Jimmy Kimmel, John McCain, advocates, town hall protesters – heroes in war on Obamacare: Republicans in Congress have a week left to single-handedly kill the Affordable Care Act. Their determination is sickening.
Jack Ohman feels very thirsty for Los Angeles and the twin tunnels right now. Have a refreshing drink here.
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Dan Morain: Former Obama aides are running for mayors, city council seats, legislatures, congress, governors and attorney general. And in Oakland, Buffy Wicks, who grew up in a trailer park outside Auburn, seeks an Assembly seat. In the era of Trump, an army of Obama’s aides now seeks to rise.
Leonard Pitts Jr.: “Hey, little buddy, don’t let bullies define you.” “When people who only know your face try to tell you who you are, (Jackson Bezzant), why should you listen? The answer is, you shouldn’t.”
Dan Walters: Two aphorisms come to mind in weighing the import of Senate Bill 568: If at first you don’t succeed, try try again. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.
Michele Steeb: “Housing First” is California’s homeless policy. But there is no one-size-fits-all medication for the homeless. Poverty, alcohol and drug addiction, a lack of education and job skills, and mental illness must be treated with the same attention that “housing first” receives.
Jock O’Connell: Sacramento actually doesn’t lead the state in agricultural production, it isn’t a food destination and its latest civic marketing slogan undermines its efforts to win tech jobs. Lose “Farm-to-Fork,” Sacramento, or you’ll only get farm-to-forklift jobs.
J. Mario Molina: “Zombie Care” is the worst Obamacare repeal bill yet. It makes deep cuts to Medicaid because block grants to states would not keep up with inflation or the 4 percent projected annual growth in Medicaid costs. Even worse, Medicaid funding could end entirely after 2026.
Take a number: 58 percent
A record 58 percent of Californians believe climate change is a serious threat to the state’s economy and quality of life. And a healthy majority want California to pursue its own policies on global warming. And the Public Policy Institute of California notes that millennials are the most enthusiastic of all age groups: 75 percent of 18- to 35-year-olds favor the state enacting its own policies; 80 percent support Senate Bill 32, the update to California’s landmark climate change legislation; and 84 percent back the goal of 100 percent renewable electricity by 2045. That last bill, however, failed to get through the Legislature. – Foon Rhee, @foonrhee
Las Vegas Sun: The Senate’s last-ditch assault on the Affordable Care Act appeared to be all but dead heading into the weekend, but Nevadans are going to remember it even if it never comes to a vote. That’s because Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., not only supported the horrible bill, he doubled down by lending his name to it.
Lexington Herald Leader: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is fond of talking and tweeting about the horrors visited upon Americans by the Affordable Care Act. But, if the Graham-Cassidy bill he’s pushing to repeal and replace the ACA passes, we ain’t seen nothin’ yet in the health-care horror show. McConnell’s home state of Kentucky will be among the hardest hit.
New Orleans Times-Picayuune: Given the political environment in the Legislature and Louisiana’s ongoing budget struggles, there almost certainly would be a dramatic erosion of coverage here. Sen. Bill Cassidy, a physician who has worked in the state’s Charity Hospital system, shouldn’t be part of that.
Miami Herald: The Florida Health Care Association has called a “summit” to address emergency preparedness. This comes after eight, then nine and, as of Thursday, 10 elderly residents in a Hollywood Hills nursing home were left to suffer and die. But zoom out from this one particular tragedy, and Floridians will find that, big picture, the Scott administration as well as industry muscle continue to give cover to nursing homes that shouldn’t be in business.
Kansas City Star: Where to begin with the St. Teresa’s Academy students only lightly punished by the school after posing for party pics with the swastika they’d fashioned with beer pong cups? This incident is not innocuous, and the day of “reflection” imposed on those involved strikes us as absurdly light duty for having mistaken a symbol of hate for a decorative way to act out.
L.A. Times: Southern California is not going to build a bunch of new freeways. Nor has adding lanes to existing roadways solved congestion. Yet traffic is going to keep coming. It’s time at least to consider pricing the roads.
Santa Rosa Press Democrat: Video of a UC Berkeley campus police officer pocketing $60 from the wallet of a hot dog vendor went viral recently. University officials defended the action as routine collecting of evidence. It was evidence all right, just not of illegal hot dog sales. It reminded people just how out of whack America’s system of civil asset forfeiture has gotten.
San Diego Union-Tribune: Rep. Duncan Hunter’s call for a “pre-emptive strike” on North Korea is incendiary and dangerous – the worst thing he’s publicly said as a politician. In a KUSI-TV interview, the Alpine Republican asserted that since Pyongyang is no global power and since North Korea claimed it had aimed nuclear weapons at the U.S., “Why would I not hit you first?”
Frank Bruni: If America wants geniuses, it should welcome immigrants.
Maureen Dowd: What if Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg ran for president? Elon Musk has been sounding the alarm about the danger of Silicon Valley’s creations and AI mind children getting out of control. He has a point.
Ross Douthat: The country has bigger problems than its insurance system. It’s time for both parties to act like it.
Nicholas Kristof: How to win the war on drugs? Look to Portugal, perhaps. Portugal’s approach works better than America’s, but nothing succeeds as well as we might hope.
Ruben Navarrette: Now that Donald Trump has forged alliances with Democrats on disaster cleanup, immigration and possibly even tax reform, it’s tough to muster sympathy for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan.
Timoth Egan: In Rome, a visit with the anti-Trump, Pope Francis. Behold the Francis doctrine: an expansion of “pro-life” to include help for refugees, the poor, the powerless. Trump doesn’t get it. His nominee to the Vatican is Callista Gingrich.
Dana Milbank: President Donald Trump actually is making us crazy.
Kathleen Parker: Where is Dail Dinwiddie? Someone has the power to release Dan and Jean Dinwiddie from a horrific nightmare that has consumed them for 25 years.
“Democrats need to fight against hatred, not figure out how to appeal to it.” – John Adkisson, Sacramento.
Dermot Cole, Alaska Dispatch News: Thanks for reading and so long until the next time. I wish the Binkley family and the entire staff well in carrying on the tradition of diligent reporting that questions authority and seeks to inform readers. My only advice: Reporting that makes the publisher uncomfortable from time to time is one sign of a newspaper doing its job. Something to guard against is the temptation to think that rewriting press releases and regurgitating the words of politicians qualifies as news coverage. It’s really an invitation to irrelevancy.