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FILE - In this June 9, 2010 file photo, U.S. President Barack Obama makes a statement about Iran in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington. President Donald Trump is weighing whether to pull the U.S. out of Iran's nuclear deal, a 2015 agreement that capped over a decade of hostility between Tehran and the West over its atomic program. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Obama's vanishing legacy

Composing a laundry list of achievements is a big job for any former president of the United States, but few of Barack Obama's predecessors had Donald Trump at work erasing their footprints. Thanks to the Donald's relentless counter agenda, the legacy that the Democratic star plans to earn cash and credit for in his coming memoir will be little more than a memory by the time his book reaches the printer. Published May 7, 2018

Say no to Initiative 77

Thank you for publishing "Reaching the tipping point in Washington, D.C." (Web, April 30). As a tipped wage employee, I can offer further perspective on how harmful Initiative 77 will be for people like me. Primarily it would result in reduced wages for formerly tipped employees, as Rick Berman's piece points out. Yet the end of the tipped wage system may also affect service. Published May 7, 2018

What about Kerry?

Consider that the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn began with allegations of a violation of the Logan Act. This rule makes it a felony if "[a]ny citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States." Published May 7, 2018

CNN's desperate measures

Last Sunday I happened to watch CNN's "State of the Union." The show had a large panel of participants discussing a New York Times report that President Trump would not be invited to Sen. John McCain's funeral. I was appalled that they would consider this to be a newsworthy topic. My God, the man is still alive. The discussion went on, with no one seemingly aware of how perverse the discussion was. Published May 7, 2018

FBI Director Robert Mueller listens as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 13, 2013, as the House Judiciary Committee held an oversight hearing on the FBI. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Feeding time at the zoo

Every zookeeper knows it's important to keep the animals fed on an orderly schedule. It's dangerous to keep the critters waiting for their grub. They want fresh meat, and want it served on time. Published May 6, 2018

White's views not unusual

Is D.C. Council member Trayon White really anti-Semitic or is he (and seemingly his seven staff members) now just poorly educated products of the D.C. public school system that focuses on black history and victimhood at the expense of other racial/ethnic groups and national issues ("The Rothschilds and the weather, etc," Web, May 2)? There is no doubt that had Mr. White and his posse been given a guided tour of the Air and Space Museum, we would have been subjected to yet another series of moronic, pre-pubescent questions and comments about flying machines and exploding firecrackers. Published May 6, 2018

Wolf's humorless humor

If there ever were an oxymoron in the English language, it is the phrase "abortion humor." Comedian Michelle Wolf's crass speech at the White House Correspondents' Dinner was for the most part uneventful. Her ridicule of President Trump was unsurprising at best. Then came the real shock: Horrific abortion rhetoric that ironically bites both ways. It lacked humor. But pro-lifers were stunned at the open sacrilege. Published May 6, 2018

President Donald Trump speaks during a National Day of Prayer event in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

A Peace Prize for the Donald

The Nobel Peace Prize has always been more about rewarding a certain kind of Scandinavian liberalism than celebrating actual, identifiable achievement. So it's highly unlikely that the five Norwegians, appointed by the Norwegian parliament, who bestow the prize would give one to President Donald Trump — even were he to abolish all weapons, end all conflicts, and "stop the rise of the oceans." It's highly unlikely the president will call Air Force One from the hangar for a trip to Stockholm. Published May 3, 2018

Journalists no longer lofty

The White House Correspondents' Dinner once represented a chance for journalists on both sides of the aisle to come together, leave the contention at home and laugh with each other. No more. Published May 3, 2018

Illegal immigration, trafficking tie

Immigration is an important but controversial topic. In some ways its arguments defy logic and confuse the public. On the one hand, shouldn't we be welcoming all who need or want to come to our shores? On the other hand, no one wants criminals and insurrectionists to be welcomed with open arms. Published May 3, 2018

