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U.S. President Donald Trump boards Air Force One when departing from Glasgow, Scotland, on his way to Helsinki, Finland, Sunday, July 15, 2018 on the eve of his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The summer of our malcontents

Gershwin got it right: “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy, the fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high.” It’s the season for sitting on the bank of the creek with a fishing pole and letting life come to you. But sometimes those fish aren’t biting, and the flies and mosquitos are. The dog days are soon upon us, and the grumblers will be wondering where to get a peaceful, easy feelin’. It’s the summer of our malcontents.

President Donald Trump, center, with from left, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, pose during a group photo of NATO heads of state and government at Park Cinquantenaire in Brussels, Belgium, on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. NATO leaders gathered in Brussels Wednesday for a two-day summit to discuss Russia, Iraq and their mission in Afghanistan.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

NATO gets an earful

President Trump knows how to make a point by showing up late for a meeting. He arrived 30 minutes late Thursday at a session of the NATO summit, missed scheduled meetings with two world leaders, and talked to reporters for an unscheduled 35 minutes and then flew off to London for greater opportunities for tardiness.

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FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok testifies before the House Committees on the Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform during a hearing on "Oversight of FBI and DOJ Actions Surrounding the 2016 Election," on Capitol Hill, Thursday, July 12, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The art of detecting bias

'Bias" isn't complicated, and recognizing it is so easy a child can see it, and usually does. Every parent discovers this. If bias and the appearance of bias were persons, they would be identical twins whose mother couldn't tell them apart. Though usually personae non grata in law enforcement, these twins palled around with key players in the investigations of Donald Trump's presidential campaign. So, too, the inquiry into Hillary Clinton's handling of classified emails, and it fueled hatred for one and affection for the other. There won't be a satisfactory explanation for the sordid behavior of the Justice Department and its subsidiary, the FBI, until the curious decision that exonerated Mrs. Clinton and targeted Mr. Trump is explained, and in full.

FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2013 file photo, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker rides a Harley Davidson motorcycle to the motorcycle museum in Milwaukee. The ceremonial groundbreaking for a massive $10 billion Foxconn factory complex in Wisconsin was supposed to be evidence that the manufacturing revival fueled by President Donald Trump's "America First" policy is well underway. But an announcement this week by Harley-Davidson that it is moving some production of motorcycles overseas to avoid tariffs is fueling unease among voters in Wisconsin, a state Trump barely won and where fellow Republican Gov. Scott Walker is on the ballot. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps, File)

A bump on the open road

Close your eyes and imagine you're astride a Harley-Davidson. There's an American flag emblazoned on the gas tank between your hips, an engine eager to thunder under you, and that man astride a Harley hog at your side looks like he could be Donald Trump. No easy riders here.

Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., center, and Rep. Anthony Brown, D-Md., left, arrive for a news conference on pre-existing health conditions on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The Do A Lot of Harm Act

The Do No Harm Act, proposed by several Democrats in the U.S. Senate ranging from the far left to the farther left, is a sneaky case of mislabeling. If there were truth in marketing, it would be called the Do A Lot of Harm Act.

FILE - In this June 27, 2018, file photo, U.S. National security adviser John Bolton listens to question as speaks to the media after his talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, Russia. Bolton said Sunday, July 1, the U.S. has a plan that would lead to the dismantling of North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs in a year. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

An agenda for Helsinki

John Bolton, the president's national security adviser, has completed a meeting in Moscow to talk about an agenda for the Trump-Putin agenda later this month in Helsinki, and the talk was about "strategic stability in the world, control over nuclear weapons and, in general, a disarmament dossier."

FILE - In this Friday, July 7, 2017, file photo U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G-20 Summit in Hamburg.  The Kremlin and the White House have announced Thursday June 28, 2018, that a summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump will take place in Helsinki, Finland, on July 16. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, FILE)

Opportunity in Helsinki

There's something about Helsinki, dark and cold in winter but bright and sunny in summer, that lends itself to meetings of global importance. The usually sleepy Finnish capital hard by the Russian border made its debut on the world stage in 1975, when it was host to a 35-nation meeting that changed the course of relations between the Soviet Union and the West, and produced the Helsinki Accords. Later this month, President Trump and the Russian President Vladimir Putin, will finally meet face-to-face at their first summit.

