His presidency in crisis, Trump orders a strike on Syria. The attack on Syria’s chemical weapons program may be justified, but it risks Russian retaliation and raises questions about President Trump’s motives. Read more.
Carson, Partida for Davis City Council and three measures that deserve a yes. The June 5 ballot in Davis has nine candidates vying for two council seats, plus ballot measures extending two parcel taxes and adding 2,200 beds of student housing near UC Davis. Dan Carson and Gloria Partida stand out. Vote yes on Measure H, I and J. Read more.
Jack Ohman meets The Deputy First Dog of California. See who’s a good girl here.
Dan Walters, CALMatters: As California and President Trump go at it, people in the middle are getting hurt. Read more.
Secretary of State Alex Padilla: In response to the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., teens across the country organized the March for Our Lives. They didn’t just march, or call for gun safety reforms. They also pre-registered to vote. In California, more than 100,000 young people have pre-registered since we launched our program. Read more.
Jeff Reisig: What California drivers should remember on 4/20, now that cannabis is legalized. Read more.
Los Angeles Times: President Trump’s decision to deploy National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexican border is as lame-brained as his insistence on building an $18-billion wall between the two countries. To many people’s surprise, Gov. Jerry Brown acquiesced to the commander-in-chief’s request and will add 400 California guardsmen to an existing deployment of 250 – only 55 of whom are near the border. Trump was wrong to make the request, but Brown was right to honor it. Read more.
Santa Rosa Press Democrat: President Donald Trump likes to mimic reality TV when setting administration policy. He did just that when he called on California to send National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to combat “lawlessness.” Gov. Jerry Brown, to his credit, just took a red pen to that awful script, accepting federal funding to add 400 Guard members statewide but also setting fairly strict conditions for how they will be used. Read more.
Orange County Register: It’s time to derail California’s bullet train. California’s high-speed rail project has been a disaster from the beginning, and it’s only getting worse. When voters were asked to approve Proposition 1A in 2008, they were told the cost would be about $45 billion. Now, it’s $77.3 billion, but with a possibility of the cost rising to as much as $98.1 billion. Read more.
San Diego Union-Tribune: The University of California was founded in 1868. The first state junior college, or community college, was authorized by the Legislature in 1907. The idea that it wasn’t until this month that UC and California Community College officials agreed on a framework that would guarantee admission to one of the UC campuses to state community college graduates who did well in a rigorous set of courses is hard to fathom. But better late than never. Read more.
San Jose Mercury News: When you sign up for Facebook it is too hard to figure out how to control the dissemination of your private data. Mark Zuckerberg won’t provide the simple fix because it cuts into the billionaire’s bottom line. Congress won’t do it because it doesn’t have the political will or know-how to do it right. It’s up to California to provide a model for the nation. Read more.
E.J. Dionne Jr., Washington Post: Pope Francis apologized fervently for his terribly misguided defense of a Chilean bishop accused of covering up abuse by an infamous pedophile priest. He also issued a remarkable document on holiness. Read more.
Timothy Egan, New York Times: I’m not happy you’re spending my money on things like protection of Scott Pruitt’s afternoon nap. I see you’re still punishing me for working – taxing wages and business income at a much higher rate than the money I make doing nothing, like holding stocks. Read more.
Michelle Goldberg, New York Times: It is sad and jarring that Madeleine Albright, the former secretary of state, has just published a book with the stark title “Fascism: A Warning.” The book is not just a warning about President Donald Trump; Albright is concerned with the eclipse of liberal democracy all over the world. Read more.
Dana Milbank, Washington Post: The confirmation hearing for Mike Pompeo as secretary of state showed again that early in this second year of the Trump presidency, the administration bears an eerie resemblance to a matchmaking service. The quality that draws Donald Trump to hire is neither credentials nor competence nor even ideological compatibility but that he has chemistry with the applicant. Read more.
Kathleen Parker, Washington Post: Just a few hours before his first State of the Union address in January, President Trump lamented the country’s divisiveness and noted that Americans usually unite during troubled times. A common enemy is helpful. What could be more unifying than World War III? Read more.
Leonard Pitts Jr., Miami Herald: One of the most troubling things about the Trump presidency is not the revolving door White House, the indictments, the lies, the sex scandals, the racism, the decline in American prestige, nor the daily drumbeat of war, but rather, the refusal of his followers to hold the Dear Leader accountable for any of it. Read more.
Trudy Rubin, Philadelphia Inquirer: Russian media are speculating about a World War III and U.S. media are debating whether we are embroiled in a new Cold War. The crisis du jour is a likely U.S. missile strike on Syrian military sites to punish the Assad regime for another banned chemical weapons attack on civilians. Russian military personnel are present at key Syrian bases. Read more.
Tweets of the day
Um...I would have recommended ending this tweet with not those two words. https://t.co/h5Fl7kjea6— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) April 14, 2018
As America deepens our war in Syria tonight, and creates even more combat veterans, please remember that we have no @DeptVetAffairs Secretary.— Paul (PJ) Rieckhoff (@PaulRieckhoff) April 14, 2018