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The rise of the left coast
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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The states, Justice Louis Brandeis famously pointed out, are the laboratories of democracy. And it’s still true. For example, one reason we knew or should have known that Obamacare was workable was the post-2006 success of Romneycare in Massachusetts. More recently, Kansas went all-in on supply-side economics, slashing taxes on the affluent in the belief that this would spark a huge boom; the boom didn’t happen, but the budget deficit exploded, offering a lesson to those willing to learn from experience.
Obamacare teeters on a typo
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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Remember how Democrats rushed into passing President Obama’s Affordable Care Act back in 2010 while they still had the votes? Now health care for millions teeters on a typo.
Paul Ryan’s new clothes
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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Paul Ryan is counting on this: Because he says he wants to preserve a safety net, speaks with concern about poor people and put out a 73-page report, many will elide over the details of the proposals he made in his major anti-poverty speech.
Despair is not an option in Gaza
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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Once again, Israelis and Palestinians have been plunged into another round of violence, which only brings bloodshed and destruction, breeds more hatred and plants the seeds of the next round.
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Tara Palsha’s teary departure; SLS finds fast friend in Monorail; ‘MDQ,’ ‘Jersey Boys’ represent on tavern scene
Monday, July 28, 2014
Tara Palsha cried her way through her final performance at “Vegas! The Show” on Friday night. Palsha is leaving this week for New York, to start a new life with her fiance, model Scott Moats, and to take a shot at ...
Perry’s border campaign
Monday, July 28, 2014
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Texas Gov. Rick Perry has a response to the crisis of unaccompanied children crossing our southern border. He’s calling up the National Guard. To do what? Provide day care?
Historians will recall our leaders’ inaction
Monday, July 28, 2014
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When historians look back on 2014, they will note not just how flagrantly Vladimir Putin disregarded international law or how stubbornly Hamas and Israel kept firing missiles at each other. They will also be puzzled at how poorly the United States handled its economy.
Shootdown reveals NATO weakness
Monday, July 28, 2014
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The ongoing crisis in Ukraine has claimed yet another casualty: the NATO alliance.
Breaking up California doesn’t make sense
Sunday, July 27, 2014
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Chop California in six? Tim Draper’s idea just doesn’t add up. As a native Californian who was born in Oakland, raised in the San Fernando Valley, schooled in Berkeley and now living in Venice, I’d like to say one thing to Timothy Draper, the Silicon Valley kajillionaire pushing the idiotic breakup of the Golden State:
Why I won’t run in Pamplona
Sunday, July 27, 2014
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Pamplona’s storied bull run created some extra interest recently when a perturbed toro named Brevito inflicted a nasty horn wound on Bill Hillmann’s right thigh.
Seeing the facts in a world of death
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Where I Stand:
At some point, Americans let the facts get in the way of a bad argument. Unlike the difficulty we are experiencing in Washington, D.C., where it is abundantly clear that facts have nothing to do with the arguments of the far right — and, yes, for a few on the other end of the scale, too — it is apparent that the facts, as they are unfolding in the fight between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, actually do carry weight among most Americans.
A meeting place for nations divided
Sunday, July 27, 2014
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In the mid-1980s, the border between Tijuana and Southern California was a showcase of America’s failed immigration enforcement. On a busy night, thousands of people slipped into the United States illegally.
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Westgate owner climbs high again; Agassi stays grounded in Reno
Sunday, July 27, 2014
David Siegel was raising crane again, while Andre Agassi was raising money for UNR and Greg Maddux was being praised in Cooperstown, N.Y. ...
He’s still a popular president
Saturday, July 26, 2014
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The thing about him is, he just keeps going. At 67, he continues to be, as Anna Quindlen once wrote, like one of those inflatable toys with sand weighting the bottom — you knock him over and he pops back up.
Addicted to inflation
Saturday, July 26, 2014
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The first step toward recovery is admitting that you have a problem. That goes for political movements as well as individuals. So I have some advice for so-called reform conservatives trying to rebuild the intellectual vitality of the right: You need to start by facing up to the fact that your movement is in the grip of some uncontrollable urges. In particular, it’s addicted to inflation — not the thing itself, but the claim that runaway inflation is either happening or about to happen.

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