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Stopping the worst people on earth

Baghdad called President Obama’s bluff and he came through. He had refused to provide air support to Iraqi government forces until the Iraqis got rid of their divisive sectarian prime minister.

Fed up with cupcake cops

In physics, a unified field theory is an attempt to explain with a single hypothesis the behavior of several fields. Its political corollary is the Cupcake Postulate, which explains everything, from Missouri to Iraq, concerning Americans’ comprehensive withdrawal of confidence from government at all levels and all areas of activity.

Let us honor Don Senn

How exciting it would be to name the Big Y interchange (the junction of highways 97 and 2, the Peshastin East Interchange) after our Washington Department of Transportation regional administrator of 21 years, Don Senn. What a fitting tribute to a man who was a true public servant.

Why Hillary got it right

Leave it to Barack Obama’s own former secretary of state to acknowledge the fatal flaw of his foreign policy: a total absence of strategic thinking.

Our selective outrage

The killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown has rightly provoked widespread outrage, drawing international media attention and prompting a comment from President Obama. The same should be true — but tragically is not — of the killing of 3-year-old Knijah Amore Bibb.

Into a new void?

This far into the human story, only the historically uninstructed are startled by what they think are new permutations of evil. So, when Russia sliced Crimea off Ukraine, Secretary of State John Kerry was nonplussed: “You just don’t in the 21st century behave in 19th-century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped up pretext.” If, however, Vladimir Putin is out of step with the march of progress, where exactly on history’s inevitably ascending path (as progressives like Kerry evidently think) does Kerry, our innocent abroad, locate the Islamic State?

A lesson in a STEM study

Every once in a while, research quantifies the effects of certain education policies on students. Then, the results are often shelved in favor of the prevailing “common sense.” As in: If you want more scientists, mandate more science courses in school.

Amnesty as impeachment bait

President Obama is impatient. Congress won’t act on immigration, he says, and therefore he will. The White House is coy as to exactly what the president will do. But the leaks point to an executive order essentially legalizing an enormous new class of illegal immigrants, perhaps up to 5 million people.

The reason for Watergate?

At about 5:15 p.m. on June 17, 1971, in the Oval Office, the president ordered a crime: “I want it implemented on a thievery basis. Goddamn it, get in and get those files. Blow the safe and get it.”

Invest in the forest, for prevention

The old saying “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” has never been more true than when it comes to the megafires plaguing the West. We can invest money up front, restoring forests to prevent disastrous fires, or we can spend much more money fighting out-of-control blazes that threaten people, water, and wildlife.

Feeling sick? Some of you can stay home

Something strange happened here this week: Lots of workers who’ve never done so before got the right to call in sick. And that’s a good thing.