‘Adult day care’ isn’t enough. We need a law to keep Trump’s hands off the nuclear button: President Donald Trump keeps lobbing warmongering statements and tweets about North Korea as more doubts are raised about his fitness to be our commander in chief. That makes the case for a bill, introduced by Rep. Ted Lieu of California, that would require the president to get congressional authorization for a nuclear first strike.
Devastating wine country fire must force a new look at prevention: We cannot control the weather and we have limited sway over geography. But certain ingredients vital to fire are within our domain. Understanding what we can do better, and then summoning the political and financial will to do it, is one way we can honor the memory of those who perished this week.
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Oil industry and ex-legislators find a new way to peddle influence: The oil industry saw the reality that Gov. Jerry Brown was determined to push through legislation to extend cap-and-trade until 2030. The industry, having hired former legislators, worked to mold it.
Jack Ohman looks at Vice President Mike Pence’s exit strategy. Get outta here...here.
Dan Walters, CalMatters: So California has declared itself to be a sanctuary for those who have entered the nation illegally.
Steve Hansen: Even though distracted drivers, including those using cellphones, are the fastest-growing cause of deadly car crashes, surveys and anecdotal evidence show people don’t take it seriously. That is why there is a new campaign called “We Save Lives,” launched by the founder of MADD, Candace Lightner, to put a stop to distracted driving.
Anja Raudabaugh: In California – and everywhere else in the world – it takes water to grow food. Growing food, fiber and fuel with California’s high safety, efficiency, nutrition and affordability standards combats poverty and hunger in the developing world.
Erwin Chemerinsky: Why shouldn’t the gun industry be liable for damage done by its products, just like anybody else?
Take a number: $18,000
More than 6 million California households claim the income tax deduction for state and local taxes, with the average at about $18,000. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California pointed that out Wednesday in opposing the proposal from Republicans, working with President Donald Trump, to do away with the deduction. “Eliminating this deduction would raise taxes on almost 30 percent of American taxpayers, the vast majority of whom earn less than $200,000,” Feinstein said in a statement. Rep. Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco and other House Democrats plan a press conference Thursday to make the same case. They argue that ending the deduction would hurt many middle-class families, while Trump’s tax plan – or at least as much detail is known – would be a bonanza for the wealthy. –Foon Rhee, @foonrhee
Kansas City Star: Will Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens make good on his promise to clean up state government? We should know by early next year. Greitens’ deputy chief of staff, Caleb Jones, recently resigned his position to take a job with the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives, an industry group.
Mercury News: The horrific loss of life and property demands that Cal Fire conduct a thorough investigation into the causes. One possibility is that electric utilities damaged by the unusual 75 mph winds Sunday night sparked the fires.
Los Angeles Times: With horrific allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault swirling around co-chairman Harvey Weinstein, the company that bears his name fired him Sunday. But by waiting so long to take a step that should have been taken, frankly, years earlier, the company fostered a climate in which his behavior – well-known within the company and in Hollywood – was tolerated, concealed and even enabled. For that, the company’s entire leadership shares some blame and shame.
San Diego Union-Tribune: It’s been a bad year for good government at the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, a group that largely flies straight and under the radar. So it’s about time the supervisors did something worthy of unqualified praise. Tuesday, they voted to join a growing legal effort that includes Imperial Beach, Chula Vista, the Port of San Diego and the city of San Diego to force the federal government to better block sewage from flowing into the U.S. from Mexico and fouling beaches.
Santa Rosa Press Democrat: For those in Texas and the South, the desolation came with names like Harvey, Irma and Maria. For those in the North Bay, it came with names like Tubbs, Nuns and Atlas. And it came without warning. Unlike hurricanes, which simmer for days before striking, the firestorms that swept through Sonoma and Napa counties late Sunday and early Monday arrived with a devastating fury that forced tens of thousands of residents to flee into the night, only to return on Tuesday to breathtaking ruin.
Lexington Herald Leader: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has peddled the dubious promise that mining jobs would come back if not for Obama era efforts to lighten coal’s environmental footprint. Now we’ll discover if that’s true.
Frank Bruni: A more conventional, responsible, admirable president would have looked right past Rex Tillerson or Jeff Sessions or Steven Mnuchin. That’s President Trump’s power over them – a poison in the heart of his Cabinet. In return he demands a gratitude that’s unhealthy, a deference that’s unseemly.
E.J. Dionne Jr.: While Hillary Clinton used the attention she commands on behalf of children’s health care and a group that enjoys little political influence or lobbying power, President Trump was acting like a child in his tweets.
Thomas L. Friedman: America’s democracy is built on two principles: truth and trust. We trust that our elections are fair and that the news we get from our mainstream outlets is true. But today many people are getting news from platforms that are easily polluted by Russian or other hackers with fake news.
Dana Milbank: An IQ test for President Trump. He would fail in so many ways it would make a CIA briefer pull out his hair.
Given the profound and inherent risks associated with nuclear weapons, there are no valid justifications for their further existence. – Don Knutson, Sacramento
Tweet of the day
“From the authoritarian playbook, page 1: Shut down a free and independent media.” John Diaz @JohnDiazChron