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News analysis | Coping with Washington’s silly season 
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 8/29/19, 09:35 pm

I read the news today, oh boy / … I just had to laugh / I saw the photograph (the Beatles, 1967).  

British and American journalists since the 19th century have known August as “the silly season,” the time when both Parliament and Congress are out of session: less political news, more opportunity to fill pages with accounts of trivial or frivolous matters. So we’ve had photos of bare-chested Vladimir Putin, a dozen people squeezing into a phone booth, massive vegetables, escaped cows, and dogs on surfboards.

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Associated Press/Photo by J. Scott Applewhite (file)

Justice Department: Comey mishandled memos

by Harvest Prude
Posted 8/29/19, 12:49 pm

Former FBI Director James Comey broke agency policies by keeping and leaking information about private conversations with President Donald Trump, according to a U.S. Department of Justice report released Thursday.

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CIA World Fact Book

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Foreign Policy | Why Trump’s Greenland foray wasn’t so harebrained
by Mindy Belz
Posted 8/29/19, 12:20 pm

When I first read the headlines, I thought it was a joke, some SNL parody that wandered onto the front pages: “Trump inquires about US buying Greenland,” reported CNN mid-August.

The tabloids took it in satirical stride, too. “Trump wants to buy Greenland,” led a New York Daily News cover piece, “But Denmark says he just can’t af-fjord it.” 

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