Syria “War Crime,” O’Reilly Sponsors Bail

ChemWar: The US State Department yesterday called the chemical attack in Syria “a war crime” and held the Syrian government and its Russian ally responsible. Incredibly, White House spokesman Sean Spicer also blamed President Obama for not being tough enough on Syria, saying, “these heinous actions by the Bashar al-Assad regime are a consequence of the last administration’s weakness and irresolution.”

The US has not threatened any action in response.

At least 70 people were killed and hundreds injured in the chemical attack. Many victims foamed at the mouth and died of asphyxia, signs that they were exposed to a nerve agent.

The use of chemicals comes only days after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the future of Syria’s dictator Bashar al-Assad would be decided by the Syrian people, and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley said, “our priority is no longer to sit there and focus on getting Assad out.” In other words, they don’t plan to do anything.

Hermit Kingdom: North Korea fired a ballistic missile just as President Trump is about to meet in Florida with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The administration has said they are depending on China to make North Korea settle down.

Fair and Balanced: Advertisers are bailing out of Bill O’Reilly’s “no spin zone” after a weekend report in the NY Times about legal settlements with women who have accused the Fox News host of sexual advances and retaliation. At least 11 advertisers have pulled out, including Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai, BMW, Allstate, Bayer, and even a company that advertises mouthwash.

The Times reported that at least five women settled with O’Reilly or the network for a total of $13 million. The 67-year-old O’Reilly is the key on-air figure on the network, and its single-biggest moneymaker. But if the money goes, O’Reilly may get the boot.

Law and Order: Police unions are praising Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement that the Justice Department will review all the consent decrees used to correct the behavior of errant police departments. The Obama administration liberally used to consent decrees to police the police, cleaning up departments that beat up suspects and targeted minorities for traffic stops. Baltimore, where an arrestee died of injuries suffered in a police van, is just one of those departments under federal supervision.  Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone is closing his department’s infamous “tent city” jail that baked inmates in the Arizona sun. The jail was established by Penzone’s predecessor, the blowhard Joe Arpaio who used the tent jail to show that he was tough on crime. Inmates had to wear pink clothes.

End Zone: Tony Romo, who has passed for more yardage than any previous Dallas Cowboys quarterback, has announced his retirement from the game and his signing with CBS Sports as a football announcer. Romo will be the color man on CBS’s primary booth team alongside play-by-play man Jim Nantz and sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson. Romo posted a picture of himself wearing a blazer with the CBS logo and the message, ““I guess it’s time to start dressing up.”

Iced: Saying that the team owners don’t like having their season interrupted and risking player injuries, the National Hockey League announced that it will no longer allow its players to play on Olympic teams. Some players say they’re going to defy the order. It’s okay, the most memorable Olympic hockey games were played by amateurs.

Sugar Rush: A panel of judges in Philadelphia today is expected to hear arguments over the city’s tax on sodas and sugary drinks. The tax was passed ostensibly with the goal of paying for pre-kindergarten programs for low-income children, but its primary goal was to fight obesity.

But supermarkets and soda distributors have said they’ve been hit hard. Canada dry says its sales in Philadelphia are down 45 percent.

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It's Been Said

"One of the things that actually Trump has benefited from is that, on a daily if not hourly basis, there are things he says that you could never have imagined any other American president -- left, right, up or down -- saying, and they kind of bleed into each other. And you sort of forget, 'Oh, yes, 72 hours ago, he said this...'"

-Jeff Greenfield on CNN’s "Reliable Sources"

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