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We’ve made it 100 days. Only three years and nine months to go

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Jack Ohman, a student of history and golf, measures President Trump’s first 100 days. To see the upshot, click here.

Our take

Editorials

Taking on teacher tenure in California is no small undertaking: Powerful teachers’ unions have protected two-year tenure in California for decades, fending off legislative attempts and a 2005 initiative. This year, Assemblywoman Shirley Weber is taking a crack at it.

California attorneys general can’t help themselves. They need an intervention: California’s top lawyers can’t seem to be able to stop themselves from playing politics with initiatives. Assemblyman Kevin Kiley has a fix for that.

Trump aims at California in first 100 days. President Trump’s first 100 days are empty of significant legislation and marred by his epic defeat on repealing Obamacare. But Trump is anything but a typical president. And he’s using all his powers to remake the nation, with California is squarely in his crosshairs.

Columns

Dan Morain: Caleb Sears’ family learned tragedy on March 13, 2015, when the little boy died during oral surgery. Now they have discovered the ways of Sacramento.

Mike Dunbar: As much as Ann Coulter hates California’s crazy quilt of colors and colorful people, Modesto is proof that we all can contribute, we all belong and we all can get along – even if a little uncomfortably at times. In an unintended consequence of having Coulter in Modesto, maybe we got to know ourselves a little better.

Dan Walters: Charter school advocate Marshall Tuck came very close three years ago to unseating state schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson. With Torlakson due to retire, Tuck will try again next year, likely facing Assemblyman Tony Thurmond. It will be another proxy battle in the endless war between the education establishment and education reformers over the direction of California’s public school system.

Foon Rhee: Would Bernie Sanders be president right now if Democrats had nominated him instead of Hillary Clinton? You can hear that alternate political universe question getting louder again, with Sanders helping lead the resistance to President Donald Trump. But it’s wishful thinking.

Op-Eds

Elaine Corn: Having too many cookbooks may not rise to the level of international crisis. But they carry emotional attachment, a timeline of a life in food, and when too numerous, an unexpected amount of stress.

David Mas Masumoto: We are living in a wild, new world of radical politics from the left and the right, and a book the 1970s called “Rules for Radicals” by Saul Alinsky provides some strategies for today’s resistance.

Take a number: $252 million

California schools would lose $252 million if Congress approves President Donald Trump’s proposal to eliminate a program that helps poor districts hire and train teachers. Foon Rhee’s latest Numbers Crunch focuses on a study that shows that some congressional districts represented by Republicans would be among the hardest hit in California. Rhee asks if GOP congressmen will repeat the Trumpcare debacle.

Takes on Trump’s first 100 days

Santa Rosa Press Democrat: Donald Trump’s presidency reached the 100-day mark Saturday, and he doesn’t have a lot to brag about. It’s been a messy start for the 45th president of the United States.

San Jose Mercury News: We’ll say this about Donald Trump’s first 100 days as president: They have taken our worst fears of what a Trump administration might try to do to America and turned them into expectations.

San Francisco Chronicle: In his first 100 days, Trump has managed to wreak considerable destruction on both the stature of the American presidency, its credibility and its influence, and the course of U.S. policy at home and abroad.

East Bay Times: Fair warning: President Donald Trump would consider this editorial “fake news.” From Day One, he’s engaged in pitched battles on many fronts, often manifesting as shouting matches on social media.

Kansas City Star: We hope Trump will take some deep breaths and slow down; he does not need to be bold on every issue, every day. That leads, as it already has, to constant and equally bold revisions.

Lexington Herald Leader: In the next 1,360 days, we’d like to see a president who moves out of campaign mode, sees the public interest and puts it first, and learns to govern.

Syracuse Post Standard: President Donald Trump’s first 100 days have been just as bombastic, contrary and unconventional as Candidate Trump was. His supporters wanted someone to shake things up, and the president has done that.

Their take

Seattle Times: Global-health nonprofits cannot substitute for American foreign aid and the “soft power” that it projects into developing countries. But for the time being, we’re grateful that they are succeeding, persevering with noble work and representing our best values.

San Francisco Chronicle: Like many monumental public works before it, the bullet train could be as admired on completion as it has been abhorred in creation. The imperative, as for all trains, is getting there.

L.A. Times: Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a UC regent by virtue of his state position, immediately leaped forward with a demand that UC rescind its recent, modest tuition increase, even though he has no way of knowing whether the $175 million is available or adequate to cover looming costs. His remarks came off more like political pandering than thoughtful stewardship of higher education.

Syndicates’ take

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Here is what should offend you even more than Ann Coulter, particularly if you live in a place like Berkeley. A bunch of thugs just established that you can bully a public institution in a relatively small town into disinviting a controversial speaker. Which of our other freedoms will they come after next?

Ross Douthat: The case for Marine Le Pen. She’s not the French Donald Trump.

Gail Collins: Take this test to see how closely you’ve been watching President Trump.

Nicholas Kristof: Donald Trump has had no legislative triumphs, and he has by far the lowest public approval of any new president in polling history. Large majorities say he is not honest, does not keep promises and does not care about ordinary people.

Frank Bruni: Other presidents have at least done a pantomime of the qualities that we try to instill in children: humility, honesty, magnanimity, generosity. Even Richard Nixon took his stabs at these. Donald Trump makes a proud and almost ceaseless mockery of them.

Timothy Egan: The Trump family and assorted cronies are using the highest office in the land to stuff their pockets.

Dana Milbank: All of the following statements are Donald Trump’s own words; none is entirely true.

Kathleen Parker: Disliking Donald Trump is exhausting and unsustainable. With 265 days still left of Trump’s first year our highest calling is to encourage wiser men and women to ignore most of what Trump says, and to keep our eye on the bouncing ball.

E.J. Dionne: Few habits have been more infuriating than the ease with which political commentators of all stripes have applied the word “populism” to Donald Trump.

Ruben Navarrette: After enabling a Democratic administration that deported about 3 million immigrants, including undocumented young people brought to the United States as children, the liberal media is now portraying the Trump administration as the Dreamers’ worst nightmare.

Bret Stephens: If there was less certitude about our climate future, more Americans would be interested in having a reasoned conversation about it.

Paul Krugman: It’s clear the White House is proposing huge tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy, with the breaks especially big for people who can bypass regular personal taxes by channeling their income into tax-privileged businesses – people, for example, named Donald Trump. So Trump plans to blow up the deficit bigly, largely to his own personal benefit; but that’s about all we know.

David Brooks: Donald Trump has now changed and many of his critics refuse to recognize the change. He’s not gotten brighter or humbler, but he’s gotten smaller and more conventional. Here are three ways the Trump threat has become smaller.

Mailbag

“Freedom of speech is part of who we are, but is trampled by intimidation and violence.” – Jonathan J. Schrader, Elk Grove

And finally,

Jack Ohman: Autonomous vehicle promoters assure us that these rigs are perfectly safe. But planes plummet, trains derail and old-fashioned cars without Miracle Silicon Valley Technology crash all the time.

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