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Angell in the outfield

NEW YORK — Roger Angell takes off his brown J. Press sports coat and blue cap, yanks out his hearing aids, stashes his cane, and sits down for a shave and haircut at Delta barbershop at 72nd and Lex., the same spot he’s patronized for 40 years.

Crunch time on Iran nuke talks

Since the minute he set foot in the White House, President Obama has pursued one foreign policy objective with uncharacteristic clarity and focus: avoiding war with Iran. Whatever the merits of the goal, the approach has actually been a narrow success.

Another heartbreak for Middle East

It’s not hard to understand why Israel under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided to invade Gaza: The Israelis have a right to protect themselves from terrorists who launch rockets into populated areas of the country or invade through underground tunnels.

California catastrophe never came

The states, Justice Louis Brandeis famously pointed out, are the laboratories of democracy. And it’s still true. For example, one reason we knew or should have known that Obamacare was workable was the post-2006 success of Romneycare in Massachusetts. More recently, Kansas went all-in on supply-side economics, slashing taxes on the affluent in the belief that this would spark a huge boom; the boom didn’t happen, but the budget deficit exploded, offering an object lesson to those willing to learn from experience.

Executions should not be run by trial and error

For the third time this year, state executioners administering a lethal injection to a condemned man have botched it. This time it happened in Arizona, where it took nearly two hours last week to kill convicted murderer Joseph Wood using the same two-drug protocol involved in Ohio’s slow, torturous execution of Dennis McGuire in January. The other mis-execution occurred in Oklahoma, where Clayton Lockett writhed and groaned on a gurney before the bungled procedure was finally aborted; he later died of a heart attack.

Fight over ‘impeachment lite’

Rather than getting on with the country’s business and focusing solely on can’t-wait issues before they jet out of town this weekend — like the unfinished bill to fix veterans’ health care and the stalled bill to deal with the humanitarian crisis of Central American children arriving at the border — House Republicans are gearing up for a grand maneuver: an apparently unprecedented move by the House to sue the president over his use of executive orders. Talk about misplaced priorities.

Obamacare going off the rails

The renewed focus this past week on Obamacare — there is so much going so wrong in the federal government right now that even the health care monstrosity occasionally slips off the radar — centered on how the government can provide subsidies to qualified applicants. Because the text of the law doesn’t seem to allow those benefits to be provided by insurance exchanges operated by the federal government rather than by the states, the question is now before the federal courts.