MISCELLANEOUS: Chelsea Clinton pregnancy, "political ramifications"?, commentary (Robin Abcarian): "Political ramifications to Chelsea Clinton's pregnancy? Oh come on" ....

***Following up on earlier item noted here (various reorts, announcement, Chelsea Clinton pregnancy)....

* Los Angeles Times (Robin Abcarian):  "Political ramifications to Chelsea Clinton's pregnancy? Oh come on." - From the LAT:

So, what are the political ramifications of Hillary Clinton’s impending grandmotherhood?

No, seriously. Stop snorting. New York Times financial columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin put it out there Friday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

In a segment about Clinton's approval ratings, roughly equal today to what they were when she first ran for president in 2007, "Morning Joe" panelists were discussing the role that immigration reform might play in the 2016 campaign when Sorkin abruptly changed the subject:

“Can we talk about the human drama that is Grandma Clinton?” he said, starting at 3:20 in the clip above. “I don’t want to be cynical--I am not suggesting anyone’s having a baby for election purposes, but I think this—no, no--I’m just saying.”

Sorkin evidently does not cover politics much, or he might have been wary of blundering into gender quicksand two weeks after Hillary Clinton made headlines at a women's conference in New York when she reiterated that the double standard facing women candidates is alive and well.

"Morning Joe" panelist and political reporter John Heilemann mocked Sorkin: “I’m not suggesting that, but I will say it on the air.”

Sorkin, in a defensive crouch that only got crouchier as the segment went on.........................


POLITICS (Local/Los Angeles County): Rick Orlov (TIPOFF column), What next for termed-out Supervisors Gloria Money and Zev Yaroslavsky?: "Future options are open for Molina, Yaroslavsky" ....  

* Daily News (Rick Orlov TIPOFF):  "Future options are open for Molina, Yaroslavsky" - From the DN:

For Supervisors Gloria Molina and Zev Yaroslavsky, the June 3 election for their successors is coming way too soon. Both are termed out this year and both say they plan to stay until the very last minute of their term on Dec. 1. Neither has developed a plan for what they will do after they leave office. Teaching is an option for both, as is remaining politically active. For instance, Yaroslavsky is the commencement speaker this month at Pepperdine University.

At one time in her career, Molina served on the Democratic National Committee. Yaroslavsky has been less involved in partisan politics, but he has been called on by foreign countries to help develop local government operations.


Money should not be a problem for either of them. Molina, with 20 years on the Board of Supervisors, will be eligible for a monthly pension of $9.796 or $117,400 a year, according to the Los Angeles County Employees Retirement Association. With one year less on the board than Molina, Yaroslavsky will be eligible for $7.958 a month or $95,600 a year. However, he also will be eligible for a city pension for his 19 years on the City Council. The exact amount for which he is eligible has yet to be determined........


MEDIA: Sale of weekly tabloid Beverly Hills Courier to local philanthropist: "Philanthropist Paula Kent Meehan buys the Beverly Hills Courier" ....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Philathropist Paula Kent Meehan buys the Beverly Hills Courier" - "Publisher Clifton Smith announces the long-rumored sale of the feisty weekly tabloid in a front page story." - From the LAT:

The Beverly Hills Courier has been sold to Paula Kent Meehan, a former hair-care products executive turned philanthropist. Terms of the deal for the feisty weekly tabloid were not disclosed.

Publisher Clifton Smith announced the long-rumored sale in a front-page story and a note to readers on Friday. The sale is expected to close within 30 days.


Founded by March Schwartz in 1965, the Courier has taken strong political stands on issues related to development and transit. Smith, who lives in Pasadena but practices law in Beverly Hills, delivers opinions on civic matters in the heavily Democratic city through biting editorials that lean libertarian.

A Times story last year reported on some in Beverly Hills who felt Smith used the small but influential publication to unfairly attack critics and throw his weight around. The publication also acted as a watchdog, using public information laws to report on city employee salaries.


In a note to readers, Meehan said she, Smith and his wife, Candace, had been friends for years. She added that she planned to name Marcia Hobbs, the longtime associate publisher of the Courier, as the new publisher........


MORNING MEMOS: Sacramento, politics, state budget, commentary (Dan Walters), "California politicos admit failure in seeking rainy day fund"; San Francisco, editorial, "Chronicle recommends: No. on S.F. Prop. B"; fracking, editorial, "Does fracking cause quakes? California needs to know" ....

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

* Sacramento Bee (Dan Walters):  "California politicos admit failure in seeking rainy day fund"

* San Francisco Chronicle (editorial):  "Chronicle recommends: No on S.F. Prop. B"

* Los Angeles Times (editorial):  "Does fracking cause quakes? California needs to know" - "A swarm of Ohio quakes that scientists say may be linked to fracking illustrate the risks in California."


INTERNATIONAL: China, corruption inquiry, family of prominent Communist Party official: "Investigating Family's Wealth, China's Leader Signals a Change" ....

 New York Times:  "Investigating Family's Wealth, China's Leader Signals a Change" - From the NYT:

HONG KONG — His son landed contracts to sell equipment to state oil fields and thousands of filling stations across China. His son’s mother-in-law held stakes in pipelines and natural gas pumps from Sichuan Province in the west to the southern isle of Hainan. And his sister-in-law, working from one of Beijing’s most prestigious office buildings, invested in mines, property and energy projects.

In thousands of pages of corporate documents describing these ventures, the name that never appears is his own: Zhou Yongkang, the formidable Chinese Communist Party leader who served as China’s top security official and the de facto boss of its oil industry. But President Xi Jinping has targeted Mr. Zhou in an extraordinary corruption inquiry, a first for a Chinese party leader of Mr. Zhou’s rank, and put his family’s extensive business interests in the cross hairs.

Even by the cutthroat standards of Chinese politics, it is a bold maneuver. . . . . . . .

Whether to wipe out Mr. Zhou’s influence or to send an unmistakable signal to the entire party elite, Mr. Xi appears to be rewriting the rules ..........................................