Trump on Manafort: “Who?”
Judge halts transgender military ban.
Facebook says 126 million saw Russian posts in 2016.
Catalans vow to fight on as Spain orders leaders’ arrest.
U.S. professor held hostage by Taliban said to be seriously ill.
Kenya to hold re-run of disputed election.
Trump praises Chinese dictator.
Clinton team funded “dirty” dossier on Trump. (So did the GOP.)
He didn’t “specifically” order the Niger mission.
Massachusetts considers moving into the Atlantic (time zone).
Niger attack was a set-up by terrorists, according to the Pentagon.
Heat and wind in California raise fire danger to extremes.
One word from Trump throws wrench into Bergdahl’s sentence hearing.
238 areas bid to be Amazon’s second headquarters.
Gigantic lava tubes could be home for moon colonists.
Japanese PM wins big after snap election.
U.S. woman released from Taliban kidnapping shares story.
E.P.A. cancels talk on climate change by agency scientists.
Cub Scout exiled over gun-control questions finds another den.
Revenge: African rhino injures poacher.
Gold Star mother says Trump was insensitive.
Xi Jinping declares “new era” for China.
Trump rejects health care fix after praising it.
One month after hurricane, Puerto Rico still suffering.
NFL won’t make players stand for anthem.
Trump’s latest travel ban blocked.
Protests after Spain detains Catalonia separatists.
Trump drug czar pick withdraws from consideration.
Dow hits 23,000.
French aviators Nungesser and Coli credited with first trans-Atlantic flight.
Trump looking into drug czar appointment after “60 Minutes” report.
Iraqi forces seize Kirkuk.
Wildfires kill 30 in Portugal and northern Spain.
Security flaw puts every WiFi connection at risk.
Scientists catch neutron star collision… 132 million years ago.
Fun fact: This is the 2,900th edition of Short Takes.
Austria elects world’s youngest leader, Sebastian Kurz, 31.
Hundreds killed in Somalia truck bombing.
Hurricane Ophelia approaches the British isles.
California wildfires continue to burn.
Puerto Rico weed industry hit hard by hurricane.
American hostage freed; husband refuses flight to U.S.
Wildfires are getting worse in California’s wine region.
Trump threatens to end aid to Puerto Rico.
U.S. and Israel quit UNESCO.
Florida detective captures 9-foot anaconda.
Spain issues deadline to Catalans.
Elderly couple among those killed in California wildfire.
NAFTA without Mexico? It’s possible.
Boy Scouts to admit girls; allow them to reach Eagle rank.
See who won the Genius grants.
California wildfires kill 13.
Catalonia independence bid on hold.
North Korea hacks South Korea/U.S. military plans.
Opposition leader quits Kenya election re-run.
NFL and teams discuss anthem protest response.
Deadly wildfires hit California wine country.
France snubs Catalan independence bid.
Google uncovers Russia-linked ads.
UK explores “no deal” Brexit.
Microsoft gives up on Windows 10 Mobile.
R.I.P. Y.A. Tittle, 90, legendary N.F.L. quarterback.
VP Pence stages walk-out over NFL kneelers.
Kim Jong-un hands off more power to his sister.
Hurricane Nate weakens after coming ashore in Mississippi.
Huge Spain unity rally held in Barcelona.
White nationalists return to Charlottesville.
My money — if I had any — would be on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to be the next one out the door to spend more time with his family. And not just because of this little spat that emerged via NBC News yesterday and wound up with a news conference to deny the whole thing.
Trump has undercut his cabinet secretary at every turn with his Twitter outbursts that have brought us to the brink of war with North Korea, pissed off Australia, embarrassed us with Europe, and basically played the drunk toaster at the rehearsal dinner at the United Nations.
And as Tillerson has traveled the globe, Trump believes his top diplomat often seems more concerned with what the world thinks of the United States than with tending to the president’s personal image.
Calling Trump a moron was putting it nicely.
Give it a couple of weeks for things to cool down and for the short-term memory lapses to make us forget that Mr. Tillerson joined the chorus of Americans who think Trump is a moron. I’m pretty sure the Secretary is already working on a post-Trump administration gig with some global oil corporation with nice benefits like his own private jet and less public humiliation.
Catalonia independence declaration could happen “in a matter of days.”
Trump compares Hurricane Maria deaths to Katrina.
U.S. expels 15 Cuban diplomats.
House passes GOP late-term abortion ban.
Gravitational wave work wins Nobel for physics.
Death toll up to 59 in the Las Vegas massacre.
Congress looking to roll back gun laws.
Catalans not seeking “traumatic split.”
Body clock scientists win Nobel Prize.
R.I.P. Tom Petty, 66, rock music iconoclast.
GM plans to ditch internal combustion engine at some point in the future.
Catalonia says they voted for independence; Madrid disagrees, and violence ensued.
Trump undermines Secretary of State on North Korea talks via tweet.
Sec. Mnuchin says FEMA doing “terrific job” in Puerto Rico (because “heckava” was already taken).
NFL players continue to take a knee.
Germans celebrate first legal gay marriage.
Half of Puerto Rico still without fresh water.
Japan parliament dissolved ahead of snap election.
Trump/GOP tax plan is revealed except how to pay for it.
Russia, U.S. discuss lunar base.
R.I.P. Hugh Hefner, 91, creator of Playboy. (Oddly enough, I never understood the attraction, but hey…)
Latest attempt to repeal Obamacare dies in GOP turmoil.
Puerto Rico struggles to stay alive.
Saudi Arabia lifts driving ban for women.
Moore wins GOP senate nomination in Alabama.
Florida Senate seat won by Democrat Annette Taddeo in special election.
#TakeAKnee takes off in defiance of Trump.
Angela Merkel re-elected as German chancellor amid nationalist rise.
North Korea added to U.S. travel ban.
Rohingya arrive at Bangladesh drop-off.
Gunman attacks Nashville church; stopped by usher.