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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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As the District's nonvoting member of Congress, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton can propose legislation but not vote on it, which she is pressing to change. (Associated Press) **FILE**

The bias of hate crimes

Washington, D.C.'s congressional delegate, Eleanor Holmes Norton, is perturbed by what she claims is a lack of interest in, and insufficient prosecutions of, so-called "hate crimes" on the part of the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia.

A Taiwan Coast Guard officer stands guard under a Taiwanese flag during Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou's visit to Pengjia Islet in the East China Sea, north of Taiwan, Saturday, April 9, 2016. Ma visited the small island to reassert Taiwan's sovereignty and its role in the contested region, one of the key issues of his administration that ends next month. Ma's visit to Pengjia, roughly 35 miles (56 kilometers) north of Taiwan proper, was his administration's second propaganda trip to an island in three weeks. It came four years after Ma last visited Pengjia to propose a plan to address territorial disputes between China, Taiwan and Japan over the nearby chain known as Senkaku in Japanese and Diaoyutai in Chinese. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

Advancing Taiwan's status at the U.N.

New York, get ready for some traffic snarls. The 74th United Nations General Assembly opens this this week, with leaders of many of the world's nations jetting into Midtown Manhattan for meetings, speeches and debate on issues ranging from the Kashmir crisis to climate to development financing. Global leaders from Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to U.S. President Donald Trump are expected to join the festivities. The latter two are, in fact, widely rumored to be planning to meet on the sidelines.

In this Sept. 28, 2018, file photo, House Judiciary Committee ranking member Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., talks to media during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press/File)

Counting on impeachment

Thomas Jefferson said, "When angry, count to ten before you speak; if very angry, a hundred." The nation could have benefited from such simple wisdom in 2016 when Donald Trump was elected president rather than Hillary Clinton. Her dumbfounded supporters numbering many millions flew into a rage and have yet to return to Earth. Instead of counting to 10 or a hundred, the always-angry are counting on copious investigations to knock President Trump out of the White House.

Iran, another name for stubborn

The world turns, but Iran won't budge. Stuck on stubborn, the Islamic republic remains unmoved amid the currents of human affairs, affixed upon a singular goal: acquiring nuclear weapons. Now that the regime is hastening its deadly day of triumph, there is only one rational response: Resist until the moment when that terror-wielding nation desists.

In this Dec. 13, 2018, file photo, national security adviser John Bolton unveils the Trump administration's Africa Strategy at the Heritage Foundation in Washington. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

Beyond John Bolton's exit

Nobody ever said the Trump White House offered much in the way of job security. President Trump has just let go of his third National Security Adviser, John Bolton, joining prior White House casualties H.R. McMaster and Michael Flynn. Mr. Bolton had been in the post since April of last year.

The treacherous Taliban deserves no trust

"Trust, but verify." President Reagan appropriated and popularized this traditional Russian proverb, then used it to great effect in his nuclear negotiations with the Soviets. As Americans face another sorrowful anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001, President Trump must remain mindful of the need for caution in his dealings with Afghanistan's Taliban: Verify, then trust. There is no other way to handle so treacherous an adversary.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the New Hampshire state Democratic Party convention, Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, in Manchester, NH. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Biden, the paper tiger

Prognostication is a tough business, as anyone from Oracle of Delphi to Nostradamus to Nate Silver of the number crunching website "538" can tell you. We're as hard pressed to predict the winner of next weekend's NFL games as we are presidential elections that won't occur until months from now. But as the Democratic presidential primaries begin in earnest following the Labor Day holiday, it seems that putative front-runner Joe Biden is something of a paper tiger.

The sky is reflected on the facade of Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems facility, Monday, June 10, 2019, in Woburn, Mass. Raytheon Co. and United Technologies Corp. are merging in a deal that creates one of the world's largest defense companies. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Keeping the U.S. defense and aerospace sector strong

The rules of modern warfare are changing. The folks who still believe victory goes to the side that "gets there the firstest with the mostest" need to step aside in favor of the strategists who realize it's new technologies, applied appropriately, that will provide the margin of victory. This isn't a radical idea. History is replete with examples of new technologies producing lasting strategic changes. That's happening now as cyberspace becomes not just a potential future battlefield but the place where global weapons systems live.

Invading a crucial right to privacy

The secret ballot dates back literally thousands of years; even the ancient Greeks voted anonymously on matters such as ostracism. (Today, of course, most ostracism takes place in full view in the sewer that is social media.)

