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People hold up a banner during an event to protest President Donald Trump's decision to revoke the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, in Las Vegas. President Donald Trump on Tuesday began dismantling the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, the government program protecting hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Waking up from an impossible dream

Complicated problems defy simple solutions, especially when the problems are deliberately created. The dilemma over what to do with children brought into the United States by their illegal-immigrant parents, the so-called "Dreamers," is Exhibit A. They stand illegally on American soil in the impassive eyes of the law, but they're already American in their hearts. President Trump's decision to enact an "orderly wind-down" of executive amnesty for these Americans-of-the-heart sets the stage for a fair-minded solution to a long-standing immigration quandary.

Sen. Claire McCaskill

Fear stalks Democratic incumbents

A Texas politician once sneered that "the middle of the road is for yellow lines and dead armadillos." But it's also a haven, if only a temporary one, for politicians suddenly afraid of the life they've cultivated at the edge.

When a shoe doesn't fit, wear it anyway

Summer's nearly over, the first hurricane of the season has arrived with catastrophic force, and men will have to put away their white slacks and black-and-white spectators when they take them off Monday night. So it's time to think about shoes.

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt (Associated Press)

Tales from the red-tape factory

The Environmental Protection Agency regards itself as the dispenser of the good and the just, protector of the snail darter and keeper of the land and everything on it. Anyone who questions this article of the faith can expect trouble.

Dancing on the debt ceiling

Washington knows how to turn melodrama into farce. That's the lowdown on the debt ceiling debate about to be served up on Capitol Hill. It would be a laugh if it were not so serious. The oft-repeated argument that the nation must keep overspending in order to stay on course leaves the sane shaking their heads. But without a correction of direction, the unpayable bill will come due and there will be no last laugh.

It's 4th and long for Colin

Dr. Johnson observed that "patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels." Perhaps, but scoundrels have moved on. Crying "racism" when there is no racism is the work of modern scoundrels, and most of them are on the left.

White nationalist demonstrators use shields as they clash with counter demonstrators at the entrance to Lee Park in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Aug. 12. (Associated Press)

The Charlottesville disease continues

Two weeks after the fact, the continuing hysteria over Charlottesville is more about the temperature of President Trump's denunciations (there have been several) of Nazis, Klansmen and other white supremacists than about the riot itself.

Lou Ferrigno

A super-hero to the rescue

Combative times require sturdy leaders, and the only reality we have comes from the world of entertainment. The word that Lou Ferrigno, aka the Hulk, may be joining the Trump administration via the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition,is just plain good news.

FILE - In this Sunday, April 9, 2017 file photo, two Swiss guards stand in front of St. Peter's Basilica prior to a Mass to be celebrated by Pope Francis, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. The head of the Swiss Guards says the elite corps that protects the pope and the Vatican is ready to confront any terror attacks, following renewed threats against Rome by supporters of the Islamic State group following the Barcelona attack. Commander Christoph Graf told Swiss Catholic website cath.ch this week that "perhaps it is only a question of time before an attack like that happens in Rome. But we are ready also for this." (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)

A stroll into danger

April in Paris. Autumn in Rome. White nights in Stockholm and Oslo. All suggest long, languorous walks through Europe's great capitals. In Europe as nearly everywhere else, the cliche is true: the best way to see a city is on foot.

In this April 20, 2017, photo, cigarettes overflow from an ashtray inside the home of suspected child webcam cybersex operator, David Timothy Deakin, from Peoria, Ill., during a raid in Mabalacat, Philippines. Children's underwear, toddler shoes, cameras, bondage cuffs, fetish ropes, meth pipes, stacks of hard drives and photo albums cluttered the stuffy, two-bedroom townhouse. In his computer files, there were videos and images of children engaged in sex acts. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

A choice, and a risk

Only a hermit in a mountain cave in the wilds of the Montana outback hasn't heard that smoking is hazardous to health, his, others and maybe even the health of the grizzlies. Since the U.S. Surgeon General warned everyone in 1964 that puffing the wicked weed is deadly as well as anti-social, no one can plead ignorance of the risk of lung cancer, other diseases, and a painful, premature death,

Hundreds gather in front of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church as they make their way to La Lomita Chapel during a prayer walk in protest construction of President Trump's proposed border wall Saturday Aug.12,2017 in Mission, Texas. (Delcia Lopez/The Monitor via AP)

Obstructing the border wall

President Trump took his determination to build the border wall this week to Arizona, ground zero for illegal immigration, and threatened to shut down the federal government if Congress doesn't include a down-payment on the wall in the budget this year.

Assault on the thin blue line

"Cops" is a cable-TV reality show and "Bad Boys" is its theme song. Now viewers in a growing number of places can get the street action watching bad boys take on the cops on the nightly news. The expansion of civil unrest across the American landscape is ominous enough, but the ferocity of the abuse of the nation's men and women in blue is more alarming still, a precursor to anarchy. The truly deplorable who hold the upholders of the law in contempt must get a grip, or be restrained, before the violence crosses the line into a primitive land of no return.

The deadly descent of Obamacare

That flying contraption called Obamacare is locked in the downward spiral that is the nightmare of every pilot. Escape is not likely short of a miracle, and Congress doesn't do miracles. Congress is fleeing the scene of the crime for a long and undeserved vacation, leaving with cries of "good luck."

FILE - In this Aug. 21, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump gestures during a Presidential Address to the Nation about a strategy he believes will best position the U.S. to eventually declare victory in Afghanistan, Fort Myer in Arlington Va. Behind the detail-scarce rhetoric of the new Afghanistan strategy, elements of President Donald Trump's broader approach to foreign conflicts emerge: secret military plans, no "nation-building" and a reliance on regional players to squeeze wayward nations and extremist groups. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

A surge in Afghanistan

All of Arabia (and Iran, too) is not worth the life of one American soldier as the price of conquest, but securing America against the threat of radical Islamic terrorism is worth whatever it takes. Americans have no taste for colonial conquest, which is fundamental to the ideals of the republic. But neither do Americans cut and run when the wind is up.

Demonstrators with flags and signs gather to protest illegal immigration, Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017, in Laguna Beach, Calif. A small group of people demonstrating against illegal immigration was outnumbered by hundreds of counterprotesters who gathered to denounce racism in the coastal California city. (AP Photo/Christopher Weber)

All aboard the censor ship

The angry and occasionally violent left has drawn the battle lines and demands that America choose a side. On one side, in the view from the left, are the liberals who call themselves "progressives," pious bearers of righteousness, devoid of bad motives and without original sin. On the other side is everyone else, deplorables, yahoos, bigots, racists and other bad people whose unpardonable sin is that they voted for Donald Trump. "Deplorables" have no rights, and the mob is entitled to impose "justice."

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