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Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (Associated Press) **FILE**

Martin O’Malley goes low

In the era of social media — where videos gone “viral” are the currency of the realm — hyper-partisanship, and, dare we say, symptoms of Trump Derangement Syndrome everywhere, political harassment is in vogue. Trump administration officials are routinely heckled and harassed in public places, like restaurants. This obnoxious behavior is corrosive of our democratic society. Political differences here are supposed to be debated, discussed and ultimately voted on. Public harassment has no place in an open society.

In this Jan. 26, 2015, file photo, a supporter of open carry gun laws, wears a pistol as he prepares for a rally in support of open carry gun laws at the Capitol, in Austin, Texas. Texas is still sorting out where firearms are allowed, and where they're not, more than a year after Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed a suite of laws that vastly expanded gun rights. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Second Amendment sanctuaries

Some on the left are angry, if not apoplectic, that conservatives are turning the tables on them and co-opting one of their own tactics against liberal policies. But turnabout, as they say, is fair play: Self-styled “progressives,” it seems, aren’t the only ones who can unilaterally decide which laws they will or will not enforce and/or comply with.

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An American flag is planted on Omaha beach, Normandy, , Wednesday June 5, 2019. Extensive commemorations are being held in the U.K. and France to honor the nearly 160,000 troops from Britain, the United States, Canada and other nations who landed in Normandy on June 6, 1944 in history's biggest amphibious invasion. (AP Photo/David Vincent)

A bad idea exiled again

There are eternal debates about issues that, while seeming adjudicated and settled, nonetheless bubble up every few years: Should Pete Rose be in the baseball Hall of Fame? Who killed John F. Kennedy? Should there be a constitutional amendment proscribing the burning of the American flag?

The USS John S. McCain under repair at a dry dock is seen after a rededication ceremony for at the U.S. Naval base in Yokosuka, southwest of Tokyo, Thursday, July 12, 2018. Navy Secretary Richard Spencer dedicated one of two destroyers involved in fatal accidents in the Pacific last year to Sen. John McCain. He added McCain's name to a Japan-based warship that was already named for the Arizona senator's father and grandfather. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Protecting the world's oil

A threat to the global oil supply imperils the global economy. Iran's menacing behavior toward oil shipments moving past its shores is just such a threat. The community of nations cringes at the notion of the United States acting as the world's policeman. The American people do, too. But when conflict erupts on the high seas, as on land, who but the Americans are expected to do something about it.

A Bangladeshi reads a news report that makes mention of Facebook along with other social networking service, on his mobile phone in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018. Facebook is shutting down a series of fake news sites spreading false information about the Bangladesh opposition days before national elections, a top security official with the global social media platform said Thursday. The sites _ nine Facebook pages designed to mimic legitimate news outlets, as well as six fake personal accounts spreading anti-opposition propaganda _ were created by Bangladeshis associated with the government, Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook's head of cybersecurity policy, told the AP in an exclusive interview. (AP Photo)

No safety in cyberspace

Americans are more security-conscious than ever. Whether it's the triggered response of a generation jolted from well-being by the terrorist attacks of September 11, or a natural result of urbanization that is characterized by living cheek to jowl, the yearning for what the college kids call "safe space" is growing.

FILE - In this July 17, 2016 file photo, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao and her husband, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., check out the stage during preparation for the Republican National Convention inside Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. President-elect Donald Trump has picked Elaine Chao to become transportation secretary, according to a Trump source.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Squeals at the trough

Elaine Chao, the secretary of Transportation, is one of the most accomplished members of President Trump's administration. She has led two Cabinet agencies, been a sub-cabinet official, a leader of an influential think tank, and a vital force for the cheerful conservatism grounded in the hard work and traditional values that made Ronald Reagan so popular with so many Americans.

Protestors gather near the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. Thousands of protesters blocked entry to Hong Kong's government headquarters Wednesday, delaying a legislative session on a proposed extradition bill that has heightened fears over greater Chinese control and erosion of civil liberties in the semiautonomous territory. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Resistance in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is the pebble in China's shoe. The Beijing government didn't try to swallow Hong Kong whole when the British gave up the ghost, and the colony, in 1997. The Beijing government, which seems to have a low opinion of its constituents, promotes the line that Chinese people are incapable of democratic government and they are not capable of the rule of law and consequently are not due the liberties and freedoms common in the West.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a town hall meeting, Tuesday, June 11, 2019, in Ottumwa, Iowa. (AP Photo/Matthew Putney)

The flip-flopper in chief

Joe Biden has held a consistent, if consistently incoherent, position on abortion for decades. Singing from the same hymnal as many other Roman Catholic Democrats, the onetime U.S. senator for Delaware and vice president of the United States, professes that for religious reasons he is "personally" opposed to abortion. Yet — and here's the twist — he does not want to prohibit the procedure. "My position is that I am personally opposed to abortion, but I don't think I have a right to impose my view on the rest of society," he put it in his memoir, "Promises to Keep," in 2007.

