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LARRY PHILLIPS: Juvenile justice an interim focus

Interim charges are the issues that the Speaker asks committees to study during the time between regular legislative sessions in order to make recommendations for legislation for the following legislative session. This week I will discuss the charges given to the House Committee on Juvenile Justice & Family Issues.

GOOD MORNING: I nominate my bowling coach for most influential educator

As the school year winds down, local school districts have been celebrating the accomplishments of graduating seniors and their most influential educators. Between the Denison Independent School District’s “Scholars Among Us” dinner and the Sherman Independent School District’s “Circle of Success” event, I’ve taken some time to think about who I would have chosen if I had the opportunity to select the educator who made the most impact on my life.

MEGAN MCARDLE: The danger of President Trump isn’t dictatorship

Let’s say Donald Trump manages to romp his way to the White House in November. The New Yorker’s Adam Gopnik paints a dire picture of what will follow: “If Trump came to power, there is a decent chance that the American experiment would be over. This is not a hyperbolic prediction; it is not a hysterical prediction; it is simply a candid reading of what history tells us happens in countries with leaders like Trump.”

GOOD MORNING: Won’t melt in my hand

Since I was very young, M&M’s have been one of my favorite candies. I was such a fan that it was revolutionary when the company added new colors to the bag. My friends and I even had long debates at recess about whether we could taste the difference in the new red M&M’s.

NOAH FELDMAN: The Clarence Thomas dissent that broke my heart

As law professors go, I’m pretty sympathetic to Clarence Thomas’s constitutional jurisprudence. It’s not that I agree with him, which I almost never do. But I think he genuinely tries to apply originalism using historical methods. And when it comes to the law of race, where again I disagree with Thomas, I respect his effort to give voice to a distinctive form of conservative black nationalism that insists on color blindness because it’s better for blacks.

JENNIFER RUBIN: Is it time to ask Romney to run?

There is demand for a third candidate. The unprecedented unfavorability of the two major parties’ front-runners creates an opportunity. And yet the #NeverTrump forces have gotten close but have so far failed to recruit a candidate. Both retired general James Mattis, former CIA director and defense secretary Robert Gates and former senator Tom Coburn , R-Okla., have publicly said no while other potential candidates have said so privately, according to those involved in the search. A spokesman for Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., remarked that “he has three little kids and the only callings he wants [are] raising them and serving Nebraskans,” which falls short of a definitive no.

TRACY GINSBURG: Who fixes school finance now?

In the recent Texas Supreme Court decision, few insiders were surprised by the court’s description of the school finance system as “imperfect, Byzantine” and “sclerotic.” Indeed, the latest lawsuit was the seventh since the late 1980s that challenged the constitutionality of the state’s funding system of schools and the equitable distribution to districts.

GOOD MORNING: Video games now have a museum

If it exists, there likely is a museum about it out there, somewhere. From a museum about bunnies in California to another dedicated to lawnmowers in the United Kingdom, there is a museum out there for people of all interests. With that said, I was surprised to learn that a new museum for one of my life-long hobbies recently opened here in North Texas.