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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

George Will: America's child president had a play date with a KGB alumnus, who surely enjoyed providing day care. It was a useful, because illuminating, event: Now we shall see how many Republicans retain a capacity for embarrassment. ... Speaking of Republicans incapable of blushing -- those with the peculiar strength that comes from being incapable of embarrassment -- consider Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.), who for years enjoyed derivative gravitas from his association with Sen. John McCain (Ariz.). Graham tweeted about Helsinki: "Missed opportunity by President Trump to firmly hold Russia accountable for 2016 meddling and deliver a strong warning regarding future elections." A "missed opportunity" by a man who had not acknowledged the meddling? Contrast Graham's mush with this on Monday from McCain, still vinegary: "Today's press conference in Helsinki was one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory." Or this from Arizona's other senator, Jeff Flake (R): "I never thought I would see the day when our American president would stand on the stage with the Russian President and place blame on the United States for Russian aggression."

Jon Huntsman, the U.S. ambassador to Russia, is in a terrible, but entirely predictable, situation: Days after Huntsman spoke about the need to hold Russian government officials accountable for interfering in the 2016 election, his boss, President Donald Trump, stood alongside Vladimir Putin on Monday and told the world he believed the Russian president's denial of any wrongdoing.

Donald Trump's press conference with Vladimir Putin this week is likely to go down as one of the signature moments of his presidency. In an appalling display, the US president refused to endorse the verdict of his own intelligence agencies that Russia had deliberately intervened in the 2016 US presidential election. Instead, he gave equal credit to the "extremely strong and powerful" denial of such interference issued by President Putin. This kind of display from Mr Trump is an embarrassment when it happens at home. Coming at a summit meeting with the Russian president, on foreign soil, it ranks as a betrayal of the American national interest. Mr Trump has undermined his country and his office in a series of important ways.

A woman has been arrested after police say she spray-painted a racial slur and "Hail Trump" on a neighbor's home. The Toledo Blade reports Patricia Edelen, 47, has been charged with criminal mischief, ethnic intimidation, and criminally damaging property, all misdemeanors, court records show. Witnesses reportedly saw Edelen spray-paint the racial slur and slogan about President Donald Trump on the side of the house in south Toledo.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The corporate owners of the Mandalay Bay casino filed suit against the victims of last year's Las Vegas concert mass shooting, claiming it has no liability for the massacre, according to a published report on Monday. MGM Resorts International went to federal courts in Nevada and California and took on more than 1,000 shooting victims, saying claims against the hotel giant "must be dismissed." "Plaintiffs have no liability of any kind to defendants," the complaints argue, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.


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