Michael Hiltzik

Michael Hiltzik Columnist
Venture investor Tim Draper is back with a pointless plan to split California three ways

The late Robin Williams used to have a great line about how “cocaine is God’s way of telling you you’re making too much money.” But it’s a new day and a different world now. Here in California, it may be more accurate to say that God’s way of saying you have too much money is to have you spend millions of dollars on a chuckleheaded and self-interested ballot initiative.

Case in point: Tim Draper.

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The truth about 'zero tolerance': It doesn't work and always leads to disaster

The policy of “zero tolerance” has been prominent in the news lately, and not in a good way.

Imposed by the Trump administration on immigrant crossings, it is the root cause of the humanitarian disaster unfolding on our southern border, where children are being ripped away from their families and lost in a bureaucratic chaos.

To scholars of zero tolerance, this isn’t surprising.

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Internet providers' big money leaves a California net neutrality bill 'eviscerated'

What a difference 60 days make. Two months ago, it looked as though California was on the verge of protecting the principle of network neutrality against an assault by big telecommunications companies and their wholly owned subsidiary, the Federal Communications Commission.

On Wednesday, however, the industry flexed its financial muscle and got the effort rolled back in a big way.

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Vandalized homes, spying, a knife and restraining orders: Inside a billionaire couple's nightmarish divorce

The usual question asked when an ordinary couple’s marriage comes apart is: “Can there be life after divorce?”

That’s not the case with the billionaire couple Bill and Sue Gross, who were divorced in 2017 after 32 years of marriage. With them, the question is: “When will the nightmare end?”

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As midterms approach, conservatives and GOP again attempt to destroy Obamacare

Not satisfied with a raft of legislative and administrative steps likely to drive up health premiums just as voters turn their attention to the November elections, a coalition of conservatives on Tuesday unveiled another attempt to kill the Affordable Care Act.

This one also has Republican fingerprints on it.

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On child separations, Trump administration shows how to lie with numbers

During her appearance Monday at a White House news briefing, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen cited a horrifying statistic to justify the Trump administration’s policy of ripping children away from adults at border crossings.

“In the last five months, we have a 314% increase in adults and children arriving at the border, fraudulently claiming to be a family unit,” Nielsen told reporters.

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