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FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2017 file photo, U.S Secretary of State John Kerry speaks with the media after attending the Mideast peace conference in Paris. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo unloaded Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 on his Obama-era predecessor John Kerry for "actively undermining" U.S. policy on Iran by meeting several times recently with the Iranian foreign minister, who was his main interlocutor in the Iran nuclear deal negotiations. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool, File)

Colluding with Iran

Defiance and dirty dealing from an enemy is expected, collusion with an enemy to reinforce its effrontery is not. Thanks to John Kerry, President Trump will face an extra formidable Iran when patience meets effrontery next week at the United Nations. The former U.S. secretary of State is conducting shadow diplomacy designed to foil the president’s aims in dialing back Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Mr. Kerry had his chance to quell the Islamic republic’s threats, and blew it. He only delayed dealing effectively with them. His continued attempts in overtime only weaken America.

People walk past election posters near the Swedish parliament in Stockholm, Monday Sept. 10, 2018, the day after general elections in Sweden. Sweden was looking at weeks of uncertainty and complex coalition talks after the country's two rival blocs failed to secure a clear governing majority in elections that saw a boost for a far-right party  considered political pariahs  amid growing discontent with large-scale immigration. (Soren Andersson/TT via AP)

Changing Sweden

For decades, America’s liberals have looked across the Atlantic with envy. France has socialized medicine. Germany has strong trade unions. Italy and France have excellent food. (Sometimes envy is understandable.)

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A dog is dressed for the weather - with a puffer coat and rubber boots - while walking on a cold, wet morning, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Curbing the use of canine guinea pigs

Nobody likes torturing dogs, or even cats, and the Veterans Administration is under pressure to stop certain experiments. The opposition to the program is even bipartisan, which makes the legislation a rare animal in Washington, where even celebrating the decline in black unemployment is a celebration too far for rabidly partisan Democrats lest President Trump get credit for good fortune.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., listen to the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) **FILE**

A grand night for slinging

"Resistance" is highly popular in the salons of the Democratic left, but it's a dish best served hot inside the Democratic bubble. The dish does not travel well, and there appears scant appetite for it where happy people live.

The Democratic betrayal of the Dreamers

If the waves of illegal immigrants wading the Rio Grande to get into the United States were likely to be Republican voters, as a wide-awake wise man observes, Chuck Schumer would be on the border now, laying bricks, and scolding Nancy Pelosi, his apprentice hod-carrier, to keep the mortar coming for President Trump's "big, beautiful" wall.

FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. No natural orator, Trump has nonetheless shown at times that he can deliver a powerful speech that effectively outlines his vision, strikes an emotional chord and moves commentators to declare that he, at last, looks presidential. And then the teleprompter gets turned off. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

An encouraging State of the Union

Anyone, even a Democrat reluctant to say so, can see that the economic state of the Union is pretty good. Unemployment is down in key sectors, including among blacks, where the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says the number is as low as it has been since the racial number was broken out in 1972. Businesses have committed to expansion, paying bonuses and raising wages because of — and they are specific about this — the Trump tax cuts.

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 1984 file photo, first lady Nancy Reagan sits with a fourth and fifth grade class at Island Park Elementary School on Mercer Island, Wash., where she participated in a drug education class. At left is Amy Clarfeld, 10, and Andrew Cary, 10, is at right. During a visit with schoolchildren in Oakland, Calif., Reagan later recalled, "A little girl raised her hand and said, 'Mrs. Reagan, what do you do if somebody offers you drugs?' And I said, 'Well, you just say no.' And there it was born." (AP Photo/Barry Sweet, File)

Giving a lady her due

Settling a grudge requires stamina, because it can take so long to resolve. Ronald Reagan established his reputation for being amiable but tough when necessary early in his administration, when he fired the entire air-traffic controllers' union in 1981 for trying to hold the nation's safety and security hostage in a dispute over a contract. Some Democrats have never forgiven him.

FILE - This Feb. 19, 2013, file photo shows OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. Less than three months after President Donald Trump declared the U.S. opioid crisis a public health emergency in October 2017, the nation's governors are calling on his administration and Congress to provide more money and coordination for the fight against the drugs. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

Panic in the streets

"China," Donald Trump said many times during the 2016 presidential election campaign, "is killing us." He meant it metaphorically. He was speaking of China's aggressive trade and industrial policies, which he blamed — not unreasonably — for wreaking damage on the American economy.

Texts between two FBI officials from 2016 appear to show that Chief of Staff James Rybicki believed Deputy Director Andrew McCabe should have recused himself from the investigation into Hillary Clinton. Mr. McCabe did not recuse himself until one week before the presidential election. (Associated Press/File)

'What's going on with the FBI?'

