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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley       Associated Press photo

At last, wide-awake at the White House

- The Washington Times

The president is busy this morning at the economic summit in Hamburg, the guest of Angela Merkel, with a lot more to talk about than numbers, trade deals and graphs with lots of squiggles and up-and-down arrows.

Benjamin Franklin (Associated Press) **FILE**

The 4th of July speech Obama didn't make

- The Washington Times

Barack Obama, regarded by the alt-left as the alt-president, was back home in Indonesia for the Fourth of July holiday, and there's clearly something in the water in the Islamic world. Whatever it is, it brings out the missionary in the man that most of us regard as merely a former president.

Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow      Associated Press photo

The coming crash of the lawless media

- The Washington Times

The so-called Sullivan rule, which largely freed the media from pursuit by libel lawyers, is the gold standard in American newsrooms. Gold doesn't collect tarnish. Nevertheless, thoughtful publishers, editors and libel lawyers warn that when anything goes and irresponsibility is regarded as a virtue, the media will eventually see its checks returned marked "insufficient funds." It takes a clever man or institution to overdraw an unlimited checking account.

Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Can't anybody find a Democratic message that works?

- The Washington Times

Some discerning Democrats are at last telling the party chiefs that the party has no message to take to the hustings next year. That may be a misreading of the stars, Nancy Pelosi's horoscope and Chuck Schumer's tea leaves.

George McGovern. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The party's over and no place to call home

- The Washington Times

That's the dilemma of the Democrats, forlorn, despondent and walking in circles like the goose hit on the head with a long-handled wooden spoon. They're asking questions for which there are no happy answers in the wake of their fourth straight loss in a round of special elections.

FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III was named as special counsel to oversee the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. (AP file) ** FILE **

The lawyer finds a permanent client

- The Washington Times

Every lawyer has a bit of the ambulance-chaser lurking deep in his heart, and dreams of one day landing a permanent client. Even a lawyer as distinguished, as ethical, as high-minded, as above all reproach and as disdainful of personal glory and profit as a special prosecutor.

Julius Caesar

Crossing the line to flirt with an assassination fantasy

- The Washington Times

The liberals and the left have been flirting with the fantasy of an assassination of Donald Trump since the early hours of last Nov. 9. If all the rants and diatribes, which make up the conversation where snowflakes, "intellectuals" and the morally elite gather to chat and chew, can't accomplish the elimination of the president by peaceable means, then why not by "any means necessary?"

Former FBI Director James Comey speaks during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Washington. Associated Press photo

Mr. Comey's not very good day

- The Washington Times

One day of huffing, another day of puffing, and we're just about where we were. Half of us want Donald Trump's presidency to succeed, whether we like everything about the Donald or not, and the other half regards him as the anti-Christ.

Bill Cosby. (Associated Press)

Washington's press birds on a wire

- The Washington Times

If Robert Mueller concludes, after a $100 million investigation into whether Donald Trump and his campaign colluded with the Russians to rig the 2016 election, that there was no "there" there, then what?

President Donald Trump arrives in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 1, 2017, to speak about the US role in the Paris climate change accord. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The president keeps a solemn promise to put America first

- The Washington Times

Uncle Sugar doesn't live here any more, and he didn't leave a forwarding address. This is the message, spoken loud and clear by Donald Trump Thursday in the White House Rose Garden, and it's just now getting through to the easy riders out there.

France's President Emmanuel Macron. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

The easy riders take a fall at the summit

- The Washington Times

With not much going on at the G-7 summit, and everyone waiting for Donald Trump to say whether he would abandon one of his most fervent campaign promises, social media could turn its attention to the trifling, the piddling and the picayune. People magazine might not have been there, but Bloomberg News got the skinny:

Former US President Barack Obama is awarded the German Media Prize 2016 in Baden-Baden, Germany, Thursday, May 25, 2017.(AP Photo/Michael Probst)

The latest news from the president in exile

- The Washington Times

The government in exile -- the real one, according to the media -- has had a busy week at home and abroad. "President Obama" has given up leading from behind and presumes now to lead from overseas. His secretary of state has a new mission, as missionary to the safe places where snowflakes fall.

President Trump. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

A boffo performance on the road

- The Washington Times

The Donald finally catches a break. His trip to the Middle East was planned weeks ago, long before the sacking of James Comey and the media transformation of the voluble sackee from goat to hero. The opportunity to get out of Dodge arrived just in time.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) ** FILE **

In search of a really, really big catastrophe

- The Washington Times

If you're a Democrat, lost in a restoration fantasy of taking over the Congress next year, now is the time to dream big. Reality, with its talent for smashing the fanciful, will arrive soon enough.

Emmanuel Macron (Associated Press)

The elites win a round, but in France

- The Washington Times

The good news for the elites in the land of the free and the home of the brave, driven to the point of madness by the success of Donald Trump, is that they finally have something to cheer. The not-so-good news is that the something to cheer is not here, but in France.

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, finally a winner. (Associated Press)

A squeak and a reprieve for the Republicans

- The Washington Times

The Republicans in the House finally did what they said they wanted to come to Washington to do. They voted Thursday to repeal Obamacare, but by the slimmest of margins. Speaker Paul D. Ryan needed 216 votes and he turned out 217.

Bob Woodward, left, talks with Carl Bernstein during the White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington, Saturday, April 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

A pity party for the unloved press

- The Washington Times

There was a broken heart for every wine glass and beer bottle at the Washington Hilton on Saturday night, where the White House Correspondents Association dined at their slimmed-down annual imitation of Hollywood glitz, grandeur and glamour.