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Charles Krauthammer | Obama’s self-revealing final act

Barack Obama did not go out quietly. His unquiet final acts were, in part, overshadowed by a successor who refused to come in quietly and, in part, by Obama’s own endless, sentimental farewell tour. But there was nothing nostalgic or sentimental about Obama’s last acts. Two of them were simply shocking.

Eugene Robinson | Trump is wrong about black America

Rep. John Lewis is the son of sharecroppers. As a child, he wanted to be a preacher. He practiced by delivering fiery sermons to the family’s chickens. But history had other plans for him: lunch counter sit-ins, Freedom Rides, the March on Washington, the Edmund Pettus Bridge, a seat in Congress representing most of Atlanta. No sane person would accuse such a man of being “all talk, talk, talk — no action or results.”

Tracy Warner | Death penalty taints our system

You’ve seen the statues of the goddess Justice, sword in one hand, scales in the other, blindfolded. There is much ripe ethical symbolism there. Justice weighs issues in balance. Justice has a terrible, swift sword, usually double-edged. Justice is blind.

George Will | Freedom for the disparagers

In 1929, Chief Justice William Howard Taft convinced Congress to finance construction of “a building of dignity and importance” for the Supreme Court. He could not have imagined what the court will ponder during oral arguments this Wednesday. The case concerns the name of an Asian-American rock band: The Slants. And surely Taft never read a friend-of-the-court brief as amusing as one filed in this case. It is titled “Brief of the Cato Institute and a Basket of Deplorable People and Organizations.”

World Editorial Board | Force for change

 No one could deny that we ask our law enforcement officers to do a very difficult job under very stressful and trying circumstances. We realize, that to protect us we ask them to face great danger, to live a good share of their lives in harm’s way. Through selfless service law enforcement has earned our admiration and respect. Gratitude is in order.

World Editorial Board | A good day to listen to King

No one need be told we live in divisive times, of festering suspicion and resentment. This in some ways is a natural result of a hostile election that seemed to pit tribe against tribe. It was less of an ideological conflict than an us-against-them battle, two campaigns that fed on animosity. Both sides are to blame, and as it usually happens, nobody really is the winner.

World Editorial Board | The snow must go

Hey, you — you with the sidewalk moguls, you with the snow shovel unused, you who don’t care who endangers life and limb on your snowbound walkway. Clear it.

Tracy Warner | Target China’s aluminum dump

It’s easy, really. President-elect Donald Trump tweets, General Motors grumbles and Ford faints. Don’t dare build cars in Mexico, says Trump. Big tax on you. NAFTA, disaster. Sad.

Charles Krauthammer | What happened to the honeymoon?

The shortest honeymoon on record is officially over. Normally, newly elected presidents enjoy a wave of goodwill that allows them to fly high at least through their first 100 days. Donald Trump has not yet been sworn in and the honeymoon has already come and gone.

Tracy Warner | Vote for Edgar, because it’s right

There once was a baseball player named Edgar. Surname, Martinez. In 1982 he was 20, toiling in a factory in Puerto Rico, taking classes at the university and playing semipro ball. From a sporting standpoint, that is obscurity. Then by luck a scout for a distant and undistinguished professional organization called the Seattle Mariners saw Martinez and signed him to a minor league contract.

George Will | Academia may now be beyond satire

The Chronicle of Higher Education, which is a window on the sometimes weird world of academia, recently revisited a hilarious intellectual hoax from 20 years ago. Reading the recollections of the perpetrator and of some who swallowed his gibberish is sobering.