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Most folks, except, of course for Nancy and Chuck, seem to think the president gave a pretty good speech last week.

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We have a president who is — how to put this — occasionally unpresidential. Still, he is our president, and all the anti-Trump hoopla is only solidifying his support to the utter consternation of marchers and rioters.

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As Mel Brooks said, “It’s good to be king” (I can’t remember which movie). Of course, he was speaking from the king’s viewpoint — the old-fashioned absolute monarch variety. Absent revolution or assassination, kingship is a pretty good gig.

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If you’re feeling adventurous, you can now hop on a train in Yiwu, on China’s Pacific coast, and arrive in London 15 days later, after passing through Kazakhstan, Moscow, continental Europe and the Chunnel.

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There have been five presidents in the past century-plus who can unabashedly be called progressives: both Roosevelts, Woodrow Wilson, Lyndon Johnson and Barack Obama.

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The young princes, their parents, their uncle and his significant other were all with us for the holidays. It was, of course, chaotic, but that is what it is supposed to be.

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Marine Le Pen is sort of the French version of Donald Trump. She is a right-wing populist, leader of the National Front Party, and expected to be a finalist in next year’s presidential election. Win or lose, she is clearly a big part of Europe’s drift toward the political right.

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You have to hand it to Democrats — I guess. Since the election, they have been very creative in devising ways to further alienate flyover residents, as if they were not successful enough before the voting.

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Christmas is upon us, and, even if you’re not a Christian, there’s a good chance you have a tree in your house with gifts scattered around it.

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After— oh —many years of observing human nature, I’ve decided there are only two basic kinds of people, and I’m not referring to gender, though there seems to be some overlap.

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After — oh — many years of observing human nature, I’ve decided there are only two basic kinds of people, and I’m not referring to gender, though there seems to be some overlap.

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I just did something that I do occasionally when I want to be impressed with my own past insights: I dipped into my file of old columns and unearthed one from August 2009, about health care.

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There was a lot of talk, but not yet much action, from folks who threatened to leave the United States if Trump were elected. Canada was frequently mentioned.

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Deadlines are always problematic, but since the founders saw fit to make Tuesday Election Day instead of Thursday, I have no idea who won yesterday’s election as I’m writing this.

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The problem with being a conservative these days — and I invite you to look up the dictionary definition of the word — is not just that we have become involuntarily represented by Donald Trump, but that, with or without Mr. Trump, conservatism is an endangered philosophy of government.

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Here I am Saturday morning rushing a rewrite of this column after yesterday’s Trump dump, but before Sunday’s debate.

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Wells Fargo has become the new poster child for corporate greed, though mismanagement might be a better criticism, and it’s not hard to see how the company achieved the honor.

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The proverbial canary in the coal mine was a hapless little bird tasked to provide warning of dangerous gas by dying. Greater love hath no bird …

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I have a theory that the reason the First Amendment is first is because it is the most important; you know, freedom of speech, press, assembly and petition. So let’s hear it for the University of Chicago, where campus PC is, if not dead, at least under assault.

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If you’re a regular Wall Street Journal reader, or even if you’re not, every Friday you will find a section of that paper dedicated to residential real estate.

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“Hello. My name is (complete stranger, probably in India). This conversation is being recorded to improve customer service. I’m calling on behalf of (unknown charity, political party, manufacturer of your disposal).”

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Free college has become a linchpin of the Democratic campaign. It’s not very clearly defined, but who cares? Polls show that a majority of Americans support the idea, with a heavy bias toward younger folks. This shouldn’t surprise anyone — free is good.

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Somewhere deep in the bowels of the Kremlin, a half-asleep apparatchik is startled to alertness as he watches Donald Trump challenge Russia to find and release Hillary Clinton’s 30,000 missing emails.

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On the theory, to which Donald Trump apparently subscribes, that any publicity is good publicity, the Republicans had a great convention.

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If you’re old enough to remember 1968, and I am, you ought to realize that the present state of racial relations is not as dire as it was then. Still, it is unsettling enough.

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I used to be in the English muffin business, so naturally I consider myself an expert in all things English. So, what about Brexit?

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Home is where the heart is. There’s no place like it. It’s the place where, when you go there, they have to take you in. There are probably a lot more cliches about home.

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Throughout the endless, painful primary season, candidates of all stripes have promised to do things for you, to fight for you and your family.

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There’s a theory, which I want to believe, that the reason memory fails as you get older is because there’s only so much room in your brain, and new memories shove the old ones out.

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I was recently watching one of the countless news shows as the host speculated about which presidential candidate (assuming Hillary and The Donald) could win the electoral votes of which states.

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It’s very hard to find anything positive to say about most people involved in the presidential election. Do you really want any of these folks living in the White House?

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There are lots of columnists out there, including, for better or worse, yours truly. You can read screeds from left and right and come away with nothing new or thoughtful or worthwhile; you can reinforce your prejudices or maybe, occasionally, let in a glimmer of a new idea.

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So. Your taxes are too high, the government is incompetent and broke, and even taxing the rich at unconscionable rates won’t balance the budget, let alone reduce the debt. What to do?

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I’ve speculated in the past about the possible eventual dissolution of the United States into several smaller, more logical countries. There has always been a whimsical element to this; it was a means to point out the big regional cultural differences contained between the oceans.

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It turns out that Mr. Obama can be surprisingly bipartisan. He’s doing everything he can to make Donald Trump the next president.