matt Brown, file)

Foolishness over fossil fuels

The masterminds who put their heads together to “improve” the planet sometimes only bump those heads together. Environmentalists have confidently — and arrogantly — declared that their “green” policies are based on “settled science,” but evidence continues to trickle in to dispute that. On paper, saving the world is as elementary as ridding it of fossil fuels. Experience, however, teaches that “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

Melania Trump stands at the podium during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Monday, July 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Melania Trump’s home run

Stealing the published words of others is never a good idea, particularly in Washington, but whether it’s a felony or a misdemeanor usually depends on who the sinner may be. Democrats often get by with plagiarism, Republicans usually don’t.

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Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., center, joined by, from left, House Assistant Minority Leader James Clyburn of S.C., Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y., House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., and Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 23, 2016, after House Democrats ended their sit-in protest.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Sitting down on the job

Disgruntled members of Congress have rarely caught the point of what the public thinks of Congress quite like the Democratic sit-in in the House of Representatives. "Sitting on their ample rumps" is exactly what most voters think Congress usually does. The characterization is sometimes unfair, but this time the rump makes the point.

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. arrives at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) in Washington, Wednesday, June 22, 2016, to talk about new proposals to repeal and replace President Barack Obama's health care law. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Charting 'A Better Way'

From the horrors of terrorism in Orlando to the wave of trash talk it invited, outrage each day in the waning months of the Obama era exceeds the outrage of the previous day.

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron delivers a speech at a Britain Stronger In Europe event during campaigning for people to vote to remain inside the EU in Birmingham, England,  Wednesday June 22, 2016.  On Thursday Britain votes in a national referendum on whether to stay inside the EU, a momentous decision with far-reaching implications for Britain and Europe. (Geoff Caddick / Pool via AP)

Decision time in Britain

These are not encouraging days for the "elites" and the political "establishments" of the world. Voters are fed up everywhere, and looking not only for ways out of the mess but for ways to punish the authors of the misery. A president's/prime minister's/premier's lot is not a happy one.

FILE - In this June 7,2016 file photo, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Democrats get their long-sought votes on gun control a week after the massacre in Orlando, Florida, but the prospects for any election-year changes in the nations laws are dim. Cornyn is pushing a measure that would allow the government to delay a gun sale to a suspected terrorist for 72 hours, but require prosecutors to go to court to show probable cause to block the sale permanently.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Half-cocked about guns

A broken heart can be slow to heal, and the heart of a parent who has lost a child never will. The bereaved families of shooting victims deserve to assuage their grief in any way they can, and to demonstrate that their beloved did not die in vain. But it's important that sorrow not make things worse.

Syrian President Bashar Assad listens to  Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu during their talks in Damascus, Syria, Saturday, June 18, 2016. Russia's defense minister visited Syria on Saturday to meet the country's leader and inspect the Russian air base there, a high-profile trip intended to underline Moscow's role in the region. (Vadim Savitsky/ Russian Defense Ministry Press Service pool photo via AP)

A misplaced protest in Syria

Fifty-one career diplomats have signed a protest to the Secretary of State and President Obama condemning U.S. policy, or lack of a good one, in Syria. Their point, that the United States should do everything it can to unseat the barbarous regime of Bashar Assad, is well taken — everywhere but at the White House.

French President Francois Hollande arrives in the stands prior to the Euro 2016 Group A soccer match between France and Albania at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, France, Wednesday, June 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

A cheer, please, for France

These are not happy times for Europe. Angela Merkel has invited in more house guests than Germany can accommodate, the British are talking about leaving the European Union (though Britain has never regarded itself as part of continental Europe), and la belle France is the principal target for Muslim terrorists. Paris has suffered two bloody attacks within the past 18 months.

President Barack Obama walks off stage after speaking at the SelectUSA Investment Summit in Washington, Monday, June 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Obama's altered reality

It's not the crime, but the cover-up. This is the first rule that every administration, Democrat and Republican, liberal and conservative, learns, and usually the hard way. Some crimes are more serious than others, but a little crime, like a little acorn, can grow into a mighty scandal or a mighty oak.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton listens to a question during a panel discussion on national security, Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at the Virginia Air and Space Center in Hampton, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) ** FILE **

Sloth in Foggy Bottom

Rome wasn't built in a day, but some marvelous work was done posthaste. Only 10 years was required to build the Colosseum, and Michelangelo painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in four. Vision and ambition can defy the ticking of the clock and the passage of the years.

The curse of city streets

Henry Ford could never have imagined that the modest cars he put on the American road would one day grow into trucks. The sport-utility vehicle, the ubiquitous SUV, is big, comfortable and powerful. It's a family friend in the suburbs, where it can spread out as it grows wider, taller and heavier by the year.

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen leaves a news conference after the 2016 Federal Open Market Committee meeting, in Washington, Wednesday, June 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

It's still the economy, Stupid

The Federal Reserve, once full of confidence about the economy, now says the nation will be in the rut of slow growth for as far as the eye can see. Seven years into the weakest economic recovery since the Great Depression and we're told not to expect improvement soon.

