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French President Emmanuel Macron. (Associated Press)

This is no NATO for deadbeats

- The Washington Times

The Europeans wrote the book on how to be successful deadbeats. We got another demonstration of that at the NATO summit this week in Brussels. Some of the chief practitioners of the art of welshing on a debt take a fulsome pride in their deadbeat pedigree.

Boris Johnson. (Associated Press)

There's life in Old Blighty yet

- The Washington Times

The good ol' boys, if there were any in Old Blighty, could tell Theresa May how and why she finds herself in such a mess in London, with a Brexit disaster only inches away: "You always go home with the one who brung you to the dance." This is folk wisdom every conscientious mother should impart to her daughter, early and often.

President James Madison. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Making book on a sure thing

- The Washington Times

I've got your judge right here: Gentlemen, place your bets. I've got Brett Kavanaugh at 5 to 2, Amy Coney Barrett at 4 to 1, and coming up fast on the inside, Ray Kethledge at 8 to 3. Kavanaugh has been on a bit of a fade, Miss Amy is holding steady over the past 24 hours, and some smart money is trending toward Kethledge. Looks like a down to the wire race.

Sen. Susan Collins. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The inevitable search for the litmus test

- The Washington Times

Litmus test, litmus test, who's got a litmus test? Well, apparently just about every senator on the left. A litmus test -- a standard beyond which one won't go, like Barack Obama's famous red line in Syria -- was once derided as the mark of a rigid mind. Now that the independent mind has gone out of style, everybody wants to impose a litmus test.

Rep. Maxine Waters. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Barking mad and proud of it

- The Washington Times

Bonnie and Clyde sometimes called themselves "bank inspectors," but they were only kidding. The Palestinian Authority, the famous terrorist collective pretending to be a nation, collects $350 million from the U.S. Treasury every year to pay "salaries" to imprisoned terrorists, make love offerings to families of dead terrorists, celebrate terrorists as heroes, build monuments to dead criminals, and other bad things. And that's no joke.

Sen. Chuck Schumer. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Democrats in a lather over the good news

- The Washington Times

Barack Obama is miffed because he thinks he collected the tinder for a booming economy, and events ignited a booming economy and the Donald gets the credit. That's pretty fanciful, as most economists will tell you. But now Mr. Obama can watch with a measure of pleasure as President Trump takes heat for using the Obama example of how to deal with the children brought by their families to the hell on the border.

Stonewall Jackson. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Is California too much of a good thing?

- The Washington Times

Cutting Texas down to size is always a good thing to do, and if we have to carve up California to do it, well, that's life. The current popular notion in California would divide the Golden State into three new states, something that could be no longer be called Golden but perhaps Plastic, Pewter and Brass.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Sex, lies and betrayal at the FBI

- The Washington Times

If Jeff Sessions and Christopher Wray want to clean house at the FBI, they'll be well advised to pack a good lunch. Cleaning this house will be an all-day job. The agency under James B. Comey has been more corrupt than we thought.

Muhammad Ali. (Corbis/Bettmann) ** FILE **

The rumble and the thrilla in Singapore

- The Washington Times

One hand giveth, the other taketh it away. President Trump, arriving in Singapore for his man-to-man with Kim Jong-un is, like nearly everyone else in town, giddy with anticipation.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein   Associated Press photo

Panic time at Camp Mueller

- The Washington Times

If this is June, it must be time to indict Paul Manafort again. The clock is ticking, and the tic-tocs are getting louder.

Justice Anthony Kennedy. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The gay times roll, but the Supremes stop the music

- The Washington Times

The Supreme Court can sometimes twist itself into a pretzel to write law. The court on Monday upheld again the Constitutional principle that freedom of speech includes the right not to speak, but it all but apologized for saying so.

Kim Yong-chul. (Associated Press)

The on-again, off-again Unpredictability Summit

- The Washington Times

Language is everything, as George Orwell reminded everyone, but today you can get words on the cheap and define them for yourself. A voice at the supermarket self-service check-out advises a shopper to "put your item in the bagging area." Does that mean the can of soup can go on the floor? The bag of potato chips on a nearby pastry bin? All are in the bagging "area."

Robert E. Lee. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The Confederate gift to the nation

- The Washington Times

Memorial Day is done and gone, and millions of Americans probably still don't know what it's supposed to be all about, beyond a picnic with hot dogs and six-packs in the park.

A page from a Gutenberg Bible. (The Washington Times) ** FILE **

The wounded printed page strikes back

- The Washington Times

Fake news is everywhere, cluttering desktops, iPads, laptops, iPhones and all the other manifestations of the post-literate era when it's just too much trouble to find a reliable read.

Satchel Paige. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Mr. Mueller's fishing pole needs a rest

- The Washington Times

Satchel Paige, the legendary master of the sinking curve ball and famous doctor of philosophy, had a few wise words that Robert Mueller could use just now: "Don't look back, something might be gaining on you."

James Comey. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The collusion of lawyers is finally collapsing

- The Washington Times

Colluding, like canoodling, is all the rage. Robert Mueller, like a dog chasing his tail, has been trying for more than a year to find evidence that President Trump colluded with Vladimir Putin and the Russians to cook the 2016 election, which fate, providence, fortune and destiny decreed properly belonged to Hillary Clinton.

FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2018, file photo, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens listens to a question during an interview in his office at the Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo., where discussed having an extramarital affair before taking office. Jury selection is taking longer than expected in the criminal trial of Greitens. Opening arguments had been expected to begin Monday, May 14. Instead, attorneys who began screening prospective jurors last week are to continuing doing so Monday. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Missouri governor vows he won't quit amid allegations

- Associated Press

Drawing on his Navy SEAL training, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens asserted Thursday that he will not quit or back down despite a criminal charge and potential impeachment proceedings involving various allegations of misconduct against him.

Joe Biden. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Throwing rocks at the wrong villain

- The Washington Times

No man in America is more entitled to the nation's admiration and gratitude for sacrifice than John McCain. He's a hero in anybody's book, with no asterisks. An exclamation point, but no asterisk.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

A little sanctimony in the Senate

- The Washington Times

Asking a U.S. senator for his views on morality is the ultimate fool's errand. As the innkeeper of "Fawlty Towers," the British sitcom, was fond of saying in moments of neighborly frustration, "you might as well ask the cat."