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President Barack Obama speaks during the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service at Mount St. Mary's University.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama drops the pretense

President Obama is finally out in open as an advocate not of gun control, but of eliminating guns in the hands of the people. The White House announced Monday that the president is working on executive orders to do what Congress won't.

President Barack Obama gestures as he answers question from members of the media during a news conference in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) ** FILE **

Taking liberties with progress

Human progress is not a given. Great achievement can be squandered if treated carelessly. Modern-day "progressives" like President Obama, who were "liberals" before they gave the word a bad odor, are counting on transformation of the culture to eliminate memory of the past. They may regret it.

Looking for a speaker

Given the challenges that come with the job, John Boehner has done some things well as the speaker of the House and the leader of the Republican majority. But what he doesn't do well is communicate with the world beyond the Beltway. Washington often forgets that "beyond the Beltway" is where everybody lives.

The coming coding conundrum

"Gray's Anatomy" illustrated the entire human body with 1,247 engravings when it was published in 1918, but starting today doctors must employ nearly 70,000 codes to document their efforts to heal it.

Russian President President Vladimir Putin listens to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon after the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, New York, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. (Mikhail Klimentyev, RIA-Novosti, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

When big talk meets action

President Obama was full of talk this week, declaring that as the world's greatest military power the United States will defeat the Islamic State, also known as ISIS. No argument here. The United States can defeat any enemy it seriously sets out to defeat.

United States President Barack Obama addresses the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

A climate of delusion

President Obama's globalist rhetoric captured hearts at the United Nations but it will take more than hot air to make global warming cool with anyone but the easily fooled.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump acknowledges applause at a town hall event Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, in Rochester, N.H. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Getting serious about taxes

The "issues" in a political campaign are often called by easily bored camp followers as "DBI," something dull but important. Many voters, addicted to watching the world pass by on the little video screen, sometimes think "issues" are best ignored. Better entertainment may be at hand.

Then-Incoming House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio, center. (AP Photo/Lawrence Jackson, File)

A speaker for the people

Intramural Republican fights often resemble high school student-body elections, or the way the ladies conduct "roasts" of each other. The point of a roast is to sling witty insults just this side of bad taste. They're usually good fun, even for the roastee. When the ladies do it the "roasts" usually become gentle and lady-like toasts. Some things don't translate.

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi arrives for the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Good news in Egypt

Good news is not an export from the Middle East, but sometimes there's a nugget of something not so bad for the patient. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi is resuming Egypt's role as leader of the Arab world. He has had no particular help from President Obama, who prefers to "lead from behind."

Blame game: Russian President Vladimir Putin, while bolstering military aid to Syria, said U.S. moves have deepened the ongoing refugee crisis. (Associated Press)

A small victory for Putin

Vladimir Putin can claim a small victory Monday at the United Nations when he sits down with Barack Obama, even if, as the White House suggests, it was the Russian president who asked for the date.

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