President Donald Trump walks out of the Oval Office to speak with reporters before departing on Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, in Washington. Trump is headed to Kentucky. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

An anniversary of anonymity

September 5 marks the first anniversary of an unprecedented opinion column in The New York Times, "I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration," written anonymously, that left Washington tongues wagging for weeks after its publication.

This Sept. 2, 2019 photo provided by NASA shows the eye of Hurricane Dorian shown from the International Space Station. (Nick Hague/NASA via AP)

Diagnosing Dorian

For coastal Floridians and some of their neighbors to the north, it's a September to remember. Hurricane Dorian's roaring winds have sent millions to scour store shelves in search of generators, flashlights, bottled water and dry foodstuffs. Millions more have lined up to fill up their SUVs before fleeing up the interstates for shelter from the storm's fury.

Attorney General William Barr speaks to reporters after a tour of a federal prison Monday, July 8, 2019, in Edgefield, S.C. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

When indulgence breeds violence

Montgomery County, Maryland, just north of the District of Columbia, is known for leafy neighborhoods, stellar schools and high incomes. (It's the 17th-highest earning county in the entire nation, according to the latest census data.) But lately, Montgomery County is garnering national attention for something rather different — a succession of horrific crimes committed by illegal immigrants.

Comey's painless comeuppance

That haunting laugh echoing through the corridors of Washington officialdom is the sound of vindication emanating from one James B. Comey. Free from the threat of prosecution by the legal system for which he once stood, the fired former FBI director has validated the hoary adage that it's better to be lucky than good.

"The values that Americans say define the national character are changing, as younger generations rate patriotism, religion and having children as less important to them than did young people two decades ago," stated The Wall Street Journal.

(AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

The cultural crazy train

Somebody must have broken the brake handle on the cultural crazy train. With no way to slow down the dizzying changes in conventional values, the needle on the gauge measuring virtue and vice is spinning wildly. New ways of thinking have always fueled the advancement of civilization, but free-wheeling change threatens to send the entire social compact around the bend and into the ditch. Judging by the breathtaking metamorphosis of customary ideas that have powered the nation's progress, a crack-up could be near at hand unless conservators of character wrest control.

FILE - In this May 1, 2019, file photo a man walks past a Google sign outside with a span of the Bay Bridge at rear in San Francisco.  (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

The trouble with Google's search dominance

In just about any industry, having a market share of 92 percent would plainly constitute a monopoly. (In fact, according to some economists, any time a company commands more than 25 percent of a given market, it can begin to exert anti-competitive pressure.) And that's the position that the search giant Google finds itself in.

In this June 29, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump, left, meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan. China has announced it will raise tariffs on $75 billion of U.S. products in retaliation for President Donald Trump's planned Sept. 1 duty increase in a war over trade and technology policy. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Playing chicken with China

Americans are losing their taste for Chinese, but not those savory dishes served with chopsticks. Rather, it's a distaste for China's behavior resulting from the worsening conflict over trade that is causing frowns. From its refusal to compete fairly in the international marketplace to its apparent failure to halt the flow of deadly synthetic drugs into the U.S., "the Middle Kingdom" is losing its status as America's BFF. It's no wonder, with President Trump playing chicken with China.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom makes the keynote address at the 23rd Annual Lake Tahoe Summit, Tuesday, at South Lake Tahoe, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019. The summit is a gathering of federal, state and local leaders to discuss the restoration and the sustainability of Lake Tahoe. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Defecation nation

America is getting pooped, thanks to trend-setting California. There is no getting around the fact that the Golden State is at the forefront of a defecation crisis which is already overflowing into neighboring states. The Left Coast has become the home of the homeless, the nation's lost souls who apparently have settled for simply existing rather than really living. Sleeping out in the open spaces and pooping in public places are jarring signs that a segment of society has given up. The demoralizing, downward spiral is likely to accelerate unless Americans resolve to clean up their act.

Sen. Doug Jones, Alabama Democrat, won the special Senate election in 2017. Critics say he's painted himself into a corner because Mr. Jones said he'll support whoever the Democratic presidential pick is. (Associated Press)

A high wire act in Alabama

American Public Television announced this month that it was resurrecting (literally and figuratively) "The McLaughlin Group," but you don't need to be a political pundit — or even play one on TV — to understand why Sen. Doug Jones has been designated the most-endangered of the 34 Senate incumbents up for election in 2020.