A few welcome escapes from the awful load of newsmaking by Team Trump:

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that a pro-life Republican U.S. Congressman from western Pennsylvania urged  his mistress to have an abortion, without success.

U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, a star in the anti-abortion movement who belonged to the House Pro-Life Caucus, was upended from his mission after his extramarital womanfriend (who he asked to consider an abortion) happened to see his call for strict adherence to the anti-abortion cause in a Facebook appeal.

Those were fighting words for Shannon Edwards, a forensic psychologist, the other half of the relationship.

She responded to Murphy: “And you have zero issue posting your pro-life stance all over the place when you had no issue asking me to abort our unborn child just last week when we thought that was one of the options,” the newspaper quoted Edwards.

As the final gesture of his remorse, Murphy said he won’t seek reelection.

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Are you ready for the newer kid on the Fox News block, a combined Dennis the Menace in the the mold of Bill O’Reilly?

The Huffington Post reported this news-break on how Fox creates some of its own news:

Fox Rising Star Jesse Watters approached a fellow named Qanta Shimizu, who is Japanese, on a street corner in New York City’s Chinatown and asked about Donald Trump, at that time the Republican nominee for president. The questions didn’t make Shimizu comfortable but the Fox guy persisted by asking him if he knew karate. Shimizu said he was taking karate classes. Watters then asked him to demonstrate a punch.

Well, you might guess the answer. Shimizu satisfied the request.

The Huff Post reported that a few days later the incident, secretly filmed, turned up on a Fox special edition of “Watters’ World: Chinatown Edition.”

There was method in Fox’s madness. It enabled the network to denigrate the folks in Chinatown “as a collection of non-English-speaking, nunchaku [martial arts weapon] wielding politically ignorant foreigners,” the Huff Post said.

Get the point? As if there isn’t enough weirdness in Trump’s favorite TV lighthouse.

NOTE: The Fox guy was only identified by Huff Post as “white man in a gray suit.” We assume it was Watters, who is said to be never short on stunts. But it could have been one of his program staffers.

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I will never buy another roll of paper towels without thinking of Trump’s triumphant day in Puerto Rico.