Trump targets immigrants. Congress must rescue them. President Donald Trump and his Department of Homeland Security are targeting about 200,000 Salvadorans and their children, including an estimated 49,000 who call California home. They fled natural disaster in El Salvador and have been given shelter here under temporary protected status. This move is counterproductive, it violates our values and it’s plain cruel.
Jack Ohman takes the Donald Trump Stable Genius Test. You can as well: right here.
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Foon Rhee: President Donald Trump doesn’t have to be crazy to be unfit. Democrats who are publicly questioning Trump’s mental state – including those who invited a psychiatrist to Capitol Hill last month – are in danger of falling into this trap.
Erika D. Smith: To the applause of Democrats everywhere, Oprah Winfrey is reportedly considering a run for president. She could win. But having some sort of experience or understanding of public office matters. To ignore this is to take the wrong lesson from Trump’s disastrous time in office.
Andrew Malcolm, McClatchy D.C.: If you’ve got a minute to pause from our collective obsession with a gossipy book of dubious veracity, here’s an issue of compelling importance that reveals another side of this president and his administration: Iran and how Donald Trump addresses the deadly anti-regime demonstrations now convulsing that historic land that clearly is the linchpin of any future regional stability, or the opposite.
Andres Oppenheimer, Miami Herald: A U.S.-Latin American military intervention in Venezuela is a long shot. One of Latin America’s most sacred foreign policy principles following U.S. invasions in the 19th and 20th centuries has been opposition to U.S. interventions.
Erwin Chemerinsky: Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ announcement that the federal government will prosecute possession and sale of marijuana in states where it is legal is stunning conservative hypocrisy. Sessions used to be a champion of states’ rights. Then California legalized weed.
Elizabeth Hyman: The tech industry is one of the fastest growing employment sectors in the country, creating 10 percent of all new jobs last year and outpacing construction, finance, transportation and entertainment job growth in recent years. But that robust growth could be imperiled if we unravel key trade deals that are essential to maintaining our competitive edge. California, in particular, relies on trade in technological goods with Canada, Mexico and countries around the world to sustain the state’s economy.
Take a number: 493,690
Rep. Ed Royce is a powerhouse, chairing the House Foreign Affairs Committee. His decision to step down from the Orange-L.A.-San Bernardino county congressional seat he has held since 1993 set in motion the inevitable scramble to replace him. Sacramento consultant Dave Gilliard, who represents Royce, said potential Republican candidates include former Assemblywoman Young Kim, who’s running for Orange County supervisor; former Assemblyman and fundraising monster Scott Baugh; and former Board of Equalization member Michelle Steel; along with O.C. Supe Shawn Nelson and first-term Assemblyman Phillip Chen of Diamond Bar. Consultant Matt Rexroad floated the name of former Rep. Gary Miller, a Republican also from Diamond Bar. Miller has been out of office for a while, but had more than $900,000 in campaign account, according to Center for Responsive Politics. On the Democratic side, physician Mai-Khanh Tran has $493,690 in her campaign account as of the last filing. None of that will matter much. Gilliard predicts the race will run into the “tens of millions.”
L.A. Times: We don’t know whether the idea of Oprah Winfrey for president, inspired by Winfrey’s eloquent speech Sunday at the Golden Globe Awards, will prove an ephemeral excitation or a movement with staying power. But we find it depressing.
San Diego Union-Tribune: The Internal Revenue Service has less discretion in interpreting laws than other agencies. But the idea that the Trump administration would accept a brazen federal tax avoidance scheme that funnels money not to help charity but to help mostly affluent Californians seems preposterous.
Dallas Morning News: There’s an iconic photo from the 2004 tsunami, showing a man standing alone on a beach in Thailand, facing down a monster wall of water remorselessly bearing down on him. We imagine that the Republican Party, facing this fall’s elections, knows just how that poor guy felt. In normal times, an incumbent president’s party typically loses some congressional seats in midterm elections. But these are not normal times. GOP forecasters fear that the party’s losses this November may exceed the Democratic Party’s historic 2010 wipeout, which came two years into Barack Obama’s presidency.
Charles M. Blow, The New York Times: There is no way for me to know for sure, but all indications lead me to believe that Donald Trump struggles to fit into the frame of what we call normal behavior, and he often fails at it in spectacular ways.
Frank Bruni, The New York Times: The actors, writers, directors and others who walked the red carpet and took the stage at the Golden Globes were having the kinds of conversations, and articulating the sorts of values, that the embattled and embittered people holding the reins of government are currently unwilling or unable to.
Paul Krugman, The New York Times: This great nation has often been led by mediocre men, some of whom had unpleasant personalities. But they generally haven’t done too much damage because they have often been surrounded by first-rate public servants and our system of checks and balances has restrained them.
Michael Gerson, The Washington Post: We do not require a behind-the-scenes look at President Trump’s instability, childishness and narcissism, because he provides revelations about his fragile state of mind nearly every day. Trump is damaged most, not by sabotage, but by self-revelation.
Eugene Robinson, The Washington Post: President Donald Trump’s biggest accomplishment may have been to make the political waters safe for celebrities with 100 percent name recognition and zero government experience. At this point, who’s to say that Oprah Winfrey couldn’t run? Or that she couldn’t win?
Paul Waldman, The Washington Post: If you watched Oprah’s Golden Globes speech and said “She should run,” then the 2016 election and the first year of the Trump presidency have addled your brain.
Trudy Rubin, Philadelphia Inquirer: ‘Buttton Man’ versus ‘Rocket Man’ could lead to nuclear war. There is little to stop a president from ordering a preemptive nuclear attack if he deems it necessary (although one hopes for restraining advice from the State Department and Pentagon).
“We’re facing near record low numbers of salmon and other species. California needs to step up and protect our natural resources from President Donald Trump and his relatively small base of supporters who grow almonds and pistachios for export. Salmon fishing families look to Gov. Jerry Brown and the State Water Board to stop this seizure of Northern California water.” – John McManus, Golden Gate Salmon Association, Pacifica