| Dec 11, 2013
| 7:17 PM
Nelson Mandela and George Deukmejian never met. They never even communicated. But Mandela's freedom and the demise of South African apartheid resulted in no small part because of California's governor.
Many in the United States and worldwide had a...
| Dec 11, 2013
Here's what counts as success in Washington these days: a budget deal that almost everyone hates and that doesn't solve any of the country's major problems.
The spending bill that Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) unveiled...
| Aug 24, 2013
| 9:00 AM
Marijuana policy, like immigration policy, is something the country just can't seem to get right.
For the latest evidence of how confusing pot laws can be, just take a look at Anaheim, where a property owner is fighting a federal government attempt to...
| Aug 30, 2013
| 7:17 PM
One way to judge the virtues of the city of Richmond's initiative to use eminent domain to help its strapped mortgage borrowers is by the hysterical reaction of the banks and investors holding the mortgage loans.
Wells Fargo & Co. and Bank of New York...
| Sep 3, 2013
| 5:15 PM
She sent San Diego's departing Mayor Bob Filner some resignation "gifts" last week, among them a mirror, so he could see who was to blame for his downfall. This sort of made-for-TV event has been S.O.P. for lawyer Gloria Allred for more than 30 years....
| Sep 6, 2013
| 9:29 PM
Everybody wants to see the perpetrators of the financial crisis punished, but you have to feel a little sorry for Standard & Poor's, the credit rating firm being sued by the federal government for its role in the disaster.
S&P clearly has its back to...
| Dec 22, 2013
"Congress is finishing this year less popular than a cockroach," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said the other day. The reason, he charged, was simple: "mindless, knee-jerk obstruction from Republicans."
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) sees things...
| Sep 18, 2013
| 4:25 PM
SACRAMENTO — Man goes to work. Woman visits a mall. Child sits in class. Couple attends a movie. All have one thing in common. They are vulnerable to being shot and killed by some "innocent law-abiding citizen."
Anyone who owns a firearm is law-...
| Sep 30, 2013
| 3:46 PM
"All of this would be funny if it weren't so crazy."
That was President Obama commenting the other day about some of the irresponsible, outlandish and just plain idiotic things critics have been saying about the Affordable Care Act.
| Jul 2, 2013
| 8:19 PM
The great thing about baseball is that it's a mass of imponderables. How can Josh Hamilton be paid $17 million this year and hit .223? Why is a team with a $216-million payroll sitting nearly last in its division? (I'm looking at you, Dodgers.)
| Dec 28, 2008
You'll be safer in 2009. At least that's the expectation of consumer watchdogs who believe the changing of the guard at the White House in a few weeks will mark the beginning of a new era in protecting people from stuff that can hurt you.
"It may not...