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Lipstick for a pig

This is the age of euphemy, and sophomores rule. Nobody can screw up the courage to say what he means, and even if he could he had better not. Political correctness has something to do with it, but mostly it's an inability to confront reality, and the language reflects that. The evidence lies all about. There are no more dead-end streets, but streets with No Outlet. Published May 1, 2016

Although Sen. Elizabeth Warren signed a letter urging Hillary Rodham Clinton to run for the highest office, she hasn't officially endorsed Mrs. Clinton's campaign. (Associated Press)

The Hillary-Warren ticket

Picking the running mates for the nominees is great fun, and it's harmless because it doesn't settle anything. Only a nominee gets to vote, and only the nominee knows. Published April 28, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop at Old National Events Plaza, Thursday, April 28, 2016, in Evansville, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Looking for Trump's world

Donald Trump's foreign policy speech this week astonished some of his snarky critics who were surprised that he had a foreign policy, beyond building a wall on the Rio Grande and sending the bill for it to Mexico. What they got was what he has been saying for months, in coherent language more easily committed to the teleprompter that presidents and prime ministers rely on. Published April 28, 2016

Tubman is Tubman, gun or no

I found "No whitewash for Harriet Tubman" (Web, April 24) very interesting. Feelings of understanding and conflict coursed through me as I, too, contemplated which image of Harriet Tubman should grace the front of the $20 bill. While taking the time to think truly about the actual significance of this overall historical honor of Ms. Tubman, my African-American pride started to take effect. Published April 28, 2016

Taiwan can mediate

The tensions in Asia are bound to undergo changes ("An American 'wall of missiles' to deter China" Web, April 25), but there is a mediator available to ease these in the South China Sea. Instead of positioning the arsenal platforms to counter China, Washington should take a close look at Taiwan's role within the region and determine how Taiwan can unravel the dangerous escalation in U.S.-China relations. Published April 28, 2016

Powerball continued to build into big-jackpot territory Wednesday, as numbers were drawn again Wednesday night for a $282 million prize eight weeks after the last big winner. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

Winning Powerball numbers for Wednesday, April 27

Powerball continued to build into big-jackpot territory Wednesday, as numbers were drawn again Wednesday night for a $282 million prize eight weeks after the last big winner. Published April 27, 2016

A plate of food is shown with candles and wine. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Taking Nanny to dinner

Expanding waistlines are the price Americans pay for the horn of plenty. The nanny lurking in the shadow of big government reckoned that she can help the greedy shed the extra pounds by ordering restaurants to offer menus that clearly label nutritional content. Experience shows it probably won't work, and coaxing diners to order smaller portions might. Published April 27, 2016

Use captured funds wisely

The war against the Islamic State continues unabated, with the bad guys losing 1,500 to 2,000 fighters per month, according to the Pentagon. In fact, the terrorist group has reportedly lost so many front-line fighters that it is no longer able to replace dead soldiers one-for-one, instead only replacing 25 percent. We have also reportedly been successful in destroying a large chunk of the Islamic State's oil business. Published April 27, 2016

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

A 'presidential' Trump

Donald Trump declared victory in the wake of his impressive five-state sweep through the "Acela Primary" (aka, the "I-95 primary)" so called because the primaries were in the states along the route of both the highway and Amtrak's signature fast train. The Donald's declaration might not reflect mathematical accuracy, and his nomination might not yet be inevitable, but it was the right campaign politics. Published April 27, 2016

Voter ID upholds exiting laws

While elated to see the federal court uphold voter ID for my North Carolina neighbors ("Federal ruling on N. Carolina voting laws bolsters voter ID," Web, April 26), I am deeply saddened that a measure to prevent fraud and corruption of the American political process by the political left had to find sanctuary in legal corridors. Published April 27, 2016

German Chancellor Angela Merkel briefs the media after a visit at Germany's Joint Terrorism Defense Center GATZ (Gemeinsames Terrorismusabwehrzentrum), in Berlin, Tuesday, April 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, Pool)

Nothing for the Europeans

Angela Merkel, Germany's long-serving chancellor, speaks carefully with Teutonic precision. In her conversations with President Obama on his visit to Britain and Europe she spoke with a certain plaintive tone, seeking reassurance that America hasn't really withdrawn from the leadership on which Europe has relied for 75 years. Published April 26, 2016

Cruz-Kasich alliance will fail

Fox News host Megyn Kelly tried to knee-cap Donald Trump at the first Republican debate with her very first question. Since then the erstwhile Republican establishment (yes, Megyn, that would include you) have deployed every tactic, dirty trick, sleight of hand and Machiavellian scheme at its disposal to try to derail the Trump funicular as it chugs inexorably toward the top. Published April 26, 2016

Two-party system a failure

This election season we have seen that the Republican and Democratic parties no longer provide the United States a valuable service, assuming they ever did. The Democrats have offered us the most dishonest, least trustworthy, most openly avaricious, most judgmentally challenged candidate for the presidency — possibly in the history of the United States. Yet they support her for no better reason than that she is a Democrat. Published April 26, 2016

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on June 10, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Obamacare on the skids

Names identify people, places and things, but sometimes, particularly in politics, a name can be a disguise. After six years, the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, has been fully unmasked. It's clearly not affordable, either for a person seeking health insurance, companies that sell insurance coverage, or the U.S. government. It's a telling symbol of President Obama's dysfunctional leadership. Published April 26, 2016

'Brexit' a solution for UK

President Obama warns that were the United Kingdom to leave the European Union ("Brexit") our special relationship would be undermined and international order destabilized ("Obama warns British over leaving European Union,' Web, April 22). But this assumes that continuity of foreign policy is the default option. Dare one mention Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya? Published April 25, 2016

Supporters of House Bill 2 gather at the North Carolina State Capitol in Raleigh, N.C., Monday, April 11, 2016, during a rally in support of a law that blocks rules allowing transgender people to use the bathroom aligned with their gender identity. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Blues in the toilet

''Growing up" once meant learning to use your head, appreciating the common sense that seeing is believing. Now a boy can stand in front of a mirror and see a girl, and vice versa. But when the mind refuses to accept what the eyes see, the path ahead leads to self-delusion, which has become the national sport. Published April 25, 2016

US President Barack Obama, right, talks to Britain's Queen Elizabeth II as he arrives at Windsor castle, England, Friday, April, 22, 2016. Obama and First lady Michelle Obama had a private lunch with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor castle. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, Pool)

Obama gets the hook

It's hardly "racist" to notice that Barack Obama's two least-favorite nations are Israel and Great Britain, although anyone who makes that observation risks being denounced as a bigot. From the day he occupied the Oval Office the president has made it abundantly clear that he has no particular affection for the "special relationship" that has tied the United States and Britain together in a bond through winning two world wars. Published April 25, 2016

School dumb-down

About 15 years ago I was sitting next to a priest at a wedding. He turned out to be the dean of students at my alma mater. I inquired whether he thought the "dumbing down" of our education system had forced the university to lower its standards. He said, 'Are you kidding? When did you enroll?' I told him 1963. He said, 'If our standards now were the same as they had been in 1963, 95 percent of our current students would not have been admitted.'" Published April 25, 2016

Global warming hot air

As part of his global-warming agenda, President Obama has convinced the gullible that increased use of fossil fuels causes increased carbon dioxide in the air. Published April 24, 2016

Time to clean house(s)

Why would anyone ever again vote for a Democrat? We have hundreds of thousands of people looking for work and hundreds of thousands more who have given up looking. We have millions of people who are under-employed; the man who bags my groceries has a college degree. Published April 24, 2016