On February 7, Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) released the text of a joint resolution calling for a "Green New Deal."

Fine, said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY). Let's vote on it in the Senate.

In Florida's November 2018 election, voters approved the following amendment to their state's constitution:

"Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, any disqualification from voting arising from a felony conviction shall terminate and voting rights shall be restored upon completion of all terms of sentence including parole or probation. (b) No person convicted of murder or a felony sexual offense shall be qualified to vote until restoration of civil rights."

Everywhere one looks these days, the world seems to be moving away from debate on contentious subjects and toward demands that those who have unpopular opinions — or even just ask impertinent questions — be forcibly silenced.

In the film version of "Forrest Gump" (but not, if memory serves, in the novel), Forrest's mother tries to convince the local elementary-school principal that her son belongs at  his local elementary-school rather than at an institution for what we would now call "special needs" students. The two reach an understanding on Mrs Gump's remarkably squeaky bed while Forrest waits on the front porch.

According to CNN Business, "Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter struggle to deal with New Zealand shooting video."

"Deal with" is code for "censor on demand by governments and activist organizations who oppose public-access to information that hasn't first been thoroughly vetted for conformity to their preferred narrative."

Do you really need to see first-person video-footage of an attacker murdering 49 worshipers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand?

For a "progressive" presidential candidate, US Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is remarkably, well, conservative. Her proposals are neither new nor of the "democratic socialist" variety. In fact, her aim is, as Matthew Yglesias puts it at Vox, "to save capitalism" with stock-proposals from the first-half of the last century.

One of the 21st century's greatest heroines is behind bars again, held in contempt by federal judge Claude M Hilton for refusing to help prosecutors trump up charges against the journalists who published information she paid dearly for giving them.

In the first week of March, big retail chains announced more than 1,100 planned store-closings. That, writes Hayley Peterson at Insider, brings the number of planned US store-closings for 2019 to more than 5,300.

The Retail Apocalypse is here, and it has consequences. Including, reports Krystal Hu for Yahoo! Finance, 41,000 retail jobs cut in January and February.

The word of the month for the Democratic Party's would-be 2020 presidential nominees is "aspirational."

"The Green New Deal? I see it as aspirational," US Senator Amy Klobuchar told Fox News on February 12. She would vote for the resolution introduced by US Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey, but "if it got down to the nitty-gritty of an actual legislation, as opposed to, 'Oh, here's some goals we have' — uh, that would be different for me."

The Boston Globe's Naomi Martin and James Pindell report that all of 2020's formally declared "major party" presidential candidates say they support legalizing marijuana at the federal level. Yes, that includes President Trump.

Great idea! But why should the nearly 2/3 of Americans who want marijuana legalized spend the next 20 months listening to these candidates promise to make it happen? At least eight of them are in a position to get the job done now.

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