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Mainstream media are awash in a tsunami of trivia

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The media is guilty of manifold sins, as God and everyone else know, but President Trump has misdiagnosed what’s wrong with the media. It’s not deliberate “fakery,” but a tsunami of too much news badly edited, if edited at all. We’re awash in information, much of it show-biz trivia that we don’t need.

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It’s 1933 in South Africa

A rising radical politician promises that he will bring the majority of his population out of poverty and depression by getting rid of an unpopular minority and redistributing their ill-gotten gains among the poor and downtrodden. He openly threatens ethnic cleansing to what he claims is the criminal race that has systematically oppressed his people for centuries.

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Healing loss, finding love on the road

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Pival Sengupta, a recent widow from India, leads the narrative. Her authoritarian husband has died, and with new-found freedom she decides to travel to America in search of Rahi, her son who has disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Constrained by years of yielding to a dominant spouse who rejected Rahi when he disclosed he was gay, the First Class India USA Destination Vacation Tour Company offers Pival a way forward.

In this July 11, 2018, photo, U.S. President Donald Trump takes his seat as he attends the multilateral meeting of the North Atlantic Council in Brussels, Belgium. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)

Would, wouldn't, whatever -- now let's move on

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President Donald Trump clarified in a press conference that he meant to say in Helsinki that he saw no "reason why it wouldn't" -- rather than "it would" -- be Russia that meddled in America's 2016 elections. And OK to that. Believe the man or not. Whatever. Either way -- let's move on, please.

Evening the Sacles Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

#UsToo strikes back, demanding equal justice

They're hiring lawyers, in that all-American way of proving they're serious, and they're organizing what they proudly call "the men's movement." If it's derivative, they should call it #UsToo. It's a further poisoning of the well whence both men and women drink.

President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media as he meets with members of Congress in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Tuesday, July 17, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Questioning intelligence

Did President Trump bungle the moment in Helsinki by casting doubt on American intelligence findings that Russian agents "meddled" in the 2016 election? His critics, including some Republicans, say so — and on Tuesday, Mr. Trump said he had misspoken when he expressed doubt about Russian culpability. but several things need to be kept in mind.

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America's 'war at home'

The knock-offs had names calculated to delight unwary consumers: Apple, Nike, Coach, Gucci and Louis Vuitton. But their real country of origin was China, the real importers were Mexican drug cartels and those alert federal agents worked for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE.

Shrewd Card Player Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

In defense of Trump with Putin

As a trial judge in New Jersey during the Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush years, I spent much of my time trying to settle cases. This process involved bringing into my chambers the lawyers for the disputants and asking them in the absence of their adversaries to lay their cards on the table.

FILE - In this Sunday, July 9, 2017 file photo, supporters of Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the leader of Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party, hold Turkish flags in Istanbul, as they gather for a rally following their 425-kilometer (265-mile) 'March for Justice' from capital Ankara to Istanbul. Turkey declared a three-month state of emergency after a failed coup attempt in 2016, and has extended it seven times since then, but it is scheduled to end at midnight Wednesday July 18, 2018, though opposition leaders insists that new anti-terrorism laws are just as oppressive as the emergency powers they will replace. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)

How U.S.-Turkey relations grow stronger

In the aftermath of the NATO Summit in Brussels, I have reflected on the importance of strong trans-Atlantic bonds and how this critical alliance has paved the way for economic growth which has benefitted both sides of the Atlantic. In an unstable world, we need strong trade alliances like the U.S.-Turkey one. We need a robust NATO as well.

Dianne Feinstein and 2018 Elections Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Anger in the Golden State

Last weekend, the executive board of the California Democratic Party voted to endorse Ms. Feinstein's challenger, fellow Democratic State Sen. Kevin de Leon, in his bid to unseat the four-term incumbent (both Democrats advanced to the general election as the top-two finishers in California's June "open" primary). The outcome wasn't close Mr. de Leon received 65 percent to Ms. Feinstein's mere 7 percent, with 28 percent opting for "no endorsement."

Baseball's evolution into respectability and America's transition

That verse, writes Mr. Rapp, "would soon become the manifesto for an epic American saga," that saga being baseball's evolution into respectability and our national pastime. Interestingly, that verse may have also helped propel its author into a bigger writer's league. As Mr. Rapp points out, "F.P. Adams would one day claim a charter seat at the Algonquin Round Table. a member of the Manhattan literati and celebrity circuit until his death in 1960."

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Making NATO great again

NATO's first Secretary General, Lord Hastings Lionel Ismay, articulated the military alliance's mission succinctly: "Keep the Soviet Union out, the Americans in, and the Germans down."

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Peter Strzok

Calling for declassifying documents

Mr. Strzok looked like a cocky crook testifying to Congress about a failed con job. His appearance was utterly astounding. He actually smirked at the assembled elected officials of government. He smirked from morning until late in the afternoon when Congress finally adjourned, though admittedly by late in the afternoon the wind was pretty much out of his sails, and his smiling face most assuredly ached. He looked deflated, and if he was eager for anything it was for the exit and the arms of his FBI paramour Lisa Page.