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  1. Trump’s Russiagate Tirade, Nuclear Asia and World Series Equanimity

    Know This: A Twitter blast from President Trump today hit back at reports that a grand jury probing Russiagate had filed charges against someone yet unnamed, referring to a “witch hunt” over “phony Trump/Russia ‘collusion,’” and casting suspicion on Hillary Clinton. An estimated 300,000 demonstrators for unity with Spain flooded the streets of Barcelona today after the Spanish government “removed” Catalan officials who declared independence Friday. And Puerto Rico’s electric utility has said it’s canceling a $300 million contract to restore its hurricane-damaged power grid after it emerged that the small Montana contractor had once employed one of U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s sons. 

    Atomic Balm: “If they continue to have nuclear weapons, nuclear weapons must spread to the rest of Asia.” — former U.S. secretary of state Henry Kissinger, addressing the possibility that Japan and South Korea will seek nuclear arsenals to counter the North Korean threat. 

    Series Signals: L.A pitcher Yu Darvish was conciliatory after Houston first baseman Yuli Gurriel “slanted” his eyes Friday in a racist gesture upon hitting a home run in the Astros’ World Series Game 3 victory, saying, “If we can take something from this, that is a giant step for mankind.” L.A. evened the series at two games apiece Saturday, winning 6-2 in a pitchers’ duel blown open in the ninth inning by the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger.

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