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Things are going well in the country. Look at what counts as big ‘news.’

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HILLSBORO, Ohio — In many parts of the country it can be safely said that, overall, things seem pretty good right now. People know this from the nature of the news that has lately risen to the top of our daily headlines.

It is always instructive to watch the national news from locations outside New York or Washington, from vantage points where Americans shake their heads over the issues deemed significant in the big media centers. Let’s examine a few.

Ensnared by their own trap set during the Brett M. Kavanaugh hearings — scouring through old yearbooks and attempting to make high school or college behavior relevant to fitness for public service decades later — Democrats and many in the media now find themselves duty-bound to apply those same impossible standards to politicians they would otherwise embrace.

Millions of Americans find it remarkable that a stupid decision to don blackface or include an offensive photograph in a yearbook more than 30 years ago results in more alarm than much more recent comments by the same Virginia governor — comments made this year, while serving in office — defending what many interpret as legalized infanticide.

Likewise, the heralding of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as something akin to a native of the island paradise Themyscira, home of Wonder Woman, and her depiction in the........

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