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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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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., left, talks with ranking member Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., during a hearing of the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, during the first public impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump's efforts to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents. (Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP)

Impeachment prejudice

That beauty is in the eye of the beholder goes without saying. A reminder may be needed, though, that meaning is in the ear of the listener. That's because words filtered through an inner universe of preconceived notions can wind up appallingly distorted. Americans judging the words of presidential impeachment witnesses must focus on firsthand facts and discard prejudiced opinions fashioned from the biases of President Trump's detractors.

A bust of Bolivia's former President Evo Morales stands in Congress in La Paz, Bolivia, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. Morales, who transformed Bolivia as its first indigenous president, was flying to exile in Mexico on Tuesday after weeks of violent protests, leaving behind a confused power vacuum in the Andean nation. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

Bolivia's return to a democratic state

Evo Morales had a problem. It was 2016, and the three-term Bolivian president, an ardent leftist and the first indigenous president the South American nation ever had, wanted badly to run for a fourth term in 2019. But Bolivia's constitution had term limits, and Mr. Morales was barred from running for and serving another term.

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin speaks during a news conference at the Governors' Mansion in Frankfort, Ky., Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019. Bevin asked for a recanvass of Kentucky election results that showed him more than 5,000 votes behind Democrat Andy Beshear, who discounted the challenge and began preparing to take office. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

No need for hand-wringing in the GOP

Largely overlooked amid Virginia Democrats' (understandable) gloating about capturing control of the Virginia General Assembly for the first time in 20 years and narrowly winning the Kentucky governorship, there were election results — from Pennsylvania and New Jersey to Arizona and Mississippi and back to Kentucky — that should help take Republicans off suicide watch.

FILE - In this June 6, 2018 frame grab from the Islamic Republic Iran Broadcasting, IRIB, state-run TV, three versions of domestically-built centrifuges are shown in a live TV program from Natanz, an Iranian uranium enrichment plant, in Iran. (IRIB via AP, File)

Iran's anniversary provocation

Anniversaries are an opportunity to commemorate something special that mustn't be forgotten. In Iran, there is a long memory for something especially malign — the 1979 attack on the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and the beginning of a 444-day hostage crisis. The current mullahcracy has chosen the 40th anniversary of that jarring day to announce a rapid acceleration of a nuclear program that threatens the United States along with the rest of the world. Not satisfied to add insult to injury, the rogue regime threatens to aggravate injury with nuclear annihilation.

The sad tale of Argentina continues

Cry, yet again, for Argentina. The South American nation — rich in farmland, durable institutions and an educated population — has, for nearly a century, been an economic basket case. With the results of its recent presidential election, that sad tale looks set to continue.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks during a town hall meeting at Grinnell College, Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, in Grinnell, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

EDITORIAL: Elizabeth Warren's shell game

When it comes to the shell game, the best advice is not to play. Elizabeth Warren claims her new "Medicare for All" proposal presents the nation with a winning health care system without raising middle-class taxes. It's a sleight-of-hand plan that would shuffle costs around while worsening them in the process.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden talks with audience members during a town hall meeting, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, in Fort Dodge, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

The panic of the Democratic pooh-bahs

It's being characterized variously as "anxiety" (The Washington Post), "handwringing" (The Hill), "a Maalox moment" and "alarm" (The New York Times), and "growing uncertainty" and "a pervasive feeling of unease" (the Associated Press).

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Masking injustice as impeachment

"Boo" only startles when its target is caught by surprise. Democrats chose Halloween to spring a preliminary impeachment vote on the nation, but their move was spotted a mile away. Adversaries of President Trump have been loudly proclaiming their intention to expel him from office since the day he was elected. Now that the campaign to unelect him is out in the open, partisan accusers operating in the shadows must step into the light. Judgment cuts both ways.

Hillary Clinton has been haunting the political world for nearly three years after her election loss with book tours and appearances on networks controlled by liberals. (Associated Press/File)

The 'Hilloween' routine

"Have broomstick, will travel" is not how Hillary Clinton's calling card reads, but it should. The septuagenarian professional politician is swooping over the American landscape in her billowing jackets, threatening to once again lay waste to the presidential election process. Last time around, Republicans were relieved to have survived her reign of error. As All Hallow's Eve draws near, it is her own Democrats who are faced with uncertainty over what her threatened political resurrection might unleash.

FILE- In this Aug. 27, 2018, file photo a sign stands at the construction site for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's headquarters in Washington. The Supreme Court is stepping into a years-long, politically charged fight over the federal consumer finance watchdog agency that was created in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. The justices agreed Oct. 18, 2019, to review an appeals court decision that upheld the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

The unaccountable bureaucracy

The design of the United States government is riddled with checks and balances intended to prevent any one branch from becoming so powerful it could dominate the other two. This, the Founders believed, would safeguard our liberties.

President Donald Trump speaks in the Diplomatic Room of the White House in Washington, Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019, to announce that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed during a US raid in Syria. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

It ends with a whimper

"This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang but a whimper," wrote T.S. Eliot in "The Hollow Men." A dark commentary on the despair gripping the European continent following World War I, it fits as a preface to the last moments of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, almost.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, left, and Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, answer questions during a news conference after the SpaceX Falcon 9 Demo-1 launch at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Saturday, March 2, 2019.  (AP Photo/John Raoux)

The real progressives

Hope paved humanity's lengthy pathway to the 21st century, but fear threatens to take it from here. It shouldn't. Beyond the gloomy headlines, advances in human knowledge are making these supposedly dreadful years actually the most amazing ever.

Democratic presidential candidate former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke speaks during the Power of our Pride Town Hall Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. The LGBTQ-focused town hall featured nine 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Beto's 15 minutes of fame are up

In the program for an exhibition of his works at a museum in Stockholm in 1968, pop artist Andy Warhol famously predicted "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes." The phrase "15 minutes of fame" has since come to describe anyone or anything that's a short-lived blip on the pop culture or media radar.

Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Lies and the Kavanaugh hearing

After being acquitted in May 1987 of all 10 counts of larceny and fraud — charges that some said were politically motivated — in connection with a New York City subway project, former Reagan administration Labor Secretary Ray Donovan turned to the Bronx prosecutor and famously asked, "Which office do I go to, to get my reputation back?"

Attorney General William Barr declines an offer from President Donald Trump to speak during a ceremony to present the Presidential Medal of Freedom to former Attorney General Edwin Meese, in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Barr takes issue with intolerant secularists

Attorney General William Barr kicked up a storm last weekend — by stating the obvious. In a speech delivered at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana on Saturday, the attorney general pointed out that a rising tide of "militant secularism" is waging war on religious communities from coast to coast. Not content to live and let live, they seek to stamp out religious practices with which they disagree. Their assault on religion and the religious is dangerous, and represents a profound departure from the principles of religious freedom on which the United States was founded.