Buried in this account of President Trump's intention to roll back fuel-efficiency standards is, of course, a scare number advanced by the auto industry: ZOMG TEH BETTUR CARZ WILLZ COSTZ TEH $200 BILLYUNZ!!!! But of course you have to divide that $200 billion over the eight years automakers have to reach the standards, and you also have to divide that by the 17 automakers that made the claim, and now you're down to a little less than $1.5 billion annually, per automaker. Toyota alone made over $19 billion in net income during the fiscal year ending in 2016.
Federal judges in Maryland and Hawaii block Mr. Trump's Muslim Ban 2.0 a day before it was to take effect. It's not like you have to dig real hard to find the religious animus when Mr. Trump exposes that animus all the time and when his supporters go on TV and say Mr. Trump asked them to help him create a Muslim ban "legally." Mr. Trump responded to the news by saying, "(t)his ruling makes us look weak, which by the way we no longer are," which should remind you that anyone who has to say he's not weak is weak.
OMB head Mick Mulvaney defends the Trump Cruelty Budget by saying he can't ask "a coal miner in West Virginia or a single mom in Detroit" to keep funding public TV with their taxes. We can set aside, for a moment, that one of the features of living in a civilization is that your taxes occasionally go to things that don't appear to have immediate value to you. But dig how he insults these hypothetical Trump supporters! Does he think coal miners didn't grow up watching Sesame Street?
Yes it's damn annoying that the "liberal" media seems to care only about right-wing objections to the Obamacare repeal bill, though substantially more than half of Americans in poll after poll support Medicare-for-All, single-payer insurance, the most liberal plan out there -- but it ain't just corporate bias at work here, but an addiction to irony, and you know that I, too, used to comb through the ranks of the right to find folks who hated Tha Bush Mobb. Irony's like a hammer, though -- quite useful, but not the right tool for every task.
Matthew Yglesias at Vox notes that the recent CBO report also says that Obamacare is not, in fact, "imploding" as Messrs. Trump and Ryan love to say it is. And lo and behold, the reason Obamacare isn't likely to implode is that it ties its subsidies to income level, which makes it very likely that the working poor will stay in the system. But, ah, "(t)he merits of paying for a tax cut for millionaires by cutting millions of poor families off from Medicaid coverage" is not "something reasonable people can disagree about."
Finally, the Arizona Supreme Court unanimously dismisses a challenge to that state's popularly-enacted minimum wage hike. The challengers, including the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, have now had so little success fighting these things tooth-and-nail that they're going to go after the law that allows good Arizonans to vote on matters concerning them in the first place, which puts their utter intellectual bankruptcy on full display. Keep worshiping mammon, gentlemen, and you'll find your reward in hell.