Columns by Mary Ellen Klas in Bloomberg Opinion and Exclusive stories in the Miami Herald

Vets Want What Trump Refuses to Promise: a Nonviolent Election

As hundreds of North Carolina Republicans gathered over the Memorial Day weekend to elect delegates to the party’s national convention in July, a coalition of military veterans showed up and asked party leaders for a simple pledge: renounce violence this election. North Carolina GOP leaders instead had the group swiftly escorted out of the meeting at the Greensboro convention center, saying they had no right to be there.

Nikki Haley Shows Us Who She Really Is: a Coward

Nikki Haley was once perceived by many Republicans as their hope for redeeming a party that had been taken over by a morally corrupt, lying and craven narcissist. Donald Trump, she declared, exhibited “everything I taught my children not to do in kindergarten.” But by announcing Wednesday that she will be voting for Trump after spending months skewering him as “unfit for office,” “unhinged,” “diminished” and a chaos agent, she proved what many Americans believe: You can’t trust politicians, especially Trump-supporting ones.

Exploiting Kids Isn’t the Way to Fix the Labor Shortage

School will be out soon, and for many teenagers that means it’s time to get a job. But there’s a new hitch: More teens will be recruited for adult jobs and work longer hours and in more dangerous conditions because several states have weakened their child labor laws. It’s a brutal and short-sighted attempt to deal with one of the tightest labor markets on record, and it offers an ugly window into the inherent prejudices in the labor market.

DeSantis’ Immigration Stunt Didn’t Go Entirely as Planned

Whatever happened to the 49 migrants who were flown from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in 2022? Pawns in an elaborate scheme to elevate the anti-immigrant bonafides of the ambitious governor, it seemed as if they had landed among the forgotten souls sidelined by the media’s short memory. But last month, in what may go down as one of the greatest ironies of political theater in recent memory, the US government quietly gave eight of them special legal protection.

Going It Alone Isn't a Covid Strategy. Just Ask Florida

As we mark the fourth anniversary of the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s past time the federal government require uniform public health data and transparency standards at the state level — both to reestablish public trust and to avoid the dangerous spread of misinformation during the next deadly outbreak. One of the enduring lessons of the pandemic is that politics reigned over public health and no state better demonstrates that than Florida.
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