Trump looks for a veep; Clinton can breathe a sigh of relief

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Donald Trump’s search for a vice president proceeds, while Department of Justice officials announced they would not prosecute Hillary Clinton over her email blunder, and the Afghanistan War continues. Here in Sacramento, we’re pleased that fire didn’t destroy a part of California’s history. Take the time to read Shawn Hubler’s look at Juno.​

Take that

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence last made national news by signing that state’s religious freedom law – in a closed 2015 ceremony surrounded by nuns, priests and other religious leaders – and then skinning it back after being publicly flayed by gay rights advocates and many Indianapolis business leaders.

Now, he’s being talked about as a possible veep. Or as The Indianapolis Star headlined its story: “In Donald Trump’s VP search, Pence ‘rings the most bells.’ ” No doubt, Newt Gingrich and others still are in the running. But some contenders including Iowa Sen. Joni (Make ’em squeal) Ernst and Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker bowed out.

Sacramento’s own Doug Elmets, the Republican who is supporting Hillary Clinton, has another idea, his good buddy Doug Ose: “He is as qualified as anybody who would consider running with Donald Trump.”

Ose has never been governor but was a three-term member of Congress and will be a Trump delegate in Cleveland. Ose, who runs Gibson Ranch park in a partnership with Sacramento County, responded with a laugh. “I’m flattered. But come on. I run a park.” It is, however, a very nice park.

Take a number: 36 percent

The IndyStar reported poll results showing Mike Pence maintains a 40 percent-36 percent edge over his Democratic opponent, John Gregg. That’s within the margin of error. The poll found that Pence “has been unable to make up much of the ground” he lost after last year’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act controversy. A mere 36 percent believe he should be re-elected.

Our take

Editorial: The Delta town of Locke reminds newcomers to this Golden State who was here before whom, whether or not the history books name them.

Editorial: America’s longest war isn’t over yet, and Barack Obama won’t really keep his promise to end the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Shawn Hubler writes that Donald Trump trumps the spacecraft Juno, to the detriment of us all.

Joe Mathews of Zocalo Public Square, among our regular freelance columnists: South L.A. is the closest thing we have to an urban success story and the furthest thing from a fairy tale.

Luis Lopez’s Soapbox: Public officials can’t pick when to do their duty.

Donny Youngblood’s Soapbox: Sen. Ricardo Lara and other lawmakers should butt out of immigration enforcement.

Their take

Dallas Morning News: Exxon could provide the oil industry with a Nixon-goes-to-China moment on a carbon tax.

Kansas City Star: Voters still have to endure four more months of this dispiriting campaign before they select the next president. Maybe the last few days will represent the low point of this summer. But probably not.

Charlotte Observer: Spinning conspiracies about the FBI might please the Republican base, but it’s the same kind of political shortsightedness that’s brought the party to where it is now, captive to its nominee’s next outrageous outburst.

Debra J. Saunders in The San Francisco Chronicle: I never wanted to see the feds prosecute Hillary Clinton. This case is too political for a courtroom, so I say, leave it to the ballot box to address Clinton’s “mistake.” Or not.

Ben Shapiro in The National Review: At least the Hillary Clinton non-indictment debacle demonstrates the full-scale scorn the political class has for ordinary American voters. If those voters choose to continue bowing before self-appointed political masters, they deserve the banana republic they’ll inhabit.

Syndicates’ take

Dana Milbank: FBI director James Comey’s opposition to prosecution is what counts, not his words.

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Donald Trump doesn’t talk about it, but incomes rose in the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s because of a robust union movement.

Tweet of the day

Bill Burton, former Obama spokesman, ‏@billburton: “W/ Corker, abt 1,000 Republicans have removed themselves from consideration for Trump’s VP. Dems who wouldn’t be with Hillary is around 0.”