Taking a stand
Supreme Court justices generally don’t step into politics. But California’s chief justice, Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, told U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly in no uncertain terms to cease “stalking” undocumented immigrants who follow the law by showing up in California’s courthouses.
“As Chief Justice of California responsible for the safe and fair delivery of justice in our state, I am deeply concerned about reports from some of our trial courts that immigration agents appear to be stalking undocumented immigrants in our courthouses to make arrests,” Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye wrote in a letter to them.
Before President Donald Trump dismisses her as a “so-called” judge, he should know her pedigree includes appointments by Govs. George Deukmejian, Pete Wilson and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Republicans all.
Transcend Trump’s budget? It’s our only hope: President Donald Trump’s proposed budget would devastate California and betray the state’s values. We can only hope this state’s Republicans in Congress will remember that.
Dan Morain: John Van de Kamp would feel right at home today if he were back on the job as California attorney general.
Dan Walters: There seems to be no end to the issues in which blue California finds itself at odds with a Republican-controlled federal government – and smog is a new one.
Bill Whalen: Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says he wants to make a difference on redistricting reform. But how much effort will he really put into it?
Angelo McClain: To tackle the opioid crisis, it’s going to take much more than law enforcement and the medical community. Social workers have the skills and commitment to play a big role.
Orange County Register: It is universally acknowledged that California has a serious housing supply and affordability crisis, yet Democrats in the Legislature seem intent on increasing housing costs even more.
San Diego Union Tribune: Why an income tax break for California teachers is wrong.
San Jose Mercury News: The Congressional Budget Office, the independent federal legislative financial analyst, isn’t perfect in its predictions. But historically, it’s pretty close. And it is 100 percent independent.
San Francisco Chronicle: President Donald Trump’s budget is nothing more than a statement of values. As such, it’s a dark and dreary statement that is strikingly at odds with the values of most Americans.
Kansas City Star: The two most stunning things about the federal budget proposal issued by the Trump administration Thursday are these: Domestically, its cuts would fall hardest on low-income Americans in rural areas, aka Trump voters. It also slashes funding for diplomacy. Would the world then hear from us only with bombs?
Lexington Herald Leader: Too bad Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, one of the country’s most powerful Republicans, hasn’t had a moment to comment on Trump’s ban or its rejection by two federal judges Wednesday.
Charles Krauthammer: Obamacare’s crafters created new beneficiaries and expectations, which makes its repeal very complicated.
Trudy Rubin: Surviving in Islamic State-occupied Mosul.
Michael Gerson: Donald Trump’s affinity for President Andrew Jackson is disturbing.
Dana Milbank: Racists are rejoicing with President Donald Trump’s homage to Andrew Jackson.
Gail Collins: Donald Trump channels ‘Old Hickory.’
Nicholas Kristof: House Speaker Paul Ryan is being pious on Obamacare repeal.
Charles M. Blow: Donald Trump’s supporters are disciples of a false prophet.
“If this were your child, would you want to sit around waiting while someone decided that cancer needed immediate treatment?” – Richard Buss, M.D., Jackson