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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

Demonstrators rally in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) outside the Capitol, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Washington, on the second day of the federal shutdown. Democrats have been seeking a deal to protect the "Dreamers," who have been shielded against deportation by DACA, which President Donald Trump halted last year. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) **FILE**

No discounts for Dreamers

Life is not fair, as John F. Kennedy famously said, and sometimes it's not fair for everybody. The Arizona Supreme Court last week ruled that the "Dreamers," children brought to the United States by their illegal-immigrant parents, are not eligible for in-state tuition rates at Arizona's three state universities and at its network of community colleges. Published April 15, 2018

RINOs should bow out

Some political analysts see the departure of House Speaker Paul Ryan as problematic for the Republicans. I beg to differ. Published April 15, 2018

Vote this November

Our nation has reached a critical stage in its ongoing evolution. We are dangerously close to becoming a socialist country (think Venezuela). We elected President Trump because he promised to get us back on the path our Founders intended. He has been working to do that but it's been slow and difficult because much of Congress and the federal courts have fought him every step of the way. Published April 15, 2018

Trump galvanized by opponents

After a week of stock-market tumult due to fears of President Trump "sparking a trade war with China," buried in the news of fake presidential scandals recently was that the almighty China has capitulated to our president's fiery rhetoric — and will cut tariffs on imports into the world's largest economy. This is yet another monumental victory for Mr. Trump. Published April 12, 2018

Investigate privilege breach

I was saddened to read of the Mueller investigation forwarding information to the New York arm of the Justice Departmet, a move that resulted in actions which shattered attorney-client privilege. Published April 12, 2018

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with governors and lawmakers in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Thursday, April 12, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

A bright day for human decency

The "world's oldest profession" it may be, but prostitution and human trafficking have moved briskly into the 21st century. The Internet is crowded with websites purveying sex for money. Published April 12, 2018

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., announces to reporters he will not run for re-election and will retire next year at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The speaker exits

"Nice guys finish last" is part of the lore of baseball, an insight by Hall of Fame player and manager Leo Durocher, but it could be the epitaph for the Washington career of Paul Ryan, the speaker of the House who is widely praised for civility and good manners. He announced Wednesday that he's fed up and going home. Published April 11, 2018

Soldiers can be atheists, too

Atheism is a non-belief in a god, while humanism is an ethical view ("Navy rejects 'non-theist' for chaplain corps; lawmakers warn against changing core mission," Web, March 27). Being a humanist chaplain would not mean, as some seem to believe, jumping at the chance to tell soldiers who believe in a deity that one does not exist. Published April 11, 2018

Recognize Israel's right to Golan

As President Trump weighs a response to the latest deadly Syrian chemical-weapons attack on civilians, he should consider formally recognizing Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights ("Trump unleashes anger on 'Animal' Assad over apparent chemical attack in Syria," Web, April 8). Published April 11, 2018

Robert Mueller. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Abandoning civil rights

Alas, these are not happy days for the fundamental civil rights we've always taken for granted in America. Published April 10, 2018

Facebook censors Diamond & Silk

I recently saw an interview with Lynnette "Diamond" Hardaway and Rochelle "Silk" Richardson on FOX News. I've seen both conservative women in interviews before, telling the public their opinions while giving support to our president. I always cheer them on because considering the left's continuous assaults on everything President Trump says and does, it is refreshing to hear from people with common sense. Published April 10, 2018

North Carolina worker-friendly

A recent ranking by Business Insider puts North Carolina in the top 10 states for wage growth in 2017, and it's clear why: Wages in the state grew at an average rate of 3.8 percent last year. Published April 10, 2018