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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.

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.

Illustration Wind Power by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

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.

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Diversity dies in darkness

With few exceptions, diversity of opinion in Hollywood ranges from left all the way to the far left. Public dedication to diversity is an obsession for "progressives," as liberals now call themselves, but the one form of diversity where it actually makes a difference is diversity of thought. But Hollywood can't allow that.

File-This Aug. 24, 2017, file photo shows Ukrainian soldiers marching along main Khreshchatyk Street during a military parade to celebrate Independence Day in Kiev, Ukraine. The Trump administration has approved a plan to provide lethal weapons to Ukraine, including Javelin anti-tank missiles. That's according to several U.S. officials who weren't authorized to discuss the decision publicly and demanded anonymity Friday, Dec. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky, File)

Reassurance of Ukraine

The Trump administration's decision to supply Ukraine with defensive weapons is a decision fraught with implications that reach far beyond the dispatch of weapons.

No more freebies for Congress

Rep. Sheila Jackson apparently got a free upgrade to first class on a recent United Airlines flight ("United apologizes to passenger who says U.S. Rep. got her seat," Web, Dec. 25). To make matters worse, in order to make this happen United bumped a passenger who had already reserved the seat.

Officials will use a high-speed machine on to recount results from the 94th District House of Delegates race at City Center in Newport News, Va. on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017.  Incumbent Republican Del. David Yancey won by 10 votes. Democratic challenger Shelly Simonds requested the recount.(Joe Fudge/The Daily Press via AP)

For want of one legal vote

You don't take a knife to a gunfight, and like it or not, politics has become something of a gunfight and this gunfight, the closest since the famous gunfight at the OK Corral, is on vivid display in the contest for the seat of the 94th District in the Virginia House of Delegates, where the winner of a tie is to be finally determined by drawing lots, as prescribed by Virginia election law.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., left, joined by from left, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., House Budget Committee Chair Diane Black, R-Tenn., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., as he praises the Republican tax bill at an enrollment ceremony at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The fatal blow to Obamacare

Campaigning is always easier than governing. There's unanimity at a campaign rally, but in Congress, not so much. From 2010 onward the Grumpy Old Party won election after election on the promise to pull up Obamacare, root and branch, and start over with health-care reform.

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2016, file photo, San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Eli Harold, left, quarterback Colin Kaepernick, center, and safety Eric Reid kneel during the national anthem before the team's NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Santa Clara, Calif. Kaepernick accepted Sports Illustrated's Muhammad Ali Legacy Award from Beyonce on Tuesday night, Dec. 5, 2017, and promised that "with or without the NFL's platform, I will continue to work for the people." Beyonce thanked Kaepernick for his "personal sacrifice," and 2016 Ali Award winner Kareem Abdul-Jabbar called Kaepernick a "worthy recipient" during a video tribute.(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Legacy of the 'kneelers'

Colin Kaepernick, the onetime San Francisco 49ers quarterback who kept his seat during the playing of the national anthem and made the National Football League infamous, probably thought he was just taking a rest. Now "taking a knee" is the one play that every NFL player can master.

FILE - In this June 2, 2017 file photo, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt speaks in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. The head of the Environmental Protection Agency used public money to have his office swept for hidden listening devices and bought sophisticated biometric locks for additional security.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Wasting opportunity at the EPA

Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is one of the bright lights of the Trump administration. He acted forcefully to get the runaway agency under control and then refocused it on its actual core mission.

In this Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2017 photo, a nativity scene on display at the First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant was created in 2014 by Michael DeSanctis, a fine arts, pastoral studies and theology professor at Gannon University, in Erie, Pa. Several of DeSanctis' past nativity scenes are on display in a small gallery inside First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant and include posters that describe how he built them. (Christopher Millette/Erie Times-News via AP)

'God bless us, everyone'

Keeping everybody on campus politically correct is not easy, but nobody tries harder than the president, the deans and maybe even the professors and teaching assistants at the University of Minnesota.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson takes part in a joint media availability with Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, not pictured, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)

Mr. Tillerson gets a brush-off

Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson had a bright idea not long ago. "Let's just meet," he said in a message to North Korea. "We can talk about the weather if you want. We can talk about whether it's going to be a square table or a round table, if that's what you're excited about."

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., back left center, and other lawmakers react as President Donald Trump speaks about the passage of the tax overhaul bill on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

'We got it done'

President Trump basked late Wednesday in a rare moment of acknowledged triumph, delivering at last on a legislative promise, "the big, beautiful tax cut" he promised would arrive before Christmas.

The coffin of Daphne Caruana Galizia, an investigative journalist killed by a car bomb, arrives for the funeral service in Valletta, Malta, Friday, Nov. 3, 2017.  Malta observed a national day of mourning Friday as the Mediterranean island's largest church hosted funeral services for the journalist. (AP Photo/Jonathan Borg)

Shooting the media messenger

The journalist's lot, like the policeman's, is not a happy one. The overpaid prima donnas who posture in front of the cameras are not typical of the reporter or correspondent. The typical reporter is overworked and underpaid, an asset to his (or her) publication, and often considered to be only as good as their last story. They're catching flak for "fake news" — not always without cause — and colleagues nearly everywhere are jailed, or worse, simply for doing their jobs. Civilized nations know better than to allow shooting the messenger.

President Donald Trump speaks and lays out a national security strategy that envisions nations in perpetual competition, reverses Obama-era warnings on climate change, and de-emphasizes multinational agreements, in Washington, Monday, Dec. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Defending country, not climate

Some brainstorms are more persuasive in the brain than on the ground. The grand notion that masterminds should take control of civilization before the unwashed masses render pristine nature a scorched trash heap is one prominent example.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., speaks in his office just after final approval of the Republican rewrite of the tax code, during an interview with The Associated Press at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017.  Ryan defied skeptics who thought his party would never get the sweeping tax overhaul bill to President Donald Trumps desk by Christmas. The key, the Wisconsin Republican said minutes after gaveling down a House vote on the measure on Tuesday, was uniting Republicans behind a common plan from the start.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Next up on taxes

When Ronald Reagan signed the 1986 Tax Reform Act into law a lot of those who worked hard to get it done looked at one another and asked, "What's next?" Well, it took about 30 years, but we're about to finally have the answer.

FILE - In this Dec. 4, 2017, file photo, Doug Jones speaks at a news conference in Dolomite, Ala. Jones, a Democrat who once prosecuted two Ku Klux Klansmen in a deadly church bombing and has now broken the Republican lock grip on Alabama, is the states new U.S. senator. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, file)

Alabama faces the consequences

Doug Jones, the new and accidental senator from Alabama, has a big decision to make as he prepares to serve out the remainder of the Senate term of Jeff Sessions, who resigned his seat to become U.S. attorney general in the Trump administration.