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President Donald Trump speaks during an event on energy infrastructure at the Cameron LNG export facility, Tuesday, May 14, 2019, in Hackberry, La. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

No time like the past

"To everything there is a season," the Good Book counsels, and for diehard critics of Donald Trump, clinging to their belief in his sinister designs, it's always open season on the president. To "a time to be born, a time to die" they have added "a time to accuse, a time to face accusation." For the president's adversaries, that time has arrived.

Trump's new trade strategy

Donald Trump campaigned in 2016 on a platform with two main planks. He promised to secure the nation's southern border and preserve the United States as a sovereign power, one with the unquestioned right to determine who enters and who doesn't. That is still a work in progress, with no help from Democrats and some establishment Republicans and their allies in big business.

Hillary Clinton's interview with the FBI has been the subject of much criticism. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

A lesson from baseball

Politics is a lot like baseball. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. The difference is that if you lose, "there's no crying in baseball," as Tom Hanks reminded his ladies of the diamond in the movie "A League of Their Own." In baseball, you're supposed to hitch up your pants and move on to the next town, the next day and the next game. In politics you're allowed a few tears, and the Democrats know how to turn on the waterworks.

In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani speaks in a cabinet meeting in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, May 8, 2019. Rouhani said Wednesday that it will begin keeping its excess uranium and heavy water from its nuclear program, setting a 60-day deadline for new terms to its nuclear deal with world powers before it will resume higher uranium enrichment. (Iranian Presidency Office via AP)

The tale of two rogues

The two most obstreperous children in the "family" of nations are at it again, rattling sabers as if in unison. Iran's furtive provocations in the Persian Gulf are roiling the Middle East and North Korea's resumption of missile testing is once more putting Asia on edge. America's responses are distinctly different, because the Islamic state's hostility is uniformly implacable, and the flame of reconciliation still flickers within the Hermit Kingdom. Where there's light, there's hope.

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No cheating on friends

A president who talks and acts tough on trade has been a long time coming. Donald Trump made getting fair dealing on trade a major plank in his campaign platform and has followed through. China can't say it wasn't warned about the imposition this week of additional tariffs on selected goods coming into the United States.

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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."

The 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. (James H. Wallace/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP) ** FILE **

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.

Special counsel Robert Mueller's redacted report on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election is photographed Thursday, April 18, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick)

Game over

Like a dog returning to its vomit, the Democrats just can't leave bad enough alone. There's a new election to win, but they can't give up their coup to avenge Hillary Clinton. This is good news for the Republicans, but it's bad news for the country.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., takes part in a Fox News town-hall style event, Monday April 15, 2019 in Bethlehem, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The Bernie Sanders dilemma

There's a specter haunting the Democratic Party establishment, the ghost of Norman Thomas, the once-perennial presidential candidate of the American Socialist Party. No one remembers him now, because he was never more than a curiosity. Bernie Sanders, the septuagenarian senator from Vermont and a self-proclaimed "democratic socialist," is thought to be the frontrunner among the dozens of Democrats seeking the party nomination, though Mr. Sanders is not even a Democrat.