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The ritual humiliation of Peter Strzok

They stuck with Donald Trump when he was heard, on video, boasting about sexually assaulting women. They stuck with him still when he acknowledged paying hush money to a porn actress who alleged an affair.

In Trump’s America, federal property is fair game for destruction if the cause is right

President Donald Trump’s pardon of two Oregon ranchers this week for willfully destroying federal property establishes a new level of impunity for anyone who is mad as hell and thinks it’s OK to take the law into his own hands. In Trump’s America, that’s no problem as long as the vigilante is white, prone to carry guns and whose fashion sensibilities lean heavily toward cowboy hats or red caps that read, “MAGA.”

Don’t fix baseball, even if it may be broken

WASHINGTON — It is a prudential axiom: If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it. This reflects the awareness that things can always be made worse, and the law of unintended consequences, which is that they often are larger than and contrary to intended ones. As baseball reaches the all-star break amid lamentations about several semi-broken aspects of it, it is time to amend the axiom: Don’t fix it even if it is broken.

Trump is misjudging China’s resolve on trade

Donald Trump’s strategy in his trade war with China boils down to inflicting sufficient economic pain to eventually force Beijing’s leaders to make the concessions the president wants — whatever those may be. That’s the obvious purpose of the tariffs he plans to impose on another $200 billion of Chinese-made goods.

No jail for migrant children

In yet another sign of how recklessly President Donald Trump has plowed forward on immigration, a federal judge ruled Monday that, no, the president cannot scrap a 20-year-old legal settlement designed to prevent children from being locked up indefinitely in immigration jails.