The moral implications of the GOP’s Trumpian turn

WASHINGTON — With President Trump’s forthcoming nomination of a Supreme Court justice likely to rally and unify the Republican coalition, some commentators are (again) declaring the end of Never Trump conservatism. “On issue after issue,” says the Ethics and Public Policy Center’s Henry Olsen, the Never Trumpers “are in the minority of their own party.” According to Emerald Robinson, writing in the American Spectator, they are “preposterously out of touch.” Robinson points to the passing of columnist Charles Krauthammer as an indication that “the eclipse of the neocon intellectuals is complete.” Nothing like dancing on the fresh soil of a giant’s grave.

Put the next recession on your card

Every three months, a select group of Federal Reserve officials gets together to guess where the federal funds rate is headed. That’s the interest rate banks charge one another for overnight loans. It’s important because it’s an economic cue ball, creating a knock-on effect for other interest rates.

The Trump era is a renaissance of half-witted intolerance

WASHINGTON — In West Virginia, Republican Senate candidate Don Blankenship accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of creating jobs for “China people” and getting donations from his “China family” (McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao, was born in Taiwan). In Georgia, Republican gubernatorial candidate Michael Williams drives around in a bus he promises to fill with “illegals” who will be deported to Mexico. On the rear is stamped: “Murderers, rapists, kidnappers, child molesters, and other criminals on board.” In Arizona, Republican Senate candidate (and former sheriff) Joe Arpaio is a proud “birther” with a history of profiling and abusing Hispanic migrants. Vice President Mike Pence recently called Arpaio “a great friend of this president, a tireless champion of strong borders and the rule of law.” In Wisconsin, Republican House candidate Paul Nehlen runs as a “pro-white Christian American candidate.”

Editorial: Lawmakers should follow Constitution on waging war

Americans might differ over the finer points of the Founding Fathers’ plan to share war-making authority between the executive and legislative branches, but the basic principle has always been clear. Congress, and only Congress, has the power to declare war; the president and his military advisers are responsible for waging it.

An assassin in Wolf’s clothing

PAWLEY’S ISLAND, S.C. — When I moved to Washington several years ago, a D.C. veteran whispered a warning that she had learned from her father: New York is tough, but Washington is mean.

Understanding insulin resistance, the underlying cause of type 2 diabetes

Diabetes and prediabetes cost an estimated $1.5 billion in Hawaii each year. The serious consequences include heart disease, stroke, amputation, end-stage kidney disease, blindness and death. Diabetes is growing at an epidemic rate in the United States. But most of care focuses on treating the symptoms of elevated blood sugar with medications and little attention to lifestyle. Type 2 diabetes is mostly a lifestyle disease with genetics only contributing a risk of 25-33 percent. So it makes sense to focus on lifestyle. But first, one needs to understand what is the underlying cause.