Supreme Court Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy testifies before a House Committee on Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services hearing to review the FY 2016 budget request of the Supreme Court of the United States, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, March 23, 2015.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Mr. Justice Kennedy, exit left

Justice Anthony Kennedy finally announced his long-awaited and highly anticipated exit from the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, enabling President Trump to appoint a steady conservative successor. The High Court is stuck, like a needle on an old phonograph record, with a succession of 5 to 4 decisions reflecting the deep and unbridgeable division of the nine justices.

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Saudi Arabia's 19th century moment

Women in Saudi Arabia have been driving for almost a week and, to the surprise of some of the imams, the sky is still in its customary place. By eliminating the prohibition, Saudi Arabia relieves itself of the dubious distinction as the only nation anywhere forbidding women behind the wheel of an automobile.

Caitlin Sanger, of Franklin Park, N.J., pauses to cry outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, June 26, 2018, as she speaks about her father being detained by ICE and protests immigrant families being split up. Naomi Liem, 10, of Franklin Park, N.J., cries lower right and Jocelyn Pangemanan of Highland Park, N.J., stands right. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

A needed tutorial in the law

The U.S. Supreme Court had a lesson Tuesday for the good-hearted folk who would apply feelings instead of the Constitution to the interpretation of the law. By the familiar 5 to 4 vote on constitutional issues, the High Court upheld the clear language of Congress in support of President Trump's order limiting the entry of risky foreign nationals to the United States.

FBI Agent Peter Strzok, who exchanged 375 text messages with Department of Justice attorney Lisa Page that led to his removal from special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into ties between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin's efforts to interfere in the U.S. election last summer, photographed outside his home in Fairfax, Virginia on Wednesday, January 3, 2018. Credit: Ron Sachs / CNP (RESTRICTION: NO New York or New Jersey Newspapers or newspapers within a 75 mile radius of any part of New York, New York, including without limitation the New York Daily News, The New York Times, and Newsday.) Photo by: Ron Sachs/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images

Strzoking a check on bias

It may be lonely at the top, but it's even lonelier just below. That's where Peter Strzok , the rogue FBI agent, can expect to find himself this week as he submits to a congressional grilling about his role in the FBI investigations of the presidential campaigns of both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Though the testimony is likely to be behind closed doors, it's in the court of public opinion that Mr. Strzok must demonstrate that his words and acts were not part of a scheme to subvert an American presidential election.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Solve conference at MIT in Cambridge, Mass., Friday, May 18, 2018. The Solve initiative connects innovators with corporate, government and academic resources to help them tackle world problems. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

A lesson for Canada

Talking the talk is easy. Walking the walk is not so easy. Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of Canada, thought he could take an easy shot at the United States, and Donald Trump in particular, for American determination to get out-of-control immigration under something resembling control. Lesson apparently learned.

Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller and his wife Elizabeth leave a teddy bear as a gift for immigrant children that are being held at a facility in Tornillo, Texas, near the Mexican border, Thursday, June 21, 2018.  Mayors from more than a dozen U.S. cities including New York and Los Angeles gathered near the holding facility to call for the immediate reunification of immigrant children with their families.  (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)

Hell on the border

It's in the DNA of the human family to hear to the cry of a helpless child. Democrats and their media partners know it, and have weaponized the migrant child in their obsession to destroy Donald Trump and his administration, and by any means necessary.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally, Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in Duluth, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Trump cools the hysteria

The mamas are happy. The papas are happy. Best of all, the little children (and some big ones) are happy. Most of the rest of us are happy. Only Sen. Chuck Schumer and Democratic congressional candidates have mixed feelings about President Trump's executive order prohibiting the separation of children from their parents arrested for illegally crossing the border from points south.