All Clear

Written by SK Ashby

(Cartoonist - Adam Zyglis)

In other news, shares of Caterpillar tumbled this morning as the company missed revenue estimates because Trump's trade war has increased costs and slowed economic growth in China where Caterpillar does a significant amount of business.

Meanwhile, the Florida state Senate has voted to allow teachers to carry guns to school if their local school board agrees. How long until a teacher accidentally (or intentionally) shoots a student?

Finally, a federal judge in Oregan says he will block Trump's anti-abortion "gag rule" which would defund providers who refer patients to other providers who offer abortion services.

[U.S. District Judge Michael J. McShane] heard arguments in a pair of suits filed by Planned Parenthood and the American Medical Association and by a coalition of more than 20 states. Plaintiffs say the administration rule issued in February should be struck down or blocked, arguing it interferes with patients' rights to counseling on pregnancy options and oversteps the administration's authority.

The judge, according to a report in The Oregonian, called the Trump restrictions a "ham-fisted approach to public health policy.'

Programming note... I will be offline tomorrow as I'm going out for food and drinks with my father in the afternoon and catching the first showing of Avengers: Endgame tomorrow night. I'll see you on the other side.