Item 1: Somebody forgot to tell Trump the old title was “leader of the free world.” Not that he’s doing any leading.
President Donald Trump continues to tout the success of his North Korea summit last week â€” but itâ€™s Kim Jong Un whoâ€™s taking the real victory lap.
On Tuesday morning, the North Korean leader made hisÂ third trip to ChinaÂ in as many months to meet with President Xi Jinping. Xi used the opportunity toÂ praise Kim and sayÂ that the summit was an â€œimportant step toward the political solution of the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue.â€
And just the night before, the Pentagon announced that it would cancel a keyÂ military exercise with South KoreaÂ in August. Thatâ€™s a big deal since thatâ€™s a significant concession the North Koreans have wanted for a long time. After all, they see these exercises as prep for an invasion and have protested against them every time they occur.
Xi Jinping is nobody’s fool. Trump is Xi’s fool.
Item 2: Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is a fool for restricting the vote. But he had a bad day in court.
District Judge Julie Robinson (a George W. Bush appointee) decisivelyÂ declaredÂ Kobachâ€™s pet voter-ID law unconstitutional, and then ordered him to take some continuing legal education classes because he kept ignoring the basic rules of evidence and discovery during the proceedings in her court.
Item 3: The United States is going to withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council.Â Of course.
Item 4: McClatchy reports thatÂ US officials likely lost track of nearly 6,000 unaccompanied migrant children. We could be living through one of the most egregious human rights calamities this country ever committed.