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◆ Merkel’s Troubles–and Germany’s After her narrow election win, she cannot form a coalition government. Prefers new election (Deutsche Welle, in English)
The coalition problem was that she needed support from the leftist Greens and pro-market Free Democrats.
She couldn’t find common ground between them.
Comment: Her larger problem is that she’s past her “sell-by” date and has a tin-ear for ordinary Germans’ disgust with open borders, which have led to millions of immigrants and serious problems with unassimilated Muslim populations.
◆ Charles Manson dead at 83. Remembering his victims: Rich, famous, fringe, and random (Los Angeles Times)
Comment: Unspeakable evil–with the power to persuade others to join his malign fantasy.
◆ US designates North Korea as state sponsor of terrorism (Politico)
Iran, Sudan, and Syria are already on the list. It had been placed on the list in 1988 and removed by George W. Bush in 2008 as a carrot during failed nuclear negotiations.
“This designation will impose further sanctions and penalties on North Korea and related persons and supports our maximum pressure campaign to isolate the murderous regime.
Should have happened years ago. –Pres. Trump (quote at Reuters, link here)
Comment: The big question remains: Will China adhere to US-imposed sanctions or call our bluff by cheating on them?
◆ Sen. Franken: Second woman accuses of “inappropriate touching” (New York Times)
He won’t resign, says his hometown paper, the Star-Tribune.
◆ Roy Moore: Obstinate denials despite mounting evidence, stays in the race
Comment: His refusal to withdraw leaves Senate Republicans in a world of hurt.
Meanwhile, Moore received support at a press conference, featuring women who have worked with him.
Unfortunately, all these women have the same drawback. They are adults.