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FILE - In this June 15, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks to reporters at the White House, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Tariff terror

Not everyone has the chops to be a leader of nations. Appealing to the better angels of human nature is a lofty approach to leadership, but the unforgiving streets of New York City have taught President Trump another way to get results. After more than a year of watching the president in action, some people still don’t appreciate what a little fear can accomplish. Mr. Trump doesn’t want a trade war — he just wants his trade partners to have dread of one. Dread can change behavior.

Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with Prime Minister of Italy, Giuseppe Conte at the G7 Leaders Summit in La Malbaie, Quebec., on Friday, June 8, 2018.  (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press via AP)

European tempers flare over immigration

The Group of 7 economic summit in Quebec last week was not quite a family feud, but it didn’t bore anyone. President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau got in a few licks on each other, Mr. Trump’s “bromance” with French President Emmanuel Macron appeared to be on the rocks, and his relations with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Theresa May, never particularly warm, continued to be strained if not frosty. But Mr. Trump struck up a good relationship with newly installed Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. Their relations showed a little bonhomie rather than bashing.

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Illustration on the potential for Iranian popular revolt against the current regime by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Rallying to the willing

This is the second round of violent protests by Iranians against their government for suppressing their rights and attempts to enjoy those rights. Barack Obama didn't have much sympathy for the protests against the government suppression of voters in a national election in 2009.

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck leads on a white horse with fellow police officers during the 129th Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Monday, Jan. 1, 2018. (Walt Mancini/Los Angeles Daily News via AP)

A deadly end to the old year

In a world without villains, an old year would go out like a lamb, punctuated only by accident and disappointment. As if a solemn warning of a very specific kind, the last day of 2017 ended with violence, grief and alarm in a Denver suburb, where a gunman with motives yet unknown ambushed four police officers, killing one of them.

Diversity dies in darkness

With few exceptions, diversity of opinion in Hollywood ranges from left all the way to the far left. Public dedication to diversity is an obsession for "progressives," as liberals now call themselves, but the one form of diversity where it actually makes a difference is diversity of thought. But Hollywood can't allow that.

File-This Aug. 24, 2017, file photo shows Ukrainian soldiers marching along main Khreshchatyk Street during a military parade to celebrate Independence Day in Kiev, Ukraine. The Trump administration has approved a plan to provide lethal weapons to Ukraine, including Javelin anti-tank missiles. That's according to several U.S. officials who weren't authorized to discuss the decision publicly and demanded anonymity Friday, Dec. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky, File)

Reassurance of Ukraine

The Trump administration's decision to supply Ukraine with defensive weapons is a decision fraught with implications that reach far beyond the dispatch of weapons.

No more freebies for Congress

Rep. Sheila Jackson apparently got a free upgrade to first class on a recent United Airlines flight ("United apologizes to passenger who says U.S. Rep. got her seat," Web, Dec. 25). To make matters worse, in order to make this happen United bumped a passenger who had already reserved the seat.

Officials will use a high-speed machine on to recount results from the 94th District House of Delegates race at City Center in Newport News, Va. on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017.  Incumbent Republican Del. David Yancey won by 10 votes. Democratic challenger Shelly Simonds requested the recount.(Joe Fudge/The Daily Press via AP)

For want of one legal vote

You don't take a knife to a gunfight, and like it or not, politics has become something of a gunfight and this gunfight, the closest since the famous gunfight at the OK Corral, is on vivid display in the contest for the seat of the 94th District in the Virginia House of Delegates, where the winner of a tie is to be finally determined by drawing lots, as prescribed by Virginia election law.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., left, joined by from left, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., House Budget Committee Chair Diane Black, R-Tenn., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., as he praises the Republican tax bill at an enrollment ceremony at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The fatal blow to Obamacare

Campaigning is always easier than governing. There's unanimity at a campaign rally, but in Congress, not so much. From 2010 onward the Grumpy Old Party won election after election on the promise to pull up Obamacare, root and branch, and start over with health-care reform.

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2016, file photo, San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Eli Harold, left, quarterback Colin Kaepernick, center, and safety Eric Reid kneel during the national anthem before the team's NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Santa Clara, Calif. Kaepernick accepted Sports Illustrated's Muhammad Ali Legacy Award from Beyonce on Tuesday night, Dec. 5, 2017, and promised that "with or without the NFL's platform, I will continue to work for the people." Beyonce thanked Kaepernick for his "personal sacrifice," and 2016 Ali Award winner Kareem Abdul-Jabbar called Kaepernick a "worthy recipient" during a video tribute. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) ** FILE **

Legacy of the 'kneelers'

Colin Kaepernick, the onetime San Francisco 49ers quarterback who kept his seat during the playing of the national anthem and made the National Football League infamous, probably thought he was just taking a rest. Now "taking a knee" is the one play that every NFL player can master.

FILE - In this June 2, 2017 file photo, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt speaks in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. The head of the Environmental Protection Agency used public money to have his office swept for hidden listening devices and bought sophisticated biometric locks for additional security.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Wasting opportunity at the EPA

Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is one of the bright lights of the Trump administration. He acted forcefully to get the runaway agency under control and then refocused it on its actual core mission.

In this Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2017 photo, a nativity scene on display at the First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant was created in 2014 by Michael DeSanctis, a fine arts, pastoral studies and theology professor at Gannon University, in Erie, Pa. Several of DeSanctis' past nativity scenes are on display in a small gallery inside First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant and include posters that describe how he built them. (Christopher Millette/Erie Times-News via AP)

'God bless us, everyone'

Keeping everybody on campus politically correct is not easy, but nobody tries harder than the president, the deans and maybe even the professors and teaching assistants at the University of Minnesota.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson takes part in a joint media availability with Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, not pictured, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)

Mr. Tillerson gets a brush-off

Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson had a bright idea not long ago. "Let's just meet," he said in a message to North Korea. "We can talk about the weather if you want. We can talk about whether it's going to be a square table or a round table, if that's what you're excited about."

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., back left center, and other lawmakers react as President Donald Trump speaks about the passage of the tax overhaul bill on the South Lawn at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

'We got it done'

President Trump basked late Wednesday in a rare moment of acknowledged triumph, delivering at last on a legislative promise, "the big, beautiful tax cut" he promised would arrive before Christmas.

The coffin of Daphne Caruana Galizia, an investigative journalist killed by a car bomb, arrives for the funeral service in Valletta, Malta, Friday, Nov. 3, 2017.  Malta observed a national day of mourning Friday as the Mediterranean island's largest church hosted funeral services for the journalist. (AP Photo/Jonathan Borg)

Shooting the media messenger

The journalist's lot, like the policeman's, is not a happy one. The overpaid prima donnas who posture in front of the cameras are not typical of the reporter or correspondent. The typical reporter is overworked and underpaid, an asset to his (or her) publication, and often considered to be only as good as their last story. They're catching flak for "fake news" — not always without cause — and colleagues nearly everywhere are jailed, or worse, simply for doing their jobs. Civilized nations know better than to allow shooting the messenger.