Trump’s latest attempt to gut Obamacare takes direct aim at 650,000 of our poorest neighbors. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra called Trump’s action to end cost-sharing subsidies “completely reckless,” and sued in federal court on Friday to block it. Trump and his Republican Congress needn’t fear the consequences of their spiteful actions. They enjoy the finest health care coverage taxpayer money can buy.
A pending Supreme Court case threatens to silence workers’ voices: Right-to-work advocates and their rich benefactors see Janus v. AFSCME as a way to weaken one of the few obstacles to their political ascendancy.
Jack Ohman gets taken for a ride in an autonomous vehicle by Waymo/Google. Grab the steering wheel in terror here.
Before Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León announced on Sunday that he was running against Dianne Feinstein for U.S. Senate, Erika D. Smith wrote this column: Forget your life goals, millennials. Dianne Feinstein just proved the silver ceiling is alive and well.
Also before de León’s announcement, Rep. Ro Khanna, the Silicon Valley Democrat, penned an op-ed urging a challenge. On Sunday, Khanna was quick to endorse KdL: “He is an innovative policy thinker who has delivered results in the California Legislature. He has the support of grassroots leaders across our state, and already has the backing of groups like Democracy for America. Kevin represents the future of California’s Democratic Party.”
Dan Walters, CalMatters: Sifting through hundreds of measures sent to his desk last month, Gov. Jerry Brown has singled out for veto some that he sees as being particularly nettlesome. They concern young drivers, Confederate names, smoking – and his veto comments are the key to the issue.
Leonard Pitts Jr.: The center is all but gone, so Democrats have little choice but to exploit the anger, energy and enthusiasm on the left. It’s an imperfect solution, but it has one advantage: It clarifies the choices, makes them stark.
U.S. Rep. Ami Bera: I am gravely concerned that the president’s actions could lead us into war. Only diplomacy will peacefully resolve the U.S. standoff with North Korea. But Trump undermines that consistently.
Nicole Pittman: A new law allowing children to petition to get off the sex offender registry is an important step, but California should keep them off in the first place. Placing kids on registries does not prevent future child sexual abuse and can diminish public safety.
Take a number: 12
A Miami Herald investigation showed that guards ordered teens to beat up other teens, children were sexually exploited, and sick young people were accused of feigning illnesses, sometimes with tragic consequences. Since 2000, at least 12 young people, ages 12 to 18, died in Florida’s the juvenile justice system under questionable circumstances. The result of those deaths: Not one staffer served a day in prison. The story cannot help but remind us of the gladiator fights at Corcoran State Prison in the 1990s. Feds prosecuted eight prison officers. A jury in Fresno acquitted them. As then-L.A. Times reporter Mark Arax wrote: Federal prosecutors conceded months ago that taking on corrections officers in the state’s conservative farm belt, where half a dozen sprawling state prisons light up the night sky and where guards double as Little League coaches, was an uphill climb.
Los Angeles Times: A cautious step forward on police drones: Drones could not be used for stakeouts or general surveillance, but only during critical incidents, such as when suspects are barricaded or holding hostages, or to search for missing people in wilderness areas, giving officers a view they could not otherwise get without putting themselves in extreme danger.
East Bay Times: It’s only a matter of time before terrorists deploying weaponized drones make mass murderers with rifles look like amateurs. Silicon Valley needs to work with California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the Pentagon and defense industry experts on countermeasures. The challenge is to adequately protect the public without eliminating the wide range of beneficial applications of drones.
Mercury News: Milpitas needs Richard Santos, its representative on the board of the Santa Clara Valley Water District, to help put the brakes on a local billion-dollar decision to join the state’s plan for a massive $16 billion twin-tunnel project underneath the Delta upstream from San Francisco Bay.
Santa Rosa Press Democrat: We, as a community, essentially have two choices. We can help our devastated neighbors transition back into the community, or we can make their journeys far more difficult by seeking to profit from their misfortune. We prefer the former. Yes, price gouging happens. But let’s not let it happen here. We are better than that.
San Diego Union-Tribune: In wake of Northern California disaster, fire policies need common-sense fixes. Because experts believe a key cause is hotter, drier weather caused by climate change, political skirmishing could get in the way of needed changes due to Trump administration skepticism. That can’t happen. The risks require new and better fire policies.
San Francisco Chronicle: As raging wildfires devour the lives, homes and dreams of Californians in an unprecedented scale, one voice has been conspicuously mute through day after day of crisis: President Trump.
Lexington Herald Leader: Sen. Rand Paul’s argument for pooling a very large group of people to give them maximum clout in the health care market is compelling. Take it to its logical end, and you have Sen. Bernie Sanders’ plan for a single-payer system.
David Brooks: Today’s California fires remind me of the largest fire in U.S. history, the Big Burn of 1910, which destroyed 3 million acres in Idaho, Montana and Washington. The U.S. Forest Service had been created five years before by President Theodore Roosevelt. When you look back at that era, you are struck by how many civic institutions were founded to address the nation’s problems.
E.J. Dionne Jr.: The recent introduction of the We the People Democracy Reform Act of 2017 could prove to be an important milestone even if the conflict-of-interest maven who occupies the White House and Republicans who currently dominate Congress choose to ignore it.
Timothy Egan: With a president who is going after clean air, clean water and the world’s most valuable wild salmon fishery, the fate of creation and all the myriad wonders within it is at stake. This American carnage is led by a man whose job is to protect the natural world within our borders, EPA administrator Scott Pruitt.
Dana Milbank: With so much hypocritical behavior by Republicans, it might be in order for President Trump to rewrite biblical law by executive order – much as he used one this last week to dismantle Obamacare without an act of Congress.
Ruben Navarrette Jr.: All his cold-heartedness helped make Barack Obama the most anti-immigrant president in modern U.S. history. But now, in light of his over-the-top and ignorance-fueled demands to Congress in exchange for supporting legal status but not citizenship for Dreamers, it’s clear that President Donald Trump wants a shot at the title.
Kathleen Parker: Today, hypocrisy is the smirk on Harvey Weinstein’s face as he pursues therapy and asks forgiveness for his sexual transgressions. He is but the latest in a lineup of high-profile (alleged) predators, including Bill Cosby, Roger Ailes, Bill O’Reilly and, long before, Bill Clinton.
Bret Stephens: President Trump takes a hostage – the Iran nuclear deal. It’s an act of domestic politics between two branches of the U.S. government. But it’s also a psychological step, a brash signal that Trump is prepared to see the deal fail and accept the consequences, including war, if he can’t negotiate a better one.
Paul Waldman: President Trump just kneecapped the Iran nuclear deal, and revealed his core weakness. Trump’s lack of those specific goals – or to put it another way, the lack of a defined end-state he’s trying to reach – may be one of his most underappreciated weaknesses as a president.
Vali Nasr, Washington Post: President Trump’s new policy on Iran will undermine U.S. credibility and the international community’s ability to manage further nuclear developments in Iran, North Korea and other places down the line for years.
Trudy Rubin, Philadelphia Inquirer: One might hope the hostage release signals that Pakistan is finally ready to stop providing safe havens for pro-Taliban terrorists like the Haqqanis, who slaughter Afghans and kidnap Americans. One might fantasize that Pakistan’s ISI intelligence service had finally seen the light.
“It’s a wonder it has taken this long for studies to prove technology in new cars is a distraction to drivers.” – Marion Becker, Davis