Index
Thursday
Aug252016

POLITICS (National): 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump, immigration? deportation?: "Trump 'softening' on immigration? Many of his supporters don't seem to mind."; "Trump's allies squirm on immigration shift"; "Donald Trump's shifting talk on immigration shows his struggle to reach beyond his core supporters"; "Trump suggests major shift on deportations" ....

Thursday
Aug252016

POLITICS (National): 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump, Stephen Bannon: Commentary (Dana Milbank), "Donald Trump's new loose cannon" ....

* Washington Post (Dana Milbank):  "Donald Trump's new loose cannon" - From the WP:

In choosing Stephen Bannon to be the CEO of his campaign, Donald Trump has accomplished the extraordinary: He has found somebody as outrageous as he is. Bannon, who had been publisher of the far-right website Breitbart, has called the pope a “commie” and said Catholics are trying to boost Hispanic immigration because their “church is dying.” He called Gabby Giffords, a former congresswoman who was shot in the head, a “human shield” and the mayor of London a “radical Muslim.” Hillary Clinton, in Bannon’s telling, is a “grifter” who would take the country to the “last days of Sodom.”

The new Trump adviser calls himself a “populist nationalist” — his hiring has been cheered by white supremacists — and calls his fellow believers a “small, crazy wing” of the conservative movement. He has referred to the Civil War as the “war of Southern Independence” fought over “economic development.” He found “zero evidence” of racial motives in the Trayvon Martin shooting and warned that “cities could be washed away in an orgy of de-gentrification.”

The Trump campaign’s chief executive believes the Obama administration is “importing more hating Muslims” and asks whether Clinton is “complicit in a fifth column.” He doesn’t think Huma Abedin, a Muslim aide to Clinton, should have a security clearance, and he has alleged that Clinton’s vice-presidential nominee, Sen. Tim Kaine (Va.), has an “affiliation with the Muslim Brotherhood.” He argued that Gretchen Carlson’s sexual harassment case, which forced the ouster of Roger Ailes at Fox News Channel, was a “total dud,” and he alleged the existence of a “militant-feminist legal wrecking crew.”

Fox News, in Bannon’s view, is a “centrist” outlet — and compared to Breitbart, it most certainly is. The site, which was closer to the mainstream under its late founder, Andrew Breitbart, has run these headlines under Bannon’s leadership:

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Trump echoes conspiracy theories proposed by Breitbart, and Breitbart has relentlessly promoted Trump. In short, Trump found in Bannon a character like himself: a bully who targets racial and religious minorities, immigrants and women. After Trump’s campaign manager was caught on tape roughing up Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields at an event, Fields and other staffers quit, complaining that Bannon’s management team sided with Trump.

In his writings and broadcast commentary, Bannon, a veteran and former banker, has argued that ..................

Thursday
Aug252016

MORNING MEMOS: Bay Area, Measure RR, "Sen. Steve Glazer to vote 'no' on BART measure"; Proposition 57, "'Hey, Margaret': Jerry Brown scolds Fresno sheriff in voice mail"; environment, "Threat of Southland energy shortage due to Aliso Canyon fades" ....

***Various items this morning relating to the spectrum of politics and/or public policy....

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "Sen. Steve Glazer to vote 'no' on BART measure"

* Sacramento Bee:  "'Hey, Margaret': Jerry Brown scolds Fresno sheriff in voice mail

* Los Angeles Times:  "Threat of Southland energy shortage due to Aliso Canyon fades"

Thursday
Aug252016

POLITICS (National): 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton, Clinton Foundation, emails: Editorial, "The latest Clinton emails show what an ethics agreement shouldn't look like"; editorial, "It's time to take the 'Clinton' out of the Clinton Foundation" ...

***2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton, Clinton Foundation, emails....

* Washington Post (editorial):  "The latest Clinton emails show what an ethics agreement shouldn't look like"

* Los Angeles Times (editorial):  "It's time to take the "Clinton" out of the Clinton Foundation"

 

Thursday
Aug252016

SACRAMENTO: SB 443, "California bill limiting asset seizures by police headed to Jerry Brown"; AB 1785, "Bill forcing drivers' hands off smartphones awaits Gov. Jerry Brown"; education/Vergara decision/Calif. Supreme Court, editorial, "Teacher tenure debate ends with too little noise" .... 

***Various items relating to doings in and/or around the Capitol....

* Sacramento Bee:  "California bill limiting asset seizures by police headed to Jerry Brown"

* Sacramento Bee:  "Bill forcing drivers' hands off smartphones awaits Gov. Jerry Brown"

* Sacramento Bee (edidtorial):  "Teacher tenure debate ends with too little noise"