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Democratic presidential candidate New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during the official dedication ceremony of the Statue of Liberty Museum on Liberty Island Thursday, May 16, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

The new national pastime

Running for president has replaced baseball as the national pastime. (We liked baseball better.) Every day there’s a new rookie up from South Bend or Cedar Rapids of the Three-Eye League, or an equivalent, armed with his newspaper clippings about his prowess in the minors. (“Good field, no hit.”) As we went to press, 24 Democrats think they can hit major-league pitching. There may be more tomorrow.

In this March 29, 2019, photo, Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), at U.N. headquarters. The U.N. climate chief says world leaders must recognize there is no option except to speed-up and scale-up action to tackle global warming, warning that continuing on the current path will lead to "a catastrophe." (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Second thoughts on climate doom

“Everybody complains about the weather,” observed Mark Twain, “but no one does anything about it.” That may have been true in his happier day, but not now, when we think man can change anything.

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Here come the driverless cars

America's lengthy love affair with the automobile is about to be put to the test. Self-driving cars, or as the techno-geeks call them, "highly autonomous vehicles," are revving up to take over the road, and sooner rather than later.

Attorney General William Barr testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the Russia report by special counsel Robert Mueller on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 1, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

In hot pursuit of William Barr

Rep. Jerry Nadler, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, wants the attorney general, William Barr, to break the law. That's a curious, if not bizarre wish from a distinguished member of Congress. But Mr. Nadler and the Democrats, who are in a frenzy to salvage something from the collusion investigation they expected to deliver Donald Trump's head on a pike, have demanded the attorney general hand over an unredacted copy of the Mueller Report. That's against the law.

President Donald Trump smiles during a meeting with Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, May 3, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Good news for nearly everyone

Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders or whoever wins the Democratic presidential nomination next year has a big job ahead. The Democrats must find a way to repeal the first rule of campaign persuasion. "It's the economy, Stupid."

Rev. Al Sharpton delivers the keynote speech at the Reflections on Faith, Community and Racial Reconciliation in the Commonwealth ceremony hosted by Virginia Union University at the Allix B. James Chapel, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, in Richmond, Va.. Sharpton said in a fiery speech at historically black Virginia Union University that Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring must step down over their blackface admissions, and the sexual allegations against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax should be investigated thoroughly. (James H. Wallace/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

A kiss for Al's ring

Pete Buttigieg, Mayor Pete of South Bend, is the rising star of the Democrats this month, Beto having already had his 15 minutes of fame. Mayor Pete and his prospective first lady (sex no longer has anything to do with who's a lady and who's a gent) even made the cover of Time magazine.

Trader Peter Tuchman works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, May 1, 2019. Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street after several big U.S. companies reported earnings that were better than analysts were expecting. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Economic good news

The U.S. Commerce Department's blockbuster news, that the economy grew by a stunning 3.2 percent in the first quarter, is good news for everybody unless you're one of the two dozen Democrats running for president. A little bipartisan celebration of the news is in order.

President Donald Trump speaks as he welcomes 2018 NASCAR Cup Series Champion Joey Logano to the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Digging in the graveyard

Delirious Democrats, lost in a deep, dark hole of their own making, just can't put their shovels down. They just know that down there somewhere there's the key to ridding themselves of Donald Trump. Robert Mueller's Russia collusion report was a dry hole, but that must be because Attorney General William Barr is keeping the good stuff to himself. So it's back to the shovels.

FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2018, file photo, a gas pump nozzle fills up gas in a car at a pump in West Mifflin, Pa. Expect prices to be relatively stable compared to this year, says Tom Kloza global head of energy analysis for the Oil Price Information Service. He said there is a good chance that 2019 will be book-ended by a very weak start for prices and a shaky finish _ with prices around $2.35 to $2.40 a gallon at each end. In between, prices will advance for both crude oil and gasoline.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

A realistic fuel rule

America is a nation on wheels. With 328 million prospective drivers eager to go about their business, the challenge is to build cars and trucks that meet a complex array of needs. To balance efficiency with costs, safety and environmental preservation, the Trump administration wants to relax fuel efficiency rules. Despite the inevitable obstacles, it's an adjustment that could pay off down the road.

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2017 file photo, American soldiers wait on the tarmac in Logar province, Afghanistan. The longest direct talks ever held between the United States and the Taliban concluded this week with both sides citing progress toward ending the 17-year war, but many questions remain unanswered. The two sides seem to be in agreement about the withdrawal of American forces, but divided over the timeline and whether a residual force would remain. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

Losing the war in Afghanistan

The war in Afghanistan, which was an expensive losing proposition for the Russians, is proving to be an expensive losing proposition for the United States as well. The American struggle to root out terrorism and establish stability in Afghanistan, paid for by American blood and money, is failing.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders discusses voting rights for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev during a CNN town hall, April 22, 2019. (Image: CNN screenshot)

Campaigning at San Quentin

Democrats can dream of a 50-state strategy, per Howard Dean, but it's only a dream. The South, once the exclusive preserve of Democrats and yellow dogs, is almost solid again, and this time Democrats and yellow dogs have been evicted and the region is red and safely Republican. The Rust Belt, once a Democratic stronghold, voted for Donald Trump, and might again. Bernie Sanders thinks he can fix all that by making the nation's prison population solid for the Democrats.

FILE - This July 6, 2017 file photo shows prescription drugs in a glass flask at the state crime lab in Taylorsville, Utah. A report released on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 says pills can contain ingredients like gluten, lactose or allergy-triggering dyes that may cause problems for certain patients. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

The unfixed broken health care system

Presidents from Bill Clinton forward have made bold pledges to fix America's broken health care system. Indeed, the broken system and what to do about it is usually a theme of presidential campaigns. Yet the system is still broken, and government interventions in the medical marketplace have created more problems than they solved.

Immigration activists rally outside the Supreme Court as the justices hear arguments over the Trump administration's plan to ask about citizenship on the 2020 census, in Washington, Tuesday, April 23, 2019. Critics say the citizenship question on the census will inhibit responses from immigrant-heavy communities that are worried the information will be used to target them for possible deportation. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Too much information?

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments this week on whether the Trump administration can mandate that the U.S. Census, to be taken next year, ask a simple and logical question about who is a citizen and who is not. Regardless of what the court decides, it's a controversy that is not likely to go away.

The stakes in Yemen

Nowhere is the intractable misery of the Islamic Middle East and its impact on American interests more evident than in Yemen, an otherwise obscure Arab country on the southwestern tip of the Arabian peninsula.

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

A day to hug a bug

This isn't your father's Earth Day. The celebration of all things "green" turns 49 on Monday, and it's starting to show the inevitable signs of age. That might be a good thing. With the passage of the years comes a preference for results over rhetoric. A good way to celebrate the planet's magnificent fauna and flora is simply to keep it clean.