Turning over rocks to see what crawls out is a lot of fun. You could ask any little boy. But when little boys become big boys and go off to Washington, the temptation to turn over rocks is greater than ever. "Fun" quickly becomes something heart-stopping and jaw-dropping. Seriously ugly creatures thrive under the rocks in Washington.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., leads a news conference of female Democrats on Day 2 of the federal shutdown at the Capitol in Washington, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

When good news is scorned

In just a few weeks, congressional Democrats almost without dissent have posted two of the most destructive votes in decades, votes that will be destructive to their own partisan interests as well as those of the country. But will voters hold them accountable? Many will. They all should.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., arrives at the Capitol at the start of the third day of the government shutdown, in Washington, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

An impasse resolved, for now

That was no way to run a railroad, nor the government of "the greatest country on earth," either. The leaders of both Republicans and Democrats were getting a harsh and angry earful from the country, with the noise getting louder every hour. Push had come to shove, and both won.

FILE - In this Jan. 16,2018 file photo, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy speaks before signing the first executive order of his administration in Trenton, N.J.  Funding for women's health and pay equity legislation will be the first bills Murphy pushes for, he said soon after taking over for Republican Chris Christie.  (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Life in a petri dish

Democrats are highly selective in their condemnation of the "1 percenters." They're all for 1 percenters like New Jersey's new governor, Phil Murphy. He vows to steer the state sharply to the left.

President Donald Trump gives the thumbs-up as he arrives on Marine One at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, as he returns from Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The healthy president

Waiting for someone to die, whether to claim an expected inheritance, outlast a rival for the affections of a wife or mistress, or to vacate the White House, requires stamina and patience. From the day Donald Trump shocked the world and appalled the elites, the Democrats and their media allies have been searching for a deux ex machina, a miracle to get him out of the way of decent folk.

FILE - In this Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, file photo, people stand in line near an Apple Store at an outdoor shopping mall in Beijing, China. On Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, Apple announced it is planning to build another corporate campus and hire 20,000 workers during the next five years as part of a $350 billion commitment to the U.S. economy. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

Apple brings it home

The announcement on Wednesday that Apple Inc. will bring $350 billion in cash parked overseas — that's billion with a B — home to the United States, to invest here and create as many as 20,000 new jobs, is likely to be the economic story of the year.

This frame from video released by the Chelsea Manning Senate campaign on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018 shows Chelsea Manning in a campaign video. Manning on Sunday confirmed via Twitter that she is a candidate for U.S. Senate. (Chelsea Manning For US Senate via AP)

Seeking refuge in the U.S. Senate

Chelsea Manning, who used to think she was Bradley Manning, and who was once a private first class in the U.S. Army before he became a traitor, now thinks he can be a U.S. senator from Maryland. Maryland may not be quite that deep shade of blue, but it's a brave new era in the Democratic Party, where feverish Democrats think Donald Trump is insane and Bradley Manning is a woman because he says he is.

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks at the National Governors Association special session called "Collaborating to Create Tomorrow's Global Economy" in Providence, R.I., July 14, 2017. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP) ** FILE **

A lesson from Canada

Talking the talk is easy. Walking the walk is not so easy. Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of Canada, thought he could take a shot at the Americans, and Donald Trump in particular, for its determination to get out-of-control immigration under something resembling control. Lesson apparently learned.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at a plaque dedication ceremony at the Central Park police precinct in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Greasy business in the Big Apple

You might have thought that Michael Bloomberg, with his mercifully futile crusades to protect everyone from their guns and their Big Gulps, would have set a record for grandstanding by a New York City mayor that would stand through the ages. Bill de Blasio, his hulking successor, is giving the diminutive Mr. Bloomberg a real run for his money, or, actually, your money. The Bloomberg grandstand was pushed into the shade.

FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump sits with Attorney General Jeff Sessions during the FBI National Academy graduation ceremony in Quantico, Va. Late last year, lawyers for Trump expressed optimism that special counsel Robert Mueller was nearing the end of his probe of Russias interference in the 2016 election. But if there was hope in the White House that Trump might be moving past an investigation that has dogged his presidency from the start, 2018 is beginning without signs of abatement.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Trump in the outhouse

The civil society seems to be in better hands than anyone imagined. Unfortunately, the hands are those of snowflakes, easy to melt, and forever seeking a safe place where reality never intrudes.

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A blow for energy security

The Trump administration took a blow this week from its own Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which ruled against further subsidies to financially ailing coal and nuclear plants. The blow was deserved.

In this June 5, 2017, photo, a worker stacks merchandise outside a Walmart in Salem, N.H. Walmart is boosting its starting salary for U.S. workers to $11 an hour, giving a one-time $1,000 cash bonus to eligible employees and expanding its maternity and parental leave benefits. The retailer said Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, changes to its compensation and benefits policy will impact more than a million hourly workers in the U.S., with the wage increase effective next month. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Tax cuts hit home

"Don't cut corporate taxes," they said. "The riches will only be used for share buybacks and executive perks," they said. "The workers won't actually benefit," they said. It's already looking like "they" didn't know what they were talking about.

Money transfer services allow Salvadorans and others under temporary protected status to send remittances, adding greatly to the gross domestic product of their home countries. (Associated Press/File)

The man who came to dinner

"A government bureau," Ronald Reagan once observed, "is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth." One current example of how government can bend language out of shape to preserve this artificial eternal life is the so-called "Temporary Protected Status" program.