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  • Trump's not just the head of state. He's the 'talent'

    Trump's not just the head of state. He's the 'talent'

    In high school civics I was taught that, in America, the president has many roles, often divided in other countries. He’s commander in chief, head of state, chief administrator and executive, the head of his party, chief diplomat, legislative leader and, according to some lists, “the guardian of...

  • The groveling to win Amazon's new headquarters has gotten embarrassing. Stop it

    The groveling to win Amazon's new headquarters has gotten embarrassing. Stop it

    Cities and states across the country are going to embarrassing lengths to woo online mega-retailer Amazon, which has created a “Bachelor”-like competition to decide where it will locate a new, $5-billion second corporate headquarters with 50,000 high-paying jobs. An economic development group from...

  • A cautious step forward on police drones

    A cautious step forward on police drones

    Among the arguments against the use of airborne camera-wielding drones by the Los Angeles Police Department, a statement made by one critic at a recent Police Commission meeting stood out: “Drones should not be talked about.” That’s the most extreme position, boiled down to its essence: that law...

  • Trump has declared open war on the ACA. We'll all get hurt

    Trump has declared open war on the ACA. We'll all get hurt

    The Trump administration has declared open war on the Affordable Care Act. With its abrupt decision to terminate critical subsidies, it has thrown the exchanges into chaos on the eve of open enrollment; it has imperiled the full faith and credit of the United States; and it will cause a massive...

  • We don't need the 2nd Amendment — we need a real debate about guns

    We don't need the 2nd Amendment — we need a real debate about guns

    Fifty-eight dead, nearly 500 injured, but our national debate will come through unscathed. Like so many before it, the mass shooting in Las Vegas has resolved into a set piece between gun-rights advocates and gun-control advocates, yielding no fundamental change. Bump stocks may get banned, but...

  • A bunch of scholarships for women can't atone for allegations of sexual predation

    A bunch of scholarships for women can't atone for allegations of sexual predation

    In his kinda, sorta mea culpa last week, Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein announced that he was creating a $5-million foundation to give scholarships to female directors at USC. It’s almost laughable that Weinstein thought that trumpeting his largesse would help him fight off allegations of...

  • A best-case scenario for the Iran nuclear deal

    A best-case scenario for the Iran nuclear deal

    President Trump plans to demand this week that the international agreement limiting Iran’s nuclear programs be revised to make it stronger. He’ll claim that Iran isn’t complying with the 2015 pact, which he has called “the worst deal ever negotiated.” His language will be Trumpian and tough, intended...

  • Santa Rosa's charred now, but we're all facing fire (or flood or heat wave) soon

    Santa Rosa's charred now, but we're all facing fire (or flood or heat wave) soon

    My wife awoke in the middle of the night to the smell of fire, investigated the house, and, finding nothing, tried to go back to sleep. On Monday morning, our deck was shrouded in black ashes, and the sky was a snarled gray, despite the absence of fog or clouds. Forty-five miles to the north, in...

  • Weinstein was appalling, but so was his company for ignoring his behavior

    Weinstein was appalling, but so was his company for ignoring his behavior

    With horrific allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault swirling around co-chairman Harvey Weinstein, the company that bears his name fired him Sunday. But by waiting so long to take a step that should have been taken, frankly, years earlier, the company fostered a climate in which his...

  • Is U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein too old to run again? It's up to voters to decide

    Is U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein too old to run again? It's up to voters to decide

    U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein ended months of speculation Monday when she said she was running for reelection in 2018. “I’m all in!” she tweeted and wrote in a Facebook post. The announcement follows months of chatter — some of it mean-spirited, some of it less so — about whether, at age 84, Feinstein...

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