Index
Monday
Jul272015

POLITICS (National): 2016 presidential election, CNN poll, Republicans, immigration: "Big majority of GOP voters favors mass deportation, poll finds" .... 

* Washington Post ("Plum Line"/Greg Sargent):  "Big majority of GOP voters favors mass deportation, poll finds" - From the WP:

This new poll finding, courtesy of CNN, is not all that surprising, but it is very illuminating of the demographic challenges the GOP faces right now: A big majority of Republicans believes that the government’s main focus on immigration should be not just on stopping the flow of illegal immigrants, but also on deporting those already here.

The poll asks:

What should be the main focus of the U.S. government in dealing with the issue of illegal immigration — developing a plan that would allow illegal immigrants who have jobs to become legal U.S. residents, or developing a plan for stopping the flow of illegal immigrants into the U.S. and for deporting those already here?

By 56-42, Americans support developing a plan to legalize undocumented immigrants over stopping their flow and deporting those already here. Independents agree by 58-39, and moderates by 59-40. But Republicans favor stopping the flow of undocumenteds and deporting those already here by 63-34. So do conservatives, by 55-43. “Those already here,” of course, amount to some 11 million people.

Now, it’s certainly possible that GOP support for deportation is inflated somewhat by the inclusion of securing the border on that side of the question. But even when the question is framed a bit less starkly, as a recent Post/ABC News poll did, a majority of Republicans does not think the undocumented should be allowed to live and work here even if they pay a fine and meet other requirements. This should not obscure the fact that a substantial number of Republicans are, in fact, open to legalization; it’s just that more of them apparently aren’t.

And as such, what the CNN numbers again confirm is that there is a deep and intractable divide between the two parties on what to do about the undocumented population. This fundamental underlying difference matters far more than Donald Trump’s vicious rhetoric, which (assuming he doesn’t run as a third party candidate) will likely prove ephemeral.

Indeed, the CNN poll hints at the demographic challenge the GOP will face after Trump fades and the only person still listening to his bluster is his reflection in the mirror ......................

Monday
Jul272015

POLITICS/SPORTS (National, Local, International): 2024 Summer Olympics: "US Olympic Committee ends Boston's bid for the 2024 games"; also, "Boston's Bid for Summer Olympics is Terminated"; "Boston Scares Away Foreigners Who Wanted Its Tax Dollars, Again"; "Boston's bid withdrawal puts L.A. back in the running for 2024 Olympics" ....

***Sampling of coverage, site selection competition, 2024 Summer Olympics, Boston withdrawal....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Boston's bid withdrawal puts L.A. back in the running for 2024 Olympics"

* Washington Post:  "US Olympic Committee ends Boston's bid for the 2024 games"

* New York Times:  "Boston's Bid for Summer Olympics is Terminated"

* New York Magazine:  "Boston Scares Away Foreigners Who Wanted Its Tax Dollars, Again"

Monday
Jul272015

MORNING MEMOS: Bay Area, "Clogged diamond lanes mean carpoolers get little relief"; environment, commentary (Dan Walters), "Anti-carbon campaign clouded with uncertainties"; water, "California's Delta saltier from San Francisco Bay water"; education/law schools, "Nearly 9 out of 10 students drop out of unaccredited law schools in California" ....

***Various items this morning from across the spectrum of politics and/or public policy....

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "Clogged diamond lanes means carpoolers get little relief"

* Los Angeles Times:  "Nearly 9 out of 10 students drop out of unaccredited law schools in California"

* Sacramento Bee (Dan Walters):  "Anti-carbon campaign clouded with uncertainties"

* San Jose Mercury News (AP):  "California's Delta saltier from San Francisco Bay water"

Monday
Jul272015

INTERNATIONAL: British House of Lords, scandal: "Lord Sewel resigns and faces police inquiry after 'snorting cocaine with prostitutes'"; also, "English baron quits post after cocaine and prostitute scandal"; "Deputy Speaker of House of Lords resigns after being 'filmed snorting cocaine with prostitutes" ....

Monday
Jul272015

POLITICS/ENVIRONMENT: Climate change, global warming, Jerry Brown remarks: "Gov. Brown wants to keep oil in the ground. But whose oil?" ....

* San Francisco Chronicle:  "Gov. Brown wants to keep oil in the ground. But whose oil?" - From the Chronicle:

Even the greenest, most eco-friendly politicians rarely utter the words Gov. Jerry Brown spoke at the Vatican’s climate change symposium last week. To prevent the worst effects of global warming, one-third of the world’s known oil reserves must remain in the ground, Brown told the gathering of government officials from around the world. The same goes for 50 percent of natural gas reserves and 90 percent of coal. “Now that is a revolution,” Brown said. “That is going to take a call to arms.”

It’s an idea widely embraced among environmentalists and climate scientists. Burn all the world’s known fossil fuel supplies — the ones already discovered by energy companies — and the atmosphere would warm to truly catastrophic levels. Never mind hunting for more oil. But it’s a concept few politicians will touch. That’s because it raises a question no one wants to answer: Whose oil has to stay put? ........................

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