Have there really been more mass shootings than days this year? No, there have been more like four mass shootings this year, according to Mark Follman at Mother Jones. Just as right-wingers need to stop whining about Syrian refugees coming to eat their children, civilized people must also resist the urge to get hysterical about the problem, because getting hysterical just makes the problem worse.
Dean Baker catches a Washington Post hack desperate to prove that unions are anti-worker. How? Because union efforts to raise worker wages "force" corporations to outsource jobs to cheaper foreign locales -- even though corporations pretty much use any excuse to pay people less, as even the Washington Post hack acknowledges. Can you say "hostage crisis," boys and girls? Don't demand better treatment from your employers, or the jobs get it!
Bernie Sanders defends his persistence in talking about working families instead of terrorism. But why does it have to be one or the other? We meddle in Middle Eastern affairs at the behest of the same elite class that redistributes worker income upward to themselves and then tries to tell you that some dark-skinned person (foreign or not, it makes no difference to them) is really stealing your American dream. And you'd have a damn sight less terrorism (not to mention mass shootings) if more good jobs were available.
Seth Meyers rips the Republicans a new one because they're constantly whining about Mr. Obama refusing to utter the words "radical Muslim terrorist," in that precise order. I've said it before and I'll say it again -- this is political correctness, far worse than your college-age granddaughter insisting you say "woman" instead of "girl." (Mr. Meyers does get in a bunch of other good digs, I must admit -- and I never cared that much for his stewardship of Weekend Update.)
Finally, John Nichols, writing at The Nation, says it's time for "responsible Republicans" to declare they won't back Donald Trump if he wins the Republican Presidential nomination. That'd be nice, but by and large they won't -- not just because there aren't very many "responsible Republicans" left, but because too many Republicans do what they do because they're mortally afraid of Democrats winning, as if Democratic victories somehow forestall capitulation to Republicans in the name of "bipartisanship."