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President Donald Trump watches Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan depart the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 16, 2017. The White House defended Trump's disclosure of classified information to senior Russian officials as "wholly appropriate," as Trump tried to beat back criticism from fellow Republicans and calm international allies increasingly wary about sharing their secrets with the new president. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Settling the voter-fraud debate

President Trump made good last week on a promise to create a Presidential Commission on Election Integrity, and surely this was a promise kept that everyone could applaud. Who but cheats and frauds doesn't like clean elections? Who doesn't want his vote to count, and his vote not be canceled by someone ineligible to cast a ballot? This was something that would surely warm hearts at the Brennan Center for Justice and at the League of Women Voters.

President Donald Trump pauses while meeting with Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Monday, May 15, 2017, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.

A not-so-neutral decision

"Net neutrality" is often misunderstood, but it's an issue that arouses passion on both sides of an important issue. One of President Trump's first appointments was Ajit Pai as the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, which imposed "net neutrality" in the Obama era, and Mr. Pai and conservatives generally want to reverse that decision.

In this Wednesday, May 10, 2017 file photo, protesters rally outside the town hall held by New Jersey Republican Rep. Tom MacArthur in Willingboro, N.J. Americans vented some frustrations this past week in Republican districts crucial to GOP majority control of the House, sounding off about health care and President Donald Trump's abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey. Republicans in some districts faced a backlash over their votes for the House health care bill at raucous town halls, with plenty of complaints about a provision that would allow insurers to charge seriously ill customers higher rates if they let their coverage lapse. Other lawmakers avoided holding forums. (AP Photo/Michael Catalini)

Goodbye to Comey, and all that

The dogs bark, but the caravan moves on. James Comey has moved on, too, and even the loudest dogs are moving on to the canine duty of barking after President Trump as he selects the Comey successor as director of the FBI.

Rowers paddle down the Charles River near the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Tuesday, March 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Segregated commencement at Harvard

The commencement season is at hand, soon school will be suspended for the summer, and the silly season is at hand. Students are competing with the college dean and the university president to be the Sophomore of the Year.

In this Tuesday, May 9, 2017, photo, a Hanford Patrol officer blocks traffic on Route 4S that leads to 200 East Area, where an emergency has been declared at the Hanford nuclear weapons complex in southeastern Washington. The collapse of a tunnel containing radioactive waste at Hanford underscored what critics have long been saying: that the toxic remnants of the Cold War are being stored in haphazard and unsafe conditions, and time is running out to deal with the problem. (Colin Mulvany/The Spokesman-Review via AP)

When government waste is radioactive

Government waste is bad; radioactive government waste is badder. Billions of dollars were spent on a nuclear-waste repository in Nevada and it sits abandoned. President Trump should cut out the regulatory obstruction and redeem one of the most embarrassing boondoggles ever, the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository.

Unrealistic minimum wages and maximum grief

The continuing increases in the minimum wage is curdling the cream in the coffee at many restaurants, and nowhere more than in New York City, the nation's top town for a variety of good eats. A $2 minimum wage increase to $11 became effective at the end of 2016, and the impact on restaurants, just now emerging, has been startling.

FILE - In this May 10, 2017, file photo, South Korea's new President Moon Jae-In speaks at the presidential Blue House in Seoul. Addressing the nation after taking the oath of office on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, South Korean President Moon Jae-in vowed to eventually move out of the Blue House, where every modern South Korean president has lived and worked since the end of World War II. (JungJ Yeon-Je/Pool Photo via AP)

'Groundhog Day' in South Korea

With electing a new president, South Korea has fallen into a familiar pattern that promises to revive a governing philosophy of years past. Unfortunately it's a philosophy that failed in previous attempts to deal successfully in the one area crucial to the survival of the nation, resolving the long-standing internecine conflict on the Korean Peninsula. The menace from a nuclear North Korea is likely to persist with no end in sight.

Multiple Media Research Center reports cite the press for their overblown coverage of FBI director James Comey's firing, which compared the event to Watergate. (Image from Media Research Center)

Gathering of the mob

The sky is falling, or it soon will be. That's the verdict of the chattering class in Washington, where making smoke, sometimes without a fire, is the leading industry. The sacking of James Comey, the director of the FBI, has put the cat among the pigeons, and they rarely fly in tight formation.

South Korea's presidential candidate Hong Joon-pyo of the Liberty Korea Party answers a reporter's question after voting in the presidential election at a local polling station in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, May 9, 2017. South Koreans voted Tuesday for a new president, with victory widely predicted for a liberal candidate who has pledged to improve ties with North Korea, re-examine a contentious U.S. missile shield, and push sweeping economic changes. (Im Hun-jung/Yonhap via AP)

Travel for the brave and foolish

Travel can be broadening, but in certain places it can turn out to be confining, too. Travel to North Korea, one of the most dangerous places on earth, is particularly dangerous for tourists who don't pay close attention to the rules.

In this Feb. 10, 2017, file photo, then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn sits in the East Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

The Russia-Rice mashup

Spending other people's money is the favorite pastime in Washington, but taking up the magnifying glass to follow the trail of mischief-makers, real and imagined, is a close second. The trail of Russian collusion, if any, with associates of Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential election has gone stone cold, but the investigation of the suspected Obama administration spying on the Trump team continues to turn up evidence. The trail is leading uncomfortably close to home.

And can't we get a laugh?

There was a time, and not so long ago, when the conversation at the water cooler got no more heated than a discussion of how sharp or disappointing the previous night's episode of "Seinfeld." Jerry Seinfeld now complains bitterly that hypersensitivity spawned by political correctness is killing comedy.

Roxanne White, right, a member of the Yakama Nation, sings during a protest inside a Chase bank branch Monday, May 8, 2017, in Seattle. Climate activists opposed to oil pipeline projects demonstrated at several JPMorgan Chase bank locations in Seattle on Monday, calling on the bank not to do business with TransCanada, the company pushing for the Keystone XL oil pipeline. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

When protest becomes a laugh riot

Demonstrators angered that Americans have turned their backs on the liberal-left agenda are trading earnest discussion for angry rhetoric, and sometimes violence. When protests break the law, ruffians who fancy themselves above the law are surprised to find themselves treated like common criminals. Democratic societies traditionally show a degree of tolerance for the excesses of political conflict, but patience is running out and the system is striking back.

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