Midday open thread: AGs sue Trump regime over '2-for-1' rule; study says poor diet kills millions

What’s coming up on Sunday Kos:

GOP: Making Trump release returns is “abuse of authority.” What’s building a wall Congress rejected, by Ian Reifowitz
Trump spews, using Puerto Rico as red meat to throw to his xenophobic base, by Denise Oliver Velez
More women running—and winning elections—is the new normal, by Sher Watts Spooner
The Second Amendment does not apply to other countries, by Mark E Andersen
What’s happening at our border is an inhumane crime in progress, by Frank Vyan Walton
The hidden tax: Average Americans pay a tax of 74% that they don’t know about and isn’t in the media, by David Akadjian
International Digest: Longtime Algerian president resigns, but unclear if free elections will follow, by Daily Kos Elections International
Our economic system depends on your path to mediocrity, by Egberto Willies 
Primary debates should be a Democratic bulwark against Trump tirades, by Chris Reeves

Former Democratic Sen. Ernest “Fritz” Hollings dead at 97: The South Carolina Democrat served 38 years in the Senate before retiring in 2005, and was the last Democratic senator representing the state and the eighth longest serving senator ever. Hollings was elected to the state legislature in 1948, then was picked as lieutenant governor, and governor. He ran for the Senate and lost in 1962 to incumbent Olin D. Johnston. When  Johnston died three years later, Hollings won a special election to serve for the rest of his term. Then, despite South Carolina’s shift from a state dominated by Democrats to one mostly controlled by Republicans, he kept being reelected. Like many Southern Democrats of his era, Hollings originally ran for governor in 1958 on a platform opposing desegregation, but later urged support in the legislature for integrating schools and as governor worked to make peaceful desegregation a reality in the state while violence and troops attended such efforts elsewhere. He was known for his work on hunger, about which he wrote a book, and in 1972 he co-authored the Women, Infants and Children program. This supplemental food program was originally designed to improve the health of pregnant mothers, infants and children. Hollings was known for his skills as a skillful, witty orator  In his farewell address to the Senate in 2004, he excoriated deficit spending as well as the problem members of Congress have in raising money for reelection: “The cancer on the body of politics is money. Money, money, money. […] I’m sick of raising money to get re-elected. So I’m going home to Charleston.”

With reference to Isaac Asimov’s “Foundation” sci-fi trilogy, David Klion explains why he thinks “The American Empire Is the Sick Man of the 21st Century.”

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“The thing about tax returns, is you can’t call them snitches, you can’t call them rats and you can’t give them a pardon”Fmr prosecutor @rossi4va on Dems requesting Trump taxes pic.twitter.com/9eLUkXoFkR

— TheBeat w/Ari Melber (@TheBeatWithAri) April 5, 2019

Three state attorneys general file suit over Trump’s “2-for-1” rule: The AGs from California, Oregon, and Minnesota filed a lawsuit Thursday focusing on Trump’s executive order mandating that federal agencies chop out two regulations for every new one that is passed. They say the decree violates the Administrative Procedure Act and the Constitution and hampers their abilities to implement federal regultions. In a prepared statement, Oregon AG Ellen Rosenblum said, “Our federal government should be focused on implementing good policy — not just eliminating policy for the sake of a new mandate.” The states took two years to file the lawsuit while they gathered specific instances of how they were being affected. The lawsuit notes actions taken by Transportation, Interior, Energy and Labor departments, along with Environmental Protection Agency, the Office of Management and Budget, and the Department of Health and Human Services.

The Washington Post has published a beautifully illustrated piece on what’s left of Bears Ears: The national monument designated in southern Utah by President Obama was greatly shrunken by Donald Trump. That decision, which many legal critics say was illegal, is in litigation. The monument was designed with the active participation of five American Indian tribes who hoped to protect the sacred places and tens of thousands of Native artifacts and in the area. The Trump changes put much of that at risk. 

Study indicates that poor diet across the globe responsible for one in five deaths: Published in The Lancet, the study says that up to 11 million deaths a year are associated with a diet with inadequate levels of whole grains, fruit, nuts and seeds and an overabundance of trans fats, sugar drinks, and red and processed meats:

“This study affirms what many have thought for several years — that poor diet is responsible for more deaths than any other risk factor in the world,” says study author Dr Christopher Murray, Director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington, USA. “While sodium, sugar, and fat have been the focus of policy debates over the past two decades, our assessment suggests the leading dietary risk factors are high intake of sodium, or low intake of healthy foods, such as whole grains, fruit, nuts and seeds, and vegetables. The paper also highlights the need for comprehensive interventions to promote the production, distribution, and consumption of healthy foods across all nations.”

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