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.
Stephan Salisbury is cultural writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer and a TomDispatch regular. His most recent book is Mohamed's Ghosts: An American Story of Love and Fear in the Homeland.