1. It’s Tuesday, June 28, 2016.

2. I don’t get the sense that Pat Summitt was warm and cuddly. And she most assuredly could have cared less what I thought.

But you have to be an idiot not to recognize her great accomplishments. Elevating women’s basketball. Winning eight NCAA championships. And the standard I set for excellence in college athletics: Seeing to it that all her players left Tennessee with a diploma to go with those on-the-court memories.

As someone with family members afflicted with dementia, I sympathize with the coach’s family, and imagine that her death this morning brings not only sadness but relief. I hope they find solace at this awful time.

3. Now that the House Benghazi Report has issued its report, revealing virtually nothing that we didn’t already know about the September 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Libya, what is Fox News going to obsess about now?

Yes, there were mistakes made. But none of them bordered on the kind of malfeasance that might have justified a 2-year, $7 million investigation whose purpose, as one of its proponents indicated, was to hurt Hillary Clinton’s chances to become president.

I’m sure Trump will tweet about it once someone explains to him where Benghazi is.

As for the folks at Fox News, Benghazi has been the dog whistle for stoking Obama and Clinton hatred the past four years. It’s their equivalent of Norma Rae holding up the union sign. Every time you think you can have a logical discussion about the nation’s direction with these folks, they cough up “Benghazi” and that’s the end of it.

I’m guessing the calls for a deeper investigation will emanate from Fox any day now. Gotta fill that airtime with something.

5. If I were a European Union member, I’d want a response to the British vote to leave like the one given by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

She’s basically saying that she’ll do what she can to keep the EU together. And she’s telling the British, who want a sweetheart trade deal, that they can’t have the privileges of EU membership without the obligations.

I mean, I don’t know what the Brexiters were expecting. In fact, I don’t think they knew what to expect. They seem to believe that the EU will take the decision to bail with a stiff upper lip and they’ll all be mates after all.

But if I’m not mistaken, there are Italians in the EU. So I’m guessing that live-and-let-live thing is a non-starter with those folks.


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