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Editorial: California's choice: Let it burn, or figure out how to fight these deadly fires

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(EDITORS: This editorial was crafted by opinion editors in McClatchy's five California newsrooms: The Sacramento Bee, The Fresno Bee, The Modesto Bee, The Merced Sun-Star and The Tribune in San Luis Obispo.)

The Camp Fire has claimed more than 60 victims, and rescue workers continue to search for hundreds who are still missing.

The Tubbs Fire,...Read more

Trudy Rubin: The view from China: Will Trump and Xi avoid a new Cold War?

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BEIJING -- The queues of Chinese tourists eager to visit Mao Zedong's mausoleum in the center of Beijing's Tiananmen Square start building at 7 a.m. and the wait can be three hours. The tourist shops along one side of the square are filled with glossy pendants that feature Mao on one side, and Chinese president Xi Jinping on the other.

Those ...Read more

Editorial: The NRA doesn't own the gun lane

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The National Rifle Association's arrogance struck a nerve last week when it scolded doctors for daring to state the obvious: that gun violence in America is a public health crisis. Apparently physicians weren't supposed to notice that the gunshot wounds they try desperately to heal -- too often failing -- are in fact caused by guns.

"Someone ...Read more

Commentary: TV news is as much to blame for democracy's decline as the president

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Much is being made of the president's targeting of CNN's Jim Acosta, but TV news bears as much blame as anyone for our democracy's dystopian decline, culminating in the presidency of an ignoramus with a personality disorder.

With Congress supine and the courts packed by Sen. Mitch McConnell, readily consumable news stands as the last guardrail ...Read more

Editorial: The Rohingya shouldn't go back to Myanmar until they can be assured they won't be killed or raped

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The Rohingya Muslims have endured more than a year of savagery at the hands of the Myanmar military, which has burned their villages, killed and raped their people, and driven about 700,000 of them out of the country in what amounts to a campaign of ethnic cleansing. What refuge they could find has been in Bangladesh, in crowded camps near the ...Read more

Christine M. Flowers: Longing for the comforts of home while searching for Thanksgiving in France

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In 1981, I spent my junior year in Paris. It should have been a magnificent time, something that people with English majors and literary aspirations would have called "halcyon." There I was, 19 years old, single, and earnest in the City of Lights. I should have been Leslie Caron dancing along the banks of the Seine with Gene Kelly, or Audrey ...Read more

Editorial: The Catholic church is in crisis, and its leaders are making it worse

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If any truth emerged from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops meeting this week in Baltimore, it was surely Archbishop William E. Lori's observation that the priest sex abuse scandal " is going to be with us for a long, long time." The church covered up the widespread abuse of children and adults by priests for a long, long time. It...Read more

Commentary: CNN is right to sue Trump

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Bob Woodward doesn't like it one bit.

The legendary investigative reporter has chastised CNN because it is suing the Trump administration for revoking the White House press credentials of its star reporter, Jim Acosta.

"In the news media there has been an emotional reaction to Trump," Woodward clucked to an audience in Florida. "Too many ...Read more

Editorial: 'Brexit' was a bad idea. Here's how to limit the damage

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British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday defended the "Brexit" agreement she reached with the European Union as "a decisive breakthrough." A more honest description would be "making the best of a bad job," the bad job being the disastrous decision by 52 percent of voters in 2016 to withdraw the United Kingdom from the EU.

No one is ...Read more

Editorial: No, slow vote counts don't mean fraud. To suggest otherwise is irresponsible

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As of Thursday, more than a week after election day, about 2.7 million ballots cast by California voters remained uncounted. In all but two of the 58 California counties -- lightly populated Sierra and Inyo -- vote-counting is ongoing and may continue until the Dec. 7 deadline.

Why is it taking so long? Surely something must have gone terribly ...Read more

Editorial: Trump's attack on the First Amendment

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When the Founding Fathers established freedom of the press as a constitutional right, they didn't hedge their support with the phrase as long as they're nice about it. A free press by design is a check on power and often a robust critic of government.

Donald Trump isn't the first president to disparage the news media. That honor goes to George ...Read more

Editorial: The bishops duck and cover

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There was a single big item on the agenda when U.S. bishops convened in Baltimore this week: how to confront the child sex abuse scandals that perennially soil the church.

The bishops were prepared to debate whether to create a lay commission to investigate complaints against those in their ranks, including the power to make recommendations for...Read more

Commentary: The many benefits immigrants bring to the US

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Recent debates over America's immigration policy are exposing a deep rift in conservative politics. In the Utah Senate debate earlier this year, Mitt Romney referred to U.S. policies that separated immigrant parents from their children at the border as a "dark chapter" in American history. Others have urged President Donald Trump to uphold his ...Read more

Mary C. Curtis: Too soon? Divining Democrats with the 'it' factor for 2020

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A die-hard Democrat said to me at the gym, "Somebody has to MAKE Michelle Obama run for president." This was after Obama's appearance in a television interview, in which she reminded the world what it's been missing.

Sorry to let that educated, suburban woman in workout clothes down, but in the former first lady's own words, she has no wish to ...Read more

Editorial: New bullet-train cost overrun? Of course.

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When former state Transportation Secretary Brian Kelly took over as CEO of the California High-Speed Rail Authority in February, he promised a new era of transparency with the state's bullet-train project -- and admitted that the project's then-$64 billion price tag would go up. Given the revelation in 2015 that the authority had never revealed ...Read more

Cynthia M. Allen: The 'dogma' of intolerance must not live within the GOP

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Last September, in a now infamous exchange between Sen. Dianne Feinstein and judicial nominee Amy Coney Barrett, California's senior senator suggested that Barrett's adherence to her Roman Catholic faith rendered her unfit for the federal bench.

"The dogma lives loudly within you, and that's of concern," concluded Feinstein, after an ...Read more

Editorial: California is as blue as it's ever been. Hopefully Democrats prove themselves worthy

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State Sen. Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) lost more than his seat in the Legislature when he conceded the race to his Democratic challenger, Melissa Hurtado, on Monday. His defeat gives Democrats back the veto-proof supermajority in the state Senate they lost in June after a Republican-backed recall of state Sen. Josh Newman (D-Fullerton). It also ...Read more

Editorial: California must hold PG&E accountable for wildfires

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Californians will have to wait to discover the cause of the tragic Camp Fire that has claimed at least 48 lives and burned nearly the entire city of Paradise. But they shouldn't have to wait to make PG&E more accountable for the utility's failure to properly maintain its equipment.

It's unacceptable that the Legislature continues to enable a ...Read more

Editorial: Please, Hillary, don't do it

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Dear Hillary,

Don't do it. Spare us all. Walk away.

You may be dying to run for president again. But from all of us sporting those bumper stickers that say "Any functioning adult 2020", we beg you: Don't.

It's not that you're not a functioning adult. It's that you would lose, and we would go four more agonizingly long years with that same non...Read more

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