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

Death at the point of a knife

Sadiq Khan is the mayor of London, who now sees the error of his earlier ways of enforcing the law. London is suffering a wave of murder, which is no stranger to Old Blighty, as fans of "Midsomer Murders" and other popular imported British television fare well know. But this murder in London is up close and personal, mayhem is often random, and there's getting to be more of it.

In this Jan. 3, 2018, photo released by the U.S. Navy, a Naval Station vessel, right, prepares to assist the future USS Omaha (LCS 12), a 218-foot-long littoral combat ship, pier side during a brief fuel stop in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The Omaha was conducting a change of homeport to San Diego, Calif. (Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John Philip Wagner, Jr./U.S. Navy via AP)

No foxhole for an atheist

If the U.S. Navy appointed its first atheist chaplain, as the organized atheists demanded (twice), what could his duties as a chaplain be? Perhaps he could tell a sailor seeking spiritual solace in the face of death not to worry, he has no soul, anyway.

Ashlee Jones prepares coffee at a Philz Coffee shop in San Francisco, Friday, March 30, 2018. Coffee sellers will have to post ominous warnings in California because each cup contains a chemical linked to cancer, a judge ruled. The culprit is a byproduct of the bean roasting process that is a known carcinogen and has been at the heart of an eight-year legal struggle between a tiny nonprofit group and Big Coffee companies. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

The Hysteria State

The judge who ruled the other day that coffee purveyors in California must put a cancer-risk warning label on their beans calls to mind the old joke about the man, getting a little long in the tooth, who was told by his doctor that he would have to give up wine, women and song. "But Doc," he replied, "if I have to give up wine and women, what will I have to sing about?"

President Donald Trump speaks at a news conference with leaders of Baltic states in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 3, 2018.  (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The beckoning slam dunk

President Trump is disgusted by his signature on the $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill he signed last month. He said so when he signed it. He noted, correctly, that the new law appropriates tens of billions of dollars of spending that the agencies don't need and even in some cases, don't want. (Who says bureaucrats can't push themselves away from the trough?)

FILE -- In this Dec. 10, 2013 file photo Winnie Madikizela-Mandela listens to speeches during the memorial service for her ex-husband, former South African president Nelson Mandela at the FNB Stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg. South African state broadcaster SABC says anti-apartheid activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has died aged 81, it was announced on Monday, April 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

Winnie Mandela, 1936-2018

Winnie Mandela, who died Monday at age 81 after a lengthy illness in her native South Africa, was different things to her family, to Africa and to the world. CNN described her as an "anti-apartheid crusader." The BBC called her an "anti-apartheid campaigner." Some newspapers described her merely as "controversial." The Rev. Jesse Jackson said she was the "face of hope and courage." For years after her husband's imprisonment she was the unfortunate face of a just cause. The kindest description was "the former wife of Nelson Mandela."

File - In this March 5, 2018 file photo, snow covers the mountain tops over looking Lake Tahoe in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. Californians close out their rainy season with the break they were hoping for, as a series of late-winter storms ease drought conditions that had been setting in again. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Californication blues

Californians have always lived with the fear that a really big rumble along the San Andreas fault, and there goes Hollywood's tinsel, San Francisco's templed hills and the wild northern California coast, sliding headlong into the Pacific.

Roseanne Barr sits down for an interview with ABC's "20/20" to discuss the return of her iconic television show. (Image: ABC screenshot)

A nice hand for the big lady

The revolution, when it comes, won't be on television, to the disappointment of couch potatoes everywhere, but there's already "the resistance," which is on a channel near you. In the 14 months since Donald Trump became president, "resistance" programming has dominated the air waves, and cable and satellite, too.

FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2016, file photo, Republican state Sens. Dan Soucek, left, and Brent Jackson, right, review historical maps during The Senate Redistricting Committee for the 2016 Extra Session in the Legislative Office Building at the N.C. General Assembly, in Raleigh, N.C. Federal judges ruled Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, that North Carolina's congressional district map drawn by legislative Republicans is illegally gerrymandered because of excessive partisanship that gave GOP a rock-solid advantage for most seats and must quickly be redone. (Corey Lowenstein/The News & Observer via AP, File)

Taking politics out of politics

If he were with us today, Elbridge Gerry would have no doubt filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in behalf of Democrats in Maryland to defend the way they drew the congressional districts expressly to transform the Republican-friendly 6th Congressional District into a reliably Democratic district.

FILE- In this March 7, 2012 file photo, Illinois gun owners and supporters file out National Rifle Association applications while participating in an Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day convention before marching to the Illinois state Capitol in Springfield, Ill. U.S. companies are taking a closer look at investments, co-branding deals and other ties to the gun industry and its public face, the National Rifle Association, after the latest school massacre. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File) **FILE**

Voices of the gun

The National Rifle Association and the Second Amendment are not the same thing, though the people who are terrified of guns, and who mostly have never held one in their hands, try to make villains of both.

The Cold War is back

Who says Donald Trump can't get tough with Russians? The president's order on Monday to send 60 Russian "diplomats" home, joining Canada, Poland, Italy, Denmark, France and Germany among other European nations, is welcome solidarity with Britain. It's in answer to the poisoning of a onetime Russian spy and his daughter as they sat on a public bench March 4 in the English provincial town of Salisbury. Britain had earlier expelled 23 "diplomats."

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., speak to reporters about the massive government spending bill moving through Congress, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 22, 2018. The bipartisan $1.3 trillion spending bill pours huge sums into Pentagon programs and domestic initiatives ranging from building roads to combatting the nation's opioid abuse crisis, but left Congress in stalemate over shielding young Dreamer immigrants from deportation and curbing surging health insurance premiums. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Republican spending Democrats are proud of

The Democrats are proud of their small string of triumphs in off-season congressional races, but there's growing evidence that the Democratic leadership may not need to elect more Democrats. The Republicans will enact their agenda for them.

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