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British Prime Minister David Cameron walks to get in a car as he leaves 10 Downing Street in London, to attend Prime Minister's Questions at the Houses of Parliament, Wednesday, June 29, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

The price of a European pout

George Bernard Shaw observed that England and America are a common people separated by a common language, and nothing has happened since to change what has made that friendship unique among nations.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally, Wednesday, June 29, 2016, in Bangor, Maine.(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Life imitates art

Like him or not, and a lot of folks say they don’t like him, but Donald Trump gets everybody’s attention. Hillary Clinton gets attention, too, teaming up briefly with Elizabeth Warren for “a girls’ night out.” But the Donald burns barns.

National Security Adviser Susan Rice during the daily press briefing in Washington on July 22, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Truth about the Benghazi lies

“The big lie” has been a staple of governments since a cartel of cave men organized the official denial that the bigger cavemen were taking the choicest cuts of the wild razorbacks for themselves. The elites of the cave establishment had rules for themselves and different rules for everybody else.

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell speaks outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, April 27, 2016, after the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the corruption case against McDonnell. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

A rebuke of runaway prosecutors

The decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to vacate the public-corruption conviction of Bob McDonnell, the former governor of Virginia, deserves the applause of everyone. Just as there is no Republican or Democratic way to put out a fire, there should be no Republican or Democratic way to protect the fundamental rights of everyone.

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2013, file photo, a student walks across the Lawn in front of the Rotunda at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., while the Rotunda was undergoing renovation. Amid scrutiny from Congress and campus activists, colleges across the country are under growing pressure to reveal the financial investments made using their endowments. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Good news from the campus

Jonathan Swift was the first great satirist in the English language. Satire is a wicked art because to make it work the artist must get satire close to the real thing. When Swift proposed that the way to deal with poverty in Ireland was to eat Irish babies many took him seriously.

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FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2014 file photo, New York Police Department officer Joshua Jones wears a VieVu body camera on his chest during a news conference in New York. Boston police had promised to launch a pilot program to outfit officers with body cameras by April 2016, but now are saying it will be closer to June. It's superintendent is publicly doubting whether the cameras are needed at all, and Community meetings are being held to debate the matter. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

The body-camera effect

Violent crime in America leaves a growing body count in its wake. Authorities disagree over whether the trend is simply statistical noise or a predictable result of relaxed policing in the wake of several explosive policing incidents.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event Thursday, May 19, 2016, in Lawrenceville, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

The alternative to Hillary

Only a month ago (a millennium in the era of social media and the hundreds of Internet "news" sites) the Republican Party was just about ready for an autopsy. The Grand Old Party was dead, rotting from the headless top, and Donald Trump was about to be buried by Hillary Clinton, perhaps by 60 points. Woe was all.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Little Rock, Ark. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

When tax returns are private

Donald Trump gets right to the point. When a reporter asked him about his tax returns he had a ready response: "It's none of your business." He's right. There's no law that says a president or a presidential candidate must release the private details of his tax returns. It's become a convention for the last 30 years or so, but most presidents before Richard Nixon kept their tax issues private.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren has become a liberal leader both literally and symbolically, as she holds Edward M. Kennedy's old Senate seat after it briefly fell into the Republican hands of Scott Brown. Enthusiasm around Mrs. Warren now resembles the wild optimism that surrounded Mr. Obama's campaign in early 2008, when he received a coveted endorsement from Kennedy. (Associated Press)

The return of Pocahontas

If the millennials can't have Bernie Sanders at the top of the Democratic ticket, Hillary Clinton is feeling the burn (if not the bern) to put Sen. Elizabeth Warren at the bottom of the ticket. This would wreathe the campaign in clouds and tendrils of estrogen, the female "gender" hormone, and give Hillary the opportunity to set two precedents in one.

His story: White House adviser Ben Rhodes wrote that a main objective should be to "reinforce the president and the administration's strength." (Associated Press)

Obama's challenge of Congress

Once upon a time every congressman on Capitol Hill would have put on his fighting clothes to punish someone who not only lied to them about a subject of great national import, but boasted that he lied — and now dares Congress to do something about it.

A new sticker designates a gender neutral bathroom at Nathan Hale high school Tuesday, May 17, 2016, in Seattle. President Obama’s directive ordering schools to accommodate transgender students has been controversial in some places but since 2012 Seattle has mandated that transgender students be able to use of the bathrooms and locker rooms of their choice. Nearly half of the district’s 15 high schools already have gender neutral bathrooms and one high school has had a transgender bathroom for 20 years. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

An alternate route to the restroom

Fads were once a rite of the young, but were rarely held to be a civil right. Swallowing goldfish, raiding women's dorms for panties and packing large numbers of students into telephone booths were harmless, though not to everyone's taste.

U.S. servicemen prepare to fire AT4 light anti-armour weapon during joint military exercises at the Vaziani military base outside Tbilisi, Georgia, Saturday, May 14, 2016. About 1,300 U.S., British and Georgian troops started this week conducting joint exercises aimed at training the former Soviet republic's military for participation in the NATO Response Force. (AP Photo/Shakh Aivazov)

Army somewhat strong

Maybe money can't buy happiness, but it can buy security and survival. From "safe spaces" on college campuses to "bug-out" shelters in the woods, Americans are looking for safety in a frightful world. One solution should precede all others: a refortified U.S. military.

In this March 17, 2016, file photo, travelers wait in line for security screening at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle.  (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File) **FILE**

Crisis at the airport

The good news is that summer and vacations are almost at hand. The bad news is that this year getting there won't be even half the fun. Some of the nation's airports, traffic managers and thousands of travelers have been overwhelmed by the first wave of summer travelers.

