Jack Ohman drops in on the latest Harvey Weinstein company meeting. Take the shower after here.
Erika D. Smith: Why don’t Democrats have a bench in their party? Maybe because its seniors won’t retire. Forget your life goals, millennials. Dianne Feinstein just proved the silver ceiling is alive and well.
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Foon Rhee: Sacramento wants to boost the arts. So why not a citywide festival? It could celebrate and feature local arts and cultural groups. Sad to say, there are no plans for such an event. That’s too bad, particularly for the Sacramento Ballet and Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera.
Bill Whalen: Gas tax repeal isn’t going to save California Republicans. Voters may not like paying more at the pump. And perhaps in our car culture, there’s a knee-jerk reaction to making driving more expensive. But being on the “no” side of better roads is a bad place to be when voters are sick of potholes, gridlock and seeing their estimated time-of-arrival soar like the stock market.
Andres Oppenheimer, Miami Herald: The president calls for protecting America from “crime producing borders,” and renewed his calls for the border wall with Mexico. Yet he is silent about the need to change gun laws and protect Americans from U.S.-born mass shooters.
Markos Kounalakis: U.S. tourism is going up in smoke, and not just in California. Blame the “Trump Slump.” Border walls, Muslim bans, wine country fires, Gulf hurricanes, Las Vegas shootings – no wonder the world isn’t coming here.
Fiona Hutton: The Harvey Weinstein story is awful. But women face another obstacle equally worthy of attention, and it doesn’t tend to make headlines.
Paul Wenger: Californians should cherish farms, not go to war against them.
Santa Rosa Press Democrat: Amid the many heartbreaking stories of homes and property reduced to ash are the many uplifting stories of heroic efforts by individuals, neighbors and emergency crews who have saved homes – and lives. There’s the remarkable and clear-headed effort of medical personnel at Sutter and Kaiser Permanente hospitals – and all the firefighters and law enforcement officers who assisted them – to evacuate patients early Monday as the firestorm swept down off Fountain Grove Parkway.
San Francisco Chronicle: Sparking power lines knocked down by heavy winds are nothing new. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. acknowledges the blustery weather on Sunday night damaged its utility network in the areas where a string of fires started moments apart. It will be up to the state Public Utilities Commission to take matters further.
Los Angeles Times: Big deadly fires are nothing new to California, particularly during fire season when the Santa Ana or Diablo winds blow hot and dry, making tinder out of trees and bushes that have been baking all summer long. But the firestorm now raging through Northern California isn’t the typical wildfire. For one thing, it’s not just one fire but close to two dozen. For another, these fires are not only threatening hard-to-reach rural or mountains area, but they also have torn through suburban neighborhoods.
Baltimore Sun: Eager as we always are to fulfill your wishes, Mr. President, we have taken some time to “look into” our ability to write whatever we want. It turns out there is a document called the Constitution that sets out the powers and limitations of the Congress, the judiciary, even – and this may come as something of an unwelcome surprise, Mr. Trump – the president.
Chicago Tribune: In the next few days, Trump is expected to “decertify” the Iran nuclear deal under a 2015 law that Sen. Bob Corker championed. Trump may essentially declare that Iran is not fulfilling its end of the bargain, or perhaps that the deal is no longer in America’s best interests. Trump evidently wants to force the Iranians back to the negotiating table to sweeten the deal for the U.S. Our view is that this could go two ways – poorly or very poorly.
Bloomberg View: The U.S. solar industry is threatened by one of President Donald Trump’s more destructive impulses: his eagerness to punish supposedly unfair trade practices. By next month, the U.S. International Trade Commission, having unanimously ruled that American solar-panel makers are harmed by competition from Asian and other rivals, will recommend what tariffs or other import penalties the president should impose. The commission and the president need to understand that punishing Asian panel makers would do more than damage trade relations: It would also cripple the thriving U.S. solar-energy business.
Charles M. Blow: Enough Americans looked past repeated warnings about Donald Trump and nuclear codes to hand Trump the election. After all, the nuclear question was theoretical and academic, right? No, it wasn’t. In fact, after the election, concern about Trump controlling our nuclear arsenal only congealed.
Gail Collins: Ivana Trump’s memoir is supposed to be about good parenting. But the most important thing you learn is that we can never say another mean thing about Donald Trump Jr. again. Really, it sounds like the worst childhood ever.
Michael Gerson: Any elected Republican who shares Sen. Bob Corker’s concerns about President Trump has a political and moral duty to state them in public. If Corker is correct, many of his colleagues do have such fears. Their silence is deafening and damning.
Nicholas Kristof: In the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, it was clear that President Donald Trump’s threat to “totally destroy” North Korea had backfired and is being exploited by Kim Jong Un for his own propaganda and military mobilization.
Paul Krugman: In Puerto Rico, life is actually getting worse for many residents as the cumulative effects of shortages of power, water and food take their toll. And the Trump administration seems increasingly to see this tragedy as a public relations issue, something to be spun – partly by blaming the victims – rather than as an urgent problem to be solved.
David Leonhardt: By almost any measure – employment, income, net worth, total output – the economy is still suffering. And by 2019, gross domestic product per working-age adult will likely have recovered less in the 12 years since the crisis began than it did during the 12 years since the start of the Great Depression.
Dana Milbank: At a committee hearing, there were many good ideas to tackle the opioid crisis, and a few might even become law. But it’s all of little use as long as the Trump administration is doing nothing.
Eugene Robinson: Puerto Rico, as any fifth-grader knows, is part of the America that Trump promises to make great again. Presidents do not get to pick and choose which Americans to help at times of disaster. If President Donald Trump follows through on his threat to cut off federal aid, it should be considered an impeachable offense.
Bret Stephens: In the Harvey Weinstein scandal, there is a storybook villain whose repulsive face turns out to be the spitting image of his putrescent soul. There are victims, so many of them, typically up-and-comers in an industry where he had the power to make or wreck their careers. But mostly there are enablers, both those who facilitated his predations and those who found it expedient to look the other way.
“The consequences that climate science has been predicting for years are now stitched into our daily existence.” – Harold Ferber, Elk Grove
Ken Rudin, the Political Junkie from Capitol Public Radio fame, interviewed Jack Ohman for his podcast. Jack recalls political “career” as a junior campaign staffer in Minnesota. You can eavesdrop here.