Trump’s EPA is trying to limit science in crafting new regulations

Science doesn’t get much respect from the Trump administration. Among other things, the administration has brushed off as unimportant the effect of burning fossil fuels on global warming, and has ignored the effect of emissions of mercury and other toxins from power plants on the environment and human health.

Disney+ ruins classics with new trigger warnings

I adored the story of Cinderella as a child. The prospect of having a man so in love with me that he’d criss-cross the kingdom searching for my size 6 1/2 foot was heady stuff. It never occurred to me that Cindy was oppressed by the patriarchy or that she should just buy her own darn pair of shoes.

Supreme Court thinking about giving police a new excuse to pull you over

The Fourth Amendment prohibits “unreasonable searches and seizures.” But the Supreme Court interpreted that protection pretty loosely when it comes to traffic stops, for which the police need only “reasonable suspicion” that the law is or was broken. (The same indulgent standard applies when police stop and frisk a pedestrian.)

More than blue and red on the political map

A cluster of suburban Philadelphia counties and a rural South Jersey legislative district became overnight sensations last week as national political pundits painted a blue tsunami centered in Delaware County and a red glare around Cape May, mostly in shades of Donald Trump. While political prognosticators were quick to cast portents for the 2020 presidential election on these results, we think the snapshot taken last Tuesday is still developing. The only thing voters in these state, county and municipal contests may have proven is that all politics is local, and many results can be chalked up to demographic shifts throughout the region. Those shifts may also explain the most refreshing change that this election signaled: an apparent fatigue with establishment party organizations.

The impeachment stonewall

As the House’s impeachment inquiry enters a public phase this week, investigators have a problem. Potentially crucial witnesses, including acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and former national security advisor John Bolton, have declined to testify. Mulvaney, who remains director of the Office of Management and Budget, failed to show up for a scheduled deposition Friday despite having been served with a subpoena.

Will Republicans ever take a stand against Trump?

Republicans have engaged in some interesting contortions in conjuring a defense for President Donald Trump’s attempt to get Ukrainian officials to investigate the family of political rival Joe Biden. The most plausible approach is one Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey signed on to last month, saying he is keeping an open mind but that even if Trump asked Ukraine for a favor, the offense might not rise to a level that demands impeachment.

Rainy Side View: Moving here doesn’t make you Hawaiian

The president of the United States just announced that he has changed his permanent residence from New York to Florida. I will refrain from political comments because American politics has gone pupule, but howzabout I wrestle with something easier?