Only in America
A New York woman is suing Canada Dry, claiming its ginger ale doesn’t contain enough real ginger. Julie Fletcher says she bought the product for her sons in the belief that ginger soothes stomachaches. But when Fletcher studied the ingredients label, her lawsuit states, she realized the drink contains a “microscopic amount of ginger flavor extract,” which “provides none of the health benefits consumers associate with real ginger.”
Under a proposed new policy, University of Minnesota students and faculty could be expelled or fired if they refer to someone by the wrong pronoun. The policy would allow all university members to choose their own pronouns—including “she,” “he,” “they,” and “ze”—and calls for “appropriate” penalties, up to expulsion and dismissal, for those who fail to go along.
Boring but important
A stealth tax cut on investments
The Treasury Department is considering a tax change that would cut the wealthiest Americans’ bills by $10 billion annually without going to Congress for approval. The agency is studying whether to adjust for inflation when taxing capital gains—the income from investments. It’s a move Republicans have endorsed for years but that’s almost certain to spark a legal challenge. The department has long believed it lacks authority to make such a change, but Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin says he would consider it if it can’t get done through legislation. Last year’s tax cut left capital gains rates for upper-income taxpayers untouched, disappointing some Republicans. Taxing only post-inflation gains would most benefit people with large investment portfolios.