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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.

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FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2018 file photo, a Honduran migrant helps a young girl cross to the American side of the border wall, in Tijuana, Mexico. A San Diego TV station says the U.S. government ran an operation to screen journalists, activists and others while investigating last year's migrant caravan from Mexico. KNSD-TV says documents leaked by a Homeland Security source show a January database listing at least 10 journalists, seven of them U.S. citizens, as warranting secondary screening at U.S. points of entry. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)

Crisis on the border

There are reasonable objections to President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency to use military appropriations to build a barrier on the U.S.-Mexican border.

Hoda Muthana now describes herself as having been brainwashed by the same type of online Islamic State propaganda she later spewed as a jihadi. (Associated Press/File)

The ISIS bride

We've seen unsavory brides in our time, Evita Peron, Imelda Marcos, Eva Braun and the bride of Frankenstein among them. Now comes a new and unfortunate addition to the annals of marital misfortune, "the "ISIS Brides" of the Middle East.

This March 23, 2018, file photo shows an envelope containing a 2018 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident as part of the nation's only test run of the 2020 Census. The Supreme Court will decide whether the 2020 census can include a question about citizenship that could affect the allocation of seats in the House of Representatives and the distribution of billions of dollars in federal money. (AP Photo/Michelle R. Smith, File)

Counting on non-citizens

We've been told by Democrats presuming to know all about such things that open borders comprise a matter of high morality. What they don't say is that open borders are actually a matter of political power and money. As the 2020 census approaches, states are preparing to beat the bushes to turn up every last resident because the official tally will determine their number of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, which translates into the size of each state's piece of the national funding pie. Unless the U.S. Supreme Court intervenes, the difference between getting more and less could be determined by noncitizens, including illegal immigrants.

The flag of the European Union and the British national flags are flown on poles during a demonstration by remain in the EU outside spporters the Palace of Westminster in London, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. British Prime Minister Theresa May says she will give British lawmakers a choice of approving her divorce agreement, leaving the EU March 29 without a deal or asking to delay Brexit by up to three months. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

A modest proposal

The petty internal squabbles and wars of the Europeans were once thought below the concern of Englishmen, our stuffy cousins across the waters. But members of both Conservative and Labor parties are fighting fiercely among themselves now over the wisdom — indeed, the propriety — of leaving the European Union.

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un take a walk after their first meeting at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi hotel, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, in Hanoi. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Disappointment in Hanoi

The Hanoi summit was supposed to have been where, building on the goodwill (and not much else) of their meeting in Singapore eight months earlier, real progress would be made toward eliminating North Korea's nuclear-weapons program, and in return, granting sanctions relief. In the event, the Hanoi summit was the ultimate nothingburger.

Michael Cohen, center, President Donald Trump's former lawyer, pauses to speak with the media as he departs after testifying before a closed-door hearing of the House Intelligence Committee, accompanied by his lawyers, Lanny Davis of Washington, left, and Michael Monico of Chicago, on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) ** FILE **

Disappointment in Washington

The best-laid schemes of rats and politicians gang aft agley, as the poet Bobby Burns might put it, and this is a lesson that events have been trying to teach Democrats embittered by losing the 2016 election since shortly after all the votes were counted. But Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer and their ilk in the big media just can't get a grasp on reality. The Cohen show this week was another bust.

A hoax endures

You can tell a lot about a society and the culture by the people whom it venerates as heroes. Not so long ago in the United States military valor and other feats of physical and patriotic derring do were the ne plus ultra of what determined who became venerated. That's why the crime of "stolen valor" is there in the first place, by men (and sometimes women) who aren't veterans who want to bask in the glory and respect afforded actual heroes. Were American warriors not heroes, there would be no valor to steal.

Trump and Kim in Hanoi

Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither will be a nuclear-free North Korea. Many critics complain that the results of the Singapore summit in 2018, where President Trump met North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and exchanged polite words, were written in disappearing ink. Many of those critics are saying the same thing this time about a summit in Hanoi. Peace is elusive and the search for it often tedious, but "jaw jaw," as Churchill famously said, always beats "war, war."

