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Situational awareness ... Mess for Aretha's heirs: "Though she lived to 76 and was terminally ill with pancreatic cancer, the Queen of Soul died without a will." (AP)
Amid the Trump-shaming at the emotional Washington National Cathedral sendoff for Sen. John McCain, the televised eulogies and private conversations reflected a broader dream that the United States is still capable of a saner politics.
President Barack Obama captured the mood with the single word "small":
Obama spoke right after Bush. Both had vanquished McCain for president, but got a call from the senator in his waning months, asking them to eulogize him.
Reality interlude: This is likely to be a late-summer fling. Every single sign heading into President Trump's 2020 reelection campaign is that the rhetoric and reality of politics are only going to get worse.
The day's only mid-speech applause went to Meghan McCain, who gave fiery remarks through tears: "The America of John McCain has no need to be made great again because America was always great."
One of the sweeter McCain memories came from former Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut. The two senators had traveled the world together as part of congressional delegations. McCain always regretted not naming Lieberman to a historic bipartisan presidential ticket, instead crassly picking Sarah Palin.
So there are causes larger than ourselves, as McCain constantly reminded his audiences, particularly young people.
Only 13% of homeowners in California have earthquake insurance, and fewer than one out of 10 commercial buildings are insured for quakes, N.Y. Times San Francisco bureau chief Thomas Fuller writes:
Consider the scale of the coming calamity:
There's a gold rush to create smart shoes, custom razors and high-tech devices for the over-65 crowd ... "Redesigned products aim for Baby Boomers with money to spare," WashPost national retail reporter Abha Bhattarai writes:
"Other companies are creating hairbrushes and combs with extendible handles, toothbrushes with three-sided heads, and sensor-packed shoes that can detect falls, all aimed at elderly consumers and those who care for them."
Donald Trump Jr. is about to embark on a fall fundraising push for midterm candidates in what he calls "regular America ... you know, everywhere between New York and Malibu." But first he played the Hamptons.
Trump — whose blunt, occasionally profane style made him a popular guest on conservative talk radio during his dad's campaign — introduces Guilfoyle as "K.G.," and calls her "one of the original true believers in the cause."
Don Jr.'s participation in the notorious Trump Tower meeting with Russians, of keen interest to Robert Mueller, hangs over the new road show. But Don Jr. told me he's "not worried about any of that stuff."
Don Jr. said he's going to spend much of September most of October on the road, with invitations triaged according to where he can move the needle:
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