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Rage is giving way to resolve in the aftermath of the Orlando mass shooting. Reason may be having a moment, too, as Donald Trump’s demagoguery continues to stink up the place for Republicans.
Gretchen Carlson of Fox News – yes, Fox News: “Can’t we hold true the sanctity of the Second Amendment while still having common sense?”
David French in the National Review: The Orlando debate has moved from merely partisan to “dangerously polarizing.”
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Congressional Republicans recoiled from Trump’s immigrant and Muslim bashing, and were despondent.
“That’s what you say,” Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., snapped when reminded that The Donald was their presumptive nominee.
Even Chick-fil-A, whose Christian values were last seen making the chain oppose same-sex marriage, got in on the act, opening on Sunday to help the Orlando LGBT community by feeding the crowds of blood donors.
Meanwhile, President Barack Obama heaped withering scorn on Tweetin’ Trump without saying his name, no small feat. Or, as Politico put it, “The short version of what President Barack Obama said Tuesday: Donald Trump is an idiot.”
Take the blame
Opinion split on why the slaughter happened. Guns. Homophobia. The shooter’s own sexual confusion. Internet self-radicalization. The wife of shooter Omar Mateen, who maybe saw something and didn’t say something. All of the above.
In California, state lawmakers took up a dozen gun control bills, and the debate was bitter.
“Less than 72 hours ago, 49 people were slain in a nightclub in Orlando,” Assemblyman Evan Low, D-Campbell, told NRA lobbyist Dan Reid at one hearing. “It’s very difficult for me to sit here and look you in the eye and have respect for you, Dan.”
Also, keepin’ it classy in South Natomas, the Rev. Roger Jimenez of Verity Baptist Church in Sacramento had some blameworthy thoughts on Orlando. Pretty sure God disagrees.
Take a cut
As California’s state budget deadline approaches, Capitol thoughts turn to purse strings.
Gov. Jerry Brown’s January budget earmarked $380 million for the earned-income tax credit, earmarked for low-wage earners. The budget headed for a vote today pares that by $100 million, angering Joe Sanberg, the entrepreneurial philanthropist who spent $2.5 million in a campaign he organized to encourage people to use the credit.
“It’s absolutely a cut. What signal does this send to future public-private partnerships?” Sanberg said.
The administration denies it’s retreating from a commitment, and says the state will gladly pay if more of the estimated 500,000 eligible workers seek the credit in 2017.
Brown could easily prove his commitment by agreeing to expand it to allow gig-economy workers to qualify.
Take a number: 12
A new Bloomberg poll shows where the public’s head is at: Hillary Clinton is now leading Trump by 12 points in a head-to-head general election match-up. The Orlando shooting occurred while pollsters were in the field.
But Fivethirtyeight counsels wariness of claims that Orlando will affect the election.
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Karin Klein: Far too many teachers aren’t fully qualified.
Bruce L. Miller: Doctors need better training to diagnose Alzheimer’s early.
Joshua Krane: Tobacco tax hike is unfair to vaping, bad for public health.
The Charlotte Observer: Will Orlando help us see our common humanity?
Lexington Herald Leader: Will Congress still cower before the NRA?
Philadelphia Daily News: I bought an AR-15 assault rifle in 7 minutes.
National Review: Against a new assault-weapon ban.
Kathleen Parker: Trump attacks the free press.
Ruben Navarrette: Our war on terror is clouded by fog and noise.
Dana Milbank: Trump exploits Orlando tragedy.
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Tweet of the day
Wonkette Senior Editor @EvanHurst: Sounds Like Orlando Gay Club Shooter Was Raging Closet Case. Bet You Didn’t See That Coming!