Ben Shapiro: Yes, the town that brought you the casting couch and the X-rated film now proclaims that it is the leading edge on behalf of female empowerment. All it took was the worst scandal in modern Hollywood history to make that happen. Hollywood only steps up under pressure, so spare us the star-splaining on morality.
Sasha Abramsky: Let me introduce you to a few people I recently met while on a magazine assignment. They are our neighbors, ordinary Americans in their aspirations and attitudes, whose lives are suddenly, needlessly, being torn apart by the United States government. Donald Trump wants to throw 400,000 of your neighbors out of the country.
Jon Fleischman: Sen. Kevin de León wants state government to regulate the internet. It’s a terrible idea. A bill on net neutrality will likely be overturned by the courts, makes little sense for consumers and would give the PUC virtual free rein.
Jack Ohman sees that the offshore drilling surf is up on the California coast. Scrub the oil out of your board here.
Leonard Pitts Jr., Miami Herald: When those in the White House insist President Trump is a misunderstood genius whose only problem is our failure to see his greatness, are they lying to us – or to themselves? The former would make them fools. The latter would make them something worse.
Dan Walters, CALmatters: Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer and former Republican Congressman Doug Ose are polar opposites politically, but have jointly altered dynamics of this year’s California elections. Late last week, Ose, who represented a suburban Sacramento district for several terms, declared that he will run for governor. On Monday, Steyer told a Washington news conference that instead of running for governor or U.S. senator this year, he’s going to spend $30 million on helping his fellow Democrats recapture control of Congress. Both moves increase the likelihood that under California’s top-two primary system, the November elections for governor and senator will be Democrat vs. Democrat affairs.
Take a number: 2
Kamala Harris, California’s junior senator, joined Sen. Dianne Feinstein on the Senate Judiciary Committee, giving California a rarity: two senators on the same important committee.
Their positions should be relevant when President Donald Trump gets around nominating replacements for two California-based slots on the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, one of which opened last month when Alex Kozinski stepped down, plus the eight U.S. district court judgeships.
However, their influence will be limited, unless Democrats retake the Senate in November. Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, the Iowa Republican, abruptly ended the practice of allowing home state senators, including those from the minority party, to have a voice on judicial appointments.
San Jose Mercury News: The brutal beating death of Michael Tyree by three guards in the Santa Clara County jail in 2015 set off aftershocks of outrage and a movement for jail reform that persists to this day. Judge David A. Cena’s sentence of Jereh Lubrin, Matt Farris and Rafael Rodriguez for killing the 31-year-old inmate was just: 15 years to life in prison, the maximum allowed under the law. But for awhile last week, it seemed like a slap on the wrist was possible.
(San Luis Obispo) Tribune: Cowabunga! A Princeton campus … in Pismo Beach? Before you get too excited – or outraged – we need to explain that’s only a tongue-in-cheek suggestion from a Washington Post education columnist who advocates making Ivy League degrees more accessible to the masses.
Santa Rosa Press Democrat: Donald Trump’s self-diagnosis as a “very stable genius,” coming amid a defensive tweetstorm Saturday, is unlikely to change the minds of many opponents. But it does demonstrate the difficulty – if not folly – of discussions about having Trump unseated by virtue of the 25th Amendment.
Chicago Tribune: President Donald Trump has a chance over the next several days to deliver a punishing blow to Iran’s leaders and its struggling economy. He can refuse to extend U.S. economic sanctions relief that props up the 2015 nuclear deal. That’s a tempting move, particularly as Iran’s leaders violently crack down on anti-government protesters. But Trump should resist the temptation.
Seattle Times: Threatening moves by Attorney General Jeff Sessions against states that legalized marijuana are ill-informed, destructive and a distraction from far more important issues. Sessions last week rescinded two Obama-era U.S. Department of Justice memos that had established a fairly hands-off approach to legalized medical and recreational marijuana.
David Brooks, New York Times: The anti-Trump movement seems to be getting dumber. It seems to be settling into a smug, fairy tale version of reality that filters out discordant information.
Frank Bruni, New York Times: Oprah’s ability to excite Democrats and independents doesn’t hinge entirely, or even mainly, on whether she’s not like Donald Trump. It has more to do with her being not like Hillary Clinton.
Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times: Iranian and Saudi youth try to bury 1979. The events of 1979 diminished the status of women, pluralism and modern education across the Arab-Muslim region, and they fueled religious extremist groups like al-Qaida, Hezbollah and the Islamic State.
Michelle Goldberg, New York Times: The alternative to a two-state solution is one state, a greater Israel that includes the occupied territories. That state can be Jewish or it can be democratic, but it cannot be both.
Dana Milbank, Washington Post: President Trump volunteered an unexpected defense of his intellect and sanity in response to a book in which many of his aides are portrayed as believing the boss to be, in the medical parlance, a few fries short of a Happy Meal.
Ruben Navarrette Jr., Washington Post: While President Trump tries to make a deal on DACA, in California, many people are focused on something more urgent: the fate of a detained college student who happens to be an undocumented immigrant.
E.R. Shipp, Baltimore Sun: I don’t give a darn if Oprah runs for president. I do care that this moment not be lost – not the Oprah moment, but the fledgling efforts of women to be heard on issues of sexual harassment, sexual assault and economic equity.
”Neither Sen. Dianne Feinstein nor House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi seem hindered by their years. So why the questions? I can only think of one reason: gender bias.” – Alison Sweetser, Grass Valley
Tweet of the day
“.@POTUS is threatening to deport the Dreamers if he doesn’t get $18 billion in taxpayer money for his wall. I’m no genius, but wasn’t Mexico paying for that?” – Rep. Adam Schiff, @RepAdamSchiff