ESSENTIAL #1: “BIDEN EXPRESSES REGRET FOR SUPPORT OF CRIME LEGISLATION IN THE 1990S” ASTEAD HERNDON, THE NEW YORK TIMES
From the article: “Former Vice-President Joseph R. Biden Jr. said Monday he made a mistake in supporting the tough-on-crime drug legislation of the 1980s and 1990s, expressing regret in particular over a bill that created different legal standards for powdered cocaine and street crack cocaine.”
ESSENTIAL #2: “THE TRUMP OFFER” THE EDITORS, THE NATIONAL REVIEW
From the article: “We look at the equities of the Trump offer differently. What our colleague Mark Krikorian says about guest workers, “there’s nothing more permanent than a temporary guest worker,” applies equally to temporary amnesties. Consider TPS, which denotes Temporary Protected Status. Immigrants have been here under this notionally temporary status for decades.
All of this is why in the past we have called for a deal exchanging a full amnesty for Dreamers — they are going to get one eventually — for a mandatory E-Verify system to get employers to confirm that employees are legal. This would do much to turn off the jobs magnet for illegal immigration. But the debate is now in a different place.”
ESSENTIAL #3: “THE EURO AREA IS BACK ON THE BRINK OF RECESSION” THE ECONOMIST
From the article: “It began as a joke: the Twitter hashtag #euroboom tacked on to news of any sign, no matter how faint, of a euro-area recovery. By 2017, when French, German and even Spanish GDP grew by more than 2%, it seemed to describe a real phenomenon. Alas, all too quickly #euroboom has turned to #eurogloom. GDP data scheduled for release later this month are likely to confirm that in the final three months of 2018 Italy’s economy contracted for a second consecutive quarter, satisfying one of the technical definitions of a recession. Germany appears to have escaped recession, but only just. The euro area, formed in January 1999, may pass its anniversary on the brink of another downturn.”
ESSENTIAL #4: “TRUMP’S TRANSGENDER MILITARY SERVICE BAN JUST GOT A BIG WIN FROM THE SUPREME COURT” GERMAN LOPEZ, VOX
From the article: “The Supreme Court on Tuesday took a dramatic step toward reviving President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender troops.
Previously, lower courts had placed injunctions on the transgender ban, stopping the Trump administration from enforcing it.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court put a hold on someof those injunctions. But because one lower court injunction was not part of the cases the Supreme Court put a hold on, the ban can’t be enforced just yet. It is likely, though, that soon the remaining injunction will be put on hold as well.
If that happens, the Trump administration will be able to enforce its ban on transgender people serving openly in the military.”