- EPA employees lobbied Senators to defeat Scott Pruitt’s nomination to head their agency. It didn’t work: Pruitt was confirmed on a 52–46 vote.
There was a layoff among high-level State Department staffers while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was traveling overseas. The linked CBS News article notes that, so far, foreign relations in the Trump administration often fail to involve the State Department.
Rob Natelson argues that conservatives should abandon the filibuster:
Conservatives often favor super-majority requirements because they think it (1) stalls government action and (2) assures us that when government does act, its measures benefit a very broad segment of the public. But hard experience show that the filibuster has not restrained the growth of the federal government. Instead it has helped create a one-way ratchet whereby the federal government sometimes expands, sometimes remains constant, but never shrinks.
- Mark Pulliam writes that the criminal case against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is “a real-life version of House of Cards meets Sons of Anarchy.”
The registry, called ASSIMIL8, provides gay couples with a list of business owners whose privately held personal beliefs may reflect traditional Christian views on marriage. The excited fiancés can then pick whose lives they want to totally destroy with a lengthy and frivolous lawsuit, as they anticipate their cheerful nuptials.
- Senior officers are leaving Poland’s military, claiming that the ruling Law and Justice Party is politicizing the military:
Some 26 generals and 260 top officers have left their posts in the last 16 months, frustrated with an apparent favouring of soldiers loyal to Law and Justice, Poland’s governing party, and the defence ministry’s failure to consult them on changes to the army’s structure.