Our nation’s democracy is at risk. Where are Facebook and Twitter? Social media executives seem to be getting the message. If they don’t do more, the federal government could impose regulations. Read more.
Charlotte Observer: On a cool Tuesday night in October 1958, the Rev. Billy Graham walked onto a stage at the Charlotte Coliseum for the 26th sermon of a five-week Charlotte crusade. By then, Graham had already become one of the most well-known figures in evangelical Christianity; for two years running, he had appeared on Gallup’s list of most admired men and women. He would appear on it 53 more times. Read more.
Jack Ohman wonders whether 2018 election is bot and paid for. Troll the cartoon here.
Columns & op-eds
Andrew Malcolm, McClatchy D.C.: Here we go again with yet another “national conversation” about guns that is neither a conversation nor national. And not productive. Read more.
Mott Smith and Ethan N. Elkind: The perfect place to build affordable homes is near major transit stops, so residents don’t have to drive for every errand and can avoid contributing to traffic and pollution. But too many California cities and counties impose zoning restrictions that make it practically impossible. Read more.
Joel Bellman: Homelessness in California is much harder to fix than we’re pretending. Look at L.A. Read more.
Margarita Maldonado and Jefferson McGee: From 2016-17, Sacramento had the highest year over year rent increases in the nation. Only rent control will help. Read more.
Sasha Abramsky: Knowing Trump won’t stop them, the world’s authoritarians seek to silence the press. Read more.
Los Angeles Times: At about this time last year California was reveling in good news: The drought was over. Some parts of the state actually had so much water they were flooding. And now for the bad news, and it may not be what you think: There may never have been a drought in the first place. Read more.
Orange County Register: California’s big public pension systems have many difficulties. But until now, CalPERS and CalSTRS have relied for much of their clout on a sense that there just wasn’t an alternative to turn to. Today, they don’t have the luxury of pretending they’re the only game in town. Read more.
San Jose Mercury News: Facebook, Twitter and other social media companies aren’t doing nearly enough to combat foreign meddling in their platforms. On Friday, special prosecutor Robert Mueller charged 13 Russians and three foreign companies with using social media to subvert the 2016 U.S. presidential election and support the Donald Trump campaign. Read more.
Santa Rosa Press Democrat: With about 900 ex-soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines living in mission-style buildings, the Veterans Home of California in Yountville is the largest facility of its kind in the United States. But if those noble veterans are terminally ill and want to exercise their rights under California’s aid-in-dying law, then they can expect an eviction notice. Read more.
E.J. Dionne Jr., Washington Post: As the mass killings continue, we are urged to be patient and to spend our time listening earnestly to the views of those who see even a smidgen of action to limit access to guns as the first step toward confiscation. Read more.
Ross Douthat, New York Times: The real scandal involves the Russian hacking operation against the Democratic National Committee. This was a genuine crime that led to a series of leaks that were touted by Donald Trump enough that they contributed something to his victory. Read more.
Michael Gerson, Washington Post: Billy Graham was consumed by grace. Graham’s global ministry was the triumph of complete sincerity, expressed with a universally accessible simplicity. Read more.
Dana Milbank, Washington Post: Vladimir Putin has played Americans across the political spectrum for suckers. In particular, the Russian dictator has turned Trump supporters into the useful idiots of the 21st century. Read more.
Tweet of the day
“People whining about #twitterlockout are basically saying “We rely on Russian bots to inflate our follower count and influence.” Purging fake accounts is of course a good thing. Let’s grow up a little.” – Ron Nehring, @RonNehring