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Gavin Newsom’s cynical game, explained

A toy company called Galoob once made a game called Mr. Gameshow. It featured a blue-eyed, slick-haired host, entirely plastic, with an oversized head and an arctic smile. As players pressed buttons to answer questions, Mr. Gameshow’s recorded voice would yell out the winners and losers with shouts of “Pick up your money!” or “AAH-eem sorry!” followed by a sarcastic insult. In California, Gov. Gavin Newsom is infringing on Mr. Gameshow’s territory. Every day brings another thrilling blitz of win...
Tags: Opinion, Opinion columns


Understanding the appeal of democratic socialism key to defeating it

In their race to save an unpopular president and their lack of a positive agenda, many Republicans and conservatives increasingly identify the rise of “democratic socialism” as their ultimate, if you will, Trump card. Given the fact that most Americans, particularly older ones, still favor capitalism and are less than enthusiastic about expanding federal power, this approach might work. But conservatives, in or out of the White House, underestimate the intrinsic appeal of the resurgence of neo-M...
Tags: Opinion, Opinion columns


What healthy relationships look like

As a survivor of domestic violence, I know how it feels to be isolated, embarrassed and confused about what should be acceptable behavior from a partner. That is why, as state senator for the 22nd District, I am prioritizing policies and events that will educate and protect victims, both men and women. No one should feel as if they need to do this alone. They should know where they can turn for help. I’m also working on proposals alongside groups including the California Partnership to End Domes...
Tags: Opinion, Guest Commentary


The guns and butter of Trump’s budget: Political Cartoons

Check out our regular cartoon gallery featuring some of the best cartoonists from around the world, and across the political spectrum, covering current issues and figures. Check out our regular cartoon gallery featuring some of the best cartoonists from around the world, and across the political spectrum, covering current issues and figures. Sound The gallery will resume in seconds Check out our regular cartoon gallery featuring some of the best cartoonists from around the world...
Tags: Opinion, Political-cartoons


Joshua Kushner purchases minority stake in Memphis Grizzlies

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Joshua Kushner, the brother of President Trump’s son-in-law, has purchased a minority stake in the Memphis Grizzlies. A Grizzlies team spokesman has confirmed that Kushner and Brandon Arrindell “recently, in their respective individual capacities” purchased minority stakes in the franchise. The Grizzlies haven’t said how much of a stake they purchased. […]
Tags: Business, Nation, NBA, Sports


Tariffs trickle throughout the shopping experience

Few people realize that the higher costs associated with the trade war ripple throughout their shopping experiences. Shoppers won’t find many of the items in my specialty gift stores on the list of items subject to tariffs, but those duties affect my day-to-day business in terms of pricing and sourcing products in my stores. Many customers still haven’t felt the sting of tariffs, because businesses like mine are doing everything they can to absorb what is effectively a 10 percent tax increase on...
Tags: Opinion, Guest Commentary


Mueller concludes Russia probe, delivers report to Attorney General Barr

By ERIC TUCKER WASHINGTON — Special counsel Robert Mueller on Friday turned over his long-awaited final report on the contentious Russia investigation that has cast a dark shadow over Donald Trump’s presidency, entangled Trump’s family and resulted in criminal charges against some of the president’s closest associates. The comprehensive report, still confidential, marks the end of Mueller’s probe but sets the stage for big public fights to come. The next steps are up to Trump’s attorney general,...
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White House: Last Islamic State ground in Syria eliminated

By DEB RIECHMANN and LOLITA C. BALDOR WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.  — Islamic State-held territory in Syria has been “100 percent” eliminated, the White House announced Friday, though officials said sporadic fighting continues on the ground between coalition forces and the group’s holdouts. The complete fall of the last IS stronghold in Baghouz, Syria, would mark the end of the Islamic State group’s self-declared caliphate, which at its height stretched across large parts of Syria and Iraq. Controlling...
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In policy shift, Trump says U.S. recognizes Israel sovereignty of Golan Heights

By MATTHEW LEE and DEB RIECHMANN JERUSALEM — President Donald Trump said Thursday that it’s time for the United States to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights, an announcement that signals a shift in U.S. policy and comes ahead of the Israeli prime minister’s planned visit next week to the White House. The administration has been considering recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan, which Israel captured from Syria in 1967. Last week, in its annual human rights r...
Tags: News, Washington, White House, Israel, Uncategorized, Jerusalem, Sport, World news, Iran, Syria, Soccer, United States, West Bank, Jesus, Hamas, State Department


Q&A: Waiting for the final Mueller report and what happens next

By CHAD DAY and ERIC TUCKER WASHINGTON  — America is waiting for special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. But anyone looking for a grand narrative on President Donald Trump, Russian election interference and all the juicy details uncovered over the past 22 months could end up disappointed. The exact timing of Mueller’s endgame is unclear. Attorney General William Barr, who oversees the investigation, has said he wants to release as much information as he can about the inquiry into possible coord...
Tags: New York, Supreme Court, Congress, Washington, White House, Russia, America, Sport, Fbi, Soccer, Hillary Clinton, House, Associated Press, Cia, Giuliani, Donald Trump


Hispanic entrepreneurs more optimistic in business survey, and they’re hiring

Hispanic entrepreneurs are feeling better about their businesses and the nation’s economy than other business owners, a new report reveals. Bank of America’s 2019 Hispanic Small Business Owner Spotlight survey says 51 percent of Hispanic-owned businesses plan to hire more workers this year compared with 26 percent of non-Hispanic owned companies. Moreover, 87 percent of Hispanic businesses plan to expand their operations compared with 67 percent of all other businesses. ESCO Aerospace Manufactur...
Tags: Business, Taxes, Small Business, California, Los Angeles, Bank Of America, Sport, Economy, Soccer, Loans, Lockheed Martin, Hispanic, Trump, Northrop Grumman, La Puente, Fontana


Trump wants Bob Kraft at White House despite despite prostitution sting

President Donald Trump has told White House aides that he wants New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft, who was at the center of a Florida prostitution sting just last month, to come to the Patriots' Super Bowl celebration at the White House. “The situation's causing problems for those planning the event,” writes Gabby Orr at Politico. From Politico's story: President Donald Trump wants Kraft to join his players at the White House this spring for a celebration of their January Super Bowl victor...
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Federal judge casts doubt on Trump’s drilling plans because they ignore climate change

By JULIET EILPERIN WASHINGTON – A federal judge ruled late Tuesday that the Interior Department violated federal law by failing to take into account the climate impact of its oil and gas leasing in the West. The decision by U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras of Washington marks the first time the Trump administration has been held to account for the climate impact of its energy-dominance agenda, and it could have sweeping implications for the president’s plan to boost fossil fuel production a...
Tags: News, Obama, Climate Change, Washington, