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Endorsement bad news for Hillary

President Obama has just stiffed Hillary Clinton and dramatically reduced her chances of winning the presidential election. Mr. Obama is unpopular among voters and arguably the worst president in the history of the country. By any measure he has caused enormous damage to the United States and ordinary Americans, and left both in far worse shape than they were in when he took office. Published June 12, 2016

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. Published June 12, 2016

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. Published June 12, 2016

Our freedoms make us exceptional

American exceptionalism is the unique liberty that we Americans enjoy due to our philosophy and system of government. The Declaration of Independence states that each of us has the same natural rights, and these cannot be given or taken away by another person. Among those rights are the rights to life, liberty and property. Published June 12, 2016

Congress negligent on Zika

This do-nothing Congress has yet to declare war on the Zika virus and its attendant microcephaly manifestations. As usual, both houses feel compelled to play their little money games; the Senate's $1.1-billion proposal is part of a herculean transportation-spending bill, which includes weakening trucker rest regulations favored by the trucking industry. The House's $622 million appropriation is not much better. Published June 9, 2016

Palestinian terrorism still alive

The day after the 2016 U.S. presidential primary campaign effectively ended, two Palestinian gunmen murdered four Israelis in a terror attack at a Tel Aviv cafe ("At least 3 killed, 5 wounded in Tel Aviv mass shooting," Web, June 8). Published June 9, 2016

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. Published June 9, 2016

Hillary Clinton (Associated Press)

A bad season for the experts

A year ago the chattering class was in unanimous agreement that Donald Trump's candidacy was a joke, and a bad one, ameliorated by the "fact" that there was no way he could win the Republican nomination. The smart guys were just as convinced that Hillary Clinton would dispatch her challengers early to get ready for her coronation in Philadelphia. Published June 9, 2016

The Supreme Court in Washington is seen Tuesday, May 31, 2016 (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The impossible green dream

It's great to have a cause, and almost any will do so long as it's neither caustic nor quixotic. Environmental extremists have a cause that has been, at one time or another, both. Enlisting the power of the federal government to impose a "green" agenda and rob property owners of the use of their land has threatened the well-being of law-abiding Americans. Published June 8, 2016

Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell of Ky. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

A panicked rush to the life boats

Hysteria is rarely pretty and never reassuring, and the hysterics never achieve what they think losing their heads will accomplish. No one wants a surgeon to throw up his hands in disgust if he drops his scalpel, or an airline pilot who runs screaming from the cockpit when the plane encounters severe turbulence. Published June 8, 2016

Still sanctuary for war criminals

In "The long reach of justice" (Web, June 6) Andrew Nagorski contends that the recent war-crimes conviction of former Chad President Hissene Habre demonstrates that "now there is no sanctuary" for war criminals, "no matter how far they run [o]r how long they elude justice." Published June 8, 2016

Obama's willful ignorance

I read with great interest James Zumwalt's recent op-ed, "Obama's Nordic nonsense" (Web, June 7). The piece relates President Obama's recent comment that if Nordic countries controlled the world, "they could clean things up." Published June 8, 2016

Ethic cleansing delayed

Some of the Justice Department's ethically challenged lawyers got a reprieve Monday from having to go back to school for a refresher course in ethics. U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen apparently wants them to repeat Truth-telling 101, which is useful but only an elective in most law schools. But there's a risk in telling deliberate fibs, stretchers, and lies to certain judges. Published June 7, 2016

Donald Trump said the press had treated him unfairly, treating his attack on the judge as an attack on all Mexicans and Hispanics. (Associated Press)

The point Trump should have made

Donald Trump paints with a broad brush that soils the target of his invective, others in the general proximity — and himself. His comment that a judge cannot fairly adjudicate a lawsuit against him because he's of Mexican heritage is evidence of a tongue out of control. Published June 7, 2016

Obama's misdirected energy

As reported in The Washington Times, 11 states are suing the federal government over the Obama administration's mandate that all public schools offer gender-neutral access to bathrooms, locker rooms and even shower areas ("11 states sue Obama administration over federal transgender school-bathroom directive," Web, May 25). Published June 7, 2016

The Clinton-Trump tragicomedy

I am a registered independent voter and am hoping I will soon awaken from a bad dream that is rapidly turning into a nightmare. We have two candidates running for president of the United States of America. One is currently undergoing a criminal investigation by the FBI, and the other seems to be caught up in a Twitter obsession as he sits on his golden throne each morning tweeting anything that comes into his head. Published June 7, 2016

"Earth" is a movie composed of re-edited clips from the 11-part BBC/Discovery Channel miniseries "Planet Earth." (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The inevitability of human ingenuity

A cursory scan of the news suggests that the breadth and depth of troubles that bedevil humanity worsens with the passage of time. It's hard not to be discouraged by the "wars and rumors of wars" that the Bible says will be with us always. But gloomy headlines don't tell the whole story. The human condition has improved over time, even if it doesn't attract much attention. It's cause for celebration, or at least an occasional attitude of gratitude. Published June 6, 2016

Stop muzzling climate dissenters

Overlooked in the controversy about the California Climate Science Truth and Accountability Act of 2016 is the fact that truth is not possible in science ("California Senate sidelines bill to prosecute climate change skeptics," Web, June 2). Scientific hypotheses, and even scientific theories, are not knowledge — they are educated opinions based on interpretations of observations. Thus they can be, and often are, wrong. Published June 6, 2016

Clinton the dangerous one

Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic Party nominee for president, has ironically criticized Republican rival Donald Trump by declaring him unfit and a danger to America if elected. This from a person who has already demonstrated her lack of credentials to be commander in chief of this nation. Published June 6, 2016