Curt Clifton

The pumpkinführer’s lawyers almost got it right: “Having him testify^H demeans the office of the president before the world.”

I’m enjoying Alto’s Odyssey even more than the original.

Fired up the grill and made the summer’s first Moscow Mule while waiting on the charcoal.

The Barebottle Nitro Espresso Machiatto Stout was great too. Nicely sweet to complement the spicy pizza.

Blue Line Pizza in Campbell has legit Chicago style deep dish. I might be able to survive living in the South Bay sprawl after all.

We hiked the Tomales Point Trail yesterday—10 miles round trip in 20–30 mph winds. There were acres of wildflowers, literally chin deep for much of the hike.

New favorite tee shirt.

Go Sounders, beat Portscum. With the Fog City Faithful at Saint Stephen’s Green. #ebfg

“You might think that the G.O.P. would eventually learn …, realize that tax cuts aren’t magical, and come up with some different ideas. But … it’s difficult for a man to understand something when his campaign contributions depend on his not understanding it.” —Paul Krugman

Any pond will do…

Picked up a Stanley Type 11 No. 5 plane, circa 1910–1918. It’s in amazing condition.

“An amateur magician, Mr. Kasell once sawed NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg in half.” —Adam Bernstein

“we risk our country slipping further into the practice of a fraudulent form of American patriotism, where ‘soldiers’ are sacred, the work of actual soldiering is ignored and the pageantry of military worship sucks energy away from the obligations of citizenship.” —Phil Klay

This rose bush is extraordinary. Didn’t realize when we signed the lease in January that we were renting such nice flowers too.

“And because the institutional G.O.P. during his years was like a bayou airboat with a fire in its propeller and several alligators wrestling midship, an unhappy end for his career was all-but-foreordained.” —Ross Douthat

Hiking at Castle Rock State Park. That’s Monterey Bay in the distance.

Can’t beat a day in the woods…

“The White House is an adult day care with only one ward in its charge: His ‘Sesame Street’ is Fox News; his afternoon snack is Filet-O-Fish. … I bet Trump is quaking in his boots at the prospect of tougher oversight from House and Senate Republicans. Pass the tartar sauce.” —Rick Wilson

This Brooks piece is infuriating. It wasn’t a “Miracle” that launched the modern age 300+ years ago, it was the Enlightenment and science. Conservatives have, and would have us, turn our backs on the very mechanisms that pulled us out of the superstitious dark ages.

“The ranks of people who …sought to steer [Trump] away from his most destructive impulses have thinned. He’s more alone than ever. He must be more frightened, too.

But not half as scared as the rest of us should be.” —Frank Bruni