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I get the Washington Post Opinions by email each day – not to read but simply to see the headlines. Todays lot.

1. Trump has absolutely no idea what Black America looks like.
2. Trump’s presidency is doomed.
3. Not even Trump can easily reverse our progress on climate change.
4. Trump gets no respect. That’s because he hasn’t earned it.
5. Just when you thought the Trump ethics disaster couldn’t get worse, it did.
6. Trump picks the perfect time to show off his ignorance about Black America.
7. Trump is a legitimate president but we need to know how he won.
8. The economy under Trump: Plan for the worst. Read more »

I’ve told you what Obama’s legacy was for years now

In April 2014, community-college student Elliot Rodger went on a killing spree throughout Isla Vista, a small college town bordering the University of California, Santa Barbara. Rodger stabbed, shot, and ran over his victims, taking the lives of six people and wounding 14 more. One of the victims, Christopher Michael-Martinez, was shot and killed. His father, Richard Martinez, has since become a gun-control advocate, blaming “craven, irresponsible politicians and the NRA” for Rodger’s attack.

The Isla Vista massacre was horrific, just as all mass shootings are. But it’s clear that Americans are not in agreement with politicians who have responded to cries from advocates such as Richard Martinez by passing arbitrary gun-control legislation. Indeed, as state and federal politicians have proposed such legislation, an unintended consequence has reared its head: Americans have purchased more guns than ever before.

The more that Obama threatened to take them away, the more Americans got scared that he might manage to do so.  The only answer was to stock up, and fast. Read more »

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Little flags away Rongotai, New Plymouth to go list-only for 2017 election

Labour leader Andrew Little is to run as a list-only candidate in this year’s election, opening the way for councillor Paul Eagle to win the party’s nomination for the Rongotai seat.

His decision means the leaders of the two biggest parties – Little and Prime Minister Bill English – will not contest constituencies although the leaders of all the other parties in Parliament have signalled they will be standing in electorates.

Little has previously been defeated in the New Plymouth seat twice by National backbencher Jonathan Young but it was long rumoured he may seek to stand in Deputy Leader Annette King’s Rongotai seat, where he lives, if she stood down – a decision she made late last year.

It would appear even Labour won’t waste a safe seat on their leader.  How awkward.   Read more »