California sues Trump administration to prevent border wall
AP: "California’s attorney general has sued the Trump administration over its plan to construct a wall along the country’s border with Mexico."
"The suit filed Wednesday by Attorney General Xavier Becerra makes arguments similar to those in a lawsuit filed by advocacy groups last week arguing the federal government is overstepping its authority by waiving environmental reviews and other laws."
"Both lawsuits aim to stop the design, planning and construction of the wall."
Speaking of Trump, POTUS45 faces turmoil in the Alabama Senate race.
LA Times' LISA MASCARO: "President Trump will swoop into Alabama on Friday to bolster the campaign of Sen. Luther Strange, a soft-spoken former state attorney general now in danger of losing the seat he was tapped to fill just months ago after Jeff Sessions joined the administration."
"But in this conservative state that overwhelmingly supported Trump and prides itself as the heart of Old Dixie, some think the president is backing the wrong man. And they’re not sure his visit will help."
"Voter enthusiasm instead runs high for the more Trump-like candidate, Roy Moore, the state’s polarizing former chief justice. His far-right, Bible-quoting views twice resulted in him being forced off the bench for defying higher court decisions, including the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of gay marriage. Die-hard supporters have no doubt he will be just as unwavering if they send him to Washington."
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OP-ED: California needs a quake warning system:
The LAT: "California can’t offer the same protection, at least for now. This tech-savvy, wealthy state has studied and experimented with a similar system, but it’s stalled at the testing stage due to money. A pending federal budget proposed by the Trump administration may cut the next allotment of $10 million to speed deployment but California representiatives from both parties want the funds restored."
"That would be the right outcome. The alert system, already tapped by BART to slow or stop trains, would be a life saver given this region’s tall odds of a major quake. Even a few seconds would give people a chance to flee buildings or huddle under a sturdy desk away from windows. Along with Mexico, Japan and Taiwan have rolled out programs that pick up tremors and shoot updates to public agencies, the media and smartphones."
"Mexico’s second deadly earthquake in as many weeks comes with a modest consolation. The nation’s system of quake sensors dotting the shifting landscape gave a minute or two warning to residents to flee buildings before the shaking began."
Ro Khanna discusses ethnic cleansing in Myanmar, H-1B visas at town hall meeting
East Bay Times' JOSEPH GEHA: "About 150 people turned out Wednesday evening at a town hall hosted by U.S. Rep. Ro Khanna at Ohlone College’s Jackson Theatre in Fremont. Audience members lobbed questions at the District 17 congressman about local and international issues alike."
"A topic that garnered a lot of attention was the killings and conflict taking place in Myanmar, which has led to hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims fleeing to neighboring Bangladesh. The issue has been called a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing” by the United Nations top human rights official, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, earlier this month."
"The first-term Democratic congressman said the ethnic cleansing needs to stop, and he has signed onto a letter by U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, calling for Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi to help put an end to the conflict."
Mueller seeks White House documents related to Trump's actions as president
The Chronicle's MICHAEL S. SCHMDT:"Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, has asked the White House for documents about some of President Donald Trump's most scrutinized actions since taking office, including the firing of his national security adviser and FBI director, according to White House officials.