Here’s the open line. Also a laugh-and-cry installment of the Russian president.

For laughs, you have the men dressed in Russian army uniforms guarding the Donald Trump star on the Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. It had been targeted earlier by a vandal.

For crying, another U.S. senator, Democrat Jeanne Shaheen, reports Russian hacking attempts to affect U.S. election.

And more black humor:

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Pranksters also at work in Colorado with a Putin portrait in place of Trump.