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A woman checks prices at a supermarket in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. President Mauricio Macri announced economic relief for poor and working-class Argentines that include an increased minimum wage, reduced payroll taxes, a bonus for informal workers and a freeze in gasoline prices. The conservative leader said Wednesday he's acting in recognition of the "anger" Argentines expressed in Sunday's primary election, when Macri trailed his populist rival by 15 percentage points. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Cry for Argentina

Cry for Argentina. What else is there to do after a rout like this? “The main Argentine stock market plunged more than 30% on Monday, marking the second-biggest one day slump anywhere since 1950,” the financial network CNBC reported this week. “Meanwhile, the peso closed 15% weaker at 53.5 per U.S. dollar. The currency had been trading at 45.25 on Friday.”

FILE - 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. Trump is prioritizing China trade negotiations over defending the Hong Kong protesters. This contrasts with the stance normally taken by his White House predecessors, who would use such a flashpoint as a moment to espouse an American commitment to democratic values.(AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Trump’s troubles with the Asian axis

President Trump assures Americans regularly that he has a “great relationship” with an array of world figures, among them Xi Jinping of China and Kim Jong-un of North Korea. It’s comforting to hear. It would be more gratifying, though, to see these relationships bear fruit. Try as he might, the president has been stymied in his efforts to seal crucial deals with his Asian counterparts. Americans may be subject to creeping doubts, but there is no substitute for persistence.

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Pricking the spending balloon

Thanks to the prick of the human conscience, it's hard to forget a debt. That small voice within is an internal reminder to do the right thing. Americans share a collective obligation in the form of the national debt, which has recently rocketed through the $22 trillion mark. As congressional officials strategize how to add to the $181,000 bill already owed in the name of each taxpayer, the many small voices must join together as one to declare it loud and clear: The era of irresponsible spending must be over.

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., talks during her first campaign organizing event at Los Angeles Southwest College in Los Angeles, Sunday, May 19, 2019. ((AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

Falling into the reality gap

This is the season when presidential candidates are learning that running for president isn't as easy as they thought it would be. This is the time to start looking for something to rescue a faltering campaign. Sen. Kamala Harris is trying to lift hers with an ambitious scheme to narrow the gender pay gap, the difference between the earnings of men and women. Companies with even a 1 percent gap between the two sexes could be fined under her scheme.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks to party supporters after his opponent concedes defeat in the federal election in Sydney, Australia, Sunday, May 19, 2019. Australia's ruling conservative coalition, lead by Morrison, won a surprise victory in the country's general election, defying opinion polls that had tipped the center-left opposition party to oust it from power and promising an end to the revolving door of national leaders. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

A populist surprise down under

Political trends, like the common cold, are contagious. Revolutions are often not confined to one country. The Communist revolution in Russia soon spread across the first half of the 20th century. The rise of fascism occurred in tandem across wide swaths of the world.

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Monday, May 20, 2019, in Montoursville, Pa. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Immigrants with merit

When the winds of change begin to blow, it's hard to predict where the consequences will settle. The migrant masses congregating at the borders have gone airborne, threatening to overfly President Trump and his proposal for orderly immigration that preserves national sovereignty. The immigration chaos is undeniably a crisis, and the government's idea for spreading the chaos by air threatens to make the crisis impossible to contain.

President Donald Trump arrives to speak at the National Association of REALTORS Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo, Friday, May 17, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Prodigals come home

America is once more open for business. With the Trump administration's emphasis on tax reduction, elimination of overbearing and unnecessary regulations, job creation has put a fire under the economy. The result is a steady increase in the U.S. gross domestic product.

Democratic presidential candidate New York Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks during the official dedication ceremony of the Statue of Liberty Museum on Liberty Island Thursday, May 16, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

The new national pastime

Running for president has replaced baseball as the national pastime. (We liked baseball better.) Every day there's a new rookie up from South Bend or Cedar Rapids of the Three-Eye League, or an equivalent, armed with his newspaper clippings about his prowess in the minors. ("Good field, no hit.") As we went to press, 24 Democrats think they can hit major-league pitching. There may be more tomorrow.

In this March 29, 2019, photo, Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), at U.N. headquarters. The U.N. climate chief says world leaders must recognize there is no option except to speed-up and scale-up action to tackle global warming, warning that continuing on the current path will lead to "a catastrophe." (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Second thoughts on climate doom

"Everybody complains about the weather," observed Mark Twain, "but no one does anything about it." That may have been true in his happier day, but not now, when we think man can change anything.

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.