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"If the state and federal government don't want to stand up to the NRA and some other folks, then let us," Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said. (Associated Press)

Blame the shooter, not law-abiding gun owners

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It really takes uncommon depravity for someone to use a tragedy such as a shooting to score political points. It is a level of disregard for human life that the vast majority of decent people in America cannot comprehend.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, speaks at the G-20 summit event on the Digital Economy in Osaka, Japan, Friday, June 28, 2019. President Donald Trump, left, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center, listen. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

You're welcome Japan; now it's time you help us

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But, in fact, Mr. Trump's statement is a perfectly shrewd observation. Obviously, for 70 years now, America has been committed to the 1951 U.S.-Japan security treaty that put the United States on the hook for Japanese security.

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Like Pedro says: 'You never sausage a place'

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"Threats and temper tantrums" are better known as "smart negotiating skills." It is how this president managed for the first time in 40 years to find a solution to deal with an immigration problem that both Democrats and Republicans in Congress have refused to fix.

Maximum Security appeared to have won the 145th Kentucky Derby on Saturday in Louisville, Kentucky, however, the horse was disqualified for interference. (Associated Press)

Trump, the Kentucky Derby and fake news

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In the stunning confusion of Saturday's Kentucky Derby as we tried to comprehend why Maximum Security's jockey had been disqualified after appearing to win the race, my first thought -- naturally -- was: "I cannot wait to see what President Trump tweets about this!"