Canada and Mexico are explaining why NAFTA helps America
Ana Campoy, writing for Quartz
President Trump has spent months railing against the North American Free Trade Agreement, coming within days of tearing it up before backing down. “While he makes up his mind, Nafta’s other members, Canada and Mexico, have taken it upon themselves to brief Americans on why it’s in their best interest to keep it.” Foreign officials from both countries have been working to dispel a number of myths that Trump has been pushing about the trade agreement. The biggest myth is that “NAFTA is bad for the US,” an oversimplification that ignores the deal’s benefits for many American companies. A second myth is that “trade is killing American jobs. … But the bigger culprit is technology, not trade.” While Trump got elected by railing against the perils of free trade, he is president now, and he should actually pay attention.
People are mailing opioids to America
Juliette Kayyem, writing for STAT News
A Postal Service loophole is contributing to the opioid crisis. Foreign countries can mail drugs, particularly synthetic opioids like fentanyl and carfentanil, directly to the U.S. “For each package mailed to the US, private couriers such as FedEx and UPS must attach electronic information that includes the shipper’s name and address, the recipient’s name and address, and the weight of the package.” The USPS has yet to adapt, as nearly 1 million packages arrive from overseas every day without data that can be plugged into algorithms to identify high-risk packages.
It's too early to discuss impeachment
Michael J. Gerhardt, writing for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Congressional leaders should pump the brakes on impeaching Trump. Impeachment is a measure of last resort when other mechanisms have failed, and it “cannot and should not be done hastily, nor should it be done for reasons so flimsy they suggest politicians are merely jockeying for political advantage rather than protecting constitutional values.” That process should include fact-finding by both special counsel Robert Mueller and congressional committees, and moving cautiously so as not to “subject the outcome to claims of either a whitewash or of overturning the results of an election held just months ago.”