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Veterans listen as President Donald Trump speaks before signing an Executive Order on "Improving Accountability and Whistleblower Protection" at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump’s bow to the people

The Antiquities Act of 1906 was a splendid idea. The Act was intended to give presidents limited authority — emphasis on the word “limited” — to designate unique and special landmarks, such as a natural arch, breathtaking mesas or an ancient cliff dwelling that deserves to be preserved for future generations. Certain presidents have abused this authority and seized millions of acres of private land for federal regulation. Barack Obama used the Act 27 times, more than any other president.

A federal police officer puts his machine gun on the edge of the bath in the Hamam Alil spa, south of Mosul, Iraq, Thursday April, 27, 2017. The spa reopened several months ago after the town was liberate from the Islamic State group. Many Iraqi soldiers visit the spa, located half an hour south of Mosul, in between fighting against the Islamic State group for relaxation. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)

Pigs on patrol

The noble pig is the most maligned animal of forest and barnyard. The pig sometimes wallows in mud but since he doesn’t sweat that’s the only way he can keep cool when the weather turns warm (and then hot). Pigs actually make good pets. Pigs can be housebroken — not easily, but it can be done — and they’re peaceable and friendly.

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis, left, and U.S. Marine Corps General Thomas Waldhauser at Camp Lemonnier in Ambouli, Djibouti, Sunday April 23, 2017.   Mattis on Sunday visited Djibouti to bolster ties with the tiny and impoverished African country that is home to an important base for U.S. counterterrorism forces, including drones. (Jonathan Ernst/Pool via AP)

The Russian riddle

News is not called news for nothing. Terror attacks, cruise missile strikes, nuclear provocation — it all adds up to the headlines of today burying the headlines of yesterday. That’s why it’s essential to circle back to one story that must not be forgotten, the allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Inquiring minds want to know whether the political mischief, if any, was cause or effect.

U.S. special representative for North Korea policy Joseph Yun, center, answers questions from reporters following meeting with Japanese and South Korean chief nuclear negotiators to talk about North Korean issues at the Iikura Guesthouse in Tokyo Tuesday, April 25, 2017. North Korea marks the founding anniversary of its military on Tuesday, and South Korea and its allies are bracing for the possibility that it could conduct another nuclear test or launch an intercontinental ballistic missile for the first time.   U.S. envoy Yun says he and his counterparts from Japan and South Korea agreed to coordinate "all actions" on North Korea. (Toru Yamanaka/Pool Photo via AP)

Getting serious about North Korea

President Trump has called the entire U.S. Senate to the White House Wednesday for a rare top-level briefing on what’s going on with “the crazy fat kid” in North Korea. The president will have all hands on deck and he expects 100 senators to be there. They’ll be greeted by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary James Mattis, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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A rainbow is shown from Bernal Heights Hill in San Francisco, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Indigestion at the table

San Francisco has long been on the cutting edge of fine cuisine, the gustatory equal of New York and New Orleans. The city sometimes calls itself "Baghdad by the Bay," a marketing stroke obviously coined by someone who had never been east of Suez, "where the best is like the worst." So when restaurant after restaurant started closing in recent months the foodie fashionistas in San Francisco swallowed hard and asked what happened.

Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., speaks at the Jefferson College of Health Sciences at the Carilion Clinic on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, in Roanoke, Va. (Stephanie Klein-Davis/The Roanoke Times via AP)

When the party's over

The radical left, which now, alas, includes the Democratic Party, has gone off the rails. Worker bees at the Environmental Protection Agency and certain other federal agencies, encouraged by their superiors, are now using encrypted messages to coordinate undermining the policies of the new Trump administration. Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, the party's recent vice presidential nominee, seems to endorse "fighting" the new president "in the streets." The country has never seen such subversion by a major political party.

President Donald Trump pauses during a ceremony in Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, for the swearing in ceremony of Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Deliberate confusion over immigration

The immigration issue has become the Gordian knot of our time. It really isn't that complicated, but advocates of uncontrolled borders are more interested in turning up the heat than turning on the light. They're relentlessly dishonest. They're trying to paint the Trump presidency as a movement of Neanderthals intent on reversing "progressive" gains.

Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch, center arrives for a meeting with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017 in Washington. Former Sen. Kelly Ayotte from New Hampshire walks with Gorsuch at left. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The Gorsuch nomination

Presidents only occasionally hit home runs. In their league, curve balls simply vanish over the plate, fast balls come in with blinding speed, and sliders escape even a presidential slugger's eye.

President Donald Trump, accompanied by Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, right, speaks during a meeting on cyber security in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump's no-huddle offense

The opening whistle has hardly faded to an echo, and President Trump has spread his receivers and hitting his targets. Good to his word, he is executing a White House game plan with a no-huddle offense. It's driven his adversaries to angry frustration. He's winning, and they're not.

Sainthood for Sally Yates

The rage of critics of Donald Trump has another target on Wednesday morning. They will be distracted from veneration of St. Sally by the opportunity to attempt the evisceration of the president's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court.

President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, before signing an executive order. Trump order is aimed at significantly cutting regulations. White House officials are calling the directive a "one in, two out" plan. It requires government agencies requesting a new regulations to identify two regulations they will cut from their own departments. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

President Trump redeems his promises

President Donald Trump turns out to be unusually consistent in making good on his campaign promises, and this upsets the politicians to no send. The idea that he could be establishing a precedent so that voters will expect such consistency from politicians in the future is something too horrific for politicians to think about.

FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2017 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks during his final presidential news conference, in the briefing room of the White House in Washington. A spokesman for Obama says the former president "fundamentally disagrees" with discrimination that targets people based on their religion. The statement alluded to but did not specifically mention President Donald Trump's temporary ban on refugees from several Muslim-majority countries. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Barack Obama pops off

Barack Obama promised no "popping off" when he flew to California for another vacation -- his second within a month -- minutes after Donald Trump was sworn in as his successor. But he learned that promises are hard to keep.

President Donald Trump speaks on the phone with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The graveyard vote

President Trump, like many of his critics in the media, speaks fluent hyperbole. When he exaggerates or stretches figures that may not have been carefully checked out, the critics, nearly all of them guilty of telling the occasional tall tale themselves, cry "fraud" and call him a "liar." But it's possible to be mistaken, or even dead wrong, without telling a lie. A lie is telling something that the speaker knows is a lie.

President Donald Trump speaks on the phone with King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

The dark view of the president

The hatred of Donald Trump grows darker, more frightening and more irresponsible. A Secret Service agent assigned to protect the president put up a boast on her Facebook site that she wouldn't "take a bullet" for this president. The ABC television network inserts a promotional blurb for a coming movie about a presidential assassination into a real-life interview with Mr. Trump. A teacher in Dallas (which knows about presidential assassinations) projects a photographic image of the president at his inauguration in her classroom, shoots at the image with a water gun and screams "Die! Die! Die!"

FILE - In this June 16, 2014. file photo, demonstrators chant pro-Islamic State group slogans as they carry the group's flags in front of the provincial government headquarters in Mosul, Iraq.  (AP Photo, File) **FILE**

Islamic State terror by air

The Islamic State -- or ISIS, or ISIL, as some people call it -- is the most painful of the headaches Barack Obama bequeathed to the new president. He called it "the junior varsity," as if it were a mere annoyance beneath his concern, but it is proving to be not so junior and an accomplished varsity. Now the junior varsity is experimenting with drones capable of delivering small bombs.

U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama wave at people from Air Force One as they leave Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, adjacent to Honolulu, Hawaii, en route to Washington, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, after their annual family vacation on the island of Oahu. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

$100 million worth of fun

Barack Obama is the gift that keeps on giving. Merely by finishing his term, he's saving the American taxpayer millions. Lots of millions. His frequent vacations lent new meaning to the word "tourist." Getting there might not have been half the fun, but it was some of the most expensive fun.

President Donald Trump, accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence, center, and Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly, right, gestures as he is introduced before speaking at the Homeland Security Department in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

They said it couldn't be done

The elites thought they were entitled by divine right (though many deny an authentic divinity) to run things forever, and Donald Trump gave them the shock of their lives just by winning the election. Now they're getting a more painful aftershock. The man actually meant those campaign promises.

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 downstream from the mine, outside Silverton, Colo. The massive mine waste spill in southwestern Colorado contributed to water quality problems for up to nine months, the Environmental Protection Agency said Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. Contamination from the August 2015 spill at the Gold King Mine may also have caused pollution problems last year when annual spring snowmelt swelled rivers. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, file)

When the EPA gets dirty

The Obama administration engaged in a relentless pursuit of environmental justice on behalf of the American people -- with one exception, when its own agencies did the despoiling. In the days before handing over the hero's cape, the Environmental Protection Agency issued itself a last-minute pardon for its toxic spill at Colorado's Gold King Mine, and refused to pay valid claims of $1.2 billion.

President Donald Trump speaks at The Salute To Our Armed Services Inaugural Ball in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Dissing the president

The Democrats have introduced a deadly strain of citizenship in the wake of the tumultuous presidential campaign: If you don't like the outcome of an election, pay no attention to the law and substitute your own do-it-yourself presidency.

Chinese President Xi Jinping stands during a gift handover ceremony at the at the United Nations European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. (Denis Balibouse/ Pool via AP) ** FILE **

Szechuan globalism

A Chinese proverb runs: "Deep doubts, deep wisdom; small doubts, little wisdom." Xi Jinping, president of the world's most populous nation, told the annual World Economic Forum last week at Davos what they longed to hear: Globalization lives. But taking Mr. Xi's words at face value suggests that neither doubts nor wisdom ran deep in Davos. That doesn't bode particularly well for the international order.

President Donald Trump hosts a reception for House and Senate leaders in the the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Donald Trump's Job One

Promises are easy to make and hard to keep. Donald Trump made more than a few from the western front of the Capitol when he was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. The first one was perhaps the most important -- taken as an oath to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

Rep. Maxine Waters, California Democrat, smiles Sept. 21, 2012, at her husband, Sidney Williams (left), during a House Ethics Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington after learning she had been cleared of allegations that she steered a $12 million federal bailout to a bank where her husband owns stock. (Associated Press)

On the outside, looking in

Moral preening comes naturally in some precincts. It's cheap, it feels good and has very little to do with authentic high moral tone. But it doesn't accomplish much. When at least 66 Democratic members of Congress boycotted the inauguration of Donald Trump, saying that he was not a legitimate president and would never be their president, they got a headline or two but accomplished little more than children who threaten to hold their breath unless they get the piece of candy they want.

President Donald Trump speaks at The Salute To Our Armed Services Inaugural Ball in Washington, Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Donald Trump begins returning the power of the government to the people

Donald Trump's presidency won't be written in poetry. He's neither a poet himself nor does he inspire flights of fancy and heroic language. He reprised his aims -- "dark" and harsh in the description of his more delicate critics -- in his inaugural address in the language of his campaign, plain and sometimes rough at the edges, planks with the bark still on. His plain speech recalls neither John F. Kennedy nor Ronald Reagan, but Harry S Truman.