| Nov 13, 2013
Most bio-pics are made about somebodies — warriors, kings, artists. This was a bio-pic about a nobody who became a somebody during the Rwandan genocide, a bloody crossroads for a country with deep-seated ethnic frictions. In April 1994, Paul...
| Nov 10, 2013
| 7:05 PM
SACRAMENTO — Lots of gun rumblings. The blood keeps spilling. And the carnage spreads.
Start with the LAX shootings.
The gun used by the government-hater to kill a checkpoint screener and wound three others? It was the type of firearm that would...
| Nov 10, 2013
Just in time for Veterans Day, the embattled secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric K. Shinseki, announced last week that his department had reduced its backlog of overdue disability claims from more than 600,000 in March to about 400,000.
| Nov 6, 2013
| 4:29 PM
SACRAMENTO — In politics, there's sleaze that can send a slimeball to prison. There also is legal bribery. Lots of it.
"Campaign contributions provide a fig leaf for legalized bribery," says campaign finance expert Robert Stern, who helped write...
| Nov 3, 2013
Only two weeks ago, President Obama looked like a man on the rise. He and his party had successfully stared down Republicans in a 16-day government shutdown. Voters were angrier at the GOP than any time since, well, the last government shutdown. A...
| Nov 17, 2013
| 7:54 PM
SACRAMENTO — Five bells rang, followed by the clack-clack of paper spewing from the Teletype. It was a bulletin.
"Dallas, Nov. 22 (UPI)—Three shots were fired at President Kennedy's motorcade today in downtown Dallas."
Five bells for a...
| Nov 3, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Never mind the conventional speculation about whether the resolution of some political standoff in Washington favors Republicans or Democrats, liberals or conservatives, "entitlement" fans or skeptics.
The more fundamental question, says Benjamin...
| Oct 29, 2013
| 5:12 PM
When the sky became the limit for most political spending after the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, the skywatchers like Ann Ravel had to readjust their telescopes. As head of California's Fair Political Practices Commission, she policed the...
| Oct 27, 2013
| 7:06 PM
Willie Brown, the legendary Assembly speaker and former San Francisco mayor, says he has never voted for a ballot initiative.
"Not one," he asserts emphatically without hesitation.
"I've always, without question, been opposed to the initiative...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 7:58 PM
Margaret Davis of West L.A. voted for President Obama and appreciates the ideas behind the Affordable Care Act. She agrees that everyone should have access to healthcare and no one should be denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions.
| Sep 22, 2013
| 6:22 PM
North Texas visited Oklahoma on opening weekend in 2007 and was clobbered, 79-10.
A few days later, sitting in his home office a few blocks from where the wipeout took place, Barry Switzer said North Texas got what it deserved.
"They had no game...