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David Slack Just Won the Twitter

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Don Trump Jr. Didn’t Have Secret Service Protection at Time of the Meeting

MeetingThe latest attempt to blame Obama for Trump’s Russia problem is for Team Trump to claim the Secret Service approved the June 9, 2016 meeting with Don Trump, Jr. Present at that event were Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, son-in-law Jared Kushner, and representatives of the Russian government who offered incriminating information about Hillary Clinton to help Trump win the election.

Aside from the very valid observation that it’s not the job of the Secret Service to green-light who the campaign can meet with, is this pesky detail:

The Secret Secret wasn’t guarding Don Trump, Jr. at the time of the meeting.
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Enumerati

Hundreds of White House, Congressional Employees Nailed by Ashley Madison Data Hack

100s

“Of U.S. government employees — including some with sensitive jobs in the White House, Congress and law enforcement agencies — used Internet connections in their federal offices to access and pay membership fees to the cheating website Ashley Madison,” the AP reports.

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Peeling the Sex Scandal Onion

If I understand the history correctly, in the late 1990s, the President was impeached for lying about a sexual affair by a House of Representatives led by a man who was also then hiding a sexual affair, who was supposed to be replaced by another Congressman who stepped down when forced to reveal that he too was having a sexual affair, which led to the election of a new Speaker of the House who now has been indicted for lying about payments covering up his sexual contact with a boy.

— Orin Kerr, writing in the Washington Post.

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Four Orgies Per Year Is Not ‘Out of Control’

When you read the criminal complaint you get the impression it was this frenetic activity. But it was four times a year, not more than that. It wasn’t this out-of-control activity.

— Former IMF President Dominique Strauss-Kahn, quoted by the Financial Times, on the sex parties he helped organize between 2008 and 2011.

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Weiner Insulted By Ryan’s Being Mistaken for Him

How much more can I bear?

— Former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), who left office in scandal, tells Business Insider that having people mix him up with Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) is “the final insult.”

News & Comment

A “Look Back” at Chris Christie’s Very Bad Month, ala Facebook

Those one-minute Facebook “look back” videos probably held your interest for about 30 seconds. But this one, put out by the Democratic party about Gov. Chris Christie’s (R-NJ) past month, has a little longer shelf life.

Poetic Justice

That French Thing

François Hollande was France’s presidential winner,
But he’s gained a rep as an extramarital sinner.
There’s this actress he’s plumbing,
Which leaves the Obamas wondering —
Whom will he bring to next month’s White House state dinner?

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Toronto Mayor Goes to Nightclub But Doesn’t Drink

No, I wasn’t drinking, I don’t drink.

— Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, quoted by the Toronto Sun, on his much-publicized visit to a nightclub over the weekend.

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How and Why Do These Guys Come Back After Sex Scandals?

Another week and there goes another fallen officeholder trying to claw his way back from tabloid purgatory–another chance for some people to marvel about the power of forgiveness and redemption, and other people to marvel about the power of egomania and pure chutzpah. … It is one more occasion, in other words, for the vast majority of people who would stay crouched in a hole for years if they ever endured humiliation and disgrace of the sort Eliot Spitzer brought down on himself to wonder: What makes these guys tick?

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