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Iran, another name for stubborn

The world turns, but Iran won’t budge. Stuck on stubborn, the Islamic republic remains unmoved amid the currents of human affairs, affixed upon a singular goal: acquiring nuclear weapons. Now that the regime is hastening its deadly day of triumph, there is only one rational response: Resist until the moment when that terror-wielding nation desists.

In this Dec. 13, 2018, file photo, national security adviser John Bolton unveils the Trump administration's Africa Strategy at the Heritage Foundation in Washington. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

Beyond John Bolton’s exit

Nobody ever said the Trump White House offered much in the way of job security. President Trump has just let go of his third National Security Adviser, John Bolton, joining prior White House casualties H.R. McMaster and Michael Flynn. Mr. Bolton had been in the post since April of last year.

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This Sept. 2, 2019 photo provided by NASA shows the eye of Hurricane Dorian shown from the International Space Station. (Nick Hague/NASA via AP)

Diagnosing Dorian

For coastal Floridians and some of their neighbors to the north, it's a September to remember. Hurricane Dorian's roaring winds have sent millions to scour store shelves in search of generators, flashlights, bottled water and dry foodstuffs. Millions more have lined up to fill up their SUVs before fleeing up the interstates for shelter from the storm's fury.

Attorney General William Barr speaks to reporters after a tour of a federal prison Monday, July 8, 2019, in Edgefield, S.C. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

When indulgence breeds violence

Montgomery County, Maryland, just north of the District of Columbia, is known for leafy neighborhoods, stellar schools and high incomes. (It's the 17th-highest earning county in the entire nation, according to the latest census data.) But lately, Montgomery County is garnering national attention for something rather different — a succession of horrific crimes committed by illegal immigrants.

Comey's painless comeuppance

That haunting laugh echoing through the corridors of Washington officialdom is the sound of vindication emanating from one James B. Comey. Free from the threat of prosecution by the legal system for which he once stood, the fired former FBI director has validated the hoary adage that it's better to be lucky than good.

"The values that Americans say define the national character are changing, as younger generations rate patriotism, religion and having children as less important to them than did young people two decades ago," stated The Wall Street Journal.

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The cultural crazy train

Somebody must have broken the brake handle on the cultural crazy train. With no way to slow down the dizzying changes in conventional values, the needle on the gauge measuring virtue and vice is spinning wildly. New ways of thinking have always fueled the advancement of civilization, but free-wheeling change threatens to send the entire social compact around the bend and into the ditch. Judging by the breathtaking metamorphosis of customary ideas that have powered the nation's progress, a crack-up could be near at hand unless conservators of character wrest control.

FILE - In this May 1, 2019, file photo a man walks past a Google sign outside with a span of the Bay Bridge at rear in San Francisco.  (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

The trouble with Google's search dominance

In just about any industry, having a market share of 92 percent would plainly constitute a monopoly. (In fact, according to some economists, any time a company commands more than 25 percent of a given market, it can begin to exert anti-competitive pressure.) And that's the position that the search giant Google finds itself in.

In this June 29, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump, left, meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan. China has announced it will raise tariffs on $75 billion of U.S. products in retaliation for President Donald Trump's planned Sept. 1 duty increase in a war over trade and technology policy. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Playing chicken with China

Americans are losing their taste for Chinese, but not those savory dishes served with chopsticks. Rather, it's a distaste for China's behavior resulting from the worsening conflict over trade that is causing frowns. From its refusal to compete fairly in the international marketplace to its apparent failure to halt the flow of deadly synthetic drugs into the U.S., "the Middle Kingdom" is losing its status as America's BFF. It's no wonder, with President Trump playing chicken with China.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom makes the keynote address at the 23rd Annual Lake Tahoe Summit, Tuesday, at South Lake Tahoe, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. The summit is a gathering of federal, state and local leaders to discuss the restoration and the sustainability of Lake Tahoe. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Defecation nation

America is getting pooped, thanks to trend-setting California. There is no getting around the fact that the Golden State is at the forefront of a defecation crisis which is already overflowing into neighboring states. The Left Coast has become the home of the homeless, the nation's lost souls who apparently have settled for simply existing rather than really living. Sleeping out in the open spaces and pooping in public places are jarring signs that a segment of society has given up. The demoralizing, downward spiral is likely to accelerate unless Americans resolve to clean up their act.

Sen. Doug Jones, Alabama Democrat, won the special Senate election in 2017. Critics say he's painted himself into a corner because Mr. Jones said he'll support whoever the Democratic presidential pick is. (Associated Press)

A high wire act in Alabama

American Public Television announced this month that it was resurrecting (literally and figuratively) "The McLaughlin Group," but you don't need to be a political pundit — or even play one on TV — to understand why Sen. Doug Jones has been designated the most-endangered of the 34 Senate incumbents up for election in 2020.

A man passes a facebook screen at the Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Reclaiming the rights to one's digital persona

Most individuals keep a pretty firm grip on their possessions — the cars, the house and the stuff inside it. They've got a fairly accurate grasp of their money, too, by taking a quick scan of their financial assets online. Personal data, though, is another story. The complexion of the information that tech giants glean from surveilling users' Internet activities is as murky for most Americans as a trek in the woods after dark. Americans urgently need a more effective means of ensuring that their cyber-persona is not being stalked from the digital shadows by buck-raking marketers.

A relative wails near the coffins of victims of the Dubai City wedding hall bombing during a mass funeral in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Aug.18, 2019. The deadly bombing at the wedding in Afghanistan's capital late Saturday that killed dozens of people was a stark reminder that the war-weary country faces daily threats not only from the long-established Taliban but also from a brutal local affiliate of the Islamic State group, which claimed responsibility for the attack. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

More tension in a troubled country

The "JV team" is back — if it ever went away. More than five years ago after President Barack Obama dismissed ISIS as mere junior varsity jihadists, the murderous Islamist group continues to spread terror and misery. Over the weekend, some 63 Afghans were slaughtered at a wedding in Kabul, and more than 100 were injured. According to news reports, a suicide bomber entered a packed wedding hall where hundreds of working class Afghans were dancing and celebrating merrily. Moments later dozens of them were murdered.

A woman checks prices at a supermarket in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. President Mauricio Macri announced economic relief for poor and working-class Argentines that include an increased minimum wage, reduced payroll taxes, a bonus for informal workers and a freeze in gasoline prices. The conservative leader said Wednesday he's acting in recognition of the "anger" Argentines expressed in Sunday's primary election, when Macri trailed his populist rival by 15 percentage points. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Cry for Argentina

Cry for Argentina. What else is there to do after a rout like this? "The main Argentine stock market plunged more than 30% on Monday, marking the second-biggest one day slump anywhere since 1950," the financial network CNBC reported this week. "Meanwhile, the peso closed 15% weaker at 53.5 per U.S. dollar. The currency had been trading at 45.25 on Friday."