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FILE- In this Friday, May 26 2017 file photo, a man stands next to flowers for the victims of Monday's bombing at St Ann's Square in central Manchester, England, Friday, May 26 2017. British police say everyone arrested over the Manchester concert bombing has been released without charge, but detectives are still not sure whether the attacker had accomplices. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti, File)

The Tory disaster in Britain

Theresa May is hanging on as the prime minister in Great Britain, but her grip is slipping and the Tories are trying to get a blood transfusion from a tiny fourth (or maybe fifth) party from Northern Ireland, just to survive.

Former FBI Director James Comey recounts a series of conversations with President Donald Trump as he testifies before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 8, 2017. Comey alleges Trump repeatedly pressed him for his "loyalty" and directly pushed him to "lift the cloud" of investigation by declaring publicly the president was not the target of the probe into his campaign's Russia ties. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Winners, losers and factoids

Sorting out the winners and losers in the James Comey soap opera is almost as much fun, for media groupies, as the hearing itself. Whether the sacked FBI director repaired his reputation, or Donald Trump was severely damaged by having mean things said about him, depends, as always, on partisan point of view.

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., right, and Vice Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., confer as former FBI director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 8, 2017.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

When not to roll over the opposition

When Sen. Harry Reid detonated the "nuclear option," eliminating filibusters against nominations of federal district and appellate court judges, he was confident that Democrats would retain their Senate majority in 2014 and hold the White House in 2016, for as long as the wind blows and the rivers run to the sea.

In this combination photo, President Donald Trump, left, appears in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on May 10, 2017, and FBI Director James Comey appears at a news conference in Washington on June 30, 2014.  Comey is making his first public comments since being fired by President Donald Trump and, according to his prepared remarks, will talk about the president's efforts put the investigation behind him. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, left, and Susan Walsh, File)

Mr. Comey's big day

America will be all ears when James Comey opens up Thursday about his conversations with President Trump and allegations that the Russians interfered with the 2016 election. Whatever he says, the Never-Trumpers will nod that their worst suspicions have been confirmed, that the commander in chief is a Manchurian candidate with a thing for Russia. Perhaps Mr. Comey will persuade everyone that there is, after all, a "there" there. So far there's no fire, no smoke, only a vapor produced by heavy breathing.

London Mayor Saqiq Khan faces a flurry of questions during an appearance on "Good Morning Britain," June 6, 2017. ("Good Morning Britain" screenshot)

A 'decapitation' roils Britain on election eve

Britain finally votes on Thursday, and Theresa May and the Conservatives, who expected to win a landslide when the prime minister called this "snap election" six weeks ago, are expected to stumble across the finish line 5 points ahead of the Labor Party.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn waves from his battlebus after a speech during General Election campaigning in Telford, England, Tuesday, June 6, 2017. The British election will take place on Thursday, June 8. (Ben Birchall/PA via AP)

'Enough is enough'

"Enough is enough," says Britain's prime minister, Theresa May. With only hours to go before the British national parliamentary elections on Thursday, and with rescue workers still looking for bodies from the latest terror outrage, Mrs. May has discovered "Islamist extremism."

President Donald Trump signs an executive order in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 3, 2017. Trump signed an executive order that will direct the Treasury secretary to review the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial oversight law, which reshaped financial regulation after 2008-2009 crisis. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) ** FILE **

Dumping Dodd-Frank

Rewarding success and punishing failure is the best way to ensure more of the first and less of the second. That's common sense, but Congress has a knack for spreading confusion. The Obama-era financial services law called Dodd-Frank was intended to prevent financial practices that triggered the Great Recession of 2008, but its mountains of regulations have picked the pockets of consumers rather than protecting them. An opportunity is at hand to restore balance between freedom and responsibility in the marketplace.

President Donald Trump speaks at an Air Traffic Control Reform Initiative event in the East Room at the White House, Monday, June 5, 2017, in Washington. Also pictured background from left, former Transportation Secretaries Elizabeth Dole, and James Burnley and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) (Associated Press)

The romance of the 'resistance'

Democrats write off President Donald Trump's concerns about leaks, anonymous statements to the press, and other malfeasance by Obama holdovers and career bureaucrats inside the government, as merely the paranoid ramblings of someone who has no right to the job he was elected to hold. They're attempting nothing less than to nullify the election.

