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Tracy Warner | So, what do the cronies want?

If you are a politician, it is a pretty easy game. Trade barriers and tariffs are popular, crowd pleasers. You just have to talk and pound the podium while condemning the devious and sinister foreign competitors out to steal our jobs. You don’t have to succeed in imposing the tariff, just yap about it, but you probably shouldn’t mention the reality, that tariffs are really taxes paid by consumers, mostly passed on to your political friends in the form of added profits.

Tracy Warner | Ban assault rifles if that will help

Ban assault weapons. Really, it’s fine with me. I have no stake in this. I am not a gun person. I have no interest in owning a rifle that looks like a movie prop. If you do, the Supreme Court of the United States says that you have a constitutional right to keep and bear arms, but you do not have a constitutional right to buy weapons with features and accessories the state forbids.
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George Will | The IRS and impeachment

Republican congressional leaders ardently want conservative members of the House to not force a vote on impeaching the IRS commissioner. The public does not care about John Koskinen’s many misdeeds. And impeachment will distract attention from issues that interest the public. And because Democrats are not ingrates, the required two-thirds of the Senate will never vote to convict Koskinen, whose behavior continues the pattern of doing what Democrats desire with the most intrusive and potentially punitive government agency.

World Editorial Board | Fairs are us

The Chelan County Fair and the Okanogan County Fair end today. If you see this early enough, there may be time to run to Cashmere or Okanogan and catch a glimpse. If so, you might develop a taste for the fair atmosphere, and vow to take in the NCW District Fair in Waterville or the Grant County Fair at Moses Lake when they roll out next year.

World Editorial Board | McCleary angst

If the Washington Legislature finds the will and the means to keep its promises, this frustrating drama scripted by the McCleary decision actually may end well. Washington’s children may have a constitutionally adequate and uniform system of public education with ample funding now and in the future.

World Editorial Board | Still seeking peace after 9/11

On this date 15 years ago, our largest city and national capital were attacked by an organized, trained foreign military force using surprising and sadly effective tactics. Nearly 3,000 of our countrymen perished before our eyes.

Charles Krauthammer | The incident in Hangzhou

The president of the United States lands with all the majesty of Air Force One, waiting to exit the front door and stride down the rolling staircase to the red-carpeted tarmac. Except that there is no rolling staircase. He is forced to exit — as one China expert put it rather undiplomatically — through “the ass” of the plane.

George Will | In a ‘change’ year, Sen. Portman deserves re-election

TERRACE PARK, Ohio — Sen. Rob Portman probably will win a second term, despite the fact that he deserves to. The swarm of young people who gathered on a Saturday morning in this Cincinnati suburb to feast on doughnuts and his gratitude are among the 5,000 volunteer interns, including students from 35 campuses, who have made 3.5 million voter contacts. Portman’s supporters are a forgiving sort, undeterred by his many accomplishments and qualifications that could be disqualifying in this season of populist antagonism toward people who have actually governed.