President Barack Obama speaks at the Treasury Department in Washington, Tuesday, June 14, 2016, following a meeting with his National Security Council to get updates on the investigation into the attack in Orlando, Florida and review efforts to degrade and destroy ISIL. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The only strategy that works

The FBI continues to sort through what it did right, and what it did wrong, in its early dealings with Omar Mateen, the Orlando killer. That's good, but what the White House should be doing is sorting through what it has done wrong in the fight against the Islamic State, or ISIS or ISIL. The president's strategy, to put it kindly, has been confused.

Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton gestures during a panel discussion on national security, Wednesday, June 15, 2016, at the Virginia Air and Space Museum in Hampton, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Do the lives of infants matter?

People who walk in the middle of the road risk getting run over, and Hillary Clinton is not making that mistake twice. Joining Barack Obama's eight-year campaign to steer the nation to the left side of the road, Hillary has declared abortion a fundamental component of keeping women healthy. As a corollary, the lives of infants don't matter.

President Barack Obama pauses while addressing the White House Summit on the United State of Women in Washington, Tuesday, June 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

The unpresidential president

Donald Trump gets a lot of advice, some of it friendly and most of it not, about how he should "act presidential." We, too, have offered suggestions about how he could look and speak more like a president, now that there's a real possibility that he could become one.

Protestors call for a $15-an-hour minimum wage as McDonald's shareholders meet at the company's corporate headquarters, Thursday, May 21, 2015, in Oak Brook, Ill.  (Chuck Berman/Chicago Tribune via AP)

The $15 menu

The "dollar menu" at McDonald's has vanished, but there's a new $15 menu. It's called the government-mandated minimum wage. In a sagging economy, overpaid and underseasoned McJobs are attracting the best and the brightest straight out of the likes of Harvard, Yale and Stanford.

Saudi Arabian Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman listens in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, during a meeting between Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef and President Barack Obama, in this May 13, 2015, file photo. Saudi Arabia said Tuesday, Dec. 15, that 34 nations have agreed to form a new "Islamic military alliance" to fight terrorism with a joint operations center based in the kingdom's capital, Riyadh. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Revolution in the desert

Forever is a long time, but it doesn't last forever, not even in the Middle East. The Saudis are taking the first baby stops to overhaul their notoriously autocratic regime.

WITH STORY BRITAIN EU FUTURE - In this Friday, June 26, 2015 file photo, British Prime Minister David Cameron pauses before speaking during a media conference at an EU summit in Brussels.  Opinion polls suggest a vote could go either way on June 23, 2016 when Britain chooses whether to leave the 28-nation bloc it joined in 1973. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo, File)

Brexit and a turn to the right

Arguments over the role of Britain in Europe will continue beyond the outcome of the referendum June 23 on whether Britain should leave the European Union, which appears more likely than it did a fortnight ago. A stunning new public-opinion poll shows a dramatic 10-point swing in public opinion, and what the British call "Brexit," or "British exit," now favors leaving, and by a substantial margin.

President Barack Obama speaks to members of the media in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, June 13, 2016.  Obama said there's no clear evidence that the shooter at an Orlando nightclub was directed to conduct his attack or part of a larger plot. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Massacre in Orlando

Orlando is the home of Disneyworld, but it's clear that Mickey Mouse has a second home at Barack Obama's White House. In the wake of the Sunday attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, with 50 dead and 53 others left wounded, President Obama presented the grim face that Americans have come to expect after such acts of horror.

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JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. (May 19, 2012) The U.S. Navy fight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, demonstrate choreographed flight skills during the annual Joint Service Open House. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Todd Frantom/Released)

Holy Foghorn! No time for Blue Angels

San Francisco is America's most entertaining city, though not always in the way the people who live there think it is. "Baghdad by the Bay," as a favorite newspaper columnist was fond of calling it, did not invent the politics of the absurd, but San Francisco is where the absurdities were perfected.

Secretary of State John Kerry addresses a gathering of the Export-Import Bank at the Omni-Shoreham Hotel in Washington, Thursday, April 24, 2014.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The Export-Import Bank strikes back

Government funding for the Export-Import Bank, which was organized during the Depression years to subsidize loan guarantees for major American exporters, has been a target of Republican reformers and their campaign to eliminate corrupt federal agencies that only waste money. But the Ex-Im Bank is regarded as the crown jewel of corporate welfare, and it survived the budget knife only barely last year.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and his wife Jane arrive onstage for a rally in Washington, Thursday, June 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Sanders' socialist origins

"Socialism" has nearly always been a dirty word in American politics, largely because of the movement's onetime ties to the doctrines of Karl Marx, but it has had an appeal to many naive and well-meaning folk, drawn to the prospect of an ideal society, sometimes based on an appeal to the Scriptures or more often, "scientific" socialism based Marx.