Dan Morain

We’ll all need inoculation before this campaign is over

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The science of vaccines entered the presidential race. The Veterans of Foreign Wars defended Gold Star parents Khizr Khan and Ghazala Khan against a bully. Donald Trump tweeted: “Mr. Khan, who does not know me, viciously attacked me from the stage of the DNC and is now all over T.V. doing the same –Nice!” And some California newspapers start taking stands for and against ballot measures. We’ll wait a little longer.

Take your medicine, or not

Doctors and scientists overwhelmingly agree that childhood vaccines work and save lives. Candidates for the White House this year? Not so much.

Just when you thought this 2016 presidential race couldn’t defy another law of nature, Jill Stein, Green Party candidate and Harvard-trained physician, told The Washington Post there were “real questions” about the safety of vaccinations, and that “I don’t know if all of them have been addressed.”

Stein quickly clarified that she merely believes federal drug regulators are too easily swayed by drug companies. “She’s not anti-vax,” her spokeswoman told a member of The Sacramento Bee editorial board Monday.

California’s vaccine resisters will surely be disappointed. But they still have Donald Trump, who last year repeated discredited claims linking vaccines and autism during the primary debates and, of course, on Twitter. Or Gary Johnson, the Libertarian contender, who tweeted “no to mandatory vaccines” in 2011.

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton remains the sole voice of science on this issue. “The earth is round, the sky is blue, and #vaccineswork,” she tweeted last year. “Let’s protect all our kids.” – Shawn Hubler, @ShawnHubler.

Texas-sized take-down

The Houston Chronicle endorsed Mitt Romney in 2012, Barack Obama in 2008, and a long line of Republicans dating to 1964 when it endorsed Texan Lyndon Johnson. This year, The Chronicle has come out with an unusually early and detailed take-down of Donald Trump; it’s worth a read.

Our take

Editorial: Transparency is unavoidable. Police organizations should stop fighting this battle.

Editorial: No matter who you support in this divisive campaign, we should all agree that every eligible voter should have a fair chance to have their voice heard.

Editorial: Can California tune up its climate strategy before it’s too late?

Karin Klein, among our regular contributors: New state schools report card is colorful, but confusing.

Bill Endicott: Messages of exclusion and hate should offend us all.

Rob Turner’s Soapbox: Sacramento should create a full-time city council.

Matt Pakucko’s Soapboax: California must close Aliso Canyon permanently.

Their take

East Bay Times: Proposition 55 breaks Jerry Brown’s promise by extending an income tax increase, not just for another six years but for 12. Voters should reject it.

Orange County Register: The sad truth is that public schools answer to the whims and agendas of teachers unions and politicians, not students and their parents.

Miami Herald: The House attempted legislative blackmail by attaching poison-pill provisions to the Zika funding bill that Democrats would never accept, which is unacceptable. Congress must act. Zika has arrived.

Charlotte Observer: North Carolinians will face fewer obstacles to voting this year. That’s especially true for the black voters Republicans tried to disenfranchise.

Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal: Hillary Clinton has a long career of ambition for the country and accomplishments in public life. Donald Trump shows little, if any, real interest in the workings of international relationships.

David French of The National Review: In the end, we’re left with nothing but grasping cynicism and petty personal corruption. Neither candidate sacrifices. Instead, they sacrifice our nation on the altar of their own ambition.

Syndicates take

Michael Gerson: Those who support Donald Trump are setting the Republican Party at odds with the American story told by Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr.: a nationalism defined by striving toward unifying ideals of freedom and human dignity.

Paul Krugman: Don’t be surprised if a majority of Republicans approve of Donald Trump’s attack on Khizr Khan and Ghazala Khan, the parents of a dead war hero.

Debra J. Saunders of The San Francisco Chronicle: Many Libertarian-leaning conservatives disillusioned with Donald Trump are looking at the Gary Johnson-Bill Weld ticket and wondering.

Eugene Robinson: What kind of man has so little empathy for a grieving mother’s loss? Is that normal? Is it healthy?

Rubin Navarrette: It’s time for a woman to be president, just not this woman.

Andres Oppenheimer: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton would be very different on Latin America.

Tweets of the day

Democrats on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, ‏@HFACDemocrats, had a little fun with their tweets:

“Just to be clear, Putin/Russia illegally sent thousands of troops into Eastern Ukraine to drive an armed rebellion.”

“Just to be clear, the US does not recognize Russia’s forcible takeover of Crimea just as we did not in the Baltic States in 1940.”

“Just to be clear, NATO is not a protection racket. We defend allies b/c it’s in our interest & we share values.”

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