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My intrepid Mercatus Center colleague Veronique de Rugy exposes the absurdity of Kamala Harris’s proposed scheme to (allegedly) ensure equal pay for equal work.

Another Mercatus Center colleague, Dan Griswold, writes eloquently about America’s two original sins: slavery and tariffs.

Philip Klein is correct that Trump’s proposal to use tariffs to reduce immigration from Mexico is “reckless and mindbogglingly stupid.” A slice:

Congress should immediately intercede to block this reckless policy by reclaiming its traditional power over tariffs. House Democrats should pass something and force Senate Republicans to either rebuke Trump’s policy, or answer for their cowardice.

Also rightly distressed by Trump’s latest threat to impose tariffs on imports from Mexico punitive taxes on Americans who buy imports from Mexico is the Wall Street Journal editorial board. A slice:

The Mexico tariffs also heighten economic uncertainty because they aren’t even about trade. The risk is that Mr. Trump has come to view tariffs as a blunt-force tool to achieve any diplomatic goal. They are Mr. Trump’s magic elixir that will solve any political ailment. Like Barack Obama’s willy-nilly regulation, tariffs can thus pop up at any time for any reason. No supply chain is safe from Tariff Man.

Bruce Yandle unpacks some of the errors in Peter Navarro’s most-recent Wall Street Journal op-ed.

And here Bruce Yandle argues that trade wars are a real-life Game of Thrones.

“Rare Earths: Make Trade, Not War” is the latest from Pierre Lemieux. Here’s his conclusion:

I don’t believe that there cannot be a just war. Defending individual liberty against a foreign military attack would be a just cause. But defending the power of one’s own government to dictate trade deals or no-deals to one’s fellow citizens or to grab foreign resources or even to extend liberty by force over the world à la Napoléon are certainly not just causes.

Here’s the spot-on conclusion to George Will’s latest column:

Impeachment can be an instrument of civic hygiene. However, most of today’s Senate Republicans, scampering around the president’s ankles, are implausible hygienists.