| Nov 20, 2013
When it comes to his healthcare law, President Obama faces a political version of what insurance folks call "adverse selection": All the bad news is sticking to him and most of the good news is sticking to someone else.
Adverse selection, as we've...
| Nov 27, 2013
| 5:10 PM
SACRAMENTO — Judging from the emails, many readers think that eliminating special elections to fill vacant legislative seats and simply allowing the governor to choose replacements would be dangerously un-American.
"Oh, sure," has been the...
| Dec 1, 2013
Don't look now, but auditions for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination are already underway in Washington. And the flavor of the moment is — governors.
First came Chris Christie, the pugnacious governor of New Jersey, who won reelection...
| Dec 3, 2013
Success! The Obama administration announced over the weekend that it had hit its deadline of Nov. 30 for HealthCare.gov.
Of course, there were caveats. The site will still probably get buggy when there's a lot of traffic, which is why Health and Human...
| Sep 3, 2013
| 7:15 PM
Is it that time again?
Syria will be foremost on Congress' mind when it returns from vacation next week, but lurking on the horizon like an ever-present cloud bank will be the debt limit. Treasury officials say the limit, currently set at $16.7...
| Sep 15, 2013
President Obama and his aides were surprised this month by the strength of public opposition to their call for military action against Syria. They shouldn't have been.
Americans have almost always been reluctant to go to war. In 1939, polls showed...
| Sep 17, 2013
Chemical weapons are evil, but you could also say they're cursed. They have a talismanic power to bend and distort U.S. foreign policy. You can ask George W. Bush or Barack Obama.
In 2003, then-Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz gave a lengthy...
| Sep 22, 2013
"The American people don't want the government shut down, and they don't want Obamacare. The House has listened to the American people."
That's what Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said at the GOP's victory rally Friday after the House voted to pass...
| Mar 1, 2008
I'm not going to pretend I knew what Michelle Obama meant when, at a rally in Milwaukee, she said that "for the first time in my adult lifetime, I'm really proud of my country." She later said she meant she was proud of people "rolling up their sleeves"...
| Mar 5, 2008
In his weekend radio address, President Bush warned of rogue pharmacists making potentially dangerous prescription drugs readily available online.
"The Internet has brought about tremendous benefits for those who cannot easily get to a pharmacy in...
| Mar 23, 2008
The economy is tanking, banks are scrambling for cover, the Fed is repeatedly cutting interest rates . . . and business is booming at pawn shop Crown City Loan & Jewelry in Old Pasadena.
Standing behind a display case brimming with hocked watches and...