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For the GOP, a time for resistance

WASHINGTON – In his resignation speech following Great Britain’s vote to divorce from the European Union, Prime Minister David Cameron claimed several achievements by his government: reforming welfare and education; increasing development assistance to “the poorest people in the world”; and “enabling those who love each other to get married, whatever their sexuality.” He also mentioned “building a bigger and stronger society” – a reference to his “Big Society” ideological framework, which sought to empower local people and communities as an alternative both to centralized bureaucracies and to libertarian indifference.

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Brexit’s warning to Trump voters

The working-class Britons who bought the Brexit snake oil likely will not see their incomes rise or their prospects brighten. Nor will they see their multicultural society become monocultural again.

Joyce Terhaar

They served the U.S. military; now they need our help

The Sacramento funeral for Mustafa Rafi was the start of a yearlong effort by Sacramento Bee journalists to document serious needs within the city’s Afghan refugee community. Men and women who served alongside U.S. soldiers, earning a special visa to immigrate here because of threats from the Taliban, have found themselves facing poverty, violent crime and substandard living conditions. They seek the American dream. They don’t want charity, but they do need help.

California Forum

A muted celebration of marriage equality

A year ago Sunday, the U.S. Supreme Court determined that same-sex couples had the same constitutional right as other-sex couples to wed the person they love. I expected the first anniversary of that monumental decision would be a time of celebration and joy.

Dan Morain

Almighty NRA is all but paper tiger in California

In Washington, Rep. John Lewis was leading Democrats in a sit-in to force the Republican-controlled House to vote on modest gun control measures, while Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer was telling a gun control rally on the west steps of the California Capitol that the Second Amendment should be amended.

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Richard Martinez, whose son Christopher was murdered in Santa Barbara, speaks at a gun control rally on June 22, while Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer urges changes to the Second Amendment.
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