President of Finland Sauli Niinisto attends a press conference with US Secretary of Defense James Mattis in Helsinki, Finland, Monday Nov. 6, 2017. Heading into a week of meetings with Nordic countries and allies across Europe, Mattis must begin to articulate what has been a murky American policy on how the future of Syria unfolds. (Heikki Saukkomaa/Lehtikuva via AP)

Finis to a 'universal basic income'

Fans of the welfare state mostly the nave waiting for the streetcar to Utopia have dreamed for years of a "universal basic income" for everybody, paid by governments to layabouts and unemployables. The doughty Finns tried it, and to their surprise and disappointment it didn't accomplish anything beyond an expensive lesson in how human nature invariably works. Now they have discontinued their 16-month-old experiment in giving a no-strings-attached "universal basic income" to certain unemployed Finns. Published May 2, 2018

D.C. Council member Trayon White Sr., a Democrat, has apologized for anti-Semitic comments he made Friday suggesting that Jewish financiers control the weather. (Twitter/@trayonwhite)

The Rothschilds and the weather, etc

The hardest thing a politician or office-holder can do when his mouth gets him in trouble is to shut up and hope someone else will change the subject. Published May 2, 2018

Branches all in bed together

The amount of hypocrisy at the highest levels of the Justice Department, CIA and FBI is alarming. When we see it from the media, it's an acceptable form of idiocy; We've grown to expect the outrageous nature of that little dream world. But when we have the Justice, Legislative and Executive branches in bed with each other, we end up with a new set of rules that turns the world upside down. The criminals are allowed to walk free while the innocent are persecuted. Published May 2, 2018

Trump right on Iran

When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed Iranian duplicity with respect to Iran's nuclear program, he was preaching to the converted ("The Iran nuclear deal begins to crumble," Web, April 30). This is much ado about nothing new, since the P5+1 took Iranian mendacity into strict account when fashioning the inspection regime that is part of the JCPOA. Published May 2, 2018

Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, who authorities suspect is the so-called Golden State Killer responsible for at least a dozen murders and 50 rapes in the 1970s and 80s, is arraigned, Friday, April 27, 2018, in Sacramento County Superior Court in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

The risk of diving into the gene pool

Genetic science has dramatically expanded the methods of bringing criminals to justice, but not every measurement is meant for prying eyes, and the dive into the gene pool can turn the lights on the good, the bad, the ugly and everyone in between. But there are costs. Published May 1, 2018

Left likes a lack

In "Goodbye OPEC" (Web, April 29) Stephen Moore omits one salient factor about the Obama administration's energy policy: Liberals/socialists love scarcity. It provides them with the opportunity to regulate and distribute the scarce product "equitably." That's why President Trump's energy policy is anathematic to them. It robs them of their opportunity to regulate and control a large part of our economy. Published May 1, 2018

U.S. must protect own interests

China governs countless millions in relative harmony and order. On a recent visit there we noticed people playing cards and dancing to music in a beautiful city park. Our visit to the world's largest Starbucks was in Shanghai. Shops were bustling and choices were many. While negative air-quality readings in Shanghai and Beijing dwarf those of Los Angeles, things appear to be generally better than ever. Why? China does what our government declines to do. Published May 1, 2018

Climate change not fact

Last week I listened to French President Emmanuel Macron's eloquent speech to a joint session of Congress, and it reminded me that we need what Mr. Macron called "free choice and rational decisions" with regard to climate change. Published April 30, 2018

Dinner outcome no surprise

This year's White House Correspondents Dinner, beginning with the moderator, was the culmination of all that has been wrong with the event these past several years ("Trump calls for White House Correspondents Dinner to be scrapped," Web, April 29). Just look at the people whose careers it has "launched." This will only continue. Published April 30, 2018

Filthy rich, but not very smart

Sometimes "the filthy rich" among us do great and good things with their money. More than a few American towns and cities have libraries today because Andrew Carnegie, a steel baron of an earlier age, dedicated his wealth to getting them started. Many of Henry Ford's millions were dedicated to improving education, though some of those millions wound up in dubious places. Rockefeller millions and Walton millions have done much to enrich schools, museums and art galleries. Published April 30, 2018