FROM Mike Schroeder
Doctored Chimp Photo Pits Birthers against OC GOP Establishment The Republican Party of Orange County is in an uproar over the picture of a family of chimpanzees with a portrait of President Barack Obama superimposed on one of their faces. A comment says, "Now you know why — No Birth Certificate." GOP County Committee member Marilyn Davenport emailed it to other committee members, and she's refused Chairman Scott Baugh's call to resign. Two other committee members forwarded the email to former state Republican Chairman Mike Schroeder, who alerted the press, among them Martin Wisckol, Politics Editor for the Orange County Register .
What's Wrong with California's Republican Party? California's newest Republican state senator is Sam Blakeslee , who represents Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Luis Obispo. But he says his own party's insiders require "litmus tests" and "fear the rise of strong independent Republicans who don't kiss their ring." Dan Morain, senior opinion editor for the Sacramento Bee , says, "The big tent envisioned by Ronald Reagan has become a pup tent."
UC Irvine Hires and Unhires Erwin Chemerinsky for the Post of Dean UC Irvine is about to open California’s first public law school in forty years, and constitutional scholar Irwin Chemerinsky was picked as the founding Dean. A former professor at USC who’s now at Duke , Legal Affairs magazine calls Chemerinsky one of America’s “ top twenty legal thinkers .” He signed a contract a few weeks ago, but on Tusday UC Irvine’s Chancellor Michael Drake rescinded the offer.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?