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The SpaceX Falcon 9, with the Crew Dragon spacecraft on top of the rocket, sits on Launch Pad 39-A Monday, May 25, 2020, at Kennedy Space Center, Fla. Two astronauts will fly on the SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station scheduled for launch on May 27. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

SpaceX brings renewed expectations to crewed space exploration

Americans were not meant to sit on their hands with their feet up on the coffee table. Our forebears of more than 10 generations took leaps of faith -- some by ship, some by foot and some by airplane -- all to light upon a new land where they could chase their wildest dreams. A new chapter in the story of the nation's journey begins Wednesday when a fresh generation of spacecraft, labeled "Made in America," lifts off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. New adventures and opportunities await, somewhere out there.

The tennis ball of french veteran Nicolas Mahut is marked with a sign during a training session in the French Tennis Federation center near the grounds of the French Open in Paris, Wednesday, May 13, 2020 under the watchful eye of a team doctor and courtside trainers. Professional tennis players resumed training in France after the end of lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

Tennis ball guidelines for COVID-19?

Laura Curran, the chief executive of Nassau County, New York, may have made a monkey out of herself while explaining how things would go in the post-COVID environment now that the county was reopening its tennis courts.

 In this Sept. 10, 2019, file photo Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, leaves the federal court following a status conference with Judge Emmet Sullivan, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File) **FILE**

The fanciful Flynn case: Persistent prosecution of Obama-era prey has lost its appeal

Fantasy has its place, but it's not the courtroom. With more than a full share of unlikely twists, the case against former Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn for lying to the FBI has lost a line of sight with reality. When the legal process carries prosecution of a citizen beyond the bounds of common sense, Americans sense instinctively that the system is out of whack. For the law to be respected, the law must be just.

In this Thursday, May 7, 2020, photo, Bob Berkel reads a couple of newspapers during the coronavirus pandemic outside the Stockbridge Library, in Stockbridge, Mass. (Ben Garver/The Berkshire Eagle via AP)

Supporting journalism's role in civil society

These days it is both common and unpleasant to hear espoused, especially by members of the elite, that the coronacrisis is helpfully accelerating the demise -- if not total destruction -- of sclerotic industries. One such industry, and everyone's favorite whipping boy, if we are being honest, is the media, particularly newspapers, which seem to have now regressed from a decade-long serious condition to one in need of critical attention.

President Barack Obama listens to President-elect Donald Trump speak during their meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

From 'Russiagate' to 'Obamagate': The tables turn on Obama administration

The wheels of justice may turn slowly, as dictum claims, but those who ignore the relentless grind risk a painful surprise. That is the lesson for mischief-makers who engaged in a cloak-and-dagger plot to depose President Trump. More than 1,200 days have passed since Mr. Trump arrived in the White House -- three times longer than it took to build the Empire State Building. It's long enough for justice to run -- or walk -- its course.

A parking lot at a JC Penney store is empty in Roseville, Mich., Friday, May 8, 2020. Across the country, in industries of every kind and size, the coronavirus pandemic has devastated businesses small and large. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Getting America going again by incentivizing a return to work

In as dramatic a turn of events as we've seen in our lifetimes, America went from virtual full employment to the highest level of unemployment in just about a blink of any eye. The economy is as flat on its back as it's been since any time since the worst parts of the Great Depression and, as yet, no one has come up with the way out.

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