Quick Takes

* The tally on governor’s responses to so-called “religious liberty” laws is as follows: Governors Pence of Indiana and Deal of Georgia wised up and vetoed them. Governor McCrory of North Carolina signed one in his state and continues to feel the consequences. Today, Governor Phil Brryant of Mississippi joined him.

Gov. Phil Bryant signed the controversial Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act into law Tuesday morning, saying he did so to protect the rights of people with “deeply held religious beliefs.”

HB1523, authored by House Speaker Philip Gunn, has drawn state and national attention with groups as varied as the Human Rights Campaign and the Mississippi Manufacturers Association all calling for the governor to veto the bill.

* Janet Langhart Cohen responds to these events by suggesting that “Corporate America supports the fight for LGBT rights. It should do the same for black lives.”

Black Americans must call on corporate America to speak out and support our right to equal protection under the law, including demanding that public officials hold police strictly accountable for the excessive and unwarranted use of lethal force against us. If we are refused, the black community should use our economic power exactly as corporate America did in Arizona and Georgia.

* Today, President Obama announced new administrative actions to tackle corporate inversions.

When companies exploit loopholes like this, it makes it harder to invest in the things that are going to keep America’s economy going strong for future generations. It sticks the rest of us with the tab. And it makes hardworking Americans feel like the deck is stacked against them.

* Given a title like “What the MRI of Donald Trump’s soul reveals,” I just had to read the latest from David Axelrod. But what he writes about the process of presidential campaigns was even more interesting than how he applied it to Trump.

In 2011, as the presidential race was gearing up and many were predicting defeat for President Obama, I reminded a reporter, in judging potential opponents, just how exacting the process of running for president can be.

“Presidential campaigns are like MRIs for the soul,” I said. Whoever you are, the process will reveal you. And the deeper you go in the campaign, the more this is true.

Candidates for President of the United States are auditioning for the toughest job on the planet. Every issue that comes to that desk in the Oval Office is fraught and consequential. Every comment a president makes can send armies marching and markets tumbling.

Voters intuitively get this. They watch. They see how the candidates make split-second decisions under the klieg lights and measure how these men and women might deal with the relentless pressures of the presidency.

Issues are important. But command and sure-footedness in critical moments are essential.

* Finally, for the list of “ignorant things Donald Trump said,” here’s today’s addition.

When asked by Fox host Sean Hannity if he would eliminate any federal departments as President, Trump responded “largely, we can eliminate the Department of Education,” a common refrain among conservatives.

But he went on: “Department of Environmental, I mean, the DEP is killing us environmentally, it’s just killing our businesses.”

Sometimes you just gotta laugh to avoid totally freaking out about the fact that this guy is actually leading the Republican presidential primary.

Nancy LeTourneau

Nancy LeTourneau is a contributing writer for the Washington Monthly. Follow her on Twitter @Smartypants60 .