Former White House counsel John Dean looks around the hearing room upon arrival for a House Judiciary Committee hearing on the Mueller Report, Monday, June 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

A ghost with nothing to say

Some memories, especially painful ones, have the power to bring the past back to life with the clarity of a pointed dagger. That's why House Democrats dusted off the figure of John Dean, the Watergate whistle-blower, and set him before the American public. In their relentless campaign to destroy Donald Trump and his presidency, they reckoned that Mr. Dean would demonstrate a link between the Donald and Tricky Dick. In the event it was a bridge to nowhere. The novelist Thomas Wolfe said it best: "You can't go home again."

Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, speaks during a plenary session in the Congress Hall at the 49th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. T(Gian Ehrenzeller/Keystone via AP)

Navigating a dangerous gulf

Dealing with misleading truisms is part of life, but so is refusing to accept what fate has supposedly decreed. It's a sad fact that the Islamic Republic of Iran has been crossways with the United States and the West for 40 years. But we're entitled to hope that the past is not a prologue to the future this time.

U.S. infantrymen wade through the surf as they land at Normandy in the days following the Allies' June 1944, D-Day invasion of occupied France. An allied ship loaded with supplies and reinforcements waits on the horizon.  (AP Photo/Bert Brandt)

The 6th of June, 1944

Not everyone gets to save the world. Before the colors of the Sixth of June 1944 fade into the mists of time, we remember after the passage of 75 years the uncommon sacrifice of the hundreds of thousands of soldiers of America, of Britain and Canada.

A destroyed commercial greenhouse is seen during an aerial tour by Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly Thursday, May 30, 2019, after a tornado tore through the countryside near Linwood, Kan., Tuesday. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Winning the human race

Summer approaches, and a gloomy pall, some of it manufactured and some of it real, casts a shadow over the land of the free.

EDITORIAL: Angst in Alabama over Roy Moore

The Republicans really, really don't want Roy Moore to run again for the U.S. Senate. He might be the only politician in Alabama more unpopular than Doug Jones, the Democratic incumbent, but he could scramble a primary and might open a way for Mr. Jones to win another term. Republicans know they have to be careful in dealing with Roy Moore. Voters don't like it when outsiders meddle, even if they're friendly outsiders.

FILE - In this Friday, April 5, 2019, file photo, a protester gathers containers that look like OxyContin bottles at an anti-opioid demonstration in front of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services headquarters in Washington, D.C. The U.S. has backed away from recommending opioids for long-term treatment of chronic pain. Nevertheless, companies continue pushing the drugs in other countries, and consumption is growing. Researchers in Brazil report, for example, that prescription opioid sales have increased 465 percent in six years. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Dealing with a scourge

Every decade produces a new drug to terrorize the mean streets, the family hearth and especially threatens the young. Heroin was the scourge of the '70s. Cocaine scourged the '80s and crack was the nightmare of the '90s, hitting hardest those trying to survive on the margins and who would mortgage the future for a brief escape from misery. To be sure, these drugs have been with man for centuries, but they have returned to modern times with a vengeance.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., listens to a question during an address at the Commonwealth Club Wednesday, May 29, 2019, in San Francisco. Speaker Pelosi spoke in her hometown about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's remarks today, President Trump, the new Congress and the 2020 election. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

EDITORIAL: The impeachment pipe dream

Nancy Pelosi has the hardest job in town, perhaps except for the president's. She knows removing Donald Trump from office is probably impossible, but a growing number of Democrats in the House are itching to try. How can the speaker please both the grown-ups and the fantasists in her caucus, and at the same time?

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., responds to reporters as he arrives for an open hearing on China, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, May 16, 2019. The House intelligence committee has called four lawyers linked to President Donald Trump and his family for interviews as part of an investigation into whether they tried to obstruct congressional inquiries into Russian election interference. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The path to transparency

Transparency is essential in windows and in governance. It's the window that gives a clear view of the workings of government. Now that President Trump has authorized the declassification of information about government surveillance during the 2016 presidential election, it's important to remember that transparency is neither red nor blue.

In this Wednesday, April 25, 2018 file photo, people wear Jewish skullcaps, as they attend a demonstration against an anti-Semitic attack in Berlin. Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman has stressed Germany's responsibility to ensure security for all Jews wearing skullcaps anywhere in the country without having to fear an anti-Semitic attack. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

A reprise of an ancient evil

It was if a news dispatch from Berlin, circa 1937. In an interview with the German newspaper Die Welt, Felix Klein, the government official charged with monitoring outbreaks of anti-Semitism in Germany, suggested that Jewish men refrain from wearing kippas, or skullcaps. "I can't tell Jews [it's safe] to wear the kippa everywhere in Germany," he said. It was a stunning admonition to the nation's 200,000 Jews.

This photo taken Tuesday, May 7, 2019, shows a security camera in the Financial District of San Francisco. A civilian board that oversees Detroit police has approved the use of facial recognition technology to investigate crimes. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) ** FILE **

The right to be camera-shy

Flinging open the windows and doors to embrace the sights, sounds and color of approaching summer is one of the most delicious rites of spring, and it's easy not to be to be conscious of the unblinking eyes that are looking back at you. It's time you were.

United States Capitol building (Shutterstock)

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.