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Panda cub 'Meng Yuan' looks to the cameras as its brother 'Meng Xiang' is almost sleeping during a name-giving event for the young panda twins at the Berlin Zoo in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. China's permanent loan Pandas Meng Meng and Jiao Qing are the parents of the two cubs that were born on Aug. 31, 2019 at the Zoo in Berlin. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

The benefits and mysteries of sleep

America needs a nap. Everybody’s biology is different — both Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, for instance, barely sleep, as the president’s late night and early morning tweets indicate — but as a rule of thumb, most people should get about eight hours of shut-eye a night. But fewer and fewer people in our harried, busy country are hitting the target, or really even coming close.

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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.

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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.