On Bidens and Ukraine, Wild Claims With Little Basis

The phone call that landed U.S. President Donald Trump in a heap of trouble was supposed to cause a headache for his political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden. “There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son,” Trump said during that July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, steering the conversation toward what Trump depicts as a scandal that could bring down Biden, a potential 2020 competitor. When it comes to the Bidens and Ukraine, however, there’s little to back up the suspicions. (Wash. Post)

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Wemple: Shepard Smith leaves Fox News, and takes the facts with him

Cable-news anchors come and go all the time. They often are lured by more lucrative contracts, pushed out by jittery executives or just grow tired of the grind. The abrupt and immediate departure of Shepard Smith from Fox News falls into none of those categories. On Friday afternoon, the longtime host delivered an emotional farewell to his viewers: “Recently, I asked the company to allow me to leave Fox News," said the 55-year-old Smith, who had been with the network since its 1996 launch. (Wash. Post)

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Rodricks: Hogan can make up for his meh record on Baltimore by backing Pimlico plan

Larry Hogan hasn’t said much about the big news of the last week — the breakthrough in negotiations to keep Pimlico Race Course viable and the Preakness in Baltimore — and we’re wondering how he really feels about it. The governor of Maryland, after all, should have a lot to say on the matter. You would think that, when some good news finally came along about the state’s racing industry and its biggest annual sporting event, the governor would be right in the mix of elected officials praising the hailed-as-historic plan. (Balt. Sun)

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Mohler: Ellen Got It Right

We should be able to sit at a baseball game and enjoy a beer and a brat with a friend, even if that friend’s political beliefs aren’t exactly our cup of tea. It shouldn’t take an Ellen DeGeneres therapy session on decency to remind of us of that. But it did. You see this is us. This is who’ve we become, and we better knock it off. If we don’t, forget trying to live up to the standards of the Greatest Generation. We will go down in history as the Stupidest Generation. And I don’t think that’s a legacy any of us want. (Mohler)

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Goldberg: GOP senators are in a no-win predicament

In response to news reports last weekend that at least one additional administration whistleblower had come forward to say what he or she knows about President Trump’s Ukrainian schemes, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham tweeted, “I’ve seen this movie before — with Brett #Kavanaugh. More and more doesn’t mean better or reliable.” Mr. Graham’s raw political spinning has a fatal flaw. Mr. Graham wants to tar the whistleblowers as part of a partisan campaign. But their motivation is largely irrelevant now because the bulk of the allegations have already been corroborated by the rough phone call transcript released by the White House and by the statements of the president and his aides. (Balt. Sun)

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DeFilippo: State House Spending Spree?

Only a state as wealthy as Maryland can afford a General Assembly as generous as its members. The unanswered question is – to what degree will Gov. Larry Hogan (R) join the spending spree? Maryland is regularly listed as the wealthiest state in America, with the most millionaires of any in the nation. Toss in its few billionaires and soon we’re talking about serious money. Then there are those who believe Maryland has a treasury to match. (Md. Matters)

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Editorial: Trump says immigrants are unwelcome in Minnesota. What’s unwelcome is his bigotry.

IN A season of bigotry, President Trump has often reveled in the role of bigotry’s loudest troubadour, spouting hateful rhetoric designed to sow and exploit racial, ethnic and nationalist discord. At a campaign rally in Minneapolis on Thursday, he returned to the theme, at the expense of Minnesota’s community of Somalis, eliciting jeers and boos at their very mention from his audience. (Wash. Post)

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Page: Trump’s ‘unmatched wisdom’ leaves Syria’s Kurds — and us — in danger

Now we know who can drive a wedge between President Donald Trump and his strongest Republican allies: President Donald Trump. The president, who sometimes exhibits the attention span of a fruit fly, acted so impulsively in ordering a pullout of American troops from northeastern Syria — as Turkey prepares a military incursion to crush the U.S.-allied Syrian Kurds — that even his strongest Washington allies turned against him. (News-Post)

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