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A Fork, July 30, 2018.

Do you believe the United States is a democracy?
— Vladimir Putin, speaking to Jonathan Lemire from AP, during a press conference with Donald Trump, July 17, 2018

W.H. Toilet-Vision: July 23, 2018

To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!
— President Donald Trump's Official Twitter Account (@realdonaldtrump), July 23, 2018

Andrea, July 19, 2018

[Colucci] is part of a large cohort of L.A.’s homeless population whose surge this year took some L.A. officials by surprise. While L.A.’s overall homeless population dipped slightly, Colucci’s age group, 62 and up, shot up 22%, to nearly 5,000 people.

The city and county have been slow to respond to the graying of the homeless population, advocates said. While some homeless people are aging in place, L.A.’s spiraling housing costs increasingly are driving people into homelessness for the first time at advanced ages, advocates said.

A fall, a job loss or a medical crisis pushes them over the edge.

“Three to five people a month are falling into homelessness late in life,” said Brandi Orton, government relations director for St. Barnabas Senior Services and managing director of the Los Angeles Aging Advocacy Coalition.
— Gale Holland for the Los Angeles Times, '22% surge in number of older homeless people catches L.A. officials off guard,' July 19, 2018. Drawn from Photo by Francine Orr.

Would/Wouldn't, July 17, 2018.

The sentence should have been, ‘I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia,’ sort of a double negative,” Mr. Trump said. “So you can put that in, and I think that probably clarifies things pretty good.”

He also insisted that he has “on numerous occasions noted our intelligence findings that Russians attempted to interfere in our elections.” He did not mention the far greater number of occasions on which he has sown doubt about whether Russia meddled.
— By Mark Landler and Maggie Haberman for the New York Times. 'A Besieged Trump Says He Misspoke on Russian Election Meddling,' July 17, 2018

V. Putin, Catching Them All, July 16, 2018

REPORTER (Jonathan Lemire from AP): Just now President Putin denied having anything to do with the election interference in 2016. Every US intelligence agency has concluded that Russia did... My first question for you, sir, is who do you believe?

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: I have President Putin. He just said it’s not Russia. I will say this. I don’t see any reason why it would be, but I really do want to see the server. But I have confidence in both parties. I really believe that this will probably go on for a while, but I don’t think it can go on without finding out what happened to the server. What happened to the servers of the Pakistani gentleman that worked on the DNC? Where are those servers? They’re missing. Where are they? What happened to Hillary Clinton’s emails?

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PUTIN: As to who is to be believed, who is not to be believed: you can trust no one. Where did you get this idea that President Trump trusts me or I trust him? He defends the interests of the United States of America and I do defend the interests of the Russian Federation. We do have interests that are common. We are looking for points of contact.
— Excerpts from transcript of Trump/Putin Press Conference, July 16, 2018, Vox

A Family Argument, July 4, 2018: Lunch Buffet, July 4, 2018


Benevolent Enforcement, July 9, 2018

The challenges that Michel Moore will face if he is confirmed to be the next chief of the Los Angeles Police Department crystallized soon after his selection was announced Monday, as he called for a new beginning for officers who could “step forward and be heard again” — and as his appointment by Mayor Eric Garcetti was blasted by community activists as a continuation of an LAPD culture of violence against nonwhite communities.
— Los Angeles Times Editorial Board, 'The Thankless Task Facing LAPD's New Chief Michel Moore — Updating Police Culture Nationwide' June 5, 2018

Trash Day, June 26, 2018

In a 5-to-4 vote, the court’s conservatives said that the president’s power to secure the country’s borders, delegated by Congress over decades of immigration lawmaking, was not undermined by Mr. Trump’s history of incendiary statements about the dangers he said Muslims pose to the United States...

...In a passionate and searing dissent from the bench, Justice Sonia Sotomayor said the decision was no better than Korematsu v. United States, the 1944 decision that endorsed the detention of Japanese-Americans during World War II. She praised the court for officially overturning Korematsu in its decision on Tuesday. But by upholding the travel ban, Justice Sotomayor said, the court “merely replaces one gravely wrong decision with another.”
— Adam Liptak and Michael D. Shear for The New York Times. 'Trump’s Travel Ban Is Upheld by Supreme Court,' June 26, 2018.

Campaign Variations: 2020, June 21, 2018

Parents and children who together try to enter the United States illegally will no longer be separated at Mexican border.
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So far, the administration has not provided details on how it plans to unite the at least 2,300 children separated from their families.

Those separated children have been designated as “unaccompanied alien children” and are in facilities or foster homes spread across states far from the US-Mexico border, including Michigan, New York, South Carolina and more.

The executive order does not address the uniting of families already separated — and existing policies place the onus on parents to find their children in Department of Health and Human Services custody and seek to reunite with them. “For the minors currently in the unaccompanied alien children program, the sponsorship process will proceed as usual,” HHS spokesman Kenneth Wolfe said Wednesday.
— Faith Karimi and Tal Kopan for CNN, 'There are 2,300 migrant kids spread across the US. What happens to them next?' June 21, 2018

Melania Buys $40 Jacket to 'Look Relatable, June 21, 2018.

“I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?”

When the first lady, Melania Trump, on an unannounced humanitarian visit to a children’s shelter in Texas, strode onto her airplane in an olive green Zara army jacket with those words scrawled in faux white graffiti on the back, it sent the watching world into what might be called, with some understatement, a meltdown.

“Insensitive,” “heartless” and “unthinking” were some of the words hurled through the digisphere about the choice.

“It’s a jacket,” her communications director, Stephanie Grisham, said in a statement to reporters. “There was no hidden message.”

She’s right, of course. It wasn’t hidden. It was literally written on the first lady’s back. The question is: Who was the intended audience?
— Vanessa Friedman for The New York Times, 'Melania Trump, Agent of Coat Chaos,' June 21, 2018

Entirely Topical Events, June 20, 2018.