The Take: Congress and Russian hacking, lamenting Field Poll’s passing

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Our take


Get to bottom of Russia’s role in 2016 campaign: For the sake of our democracy, Congress must fully investigate Russia’s role in the 2016 election. Voters need to know how Russians tried to influence them.

Field Poll closes, and voters lose: Mervin Field’s poll was a California fixture. Its shutdown comes as disinformation has facts under siege.


Foon Rhee: Managers got stiffed on overtime when a federal judge blocked an expansion. It’s not going to get better under Donald Trump and Andrew Puzder, his nominee for labor secretary.

Daniel Weintraub: California has the most to lose if Obamacare is repealed.


Jim Araby: Progressive Democrats, as well as moderates, won big in 2016 legislative races.

Ben Chou and Tracy Quinn: California needs a bolder, smarter strategy on water conservation.

Their take

Los Angeles Times: A water deal that’s bad for California’s environment.

San Francisco Chronicle: Americans who disdain the price increases under the Affordable Care Act should be forewarned: They may find that alternatives on the table offer fewer choices and a greater burden on their pocketbooks.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Risky restroom bill could distract Texas Legislature. The Texas Association of Business produced a report saying Texas could lose between $964 million and $8.5 billion in business and more than 100,000 jobs if it passes the restroom bill and another proposal that would protect religious objectors to same-sex marriage.

The Boston Globe: Will Donald Trump serve himself or the country?

The Denver Post: Donald Trump should “Cancel order!” of $1 trillion in spending, for now.

Miami Herald: As president-elect, Donald Trump is singing a different tune on immigration, and that’s a good thing.

Richmond Times Dispatch: Virginia lawmakers have shown scant inclination to legalize marijuana, but it might not matter. Law enforcement seems to be doing it for them.

Syndicates’ take

Michael Gerson: Trump’s dangerous dissing of the intelligence community.

Eugene Robinson: Donald Trump’s strange defense of Russia.

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Why a Trump presidency inspires fear.

Paul Krugman: The tainted election.

Charles M. Blow: Patriotic opposition to Trump.


Russian hackers likely influenced our presidential election. We should call this what it is: cyber warfare. – Sarah Ream, Sacramento

Tweet of the day

“Let this sink in: the American President-elect is resolutely aligned with a foreign power that actively works to undermine our democracy.” – Evan McMullin @Evan_McMullin