1) Hey, look, we have a state budget! Or, we have a state budget – the one initially proposed in the House – until Gov. Tom Wolf vetoes at least portions of it. And if that portends a protracted fiscal standoff in Harrisburg, what happens to the folks – employees, school districts, etc. – who rely on state funds?
2) If you had asked us just after the 2012 presidential election about the chances of Chris Christie to win the Republican nomination this time around, we would have called him a favorite. Since then though, the New Jersey governor – who announced his candidacy this morning – has had to deal with the thing about the George Washington Bridge, going to Dallas Cowboys games with Jerry Jones picking up the tab and a constituency in his home state that seems to be growing weary of the tough-guy act. If you're asking us now? We'd politely posit that he's a long shot.
3) Greece is teetering on the brink of financial disaster, and Greeks in Pittsburgh are concerned.
4) As the end of its current session approaches, the United States Supreme Court issued several new rulings Monday, including a couple – the approval of Oklahoma's lethal injection cocktail and a rejection of President Obama's executive order on mercury in power plants – that should remind us that this isn't a liberal court by any stretch. But that side got a couple boosts as well on Monday, as the court moved to remove politics from Congressional redistricting and allowed Texas abortion clinics to remain open while a lower court rules on that state's controversial new law that would force nearly all of them to close.
5) Donald Trump says the Mexicans who are entering the United States illegally are "criminals" and "rapists." He is then surprised whenUnivision and then NBC cuts loose the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants, both of which are owned by Mr. Trump. We've read in a couple different places that the loudmouthed presidential candidate has learned a lesson about consequences; frankly, we doubt Mr. Trump has learned a thing.