California sues Donald Trump over his border wall plan

OF THE many unrealistic promises Donald Trump made during his campaign—restoring lost manufacturing jobs, immediately deportating  2m to 3m undocumented immigrants—building a wall that entirely divides America from Mexico was always among the least plausible. First there is the question of cost, which the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a university, …

Hurricane Harvey and the Red Cross

THIS is a busy time for the American Red Cross. In the days after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas and Louisiana one of America’s most popular charities put up tens of thousands of people in shelters and served millions of meals; its disaster workers have also been busy in Florida, helping …

The cost of the American dream

PAUL RYAN, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, recently tweeted that, “[i]n our country, the condition of your birth does not determine the outcome of your life. This is what makes America so great.” The idea that every American newborn has an equal opportunity to enjoy the good life …