Senate Democrats should give a fair hearing to Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. What Republicans did to Barack Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, was a travesty. But Democrats need to pick their battles wisely. There are worse potential nominees, and the next vacancy counts more.
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The state law requiring state lawmakers to live in their districts is one big gray area crying out to be clarified. A bill by Sen. Steven Bradford, D-Gardena, aims at starting the conversation, but it’s a risk, even for a politician who has lived on his mother’s street “in the heart of my district” for the past 48 years.
Erika D. Smith: The most illuminating thing about Tuesday’s joint city-county meeting on homelessness – the first in 20 years, for which people packed the county chambers, the lobby and two overflow rooms just to watch – was that housed people in Sacramento got to see the mess that homeless people and their advocates deal with every day.
Dan Walters: A recent court ruling that went against the state Board of Equalization is more proof that California needs sweeping tax reform.
Joe Mathews: I wanted to know if the Ferrari California T could really embody California and the good life.
Vern Pierson: The 3rd District Court of Appeal struck down SB 227, which banned grand juries from investigating use-of-force cases. Like the court of appeal, prosecutors believe the real problem is transparency and are committed to working with the Legislature on an appropriate constitutional fix.
Take a number: $485 million
That’s how much was spent in campaigns for and against the 17 measures on California’s fall ballot, the most ever for a single election in California, according to campaign disclosure filings this week. The fight over drug pricing led the pack, as pharmaceutical companies deployed a jaw-dropping $111 million to stop Proposition 61, which would have limited how much the state could pay for medications. Tobacco companies were close behind, spending $103 million only to fail in their effort to prevent a tobacco tax hike.
San Jose Mercury News: Bannon has no business on the National Security Council.
New York Times: President Bannon?
Joshua Goldberg, Los Angeles Times: Trump is taking the Bannon Way, and it will end in disaster.
Frank Bruni, New York Times: Where is Jared Kushner?
J. Pepper Bryars, Birmingham News: It’s time we had a long talk about conservatism.
Los Angeles Times: Trump rattles his saber at Iran before his top diplomats are in place.
Thomas L. Friedman: I fear Steve Bannon is manipulating President Donald Trump into a more messianic mission – that his “new political order” is not just about jobs, but culture, an attempt to recreate an America of the 1950s.
Dana Milbank: The majority Republicans could have put the brakes on President Donald Trump and forced the rewriting of his travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries. They chose not to.
“It is important for agencies to train their officers. But the reality is, any use of force will not be pretty.” – Jeff Carlisle, Lincoln
Tweet of the day
“Trump bans refugees on Holocaust Remembrance Day and ends program to combat white supremacism during Black History Month. Watch out July 4.” – Rogue Rogue One Acct @ZeddRebel