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FILE - This June 13, 2014 file photo shows Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill. speaking in Chicago. The surge of Central American children crossing the U.S. southern border has shifted the politics of immigration, weakening one of the most potent arguments Democrats plan to make against Republicans in November and in the next presidential election. In the past month, the number of Americans who rank immigration as the nation’s top problem has tripled in surveys conducted by Gallup _ putting the issue on par with the economy and unemployment as the most frequently named issues facing the country.  (AP Photo/Stacy Thacker, File)

EDITORIAL: The amnesty afoot

The border with Mexico teems with illegal aliens, lured by the expectation that Barack Obama will soon make them legal residents. Published August 26, 2014

Young children play in a park across the street from the Valero refinery Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, in the Manchester neighborhood of Houston. An Environmental Protection Agency rule to require refineries to monitor emissions of benzene is to be publicly debated Tuesday near Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

EDITORIAL: Childhood outlawed

The days when a boy could ride his bicycle to the park to take in a carefree summer day are gone with the wind. Published August 26, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Inaction costs more in long run

If the Islamic State had been hit when it first went into Iraq, thousands of innocent lives would have been spared and the strength of the terrorist group would have been destroyed. Published August 25, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Hotel regulations ensure safety

I strongly object to your recent editorial, "Peeping Toms in San Francisco bedrooms." As an owner of several hotels, I find the recent rise in short-term, online rental companies such as Airbnb and VRBO troubling. Published August 25, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Few Democrats are like Pittsburgh ex-mayor

The late Sophie Masloff, former mayor of Pittsburgh, once told a group protesting a tax cut: "Shame on you. I did this for our children and grandchildren" ("Sophie Masloff, 1st female Pittsburgh mayor, dies," Web, Aug. 17). Published August 25, 2014

George Orwell

Sweeping away consumer choice

Politics can be a grimy business. Beginning Monday, the grit and grime on the Continent will rise to new levels as the latest European Union rules take effect and all ships, cargo planes and trains will be subject to unprecedented scrutiny. Published August 25, 2014

The contribution limit to any candidate for the D.C. mayoral race is $2,000 per donor for the entire race and the limit most affects Muriel Bowser, who had to raise significant money to stay ahead during the primary race  (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Not much bang for D.C.'s education bucks

School buses are clogging the roads once more as students return for another round of reading, writing and arithmetic. In the District of Columbia, sad but true, they're not learning much. Published August 25, 2014

Leonardo DiCaprio hugs Secretary of State John Kerry after Kerry introduced him at the second day of the State Department's "Our Ocean" conference at the State Department in Washington, Tuesday, June 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Climate change cools off

Al Gore goofed. Instead of talking up "climate extremes," he should have spoken about the dangers of an increasingly mild climate. Washington is likely to wrap up the month (and the summer) with the mercury having topped 90 degrees only once or twice. Published August 25, 2014

This photo provided by Eugene R. Fidell  shows Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl preparing to be interviewed by Army investigators in August, 2014.  The U.S. Army has begun questioning Bergdahl about his disappearance in Afghanistan that led to five years in captivity by the Taliban, his attorney and an Army spokeswoman said Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Eugene R. Fidell) MANDATORY CREDIT

EDITORIAL: Obama's unlawful Bergdahl-for-terrorists swap

President Obama was wrong earlier this year to trade five hardened terrorists from the prison at Guantanamo Bay for a deserter. Now, the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office has confirmed what many suspect, that the swap violated a "clear and unambiguous" law. Published August 22, 2014

EDITORIAL: Hit the brakes on feds' backseat driving

The relentless pursuit of perfection, as one manufacturer puts it with only a little exaggeration, has made the automobile more comfortable, more reliable and more fun to drive than ever. Travel is easier and more economical. Published August 22, 2014

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, left, and European Central Bank President Mario Draghi speak during the Jackson Hole Economic Policy Symposium at the Jackson Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park near Jackson, Wyo. Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/John Locher)

EDITORIAL: Licensing unemployment

Janet Yellen has a knack for understatement. The chairman of the Federal Reserve said Friday that the recession might have "caused persistent changes in the labor market's functioning." That's a polite way of telling the millions in the unemployment line to get used to it. Published August 22, 2014