Congress will have its work cut out, if it dares

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Our take


Trump has built his Cabinet from the swamp up: The Republican-controlled Senate must exercise its power of advise and consent by investigating Cabinet nominees. Senators must put the country ahead of party loyalty and, where appropriate, reject Trump’s nominees.

What should happen in Natomas as old arena closes: While it’s important for Sacramento and the region that the central city become a thriving place to live and work, Natomas can’t be left behind and can’t afford to have a big eyesore. Mayor Darrell Steinberg and the Sacramento Kings must put high on their to-do lists a smart but quick redevelopment of the Sleep Train Arena site.


Dan Walters explores the Assembly’s handling of Proposition 54, the voter-approved initiative to increase transparency in the Legislature. Not to seem jaded, but history has proved that Capitol politicians will use any convenient device to operate stealthily.


Ben Boychuk: Republicans and Democrats alike are taking new interest in the powers and prerogatives of Congress as enumerated in Article I of the Constitution. We might see genuine oversight of the Donald Trump administration.

Mary Leslie: Clean energy must be part of Fortress California.

Eric Brown: Telemedicine is one cure for California’s rural health care needs.

Their take

Los Angeles Times: Now that a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags is in place, polystyrene is the next front in the battle against ubiquitous and harmful plastic waste.

Orange County Register: Make sure plan to further clean air is feasible, effective.

San Francisco Chronicle: Wells Fargo needs big reforms.

Miami Herald: Rough road ahead for Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees.

The Charlotte Observer: The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, striving to rebuild trust with the community, will offer three-day “transparency workshops” for citizens.

Philadelphia Inquirer: No longer the darling of the media, national Republicans and New Jerseyans of all political stripes, Gov. Chris Christie is stuck in New Jersey with apparently nothing to do but write a book. Rather than dealing with the gaping public-employee pension crisis, the 10 credit downgrades during his seven years in office or the turf wars inside the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Christie has made a personal book deal his top priority.

Syndicates take

Charles Krauthammer: The Trump Cabinet: Bonfire of the agencies.

Eugene Robinson: Donald Trump is in for a fight on climate change.

Michael Gerson: Keep an open mind about Rex Tillerson.

Gail Collins: For Mitt Romney, dinner and kiss-off.

Letters to the editor

“It still baffles me how the governor can find the money to run the government and give pay raises, yet we cannot find the money to fix the highways.” – Albert F. Kammerer, Sacramento

President-elect Donald Trump’s Twitter feed

“If Russia, or some other entity, was hacking, why did the White House wait so long to act? Why did they only complain after Hillary lost?” – Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump

Tweets of the day

“Trump Falsely Says U.S. Claim of Russian Hacking Came After Election”Michael McFaul @McFaul

“Russian hacking during the US presidential election is not a Republican or Democrat issue. It’s an American issue. We must stand together.” – Lindsey Graham @LindseyGrahamSC

Assange should be on trial in Sweden for sexual assault & here for espionage working for Russia to harm USA. Is Fox becoming RT subsidiary?” – John Weaver @JWGOP