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◆ Trump in Asia: What Matters about the Trip (a comment)
The trip has three main goals, all important but in tension with each other
- Contain or eliminate North Korean nuclear threat to US and US allies (depends on China’s cooperation)
- Reduce China’s trade surplus with US, ideally by opening China’s domestic market to US exports
- Deter an expanding Chinese threat in South China Sea (reinforce America’s partnership with nations surrounding China)
Trump is also likely to meet with Putin, with North Korea, Syria, and Iran as major topics
◆ Texas church shooting: A crazed, well-armed guy furious with his former in-laws, who worshipped at the church he attacked
That’s the report from local news outlets in the San Antonio area (KSAT in San Antonio)
Comment: Some commentators will stress his beliefs (“he was an atheist”). That is not what drove him. Anger and crazed impulsiveness, not ideology, are the drivers here.
Comment: Vassar, like so many small, elite colleges, is suffused with hard-left ideology.
They should call these schools “Illiberal Arts Colleges.”
◆ Chicago nearing 600 homicides, most since 2003 (Chicago Tribune)
How bad is it? The city has instituted a new program to show people how to stop bleeding from gunshot wounds (Chicago Tribune)
In U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Fusion GPS, the dossier’s financier via the Democratic Party and the Hillary Clinton campaign money, is fighting a House committee chairman’s bid to find out if the opposition research firm paid journalists.
In U.S. District Court in Florida, a self-described dossier victim wants a judge to order the news website BuzzFeed, which published the dossier in full, to disclose who gave it to them. –Washington Times
Comment: Fusion GPS is fighting so tenacious to prevent any disclosures of their receipts and expenditures, you can’t help but think they might have something to hide.
Pleading the 5th Amendment before Congress was also a hint.
Hat Tip to
◆ Tim Favero for the Vassar, William Jacobson story