WASHINGTON — Let us hear no more lectures from Clarence Thomas on the sanctity of human life.
Despite the Trump administration’s best efforts to undermine Obamacare, it is not collapsing, as the president often claims. The state exchanges where insurers sell policies to Americans who don’t get health benefits at work are stabilizing, and enrollment remained about the same last year even after administration actions drove up premiums, slashed marketing efforts and shortened the sign-up period.
There were a couple of remarkable moments Wednesday in Washington, D.C., and later in Sunrise, Fla., a few miles from where 17 people were slaughtered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week. The first was a televised meeting between President Donald Trump and survivors and relatives of children killed in school shootings. The second was a CNN-hosted town hall that brought together survivors of the most recent massacre, other local residents, elected officials and a spokesperson for the National Rifle Association. There were frank discussions in both gatherings. They made for good cathartic theater.
When it comes to guns, it often appears as though liberals and conservatives are speaking different languages. Liberals express their horror at each new mass shooting and demand government action, while conservatives call for “thoughts and prayers” and insist on respect for the Second Amendment.
The Hawaii Senate Land and Water Committee will hear Senate Bill 2003. Supported by anti-science activists, SB 2003 risks the employment and safety of Hawaii’s divers — and could end the world’s fascination with Hawaii’s ornamental fish.
WASHINGTON — In 1790, the finest mind in the First Congress, and of his generation, addressed in the House of Representatives the immigration issue: “It is no doubt very desirable that we should hold out as many inducements as possible for the worthy part of mankind to come and settle amongst us.” Perhaps today’s 115th Congress will resume the Sisyphean task of continuing one of America’s oldest debates, in which James Madison was an early participant: By what criteria should we decide who is worthy to come amongst us?
The states created the national government and for the sake of the union the states relinquished their absolute individual power and sovereignty to that newly created federal government. The Supremacy Clause is the most important guarantor of national unity. Article VI, Paragraph 2 of the U.S. Constitution establishes that the federal Constitution, and federal law generally, take precedence over state laws.