Security staff check people arriving for the One Love Manchester benefit concert Sunday June 4, 2017, for the victims of last month's Manchester Arena terror attack at the Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester, England. The attack at Ariana Grande's concert last week killed over 20 people and injured dozens of others, many of them teenagers. The singer returned to Britain on Friday ahead of the concert to benefit victims and their families. (Owen Humphreys/PA via AP)

Reasonable questions for visitors

The White House has introduced a new questionnaire for visa applicants that asks for more detailed information about who they are. Applicants for permission to enter the United States are to be asked to provide consular officials with a list of all the names they've used on social media for the past five years. This is a reasonable request for information that would give the U.S. government ways to check for ties to terrorist organizations and clues to behavior that indicates risk to America.

In this Sunday, May 21, 2017 photo released by the Saudi Press Agency, from left to right, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, Saudi King Salman, U.S. First Lady Melania Trump and President Donald Trump, visit a new Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (Saudi Press Agency via AP)

One small step for mankind

Donald Trump thinks big. Ambition large and small stirs in the presidential breast. Even his meanest critics, skeptical of what his ambitions are, give him that. The largest of those ambitions now is to do something to eliminate the radical Islamic terrorism that has set the world aflame.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during the Book Expo event in New York Thursday, June 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

18 reasons why Hillary lost

Hillary Clinton continues to discover how she failed twice to become "the inevitable president," the second time by blowing the election that all the politicians, pundits, pollsters and consultants said she couldn't lose. Hillary has developed a special gift at this.

President Donald Trump speaks about the shooting and explosion in Manila, Thursday, June 1, 2017, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Getting to the bottom of Covfefe

Everyone wants to know what Donald Trump's "covfefe" tweet was about, and a few codebreakers think they have figured it out. White House sources, for the record, concede that it is indeed code, and the people the president wanted to reach know the code.

Russian President Vladimir Putin visits an exhibition about Russian emperor Peter the Great at the Grand Trianon after a working meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron at the Versailles Palace near Paris, France, Monday, May 29, 2017. (Etienne Laurent/Pool Photo via AP)

Mr. Putin takes up punditry

Vladimir Putin is not your ordinary commentator on American politics, though it's true that punditry is not what it was before the internet gave every blowhard with a laptop or a smartphone a platform on which to display his ignorance. Besides, the devil can quote Scripture, as the wise man said.

In this May 4, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump talks to House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington after the House pushed through a health care bill. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

The promise to keep

President Trump usually prefers to blaze his own path through the thicket of global diplomacy — "globaloney" a wit once called it -- much to the dismay of the scented-handkerchief crowd. He softened his skepticism of NATO, and that's a good thing, and postponed a final decision on whether to keep his promise to withdraw the United States from the Paris treaty on global warming. He wanted to keep the good feelings intact at the G-7 summit.

U.S. Sen. John McCain has a discussion after delivering a speech at the invitation of the United States Studies Centre in Sydney, Tuesday, May 30, 2017. In February, the Republican senator leaped to Australia's defense after President Donald Trump got into a heated discussion with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over an Obama-era agreement on the resettlement of refugees. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

A hero stumbles

John McCain has become a sad case. He was an authentic hero of the Vietnam War, entitled to the praise and gratitude of every American, including the gratitude of Donald Trump. The president was not only wrong, but scandalously wrong when he called the senator a "loser" for "allowing" himself to be captured when his fighter plane crashed into a lake in Hanoi.

President Donald Trump speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington on May 18, 2017. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Mustering NATO

Perception can be reality, but sometimes perception is only perception. In the case of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the growing menace of radical Islamic terror has focused attention on whether the alliance has the ability to defend its members, or whether when push comes to shove it can be shoved to the margin. NATO's response to President Trump's challenge will determine whether it can be depended on to defeat an enemy.

President Donald Trump applauds as he pauses during his speech at a Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, Monday, May 29, 2017, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

In pursuit of the Great White Whale

The Democrats are pinning a lot on the pursuit of the great white whale, the proof that Donald Trump colluded with the Russians to win the 2016 election. It's the pursuit, born of Trump Derangement Syndrome, on which all hope of winning elections next year and in the year 2020 thrives.

Supporters watch as Republican candidate Greg Gianforte won the special election for the open Montana House of Representatives seat left vacant by Secretary of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bozeman, Mont., Thursday night, May 15, 2017. Gianforte, a technology entrepreneur, defeated Democrat Rob Quist to continue the GOP's two-decade stronghold on the congressional seat.  (Rachel Leathe/Bozeman Daily Chronicle via AP)

In pursuit of the cigar

Close, but no cigar. Or, close only counts in horseshoes, and the Democrats are still looking for something better than a moral victory in special congressional elections. The Republicans keep winning the real thing, the latest last week in Montana.

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