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Why should Ruth Bader Ginsburg stay silent?

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Presumptive presidential nominees focus on the vice presidential searches. Shawn Hubler reveals our internal debate over Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s outspoken views on Donald Trump. We also urge young people to vote, and turn to the never-ending story of California’s water. Gov. Jerry Brown has hired an old water hand, Bruce Babbitt, to resolve deep divides over California water.

Take that

Remember how bad race relations were in 1992 during the Los Angeles riots after Rodney King? Well, a new poll from CBS News and The New York Times found that 69 percent of Americans say things are that bad again. The divisions are the deepest in President Barack Obama’s presidency – so much so that more than half of all black Americans and nearly half of all white Americans weren’t shocked by the attack on Dallas police officers last week.

Things are unlikely to change anytime soon. On Wednesday, the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana sued several Baton Rouge law enforcement agencies, alleging that officers used excessive force on people protesting last week’s police shooting of Alton Sterling, a black man.

The ongoing discord over race and policing presents a huge test of leadership not only for Obama in the remainder of his presidency, but also for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the presumptive nominees vying to replace him. Given Trump’s track record of tactlessness, let’s just say we have a little more confidence in Clinton. Erika D. Smith, @Erika_D_Smith

Take a number: 100 percent

The California Labor Federation gave Republican Assemblyman Eric Linder of Corona a 41 percent score. That was good enough for an endorsement.

Democratic Assemblywoman Patty Lopez might wonder what she has to do. The Labor Fed gave 24 Assembly members 100 percent perfect scores for their votes in 2015, Lopez among them. Still, the the powerful organization didn’t endorse her re-election, instead offering no endorsement.

Insiders saw Lopez as an accidental winner of a San Fernando Valley district when she unseated Democratic heavyweight Raul Bocanegra two years ago. Although Lopez voted party line – and then some – insiders have spoken. In his quest to reclaim his seat, Bocanegra has vastly outraised her, more than $520,000 to Lopez’s less than $50,000, not counting the hundreds of thousands spent to return Bocanegra to the seat.

Our take

Editorial: Five reasons millennials must vote in November.

Shawn Hubler: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg should be thanked for her candor. If not now, when should a good citizen speak out?

Dan Morain: As time runs short, Jerry Brown calls on former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt to fix his California WaterFix.

Marcos Breton: Why Sacramento largely has stayed peaceful amid racial strife.

Joe Mathews, among our regular contributors: Silicon Valley’s jargon deepens the California divide.

Sal Rosselli’s Soapbox: A shady union-hospital deal involving Dave Regan of the Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West is double-crossing voters.

Their take

The Mercury News: Proposition 56, increasing the tobacco tax in California by $2 a pack, is the most important health care measure on the November ballot.

San Diego Union-Tribune: Speaker Anthony Rendon took a welcome stand against domestic violence by disciplining Assemblyman Roger Hernández.

Raleigh News & Observer: North Carolina body cam rules for police infringe on the public’s right to know. They do in California, too.

Syndicates’ take

E.J. Dionne Jr.: Hillary Clinton can get voters to like her.

Thomas L. Friedman: The Republican party’s over.

And finally,

We’re getting ready to take The Take to Cleveland and Philadelphia for the Republican and Democratic conventions, in the person of Erika D. Smith and yours truly. It’ll be The Take’s first road trip. We can’t wait to tell you what we see.

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