In April 1865, at the bloody, bitter end of the Civil War, Ebenezer Nelson Gilpin, a Union cavalryman, wrote in his diary, "Everything is chaos here. The suspense is almost unbearable."
"We are reduced to quarter rations and no coffee," he continued. "And nobody can soldier without coffee."
Recently, there have been a number of articles and statements asserting that fascism is rising in Europe, and that Donald Trump is an American example of fascism. This is a misrepresentation of a very real phenomenon. The nation-state is reasserting itself as the primary vehicle of political life. Multinational institutions like the European Union and multilateral trade treaties are being challenged because they are seen by some as not being in the national interest. The charge of a rise in fascism derives from a profound misunderstanding of what fascism is. It is also an attempt to discredit the resurgence of nationalism and to defend the multinational systems that have dominated the West since World War II.
An appeals court gave New York City the go-ahead to fine restaurants which do not use a salt warning icon on menu items with a high content of salt. The city will start enforcement June 6. The rule took effect in December and requires a salt-shaker icon be added next to menu items that contain more sodium than doctors recommend ingesting in an entire day. The National Restaurant Association took the city to court to fight the requirement, which could stick violators with fines up to $600. "I am pleased with the Appellate Division's decision allowing enforcement of a common sense regulation that will help New Yorkers make better decisions and lead healthier lives," said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
New York Times: Last month, during a routine review of New Jersey's finances, one could sense the alarm. The state's wealthiest resident had reportedly "shifted his personal and business domicile to another state," Frank W. Haines III, New Jersey's legislative budget and finance officer, told a State Senate committee. If the news were true, New Jersey would lose so much in tax revenue that "we may be facing an unusual degree of income tax forecast risk," Haines said. The New Jersey resident (unnamed by Haines) is the hedge-fund billionaire David Tepper. In December, Tepper declared himself a resident of Florida after living for over 20 years in New Jersey. He later moved the official headquarters of his hedge fund, Appaloosa Management, to Miami.