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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., meets with reporters on the morning after the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. Pelosi refused to say Wednesday when she'll send the impeachment articles against Trump to the Senate for the trial. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Parsing the Pelosi pause

It happens: A prized Christmas gift, buried under a mountain of torn wrapping paper, gets thrown away by mistake. Impeachment is like that. It's both the most momentous story of the just-concluded year and, owing to the bustle of the holidays, the most forgotten. As Americans take down the ornaments and look up the headlines they disregarded during the Yuletide season, the conscientious need to turn a wary eye toward the efforts to expel a U.S. president without the use of the ballot box.

Mourners attend a funeral ceremony for Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani and his comrades, who were killed in Iraq in a U.S. drone strike on Friday, at the Enqelab-e-Eslami (Islamic Revolution) square in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Choosing to be the strong horse

Fortune has its price. The United States is blessed among the nations, but with prosperity has come responsibility, and the Middle East has a way of exacting that obligation. Until such time that the world no longer needs the region's oil riches as the lifeblood of progress, the red, white and blue must remain visible from every angle. Always-angry Iran may gnash its teeth and live-and-let-live Americans may cringe, but there really is no alternative.

FILE - In this July 31, 2019, file photo, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks during a news conference following a two-day Federal Open Market Committee meeting in Washington. President Donald Trump is calling on the Federal Reserve to cut interest rates by at least a full percentage-point over a fairly short period of time, saying such a move would make the U.S. economy even better and would also greatly and quickly enhance the global economy. In two tweets Monday, Aug. 19, Trump kept up his pressure on the Fed and Powell, saying the U.S. economy was strong despite the horrendous lack of vision by Jay Powell and the Fed. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

What next?

The beginning of a new year is a time to take stock in ourselves, to revise our goals and plans for the future, and to hope against hope the coming year will be better than the last.

Confetti and other debris lies on the street in New York's Times Square, early New Year's Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)

Tempering the 'roaring 2020s'

The '20s are back, having come full circle to a new century. These will not be your great-grandfather's Roaring '20s. The third decade of the 21st century has launched with the same brash spirit as that latter-day era, but is raised to the next exponential power by the frenetic pace of human progress. If the promise of the fresh decade is to avoid the crash that befell that tumultuous period a hundred years ago, Americans will need to reinforce their soaring aspiration with heightened appreciation of prudence.

Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Pollard (20) makes a catch against the Washington Redskins during the first half of an NFL football game in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

Redskins' woes beyond the name

Another NFL regular season has ended for the Washington Redskins in humiliating fashion, with a record of just three wins and 13 losses, following a 47-16 thrashing by the hated archrival Cowboys in Dallas on Sunday evening.

FILE - In this Monday, July 1, 2019 file photo, a homeless man moves his belongings from a street behind Los Angeles City Hall as crews prepared to clean the area. California Gov. Gavin Newsom blamed the Trump administration on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, for withholding data that is blocking the release of $650 million aid to combat homelessness. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

California dreaming

For a century and a half, America has been California dreaming. The Golden State is a uniquely blessed state in many ways: A stunning geography, temperate weather, oil. and not to mention the original economic engine that powered the '49ers, gold, are among its sterling assets.

Effective -- but rough around edges

The progressive parrots 'group think' about all manner of folderol that their adherents, on bended knee and genuflecting vigorously, confirm as received wisdom ("New Yorker editor David Remnick: 'It's a source of great frustration' people still support Trum," Web, Dec. 23). That President Trump disrupts their cocoon with rude tweets and tantrums as he goes about resurrecting our economy and Department of Defense upsets the cozy relations they enjoy with a tangled web of elite academics and other liberal thinkers who sway to the same mainstream tunes while sipping chilled Chardonnay.

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2019 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks as South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg listens during a Democratic presidential primary debate in Los Angeles. Warren lit into Mayor Pete Buttigieg for attending a fundraiser at a wine cave in Napa Valley where he dined and sipped under a chandelier with Swarovski crystals and bottles of cabernet can sell for $900. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

Democrats set a costly course that risks public wrath

Americans have a natural-born yearning for hearth and home where families can grow in peace and prosperity. A certain collection of their would-be leaders prefer to build castles in the air. "Progressives" grabbing for the reins of power in Washington are ignoring warning signs flashing elsewhere from outbreaks of indignant citizens watching officialdom separate them from their hard-earned money and their hopes for a better future.

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