Iranian instability grows

When Iran not long ago accused the United States of an attack on elite Iranian forces in Iran's southeastern province of Baluchistan, the lie revealed just how severe some of the regime's problems have become. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo rejected as "outrageous" Iranian claims that the United States and its regional allies were responsible for a suicide bombing that killed 27 members of the country's Islamic Revolutionary Guard.

Drew Blackard, product marketing manager, talks about the new Samsung Galaxy S10 5G smartphone during an event Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Enabling a fair fight on trade

Despite the administration's considerable effort to bring China to heel on trade, Beijing still threatens to get the better of us. This may change after President Trump meets with President Xi Jinping, both of whom have indicated a more balanced relationship may be coming soon.

Privacy in peril

Not everyone welcomes the 15 minutes of fame to which everyone is said to be entitled. Europeans disenchanted with the public spotlight dogging their Internet presence petition for the right to be forgotten. Hermits everywhere just want to be left alone. Americans simply claim they have a right to privacy.

Bordering on the absurd

The war of words opposing President Trump's relentless quest for a wall on the southern border has uncorked a flood of flapdoodle toward the fundamental security of the United States. Foolishness can sometimes be funny, but grins fade and eyes roll when the assault on common sense borders on the absurd.

In this Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, file photo, trade show attendees examine handguns and rifles in the Smith & Wesson display boot at the Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Tradeshow, in Las Vegas. With all major markets in a severe sell-off Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, shares of companies that make guns surged as new data pointed to strong sales at the close of 2015, a year marked by mass shootings in Paris and California, and new political pressure to tighten regulations. Shares of Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. rose almost 6 percent Monday, one of the biggest percentage gains over the past year for the gunmaker. Its shares hit an all-time high two weeks earlier. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

Fighting back

The poisonous activism of social justice warriors has spread into the nation's corporate boardrooms. As activists — some might call them partisan troublemakers — on the outside decry the corruption and evildoing of big business, others have worked their way inside to offer resolutions to require companies to "do good," as the warriors define "good."

President Donald Trump speaks during an event in the Rose Garden at the White House to declare a national emergency in order to build a wall along the southern border, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Rants and raves, but not news

Anyone who turns on cable-TV news or looks over the front pages of most big-city newspapers could, unless they're wary of what they see and hear, think President Donald Trump's presidency is in dire peril, if not over.

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. Even while criticizing Donald Trump's confrontational stance toward his socialist government, Maduro said he holds out hope of meeting the U.S. president to resolve an impasse over his recognition of opponent Juan Guaido as Venezuela's rightful leader. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

More Marxist cruelty

The only thing President Nicolas Maduro has to offer the Venezuelan people now is more Marxist cruelty. He has plenty of that. His country is slowly starving to death, with vast stocks of food (and medicines) awaiting delivery from Colombia and Brazil just next door. The groceries have collected there, a gift from the largesse of the United States and dozens of other nations.

In this June 12, 2018, file photo, U.S. President Donald Trump, right, shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island in Singapore. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Triumph or trap?

A meeting between Kim Jong-un and President Trump in Singapore in June is presented by the White House as something of a triumph by the president for defusing the possibility of conflict on the Korean peninsula.

Amy Klobuchar's swooning senators

Amy Klobuchar, the Democratic senator from Minnesota, announced her candidacy for president the other day and several Republican colleagues were prominent among those who noticed. If the Republican side of the U.S. Senate were an oil field, Mrs. Klobuchar hit a gusher.

The U.S. Capitol Building Dome is seen before the sun rises in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Tighter rules for spooks

Spooks sometimes like to make up their own rules. They're often up against a ruthless enemy of the nation, and it's tempting to think anything goes. It's becoming clear now that certain officers within the U.S. intelligence community took considerable liberties with the tools of their trade to watch certain civilians inside the 2016 Trump presidential campaign.