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FILE- In this June 1, 2017 file photo, protesters gather outside the White House in Washington to protest President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the Unites States from the Paris climate change accord. The Democratic-controlled House has approved legislation that would prevent President Donald Trump from following through on his pledge to withdraw the U.S. from a landmark global climate agreement. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Cartoonish times for climate change

Laughter may be the best medicine, but it likely won’t heal the headaches endured by worryworts troubled over the state of nature. At a time when climate-change crusaders are struggling to maintain their hold on the public’s concern for the cause, their earnest efforts are getting punked. Indignity is vexing, but at least it beats indifference.

People rally outside the Supreme Court as oral arguments are heard in the case of President Trump's decision to end the Obama-era, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, at the Supreme Court in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Terminating DACA

In October 2010, responding to demands from the open-borders lobby that he change immigration law unilaterally, President Barack Obama declared, “I am not king. I can’t do these things just by myself.”

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The sad tale of Argentina continues

Cry, yet again, for Argentina. The South American nation — rich in farmland, durable institutions and an educated population — has, for nearly a century, been an economic basket case. With the results of its recent presidential election, that sad tale looks set to continue.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks during a town hall meeting at Grinnell College, Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, in Grinnell, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

EDITORIAL: Elizabeth Warren's shell game

When it comes to the shell game, the best advice is not to play. Elizabeth Warren claims her new "Medicare for All" proposal presents the nation with a winning health care system without raising middle-class taxes. It's a sleight-of-hand plan that would shuffle costs around while worsening them in the process.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden talks with audience members during a town hall meeting, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, in Fort Dodge, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

The panic of the Democratic pooh-bahs

It's being characterized variously as "anxiety" (The Washington Post), "handwringing" (The Hill), "a Maalox moment" and "alarm" (The New York Times), and "growing uncertainty" and "a pervasive feeling of unease" (the Associated Press).

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Masking injustice as impeachment

"Boo" only startles when its target is caught by surprise. Democrats chose Halloween to spring a preliminary impeachment vote on the nation, but their move was spotted a mile away. Adversaries of President Trump have been loudly proclaiming their intention to expel him from office since the day he was elected. Now that the campaign to unelect him is out in the open, partisan accusers operating in the shadows must step into the light. Judgment cuts both ways.

Hillary Clinton has been haunting the political world for nearly three years after her election loss with book tours and appearances on networks controlled by liberals. (Associated Press/File)

The 'Hilloween' routine

"Have broomstick, will travel" is not how Hillary Clinton's calling card reads, but it should. The septuagenarian professional politician is swooping over the American landscape in her billowing jackets, threatening to once again lay waste to the presidential election process. Last time around, Republicans were relieved to have survived her reign of error. As All Hallow's Eve draws near, it is her own Democrats who are faced with uncertainty over what her threatened political resurrection might unleash.

FILE- In this Aug. 27, 2018, file photo a sign stands at the construction site for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's headquarters in Washington. The Supreme Court is stepping into a years-long, politically charged fight over the federal consumer finance watchdog agency that was created in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The justices agreed Oct. 18, 2019, to review an appeals court decision that upheld the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

The unaccountable bureaucracy

The design of the United States government is riddled with checks and balances intended to prevent any one branch from becoming so powerful it could dominate the other two. This, the Founders believed, would safeguard our liberties.

President Donald Trump speaks in the Diplomatic Room of the White House in Washington, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, to announce that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed during a US raid in Syria. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

It ends with a whimper

"This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang but a whimper," wrote T.S. Eliot in "The Hollow Men." A dark commentary on the despair gripping the European continent following World War I, it fits as a preface to the last moments of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, almost.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, left, and Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, answer questions during a news conference after the SpaceX Falcon 9 Demo-1 launch at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Saturday, March 2, 2019.  (AP Photo/John Raoux)

The real progressives

Hope paved humanity's lengthy pathway to the 21st century, but fear threatens to take it from here. It shouldn't. Beyond the gloomy headlines, advances in human knowledge are making these supposedly dreadful years actually the most amazing ever.

Democratic presidential candidate former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke speaks during the Power of our Pride Town Hall Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. The LGBTQ-focused town hall featured nine 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Beto's 15 minutes of fame are up

In the program for an exhibition of his works at a museum in Stockholm in 1968, pop artist Andy Warhol famously predicted "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes." The phrase "15 minutes of fame" has since come to describe anyone or anything that's a short-lived blip on the pop culture or media radar.