Why roll back progress toward cleaner cars? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that it is tearing up landmark fuel economy rules. California should fight to keep its clean vehicle standards. Read more.
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Dan Walters, CALMatters: In the superheated conflict between President Donald Trump and the nation state of California, no issue is too trivial. Every week, it seems, brings some new point of friction, giving the combatants another opportunity to issue searing denunciations and file new lawsuits. Read more.
Brian R. Marvel: The California Legislature needs to get serious about distracted driving. Senate Bill 1030, which is to be heard Tuesday by the Senate Transportation Committee, aims to dramatically reduce distracted driving on California roads. Read more.
Erwin Chemerinsky: Gina Haspel ran a prison where people were tortured. She should not run the CIA. Read more.
More takes on Stephon Clark
Sasha Abramsky: The increasingly authoritarian big picture around Stephon Clark’s death. Read more.
Charles M. Blow, New York Times: Each protest, like the one for Stephon Clark, is undoubtedly about the case at hand, but collectively they are also about communities that feel abused and betrayed in a country that sees them as expendable. It is not a “local matter,” as the White House suggested last week, but a national disgrace. Read more.
Modesto Bee: President Donald Trump undoubtedly understands real estate deals and bankruptcy court proceedings, but we don’t think he understands international trade. Or perhaps he just doesn’t care about the harm his blossoming little trade war is going to cause. Trump on Thursday imposed a series of tariffs on Chinese communications and airplane parts and machinery. Predictably, China retaliated Friday by announcing tariffs on 128 items, including many grown in the Central Valley: almonds, walnuts, fresh and dried fruit and wine. Read more.
Los Angeles Times: The U.S. intelligence community believes that the Russians – and others – will keep trying to interfere with U.S. elections, not only through the dissemination of disinformation but also with continued attacks on computer systems. Better late than never, Congress is responding to the threat from foreign hackers and targeting other weaknesses in the so-called election infrastructure. Read more.
Orange County Register: The question of whether to build some version of the massive Delta tunnels project long pursued by Gov. Jerry Brown is not yet settled, but the answer to how it would be financed seems to be coming into focus. An extra cost acknowledged to be as much as $4.80 per month would be added to the water bills of the 6.2 million households that receive water from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California if the MWD board votes on April 10 to pick up most or all of the cost of the project now known as California WaterFix. Read more.
San Jose Mercury News: Cisco’s $50 million donation last week to fight homelessness could be a game-changer for the way businesses see their role in helping solve the Bay Area’s housing crisis. It’s believed to be the largest donation ever made by a local company in response to the issue. Bravo to Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins for his leadership. We challenge the CEOs of Bay Area tech firms and other leading businesses to match – or beat – Cisco’s donation. Read more.
Santa Rosa Press Democrat: For many homeowners, the full extent of the devastation from the October fires is still unfolding – on their calculators. The number of people in Sonoma County who lost their homes and were underinsured or uninsured has exceeded the fears of many local leaders and even some industry experts. Read more.
Baltimore Sun: Over the weekend, President Donald Trump shared some thoughts on immigration that strongly suggest he either isn’t paying much attention to current events or he’s just trying to stir up his core supporters again in the face of congressional inaction and negative attention in the media. If he can denounce dark-skinned immigrants, the Mexican government and Democrats in one fell tweet, this is a president who is willing to put in the effort during his morning “executive time” in front of the television. Read more.
David Brooks, New York Times: Vladimir Putin has established himself as one pole in the great global debate between authoritarianism and democracy. He’s able to humiliate and disrupt his democratic rivals at will and get away with it. He’s become a cultural hero to populist conservatives everywhere. Read more.
Michael Gerson, Washington Post: American policy in Syria since the outbreak of civil war in 2011 has been a story of confusion, hesitation and betrayal. But American forces are making a difference. And their withdrawal at this point would be an act of strategic imbecility. Read more.
Michelle Goldberg, New York Times: Modern authoritarians rarely seize critical newspapers or TV stations outright. Instead, they use state power to pressure critics and reward friends. Now President Donald Trump is going after Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and owner of The Washington Post. Read more.
Andres Oppenheimer, Miami Herald: Venezuela’s dictator Nicolas Maduro wants to see Donald Trump – who, according to polls, is the most unpopular U.S. president in Latin America in recent memory – become the champion of international pressure against the Venezuelan government. Read more.
Eugene Robinson, Washington Post: President Trump is scared of a lot of things. But nothing seems to make him quake and tremble more than the fear that his core base will realize all his tough-guy huffing and puffing about Latino immigration was a bunch of hot air. Read more.
Tweet of the day
Watch out for this belated April Fools' Day trick. This cynical and meretricious abuse of power will poison our air and jeopardize the health of all Americans.https://t.co/eSHf8sdPW3 https://t.co/X0Pe0KET2R— Jerry Brown (@JerryBrownGov) April 2, 2018