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Why it’s up to states and cities to protect our democracy

The Trump administration and Congress may roll back laws on voting rights and money in the political process. The Federal Election Commission is deadlocked. It will take sustained efforts at the state and local levels to advance the values of an open, transparent and inclusive democracy.

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We are dissidents, we are legion

It is possible that Trump has reactivated something President Barack Obama couldn’t maintain, and Hillary Clinton couldn’t fully tap into: A unified, mission-driven left that puts bodies into the streets.

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Trump ushers in dangerous state of disunion

His “America first” message to the world promised an aggressive brand of U.S. isolationism that will undermine our allies, and give adversaries a green light to expand their influence. This new Trump Doctrine could destabilize the entire world.

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Things can only get worse

Listening to Trump, you might have thought America was in the midst of a full-scale depression. There’s a strong likelihood that unemployment will be higher four years from now than it is today. Trumpist budget deficits will probably widen the trade deficit, so that manufacturing employment in particular is likely to fall, not rise.

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The one word that never occurs to Donald Trump

A humbler man would doubt himself, extend an olive branch to his enemies, contemplate a middle ground. But then a humbler man wouldn’t have come down that escalator at Trump Tower and proceed to say what Trump said and do what he did. As I watched him flourish, I watched humility die.

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Press must not imitate Donald Trump

Mainstream journalism may be freer than the fearful anticipate, but not actually better as optimists expect. The press may be tempted toward – and richly rewarded for – a kind of hysterical oppositionalism, a mirroring of Trump’s own tabloid style and disregard for truth.

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Public universities needs more than nostaglia

There is a reason that City College and California’s universities evoke such warm nostalgia: They fulfilled the country’s highest ideals – of excellence, progress and opportunity. Many of those same colleges, and many others, still do. They deserve more than nostalgia.

Videos

Time-lapse art by Stephanie Taylor: Oil pumpjacks

Sacramento artist Stephanie Taylor brings oil pumpjacks to life in the city of Taft and its environs with this time-lapse video. It's part of her California Sketches series on Main Streets.
Stephanie Taylor Special to The Bee
Time-lapse art by Stephanie Taylor: Oil pumpjacks 0:18

Time-lapse art by Stephanie Taylor: Oil pumpjacks

See Main Street Rio Vista come to life 1:08

See Main Street Rio Vista come to life

Undocumented students at CSUS worry about Trump ending Obama protections 1:10

Undocumented students at CSUS worry about Trump ending Obama protections

UC Davis students protest fossil fuel investments 0:34

UC Davis students protest fossil fuel investments