Opinion

Jeff Sessions’ dodge; Jerry Brown’s hope; and the Warriors victory

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Our take

Editorials

Jerry Brown uses pomp and symbolism to win GOP votes for climate bill. The governor has some serious climate-related business in the Capitol these days, gathering two-thirds votes in both houses of the Legislature to extend the cap-and-trade program beyond its presumed expiration in 2020.

Fresno Bee: The Fresno City Council should not fund legal services for undocumented immigrants. While we understand the need to stand up against the Trump administration’s scapegoating of undocumented immigrants, using taxpayer money for this purpose is bad policy.

Columns

Foon Rhee: Stephen Curry and Donald Trump could not be more different. The Warriors star selflessly welcomed Kevin Durant, the MVP in the NBA team’s title. The president convened a cabinet meeting to stroke his own ego.

Andrew Malcolm, McClatchy DC: Let’s be blunt here: The actors and media in Washington are addicted to scandal and the process of scandal.

Op-eds

Jessica Bartholow: Uber drivers aren’t the only ones who want tax credit. Poor Californians are also self-employed and they’re not eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit. That’s about to change now that legislative leaders and Gov. Jerry Brown have endorsed a budget deal.

Take a number: $500,000

On April 6, the Legislature voted to raise vehicle registration fees and gasoline taxes by $5.2 billion a year to pay for road repairs. On April 11, word leaked of the campaign to recall Sen. Josh Newman, D-Fullerton, who narrowly won election in 2016 and voted for the tax hike. On April 17, Chevron gave the California Republican Party $500,000, which will help fund the Newman recall. Now, the oil industry hopes the Legislature will vote to extend the cap-and-trade program, knowing the alternative would be direct regulation of refinery emissions, which would be more costly. Newman, we presume, won’t be among the yes-votes.

Their take

Charlotte Observer: Americans learned two things from Jeff Sessions’ testimony Tuesday: That he lacks a good memory and that most Republicans on the Senate Intelligence Committee lack spines.

Lexington Herald Leader: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republicans are bragging because health insurers are abandoning some individual markets, leaving consumers with no choices. It’s as if the Republicans have forgotten they’re in charge now.

Kansas City Star: Kansas lawmakers finally wrapped up their 2017 session last weekend by passing a two-year state budget that sets the state back on the road to recovery after years of damage wrought by Gov. Sam Brownback’s tax cuts.

San Francisco Chronicle: The gold trophy, clamoring crowds and showering confetti tell the same story. With a steamroller performance, the Warriors are champions again. It’s a feat to be savored anywhere great basketball is appreciated.

San Jose Mercury News: The Golden State Warriors are again the world champions. With a record of 16-1 during the grueling playoffs, they set a standard that few will match – and Warriors fans deserved it. So did Oakland, whose residents celebrated with joyful and, for the most part, non-destructive exuberance.

Orange County Register: Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, is carrying Assembly Bill 406, which would prohibit for-profit companies from operating or managing charter schools. Fundamentally, AB 406 really doesn’t accomplish very much beyond demonizing corporations, profiting and charter schools.

Syndicates’ take

Frank Bruni: As I watched Jeff Sessions, a flustered Gump in the headlights, I saw a dark parable of bets misplaced and souls under siege. This is what happens when you draw too close to Donald Trump.

Ruben Navarrette: It seems that many journalists are so personally offended by the idea of Donald Trump being president, and so embarrassed that they missed the big story of how someone like Trump could get elected, that they’ve thrown out the rule book.

Kathleen Parker: As President Donald Trump himself said, he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and they’d still love him. This is the definition of equal madness, which seems to have spread to the highest levels.

Dana Milbank: Of course President Donald Trump called James Comey a liar: That’s always been his strategy. But it’s a bit rich coming from the man who has done more than any other to turn public discourse into a parallel universe of alternative facts.

David Brooks: Are we really going to hand revolutionary power to the state, the intellectuals, the social scientists, the working class or any other class? No. This is not 1917.

Mailbag

“Demonizing an employee who only sought a safe work environment and exploiting his background against him is as low as it gets. Goodwill is not on moral high ground.” – Karla LaZier, Sacramento

Tweet of the day

“It was a simple question. Can Sessions point to the policy, in writing, that allows him to not answer a whole host of our questions today.” – Kamala Harris, @KamalaHarris

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