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No more excuses: Today, Sacramento County’s Board of Supervisors will decide whether to work with the city of Sacramento on the Whole Person Care program. It should. It’s long past time for the county work with city on homelessness:

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California Forum

Erwin Chemerinsky: Nothing about the Trump Russia probe is business as usual, including its implicit question: Did Trump obstruct justice?

Columns

Andrew Malcolm, McClatchyDC: The most important factor deciding whether the Republican Party maintains control of Congress is actually Trump himself and his behavior. He can Twitterize any perceived opponent he wants. But at the end of Nov. 6, 2018, he must own the results and live with them for two long years.

Karin Klein: We are failing to teach young people how to handle simple yet satisfying tasks in their lives. How to manage money, make simple repairs around the home and fix a hem or sew a button – and that most basic and potentially fun task of all, cooking for themselves.

Dan Walters, CALmatters: California Gov. Jerry Brown and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo say it’s unfair to impose new tax burdens on residents of high-tax states such as California and New York by eliminating state and local tax offsets. Cuomo went further, alleging that Republicans want to punish residents of Democratic states.

Andres Oppenheimer, Miami Herald: All serious military historians who have written about Adolf Hitler agree that he committed suicide in his Berlin bunker. And if he escaped, he probably would not have gone to Colombia, but to countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay or Bolivia, where he would have found a support network of former Nazi officials.

Trudy Rubin, Philadelphia Inquirer: The most urgent agenda item as President Donald Trump swings through Japan, South Korea, China, and Southeast Asia will be ratcheting up the pressure on North Korea to end its nuclear program. Yet North Korea is the subject that inspires the most reckless presidential rhetoric and tweets, which some fear could spark an unintended conflict.

Take a number: 71 percent

With President Donald Trump on the longest and perhaps most important foreign trip of his presidency, a new poll shows that Americans are very worried about the most urgent issue – North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. In the Pew Research Center survey, 71 percent said the U.S. should take North Korea’s nuclear threat seriously, up from 56 percent in 2013.

Also, 84 percent say they believe Trump is “really willing” to use military force against North Korea. And why wouldn’t they after the president’s provocative tweets and statements that rival those from unstable North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Some in Congress want to require Trump to get authorization to launch a nuclear first strike that isn’t in retaliation for an attack on the U.S. or its allies.

On the 12-day tour, Trump is scheduled to spend only Tuesday in South Korea, speaking to the national parliament and visiting U.S. troops, but skipping a traditional stop in the demilitarized zone. An administration official says it’s become a cliché to visit the DMZ, but it’s also the safe move. We don’t want to risk reckless words from Trump starting a war. Foon Rhee, @foonrhee

Sutherland Springs

David French, National Review: As Christians bled and died, the Left’s “thoughts and prayers” brigade immediately and viciously attacked those whose immediate response to the tragedy was the most effective response. I won’t bore you with all the vicious, sanctimonious tweets. Their messages were theologically illiterate, spiteful, and ridiculously insensitive in the face of a crime so clearly directed at believing men and women.

San Antonio Express: Any loss of innocent life is tragic, but to be killed while in a house of worship is particularly heinous. If any place should be safe, it should be a church, where people gather in peace, faith and fellowship — a place where among the commandments adhered to is thou shalt not kill.

Dallas Morning News: The glitzy neon splash of Las Vegas and the just-plain-folks spirit of little Sutherland Springs represent opposite ends of America. Yet these towns are now forever bound by a heinous reality: Two of the deadliest mass shootings in recent U.S. history have shattered each in the space of five weeks.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram: What will we do to respond as a community, so that 20 years from today we don’t find ourselves in the same conversations, watching the same thing unfold on TV news? Perhaps you’ve wondered, like we have, if this is the new normal. It’s on all of us to ensure it isn’t.

Their take

Miami Herald: Miami, like other cities along Florida’s east coast, faces the inevitable result of sea-level rise. And while Miami Beach across the bay is making strides in addressing the inevitable, Miami lags in this regard – to its peril. A comprehensive federal government report, obtained last week by National Public Radio, says that sea level has risen seven to eight inches since 1900. Here’s the shocker, though: The report says that three of those eight inches occurred since 1993.

East Bay Times: California Central Valley Congressman Jeff Denham has been looking over his shoulder since Donald Trump was elected president. The conservative Republican from Turlock saw his 10th District go for Hillary Clinton in 2016, and his seat is now a target for Democrats next year. On the whole, Denham has stayed solidly on Team Trump, declining to moderate his views. But he stands up for one vulnerable segment of his constituency: Dreamers – the young immigrants who were brought here by their parents, some as infants.

Los Angeles Times: Rigorous, independent research and analysis should undergird everything the government does. Nowhere is that more true than at the Environmental Protection Agency, which crafts and enforces a wide range of regulations aimed at limiting damage to the environment – and to people – from pollutants. Democratic administrations tend to use data to justify more aggressive regulation, while Republican administrations tend to prefer a lighter touch. But the current administration is following a third path, seemingly bent on converting the EPA into a science-be-damned rubber stamp for industry.

San Diego Union-Tribune: Bill Gates has been one of the world’s richest people for decades. His private charity has had some great successes – helping sharply reduce the prevalence of malaria worldwide, for one. But the Gates Foundation’s efforts to improve U.S. public education haven’t gone as well as hoped. As a result, he said the foundation is “evolving our education strategy” as it looks to invest close to $1.7 billion in U.S. public schools over five years.

Raleigh News & Observer: The notion that the nation’s tax code needed revision after 30 years, and loopholes needed to be sewn up, was one on which most Americans would agree. But as a Republican tax “reform” plan unfolds, that agreement is liable to dissipate in the face of reality. And while President Donald Trump will sing the praises of the plan unveiled Thursday, the truth is he’s not much for details and probably doesn’t really know much about the plan, other than it’s something he can boast about as an accomplishment in his first year in office.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The average net worth for members of Congress exceeds $1 million. The GOP side of this millionaires’ convention wants the American people to embrace a new tax plan designed specifically to make millionaires happy while offering crumbs to the middle class. Americans should treat their sales pitch like it came from a used car salesman offering a great deal on a low-mileage car recently arrived from a flood zone.

Syndicates’ take

Charles M. Blow: The Democratic Party, or at least many of its highest-profile figureheads from the last election, is locked in a vicious cycle of re-examinations and recriminations. The latest of those is the controversial new political memoir by Donna Brazile. The book is dishy on a personal level but damaging on a political level. Maybe that’s the point.

David Brooks: Republicans think the whole country would be better off if we take money away from the Democrats’ rich people and give it to their own (more productive) rich people.

Michael Gerson: The Washington Post-ABC News poll shows that if the Trump/Clinton presidential race were re-held today, it would be a tie. Think on that. Arguably the worst president in modern history might still beat one of the most prominent Democrats in America. This indicates a Democratic Party in the midst of its own profound crisis.

Paul Krugman: President Donald Trump is cruder, ruder and less competent than his Republican predecessors. But there’s a lot more continuity than his conservative critics want to admit. If Trumpism seems to be taking over the Republican Party, that’s largely because in many ways the party was already there.

Eugene Robinson: We cannot become inured to this horrific gun violence. We cannot allow mass killings to become normalized, even though they happen with increasing and numbing frequency. We can accept the loss of life on the battlefield as the price of freedom, but not senseless murder in the church pews.

Mailbag

“I am disappointed that the Sacramento City Unified School District continues to fall short of the destination district they aspire to. I blame the district and its mismanagement for that, not the teachers nor the teachers union.” Cynthia Gargovich, Sacramento

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