Matt Dababneh’s accusers + Rex Tillerson learns ways of Washington + Tom Steyer’s money

Our take


Despite Matt Dababneh’s denials, we have a hard time imagining why a lobbyist such as Pamela Lopez would make up a story against a legislator whose vote she needs, or why a Democratic activist such as Jessica Yas Barker would seek sully the reputation of a Democratic legislator. It’s not in their self interest, except that it is. They want to end to workplace harassment, as should we all. No one should have to suffer harassment and criminal acts simply to work at their chosen profession.


Andrew Malcolm, McClatchyDC: How D.C. political assassins use media to oust Rex Tillerson. Reports about the possible ouster of the Secretary of State are classic Washington intrigue--as well as D.C. ambition and malevolence.

Karin Klein: Society’s lack of attention to the needs of the infirm elderly means that our collective standard for their quality of life is too low. There’s nothing high-tech about interacting with a mentally faded man, or sitting with him until he finishes a meal.

John Dowd ... er ... Jack Ohman takes a look at President Donald Trump’s lawyer. Take the fall here.


Marilyn Jasper: Instead of adhering to ethical hunting principles, California’s Fish and Game Commission proposes to give deer hunters an even greater unfair advantage by approving GPS collars on their dogs.

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Take a number: $4,200

Like all Democrats, Assemblyman Matt Dababneh, the Los Angeles Democrat who was accused of masturbating in front of lobbyist Pamela Lopez in a Las Vegas restroom in 2016, can thank organized labor for giving him much of his money. Unions account for more than a fourth of the $2.6 million he has raised since his first run for office in 2013. But virtually all special interests give him money. Oil companies, for example, account for $37,950. But he also taps environmentalists, most notably billionaire climate change warrior Tom Steyer. Steyer gave him, who gave him $4,200 in 2014.

Their take

Bloomberg View: “California Regulates Cow Farts,” is how a New York Post headline put it, implying it was a wacky move by Gov. Jerry Brown. In fact, California’s methane law represents a serious attempt by America’s biggest dairy state to come to grips with a potent greenhouse gas.

Los Angeles Times: Here in the nation’s least affordable rental market, the poor often have to come up with creative ways to keep a roof over their heads. One of those ways is to live in a motor home or RV. In normal times, no one would want to let thousands of people live in RVs on the streets. A vehicle is not a home, and there are sanitation issues, public health issues and quality of life issues that arise when people live in vehicles on the street. But these are not normal times.

San Diego Union-Tribune: A new study by the McKinsey Global Institute about the potential of automation should serve as a stark warning to all world leaders that they must prepare for what may very well be the biggest societal and economic upheaval in our lifetime. Technological advances will keep disrupting one industry after another. That’s why it’s crucial for our government to make it much easier for younger and older workers to have access to job-skills training.

(Victorville) Daily Press: Saturday marked the second anniversary of the terrorist attack at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, where 14 people died in 2015 when a homegrown Islamic terrorist and his wife attacked a holiday party of county employees. On Thursday, San Bernardino County Supervisor Robert Lovingood called on all county residents to take part Saturday in a moment of silence in remembrance of the fallen, and we hope you heeded Lovingood’s call and did so.

Syndicates’ take

Charles M. Blow, New York Times: Steve Bannon is Dickensian in the way his presence – and nominal absence – haunts the Trump presidency, defining its past, dictating its present and damning its future.

E.J. Dionne Jr., Washington Post: After Friday, Americans now know that their president is likely to be under investigation for a long time, and that the Republican Party’s only purpose is to comfort the already extremely comfortable.

Michael Gerson, Washington Post: In their tax bill, Senate Republicans gave a break to private jet owners, but refused to increase the corporate rate by 0.94 percentage points to cover the cost of helping an estimated 12 million working-class families.

David Leonhardt, New York Times: How many breakthrough innovations have we missed because of extreme inequality? The new tax legislation will worsen inequality.

Andres Oppenheimer, Miami Herald: According to the Trump administration’s own Department of Commerce’s National Travel and Tourism Office, the number of international visitors arriving in the United States during the first six months of this year dropped by almost 4 percent from the same period last year.

Eugene Robinson, Washington Post: It is true that there is no federal statute against “collusion.” But a specific law is not necessary for citizens and their representatives in Congress to make a judgment: Is it acceptable for a presidential candidate and officials of his campaign to encourage an adversarial foreign power’s efforts to meddle in the U.S. election process – and then seek to reward that foreign power by easing sanctions?


“If this tax plan passes, we would no longer be able to afford our premiums. This would mean death for my father, who cannot survive without insulin, and a life of chronic pain for me.” Jonathan Kastin, Sacramento

Jack’s Take

President Donald Trump’s Lexicon of the Day: Doudsourcing.