Opinion

The hard reality of Dallas, presidential politics and Pokémon

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President Barack Obama sought to calm the nation, as did George W. Bush. In New Hampshire, Bernie Sanders endorsed Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump was toying with vice presidential front-runners Mike Pence and Newt Gingrich. All that focused editorial writers – as did, yes, Pokémon.

Taking stock

As he has so many times before, President Barack Obama sought to calm a nation rattled by gun violence and racial strife, giving an impassioned speech at a memorial service for the five officers who were killed by a vengeful sniper during a Black Lives Matter rally. At times, police officers on stage behind him applauded Obama’s comments about the bravery of cops, but sat motionless as he described the fear black Americans have of police.

“Can we find the character, as Americans, to open our hearts to each other?” Obama asked. We hope so.

Speaking of opening hearts, Bernie Sanders let go of his impossible dream of becoming the Democratic presidential nominee for president and endorsed Hillary Clinton. “I intend to do everything I can to make certain she will be the next president of the United States,” he said during a joint rally, punctuated by hugs and smiles for the camera.

Donald Trump was quick to tweet. “Bernie Sanders endorsing Crooked Hillary Clinton is like Occupy Wall Street endorsing Goldman Sachs.” Not a bad line.

Meanwhile, Trump kept up speculation about his choice for vice president. He campaigned with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, a conservative with clout among evangelical Christians. One way or another, Trump promises he’ll make an announcement by Friday. May God have mercy on our souls. – Erika D. Smith @Erika_D_Smith

Take a number: $15 million

Charles Munger Jr. has given $10.1 million to the California Republican Party since 2006. Before Munger, former Univision chairman A. Jerrold Perenchio, an 85-year-old billionaire who once was partners with liberal producer Norman Lear, held the honor of being the biggest individual California GOP donor, giving $8.7 million to party organizations between 2001 and 2010. Although his giving has tapered off in California lately, Perenchio has given $28.7 million mostly to Republican causes in the state since 2000.

All that is context for Perenchio’s latest trophy: the Bel-Air estate of the late President Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan, purchased for $15 million, the L.A. Times reports. He has a personal connection, having been an agent in the old days for Reagan.

Our take

Editorial: “Pokémon Go,” the spin on reality that America needs.

Editorial: The Assembly should pass and Jerry Brown should sign Sen. Cathleen Galgiani’s legislation to give a break to underwater homeowners.

Michelle Chong and Lloyd Levine’s Soapbox: California, like the rest of the country, still has much work to do to close the digital divide.

UC Davis Law School Dean Kevin R. Johnson: Bolstered enforcement, reforms to the legal immigration rules and a path to lawful status for some undocumented immigrants are needed.

Their take

The Mercury News: We hope the spirit of Dallas prevails. That spirit has passed a trial by fire: One hateful killer did not destroy it.

L.A. Times: We hope and expect that Sen. Bernie Sanders will work closely and enthusiastically with Hillary Clinton to protect this country against the disaster of a Donald Trump presidency.

San Francisco Chronicle: In politics, endorsements help but armies matter. Will Sanders’ legions follow?

The Charlotte Observer: We should all hope that each party takes a good hard look at itself post-November and finds a way to nominate candidates America can feel great about in 2020.

Syndicates’ take

Leonard Pitts Jr.: Police are not the problem. We are.

Debra J. Saunders: Law school is the new boot camp. Party elites prefer academia to the military.

David Brooks: Is the U.S. on the path to ruin?

Kathleen Parker: Finally, the nation’s long-overdue conversation about race and racism is on the front burner.

Ruben Navarrette: The fury over the Dallas police ambush is fully justified.

And finally,

Please come hear Metropolitan Water District general manager Jeff Kightlinger discuss his view of the twin tunnels, the Delta and other waters issues at 6 p.m. Wednesday, at The Sacramento Bee, 2100 Q St. There will be, we’re told, a special guest.

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