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FDR underused quotas

An official of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum claims that "deep anti-Semitism" among the American public in the 1930s was to blame for the fact that America's immigration quotas were never filled, even as hundreds of thousands of Jewish refugees were fleeing Nazi Germany ("U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum opens exhibition on American response to Nazism," Web, April 22). Published April 24, 2018

Tillman death still in vain

Last weekend marked the 14th anniversary of the friendly fire killing of Cpl. Pat Tillman, a football hero and man of honor who gave up millions of dollars in potential earnings to serve his country. Published April 24, 2018

President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron embrace at the conclusion of a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

France remembers

Donald Trump's romance with Emmanuel Macron continued to blossom Tuesday when they planted a tree together on the White House lawn. The French president brought the sapling, a cutting from the European Sessile oak, with him from Paris. Published April 24, 2018

Another hurdle cleared

Abad novelist couldn't make this up: American politicians who pretended to sing only from the hymnbook of peace now want to spoil the best opportunity in three generations to pacify the warmongers of North Korea, and turn back the tide of nuclear proliferation which threatens us all. Their fuzzy rationale is that the mover of the promising breakthrough is Donald Trump, and the imperative of his enemies to destroy his presidency must come first. Seldom have political differences become so untethered from the reality of the common good. Published April 23, 2018

Confirm Pompeo

That Mike Pompeo may have a problem being confirmed as secretary of State is another example of the usual obstruction by Democrats and the persistent nonsense exhibited by some Republicans. Published April 23, 2018

Improve NATO forces now

President Trump has asked Europe's allies to pay their fair share of defense costs, and started efforts to rebuild Europe's military readiness as NATO is standing up, lethal military aid is going to Ukraine and U.S. energy is going to Europe as an alternative to Gazprom. Published April 23, 2018

In this April 18, 2018 photo, President Donald Trump listens during a news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Trump's private Mar-a-Lago club, in Palm Beach, Fla. The Democratic National Committee on Friday sued President Donald Trump's campaign, Trump's son, his son-in-law, the Russian Federation and WikiLeaks. The Democrats accuse the defendants of conspiring to help Trump win the 2016 presidential election after breaking into DNC computers and stealing tens of thousands of emails and documents. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Death to the inflation tax

There's new interest in indexing the capital gains tax to account for inflation. This is something good for everyone that conservatives have been pushing for years. The White House is working now to determine whether the president has the legal authority to make this change in tax policy by his own hand. There's evidence that he can. Published April 22, 2018

Trump's foreign policy fix

Barack Obama spent eight years in the Oval Office hot seat convinced of his rectitude in all things big and small ("Trump seeks middle ground in foreign-policy balancing act," Web, April 18). Please forgive me if I do not join in the praise, especially on the foreign policy front. When Donald Trump became president we knew there would have to be a major cleanup on that aisle. Published April 22, 2018

Humanism, Christ incompatible

Some argue that a "humanist" chaplain can effectively counsel a God-fearing Christian soldier. I would beg to differ "(Navy rejects 'non-theist' for chaplain corps; lawmakers warn against changing core mission," Web, March 27). A humanist believes that what humankind thinks is more important than what God wants us to do. This is the antithesis of Christianity. Christians attach prime importance to Christ, not man. Published April 22, 2018

Chinese President Xi Jinping talks with Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum Klaus Schwab during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Monday, April 16, 2018. (Naohiko Hatta/Pool Photo via AP)

Good news from the front

President Trump invited hoots of ridicule from the elites from coast to coast (though not so much from the Great Lakes to the Gulf) when he said "trade wars are good, and easy to win." Nevertheless, with trade tensions bubbling between the United States and the People's Republic of China, the Trump administration has notched a couple of significant triumphs. That's a good thing, because a rebalancing of the Sino-American trade relationship is all to the good. Published April 19, 2018

Include Taiwan in WHA

There is no reason for Taiwan to be excluded from the World Health Assembly, and 23 millions people in Taiwan should enjoy the same health rights as people everywhere else in the world. Published April 19, 2018

GOP should defend Trump, party

Republican members of Congress claim that the media is their greatest enemy. It is possible, however, that an equal or more important foe is their unwillingness to defend themselves and President Trump. Published April 19, 2018

The Capitol Dome of the Capitol Building at sunrise, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, in Washington. After another government shutdown, congress has passed a sweeping long term spending bill which President Donald Trump is expected to sign later this morning. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Dancing around the budget

The typical congressman just can't help himself. He's the grown-up kid who fished his daddy's credit card out of his pants pocket while Daddy slept, and he has been the big man on the high-school campus since. This lack of self-restraint was further demonstrated last week when a vote on a balanced-budget amendment to the Constitution failed once more. Published April 18, 2018

Sports unite us all

Major League Baseball's honoring last weekend of the 71st anniversary of Jackie Robinson integrating the sport reminded me of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Ebbets Field and Hank Greenberg. It was a time when men and women of all ages, classes, races and religions commingled in the stands, rooting for Jackie Robinson and his teammates, regardless of their ethnic origin, game after game. Published April 18, 2018

Bolton has work cut out

We can all agree with Martha McSally that the choice of John Bolton as President Trump's national security adviser is a good one ("America in good hands," Web, April 16). While applauding the choice, though, let us not go overboard in our praise too quickly. Mr. Bolton prepares to undertake a herculean task. Published April 18, 2018

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban speaks during an international press conference in the Parliament building in Budapest, Hungary Tuesday, April 10, 2018, two days after his Fidesz party in coalition with the Christian Democratic Party won a landslide vitory in the general elections. (Lajos Soos/MTI via AP)

Teaching Europe about democracy

Critics know what's wrong with the European Union. It suffers from what they call a "democratic deficit." Democracy is often loud, usually messy and everyone gets a voice. This is inconvenient for the elites and the bureaucrats. Published April 17, 2018

Comey's firing was overdue

Consider former FBI Director James F. Comey's demonstrations of "A Higher Loyalty" to Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Loretta Lynch. Mr. Comey complied with Ms. Lynch's urging that the Clinton email "investigation" be termed a "matter." Mr. Comey acceded to Peter Strzok's changing of Mr. Comey's description of Hillary Clinton's handling of highly classified emails on her unsecured private server from "grossly negligent" to "extremely careless," thereby avoiding the incriminating wording of 18USC793(f)(1). Published April 17, 2018

Free speech doesn't bar critique

The First Amendment reads, in part: "Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech." Thus Laura Ingraham's comments about Parkland, Florida, student David Hogg were in fact protected in the sense that no law prohibited her from saying those things. However, Ms. Ingraham was not protected from others using their own freedom of speech to criticize her. To say free speech is taking a hit because one does not agree with another person's speech is an invalid argument because the First Amendment does not protect speech from criticism or disapproval ("Free speech takes another hit," Web, April 4). Published April 17, 2018

'Get-Trump' mentality widespread

Disdain for President Trump is worn as a badge of honor. It seems you can never display contempt for him too prominently. Mr. Trump was the Democrats' darling when his novel candidacy was the human wrecking ball in the Republican primary — and his nomination would have been God-sent if one were gullible enough to believe in God. Published April 16, 2018

Tax could help smokers quit

As a cardiologist, I am pleased to see that the D.C. Council is considering raising the tax on cigarettes ("D.C. Council looks at adding $2 to cigarette packs sold in District," Web, April 9). Tobacco use is rampant in the District and is a leading cause of heart disease, stroke and death. Every day I treat patients who could have prevented their heart attack, stroke or other illness simply by never starting to use tobacco or by quitting. Published April 16, 2018