By international and historical standards, political violence is exceedingly rare in the United States. The last serious outburst was in 1968 with its bloody Democratic-convention riots. By that standard, 2016 is, as yet, tame. It may not remain so.
Missouri legislators recently passed a law expanding the “castle doctrine” to include “stand your ground” provisions. If Gov. Jay Nixon vetoes it, the legislature will likely override his veto. But there is hope: Missouri Rep. Stacey Newman will represent the state in White House meetings about common-sense gun reforms Tuesday.
The president issued new guidelines on overtime pay, which will benefit an estimated 12.5 million workers. Meanwhile, Donald Trump said he would seek repeal of Dodd-Frank, the financial reform act that helps limit inequality.
The antagonism between the Clinton and Sanders camps could be an opportunity for Trump. If the Republican can peel off enough Sanders supporters, he might be able to put some reliably blue states in play.
Happy birthday to Gov. Sam Brownback’s income tax cuts: They are four years old today, May 22, 2012. Alas, the cuts have been a well-documented disaster. But could anyone have foreseen this mess? Actually, yes. Some prescient Kansans commented on the tax cuts on the same day he signed them.
Facing push-back in trying to bully its way to more lenient city and state regulations for its ride-hailing operation and to keep more drivers from turning to unions, Uber has joined the pack of companies testing self-driving cars.
One by one, Republican senators have made their peace with a Trump nomination. But it is not enough for GOP partisans to assert Trump’s superiority to Hillary Clinton on this issue or that. They must justify that Trump has the experience, knowledge, temperament, judgment and character to be president.
Many of the Republican candidate’s golf courses lie in coastal areas. If climate change predictions are on point, the courses will become ocean-floor property. Trump should start taking climate change seriously and vow to “make the whole planet great again.”