Google's happy bedtime story

Sleeping in a strange bed is not so strange in Washington, where lobbyists are eager to fluff the pillows for White House agents, and this is particularly (but not uniquely) true for the Obama administration. The intimate relationship between Google and the Obama White House is particularly close.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch pauses during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, Monday, May 9, 2016. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's administration sued the federal government Monday in a fight for a state law that limits protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The tantrum in the toilet

Privacy matters, just not in a public restroom. President Obama, still searching for a legacy, may have finally found one in the toilet with his "order" on Friday to every public school district in America to make their restrooms "gender-neutral." This apparently means that if a boy feels like a girl, he can "identify" as one, and use the ladies' loo.

President Obama told Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung that he'll visit the communist-ruled country when he travels to Japan for the annual G-7 summit this spring. (Associated Press)

Warming up Southeast Asia

The more things change, they more they stay the same. Southeast Asia is bubbling again, with whispers of a secret arms conference of American arms suppliers and the government of Vietnam. China's construction of military bases on reclaimed shoals in the South China Sea, put across one of the world's most important sea lanes, has put everyone on edge.

FILE - In this June 11, 2014, file photo, a man walks past a mural in an office on the Facebook campus in Menlo Park, Calif. On Thursday, May 12, 2016, Facebook pulled back the curtain on how its Trending Topics feature works, a reaction to a report that suggested Facebook downplays conservative news subjects. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

A right jab at Facebook

Some conservatives have "unfriended" Facebook, meaning they don't want to be a "friend" or user anymore. Friendship is a two-way street, even as defined on social media, and the news, denied by its management, that Facebook routinely suppresses news that appeals to conservative audiences, shouldn't surprise anyone.

The Virginia Supreme Court overturned a decision that created a loophole in the smoking ban when the Court of Appeals of Virginia found that She-Sha Hookah Cafe and Lounge was exempt from the Virginia Indoor Clean Air Act because, although it served food as a restaurant, it derived the majority of its business from being a retail tobacco store. Smoking remains legal in such establishments in Virginia.

(AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Jarrad Henderson)

A little fire with no smoke

The world is full of people who think they're smarter than you. Some of them are just blowhards, know-it-alls whose advice, freely given, is safe to ignore. Some of them, alas, are federal bureaucrats in federal agencies that regulate various aspects of the U.S. economy. They write rules and regulations that are not so easy to ignore.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Spokane, Wash., Saturday, May 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Old lives matter

Youth is wasted on the young, so we're told, but this year there's not a lot of youth to waste. The young have been swept from the field. Barring a deus ex machina moment, one of the grayheads will win the White House. The 21st century may belong to the millennial generation, but not this year.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to journalists before a meeting with French Foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, in Paris, Monday, May 9, 2016. Kerry has arrived in Paris for talks on the conflict in Syria. Representatives of Britain, Germany, Italy, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Jordan, Turkey and the EU have also been invited in Paris Monday for a meeting in the presence of the Riad Hijab, head of the Western-backed Syrian opposition coalition, in an effort to relaunch the Syrian peace process.(AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

John Kerry's world without borders

"Something there is that doesn't love a wall," wrote poet Robert Frost in a meditation on the competing needs of security and freedom. Borders and boundaries disappear as Planet Earth becomes a smooth blue orb with continents divided only by the seas in the view from space, suggesting that man is one happy family.

In this April 27, 2016, file photo, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., gives a speech at Georgetown University in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik File)

The Trump-Ryan summit

That should be quite a session Thursday when Donald Trump and Paul Ryan sit down together to see what they have together to take the fight to the Clintons. Both men should be on their best behavior, which could be difficult for both of them, each man having said rough things about the other.

A special edition of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo that marks one year after, "1 an apres" the attacks on it, on a newsstand Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016 at a train station in Paris. Seventeen people died in the attacks on Charlie Hebdo on Jan. 7, 2015, and a kosher supermarket two days later. All three attackers died. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Shooting the messenger

Having a ringside seat for history being made is its own reward, but it comes with a price: When the news is unwelcome, and it often is, there's a temptation to shoot the messenger, and the messenger is often a reporter for a newspaper, a magazine, a television network and sometimes a blogger for an Internet news site.

In this photo taken May 6, 2016, President Barack Obama speaks in the briefing room of the White House in Washington. There's no cheering at the White House for Donald Trump, but his ascent as the presumptive Republican nominee means a few of President Barack Obama's key achievements could be more likely to survive after he leaves office.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Challenging 'Climate Hustle'

The debate that President Obama insists is settled isn't settled, after all. The president's attempt to put an end to the discussion of his fantastical green agenda is a red herring. The president says "climate change" is a fact, and indeed it is. The climate constantly changes. It always has. No argument about that. But the debate goes on about what causes the climate to change.

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks at a campaign rally Sunday, May 8, 2016 in Piscataway, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

The responsibility of the Republican elites

Hillary Clinton is cornered and bleeding, with Bernie Sanders nipping at her ankles, the FBI closing in on her and she's armed only with the shattered expectations of inevitably. That's not an augury to gladden the hearts and expectations of the Democrats, and the Republican elites see only rage and resentment through the tears of their pout.

Rot at the top

If reformers ever clean up the Internal Revenue Service they'll need the biggest broom in town. Under President Obama, who inspired a hope for change in Washington eight years ago, the Internal Revenue Service has used its unchallenged power and authority as a weapon to harass the president's political and ideological opponents in ways that no previous president would have dared.