Mike Ludwig at TruthOut wonders if Republican squealing about "the opioid epidemic" might enable them to keep the Senate. I don't think that will allow them to keep the Senate all by itself -- if you remember 2014, you know they'll have to squeal about many different things (this week it's ISIS, next week it's ebola, et cetera) to keep the Senate. Note well, though, that "change the subject" is all they have. And One Nation's attempt to blame New Hampshire's Governor (who also just so happens to be running against an endangered Republican incumbent) seems to have backfired big time.
Even the Christian Science Monitor is happy to tell you that millennials don't invest in the stock market mainly because they don't have the damn money. So banksters can take their "if you really want to change things, you have to have skin in the game" crap and cram it. You'd still like more "liberal" media organs to recognize that a major reason millennials don't have any money is that they're already in debt up to their eyeballs from college and home ownership, but saying that out loud would offend said banksters, who benefit from other people's debt.
Eben Bein at Yes! magazine profiles the Massachusetts woman who has spearheaded a years-long movement trying to get the state to adopt a cap-and-trade system for controlling climate change. I'm old-fashioned about these things -- I'd prefer vigorous regulation to cap-and-trade. But I wish her the best, not least because she put up at least $10,000 of her own money just to get research done (research that said cap-and-trade would actually grow the state economy, by the way). And I'm bracing myself for all the "conservative" excuses about why a state shouldn't be allowed to pass cap-and-trade on its own. (The Koch brothers' arguments can be easily answered, since they're essentially saying it's OK for energy corporations to raise prices on consumers, paying their executives less apparently an impossible option.)
Uh oh: turns out that little Star of David-related meme that Donald Trump put up and quickly took down over the weekend originated with -- get your surprised face ready -- a white supremacist message board. But of course the tweet isn't anti-Semitic, because Mr. Trump's Social Media Director got it from a Twitter user, never mind where that Twitter user got it. And usually the Trump campaign credits the sources of the memes it retweets, but, strangely, not this time. But nothing to see here, folks!
Finally, Illinois law enforcement officers arrest a man for "flag desecration" for, you guessed it, burning an American flag. Because of "the reaction it was gathering" and "the concern for the safety of all involved," of course! (They couldn't even bring themselves to say "our concern," you notice.) Cooler heads remembered that burning a flag, no matter how disgusting it may be, is a First Amendment right, according to a Supreme Court ruling written by the late Justice Scalia. I feel compelled to add, as always, that folks who feel they need "protection" from such speech -- speech that always loses its audience, no less -- are weaklings who dishonor our heritage as freedom-loving Americans.