Democrats Regina Bateson and Jessica Morse would be better representatives than Tom McClintock. The 4th Congressional District needs a more attentive advocate than McClintock. Of the three 30-something female Democrats running, Bateson and Morse are the two strongest contenders and Bateson is best positioned to give him the toughest battle in November. Read more.
Jack Ohman sits in the dark with Donald Trump. See what he sees here.
Dan Walters, CALMatters: The big number is 39.8 million, the latest calculation of California’s population as of Jan. 1. That’s almost twice as many as those living in California when Jerry Brown began his first stint as governor in 1975. However, population growth is slowing and indicate that for the first time ever, California’s congressional delegation may shrink after the 2020 census. Read more.
Tahj Gomes: After more than a century, the Ruffey Rancheria tribe should get federal recognition and its land in Siskiyou County. Only Congress can reinstate the tribe. Read more.
Cheryl A. Schmit: A bill to allow the Ruffey Rancheria to claim 441 acres in Siskiyou County is a brazen attempt to exempt an unknown group from federal scrutiny in a rush to bring new gaming to Northern California. Read more.
Erwin Chemerinsky: Sorry, Mr. President, but with lawyers like Rudy Giuliani, who needs enemies? Read more.
Scott Wiener and George Gascon: Now immigrants are being harassed on the witness stand in California courtrooms. Read more.
Jane Braxton Little: Logging in Klamath National Forest won't stop wildfires. Let it recover naturally. Read more.
Takes on torture and CIA nominee
Max Boot, Washington Post: It is clear President Donald Trump sees the reopening of the torture debate as not an excruciating foray into morally fraught terrain but an opportunity to simple-mindedly bash Democrats as terrorist sympathizers. Read more.
Los Angeles Times editorial board: Gina Haspel, President Trump’s nominee to direct the Central Intelligence Agency, ran one of the agency’s infamous “black sites” in Thailand, where at least one suspected terrorist was waterboarded during her watch. She also drafted the order to destroy more than 90 video recordings of interrogation sessions. Her role in these incidents has naturally led some lawmakers, particularly Democrats, to question whether she should run the CIA. Read more.
Orange County Register: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was off to a good start even before he was confirmed for the job. His secret trip to North Korea over Easter weekend was followed by North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s unprecedented trip across the border to South Korea, where hugs and peace talks shocked longtime observers. Read more.
San Francisco Chronicle: This year's campaigns for California's benighted Board of Equalization are about as dreary an affair as the annals of nominal democracy can offer. Stripped of most of its powers and 96 percent of its staff but clinging to life by virtue of a 19th-century constitutional provision, the nation's only such elected tax board has been reduced to an unadorned jobs program for politicians. Their greatest possible service is to remind us to put the Board of Equalization out of business. Read more.
Santa Rosa Press Democrat: California once again finds itself at the center of a fight with the Trump administration, this time over fuel economy standards crucial to meeting clean air and climate action goals. In a lawsuit joined by 16 other states and the District of Columbia, California is trying to stop the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from rolling back rules requiring cars and SUVs to average about 51 miles per gallon by 2025. Read more.
Michael Gerson, Washington Post: Paige Patterson – head of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and icon of conservative Baptist belief – is being called out for a story he told in 2000. A wife gets battered but the church gets a new member. God works in misogynist ways. Read more.
Michelle Goldberg, New York Times: The British newspaper The Observer reports that aides to President Trump hired an Israeli private intelligence agency to orchestrate a ‘dirty ops’ campaign against individuals from the Obama administration who helped negotiate the Iran nuclear deal. If true, it should be in the top tier of Trump scandals. Read more.
Paul Krugman, New York Times: Rather than trying to eliminate Obamacare in one fell swoop, Republicans are trying to undermine it with multiple acts of sabotage – while hoping voters won’t realize who’s responsible for rising premiums and falling coverage. Read more.
David Leonhardt, New York Times: Technology giants have come to resemble monopolies. These giants are popular, because they provide good products and service. But they have also become mighty enough to vanquish their competitors and create problems for society. Read more.
Andres Oppenheimer, Miami Herald: Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s brutal repression of youth protests left at least 46 dead. Even his fellow former leftist guerrilla leaders – including his own brother – say that his authoritarian regime is unsustainable. Read more.
Eugene Robinson, Washington Post: Rudy Giuliani is following the Donald Trump playbook: Confuse, distract, provoke and flood the zone with factoids and truthiness until nobody can be sure what’s real and what’s not. Read more.
Tweets of the day
Like... "Be Kind" is such an easy alternative. So simple. Even powerful. Would it still be mocked because of the inherent hypocrisy? Yes, but it's about 10000x better than "Be Best".— Charlotte Clymer️ (@cmclymer) May 7, 2018
Someone save these people from themselves.