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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.

Tracy Warner | Tastes great, and more filling

I knew a woman, a romantic, who detested the present and glorified the past. She had hanging above her hearth a large print, a copy of what I presumed was a late-19th century American impressionist painting. It showed a pioneer woman of intense dignity, with a calico dress and hardened features, standing in a field with the empty prairie stretching to the horizon. She held in her fist a sickle, presumably used to harvest grain, and looked as if she had conquered the continent with a handtool.

Eugene Robinson | The shameful spectacle of denying people their vote

Every once in a while, the curtains part and we get a glimpse of the ugliest, most shameful spectacle in American politics: the Republican Party’s systematic attempt to disenfranchise African-Americans and other minorities with voter ID laws and other restrictions at the polls.

Tracy Warner | Public records still fundamental

It is fundamental, or should be. Government does not decide what we know of it. The government is ours, after all, established with our consent. If government decides what we know or don’t, we really don’t have a government of the people anymore. We have a government for government. We sweep up whatever tidbits are left behind.
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Art of Community | We learn about adventure tourism, Kyrgyzstan style

KARAKOL, Kyrgyzstan — A few years ago, adventure tourism entrepreneur Igor Khanin visited North Central Washington as part of an effort to expand and develop Kyrgyzstan’s economy and a relationship blossomed with Cashmere orchardist Randy Smith, who is leading our local delegation to this Central Asian country.

World Editorial Board | The clean books

Hardly anyone likes audits, but the people at the Housing Authority of Chelan County have plenty of reason to celebrate their most recent state audit results.

World Editorial Board | Preparation fends off flames

A week ago that horrid, familiar smell of burning vegetation filled the valley. The night sky was thick with smoke on the wind. Sirens wailed in the distance. There were sketchy, changing news reports of a fire, a bad one, off the North Road near Leavenworth. It was running, people said. They heard houses were lost. The nightmare repeated.