Susan Collins’s Quixotic Defense of Roe

Susan Collins is an increasingly rare species. It’s not just that she’s a moderate Republican, or a northeastern Republican, or even a pro-choice Republican. It’s that she still believes in the honor system in Washington. Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement at the end of last month’s term has ignited heated political maneuvering over his replacement. President Trump is expected to announce his nominee to fill Kennedy’s Supreme Court seat on Monday, and it will test whether Collins’s faith is justified or shows itself to be as outdated and fragile as the many other norms discarded during the Trump era. Because the Republican margin in the Senate is slim and because she… Read More

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There’s a mountain of evidence that Trump’s trade fights will be most harmful to the people who voted for him

Red states that voted for President Donald Trump in 2016 stand more to lose if other countries retaliate against US tariffs, according to economists at Citi. The benefits of tariffs to domestic producers will be undermined by retaliation that specifically targets sectors this administration champions, Citi said. In President Donald Trump’s trade war, the states he won during the election are the most defenseless. That’s according to economists at Citi, who last week published a research note on which US states are most exposed to a trade war and what this means for the midterm elections. “With several economies now imposing retaliatory trade actions in the wake of the Trump… Read More

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Ocean Grove’s Wallace Stroby returns with a page turner

Wallace Stroby has a great eye for the kind of characters who belong in noir. Wallace Stroby had worked at the Star-Ledger and is a lifelong Jersey Shore resident.Matt Rainey “Some Die Nameless” By Wallace Stroby (Mulholland Books, 352 pp, $26) Reading as much as I do requires planning because for some ridiculous reason the world does not revolve around me turning the next page. This week found me attending a funeral, which would have meant about three hours driving or close to six using a patchwork of mass transit. Public transportation won so I could continue reading Wallace Stroby’s eighth novel. And it was time well spent, even those… Read More

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