Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) receives the Liberty Medal from the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia in 2017. (Matt Rourke/AP)
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Uh-oh. “If DOJ investigates and determines that President Trump knew of his debt to [Michael] Cohen when he filed last year’s report, there will be reason to suspect that his omission of the debt from last year’s report was ‘knowing and willful,’ which would be a crime.”

Oops. “The harshly worded North Korean statement, and another broadside criticizing military exercises under way in South Korea, came after weeks of discussions between the two sides that appeared to be gaining momentum.” Almost like the Trump team misread the situation.

Yikes. “After the meeting became public last year, Trump Jr. claimed that only Russian adoption policy was discussed. And even before reporting revealed the meeting, the new transcripts show that his lawyer had begun reaching out to multiple participants to get their accounts straight regarding the day in question.” Innocent, truthful people do not do this.

Hmm. “South Korean officials, for example, have claimed that Kim Jong Un is no longer demanding that the United States halt its military exercises with South Korea and withdraw American troops from South Korea in return for the North giving up its nuclear weapons. But North Korea’s furious objections to this week’s drill suggests that its willingness to compromise on these key issues may not hold up to scrutiny.” Is this administration unaware that South Korea has been known to engage in wishful thinking?

Oh boy. “On Trade, the U.S. and China Consider the Unthinkable: Breaking Up.” Neither side will benefit. 

Wow! Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis on Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.): “His influence today is so deeply felt in this capital, as it is in villages and refugee camps . . .  and places all around the world. We need to look no further than his work as an international statesman to see that he can surmount any obstacle. . . . Everything I love about America is resident in this man, who denied cynicism and victimhood to be a role model for so many of us.”

Oof. Former secretary of state Rex W. Tillerson: “‘If our leaders seek to conceal the truth, or we as people become accepting of alternative realities that are no longer grounded in facts, then we as American citizens are on a pathway to relinquishing our freedom.’