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People work to secure the scene of a shooting at a kosher supermarket in Jersey City, N.J., Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. The mayor of a New Jersey city says gunmen targeted the kosher market during a shooting that killed six people Tuesday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

The menace of the Black Hebrew Israelites

Residents of Washington, D.C., may be grimly familiar with the so-called Black Hebrew Israelites, or at least a radical subset of them who are avowedly “Black Supremacist.” They tend to hang out in the capital’s Chinatown neighborhood, near where the Washington Wizards and Capitals play, and shout racist, sexist and anti-gay epithets at passersby. They’re a menacing presence, intending to frighten and intimidate Washingtonians and tourists going about their business.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Biden Courage Awards Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) ** FILE **

Grandma Grundy's takeover of the Democrats

Joe Biden has led the polls of Democratic primary voters for a while now. But like all leaders in these early polls, he's a bit of a paper tiger, benefiting from name recognition, and even the fact that he is not running for anything. At least not yet; there are, or were, rumors of a late April announcement.

In this March 30, 2019 photo, a tourists take photos of the razor-wire-covered border wall that separates Nogalas, Ariz. at left, and Nogales, Mexico on the right. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Emergency on the border

"For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong," observed H.L. Mencken, the sage of Baltimore who was the most popular social critic of the previous century. Sadly, Mencken isn't around to address the scourge of the 21st century, the obstinate refusal of Democrats to admit that there is an obvious problem, complex or otherwise. The liberals who call themselves "progressives" pretend not to notice the relentless stream of humanity trying to force their way across America's southern border.

Deploying military forces overseas

The U.S. Army is increasing the deployment of active forces overseas, with up to 10,000 troops, many of them National Guard units together comprising the equivalent of a division headquarters and several brigades. They will be moved abroad soon.

In this Jan. 19, 2019, file photo, U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, waves to the crowd after speaking at Women's Unity Rally organized by Women's March NYC at Foley Square in Lower Manhattan in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

With friends like these

It wasn't supposed to go down this way. When Democrats who said they wanted a congressional resolution calling for a global fight against global warming, were forced to declare their allegiance to the cause, they ran for the tall grass.

Sen. Edward Markey, D- Mass., speaks at a rally for Green New Deal, Tuesday, March 26, 2019, outside the Capitol in Washington.  The Green New Deal calls for the U.S. to shift away from fossil fuels such as oil and coal and replace them with renewable sources such as wind and solar power.  (AP Photo/Matthew Daly)

A vote for the Green New Deal

The "Green New Deal" is a nutty scheme to completely "decarbonize" the U.S. economy over a decade to rebuild or replace every single building in the United States to make them energy efficient, to declare war on U.S. agriculture (cows belch too much), and, for good measure "provide all people of the United States with high-quality health care; affordable, safe, and adequate housing; economic security and access to clean water, clean air, healthy and affordable food, guarantee a "job with a family-sustaining wage, adequate family and medical leave, paid vacations, and retirement security to all people of the United States."

The letter from Attorney General William Barr to Congress on the conclusions reached by special counsel Robert Mueller in the Russia probe photographed on Sunday, March 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

'An illegal takedown that failed'

The Russian collusion powder keg burned through its extra-long fuse, and exploded with the sound and fury of a pop gun. President Trump's political and media enemies who have anticipated a republic-shaking blast, with fingers in their ears, are left blinking in disbelief.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller walks past the White House after attending services at St. John's Episcopal Church, in Washington, Sunday, March 24, 2019. Mueller closed his long and contentious Russia investigation with no new charges, ending the probe that has cast a dark shadow over Donald Trump's presidency. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

No more special prosecutors

Once the hysteria over the Mueller report subsides, and this, too, shall pass, sober heads on both left and right should consider whether continuing with special prosecutors, special counsels and whatever they might be called, is a good idea.

President Donald Trump arrives on Air Force One, Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Andrews Air Force Base, Md., as he returns from Mar-a Lago in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Trump wins

Let the quibbling begin, but 675 days after Robert Mueller's 19 lawyers began issuing 2,800 subpoenas and posing questions to 500 witnesses, Mr. Mueller has concluded that there was no Trump collusion with the Russians to cook the 2016 presidential election.

In this September 2017 photo, students walk to class on the University of Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia. As academia becomes increasingly competitive in attracting top students and staff, universities are turning to retail to create study, work, and play environments that set themselves apart.   (Jessica Griffin/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Learning Chinese

It's apparent to all but the most obtuse observer of what's going on in the world that the United States and China are engaged in a competition to see who's going to dominate the world. The competition is not particularly friendly and it could turn ugly at any time.

A U.S. Marine raising the American flag on an amphibious assault vehicle during the ongoing Cobra Gold U.S.-Thai joint military exercise on Hat Yao beach in Chonburi province, eastern Thailand, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. Approximately 11,000 military personnel from the  U.S., Thailand, and South Korea are taking part in the annual drill. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit) ** FILE **

Measuring the good times

There must be something in the pea soup. The World Happiness Report, a survey based on Gallup polling data across some 156 countries, has determined that Finland is the world's happiest country.

Swedish national flags placed between flowers in fence near the department store Ahlens following a suspected terror attack in central Stockholm, Sweden, Saturday, April 8, 2017. Swedish prosecutor Hans Ihrman said a person has been formally identified as a suspect "of terrorist offences by murder" after a hijacked truck was driven into a crowd of pedestrians and crashed into a department store on Friday. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

A late education for Sweden

Sweden's "social democracy," often cited by Europeans and like-minded Americans as the model society, is in deep trouble. Sweden is no longer a low-crime country, but now a high-crime country, with rates of homicide significantly above the Western European average. Car torchings, attacks on first responders and even riots, are familiar to all.

Regulating vapors

Scott Gottlieb's resignation as commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration comes at just the right time. Unlike other Trump regulatory agency appointees who understood their mandate was to lighten the burden on business, he insisted on adding to it.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the supporters of opposition Nationalist Movement Party, MHP, and his ruling Justice and Development Party, AKP, at a joint rally in Aegean city of Izmir, Turkey, Sunday, March 17, 2019. Erdogan's AKP and MHP made an alliance for the countrywide local elections scheduled for March 31, 2019 with 57 million registered voters. (Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool)

Turkey and the survival of NATO

Turkey's continued pursuit of an advanced air defense system from Moscow — Russia's S400 missile-defense system — threatens the very existence of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization at a time "the most successful alliance in history" has profound political and budgetary problems.

(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

One tongue for all

Getting 87 percent of Americans to agree on anything is just about impossible. Puppies? Sunny days? Ice cream? Baseball? We suspect none of these would get 87 percent approval. We're a contentious lot.

FILE - This April 4, 2009, file photo, shows a gas production facility at Ras Laffan, Qatar. The tiny, energy-rich Arab nation of Qatar announced on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018 it would withdraw from OPEC, mixing its aspirations to increase production outside of the cartel's constraints with the politics of slighting the Saudi-dominated group amid the kingdom's boycott of Doha. (AP Photos/Maneesh Bakshi, File)

Cutting OPEC down to size

Since 1973 the U.S. economy has been at the mercy of tightly held oil producers masquerading as Middle Eastern sovereign states. Operating together as the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, or OPEC, they've manipulated the price of oil, up and down and back again, taking trillions of dollars out of the United States.

Office of Management and Budget staff delivers President Trump's 2020 budget outline to the House Budget Committee on Monday. (Associated Press)

Pricking the budget balloon

The labor of industrious Americans pumps tax revenue into the U.S. Treasury by the billions and trillions of dollars, and it's never enough. President Trump offers his administration's budget proposal for 2020, attempting to tip government spending to favor national security priorities, and his adversaries are lined up to halt him in his tracks. Preserving the nation's sovereignty while conserving its treasure is a fight worth having.

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks during an event in St. George, S.C., on Saturday, March 9, 2019. Harris is spending two days in South Carolina, home of the first southern presidential primary in 2020, spending time with voters in rural and coastal areas. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

An idea whose time has not come

"Reparations" is the general bad idea that descendants of slaves should in some way be compensated financially, even at this late date. This idea was once restricted to the fringes of American politics. Mainstream Democrats, like Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, didn't want to have anything to do with it.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers remarks at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa on Thursday, March 7, 2019. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP)

Canada stands tall

Despite enormous contrary pressure, including the taking of Canadian hostages in China, Canada is demonstrating once more reason why it is regarded as one of America's most reliable allies.

FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2018 file photo, a Honduran migrant helps a young girl cross to the American side of the border wall, in Tijuana, Mexico. A San Diego TV station says the U.S. government ran an operation to screen journalists, activists and others while investigating last year's migrant caravan from Mexico. KNSD-TV says documents leaked by a Homeland Security source show a January database listing at least 10 journalists, seven of them U.S. citizens, as warranting secondary screening at U.S. points of entry. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)

Crisis on the border

There are reasonable objections to President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency to use military appropriations to build a barrier on the U.S.-Mexican border.