FROM Jason Perry
Trump, the Mormons in Utah and a splintering GOP Utah hasn't gone Democratic in 52 years, but Donald Trump may be turning it into a swing state. His campaign against Islam reminds Mormons of brutal persecution against their religion. Doubling down on his appeal to the base, he's asking evangelical Christians not just to vote for him, but to pray for him, too. That's troubling other constituencies, including white women who favor women's rights and same-sex marriage. In the process, Trump is accentuating divisions within the Republican Party that are likely to outlive his presidential campaign.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.