Dean Baker: Donald Trump passed the threshold of committed delegates that gives him a lock on the Republican Party presidential nomination. It's worth considering what led to Trump's rise in the first place.
New legislation would make it harder for states and the EPA to regulate toxic chemicals in toys, building materials and clothing, but President Obama still has a chance to veto.
Mike Lofgren is a former congressional staff member who served on the House and Senate budget committees. His new book, The Deep State: The Fall of the Constitution and the Rise of a Shadow Government, appeared January 5, 2016.