As the House mulls its defense authorization bill -- in public, by holding committee meetings, unlike the "greatest deliberative body in the world," the Senate -- some Congressfolk have offered amendments that would help keep cluster bombs out of Saudi Arabia, keep American military bases from refueling Saudi warplanes on their way to bombing Yemen, and keep weapons from going to Saudi Arabia until it ends its blockade of Yemen. If you've looked into the recent history of Yemen, you'd be hard-pressed to come up with a reason to justify helping Saudi Arabia bomb its citizens into famine and cholera. In fact, you'd come up with at least one reason to justify going the other way -- that one of Saudi Arabia's explicit targets, Houthi rebels in Yemen, just so happen to be pretty good ISIS-fighters. And ISIS is, at least nominally, a preoccupation of our current Administration. Of course, Congress gets to make this policy, not the President -- at least under ideal conditions, which we will attempt to create by letting MoveOn help us pressure our Congressfolk into acting against the Saudi war on Yemen.
Meanwhile, if you've missed previous opportunities to tell the Department of Labor, again, not to gut the "fiduciary responsibility" rule that makes pension advisors put your interests ahead of their own, then the Economic Policy Institute still helps you do that. The Department of Labor knows rescinding the rule would be unpopular -- since favoring a pension advisor's "right" to put his own money-making interests ahead of your retirement security would be unpopular! -- so it's resorted to yet another delaying tactic, a "request for information" about the "effects" of the rule, presumably so hedge fund managers can cry poor in public. Now, to a man like Donald Trump, who thinks your right to make as much money as you like is more important than any other right, such crying is undoubtedly persuasive. If you think, say, First Amendment rights are more important, you're no doubt less persuaded. And if you think letting people make as much money as they want gives them more power to run roughshod over your rights, you're probably even less persuaded. Why, one might even call you civilized.