Only in America
U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman (R-S.C.) pulled out a loaded .38 caliber handgun in a constituent meeting on gun violence, to demonstrate that guns “are not the problem.” Norman said he carries the weapon because “I’m not going to be Gabby Giffords”—the Arizona congresswoman who was shot by a disturbed man. Constituent Lori Carter said Norman’s display of a loaded gun during the meeting “felt like an intimidation tactic.”
A Florida teenager says high school officials pulled her into the nurse’s office and told her to put Band-Aids over her “distracting” nipples. Lizzy Martinez, 17, says multiple staff members humiliated her by saying her breasts were bothering other students. Her outraged mom said, “We should not treat a girl like this because of where her fat cells decided to distribute genetically.”
Boring but important
Deficit to top $1 trillion by 2020
The federal deficit will exceed $1 trillion annually by 2020, the Congressional Budget Office said this week—two years sooner than anticipated, as tax cuts and spending increases signed by President Trump take effect. Government spending will exceed revenue by $804 billion in fiscal 2018, jumping sharply from an earlier forecast of $563 billion. Between 2021 and 2028, annual deficits will average 4.9 percent of GDP—higher than at any point since World War II, other than during the recession in 2008 and 2009. The total national debt will soar to more than $33 trillion in a decade, to 96 percent of GDP. The report is the first since Congress passed sweeping tax cuts and then a $1.3 trillion spending bill that dramatically increased military spending.