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.
Susie Day is a writer who specializes in prison issues and political satire. Snidelines: Talking Trash to Power, a collection of her work, was published November 2014 by Abingdon Square Publishing.