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Trump listens as Clinton speaks at the second presidential debate in October 2016. Photo: Rick T. Wilking/Pool via AP

While many Democrats wish it weren't so, Hillary Clinton just won't go away. First it was her regret-and-resentment tour. Then the book. And now a rolling wave of 2016 recriminations.

Be smart: As Democrats try to figure out 2020, it's bad enough that they keep re-litigating the Clinton-Trump general election. But top Dems think it's horrendous that the party is now re-litigating the Clinton-Sanders primary.

  • Trump tweets every few days about how she's the real Russian scandal. (Already Friday he has sent off two tweets about the Dems: "Everybody is asking why the Justice Department (and FBI) isn't looking into all of the dishonesty going on with Crooked Hillary & the Dems.....New Donna B book says she paid for and stole the Dem Primary. What about the deleted E-mails, Uranium, Podesta, the Server, plus, plus...")
  • Congressional Republicans and the Wall Street Journal editorial page pile on with calls for investigations.
  • Her campaign is busted paying for the salacious and partly discredited Trump dossier.
  • Worst of all, former DNC chair Donna Brazile — in her book out next Tuesday, "Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House" — accused Clinton of hijacking the DNC to tilt the nomination her way, prompting Bernie and Warren supporters to declare vindication.

A former campaign official says HRC alumni have a strong sense of camaraderie and call around to coordinate and commiserate with each new wave: "It never ceases to amaze all of us how this campaign that's a year old continues to extend into the future."

Clinton's former high command says none of this breaks through in real America. But party insiders know that if they're going to take back the House, Senate or White House, they need to look forward, not backward.

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The big picture: More than 5 million people have died since that first case. Most people on earth have lived through some form of lockdown. 54% of the global population has had at least one vaccination, though the shots have been distributed unevenly.

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