Paul Ryan’s failed exorcism

WASHINGTON — Given the cornucopia of issues Americans have to select from each day, the recent firing and rehiring of the House of Representatives’ chaplain may not have bestirred many to form an opinion.

Failure to crack down on illegal pot shops undercuts legal marijuana sellers

State regulators are bending over backwards to help the cannabis industry get up and running in California. As the Los Angeles Times reported Monday, regulators are willing to provide another 90-day extension to cannabis companies, which already on Jan. 1 received a 120-day extension on paying required fees and complying with business regulations. This makes sense.

How the Philadelphia Starbucks settlement serves all of us

When we started reading this sentence in Thursday’s Chicago Tribune, “Two black men arrested for sitting at a Philadelphia Starbucks without ordering anything …” we figured we knew how it would end. That the men, entrepreneurs Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, had filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Philadelphia and Starbucks for this injustice. Or that they were cruising the talk show circuit to air grievances and star in rallies.

Are we now trapped in a debt spiral?

WASHINGTON — From Scotland, where Adam Smith pioneered systematic thinking about economics, comes an adjective, “carnaptious,” that fits people who are allergic to economic euphoria. It means cantankerous. Let’s think carnaptiously about this fact: The interest rate on 10-year Treasury bonds recently rose briefly to 3 percent, and soon may move above this. This is more than evidence of the economy’s strength. It also is a harbinger of a coming day when the great driver of the national debt will be … the national debt. Pour a Scotch and read on.

Defending California’s right to clean air

World leaders may negotiate their climate change accords in foreign capitals, but the efforts to stem global warming may succeed or fail based on what happens in United States courtrooms, where the state of California is leading the charge to block the Trump administration’s anti-environment, anti-science agenda.

Robert Mueller has questions for Trump, and he deserves answers

For much of his time in office, President Donald Trump has been loudly asserting that there was no collusion between his presidential campaign and Russia, while also defending some of the controversial actions he’s taken — such as firing former FBI Director James B. Comey — that understandably have attracted the interest of Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III. In the past the president also has indicated his willingness to speak to the special counsel when the time was appropriate.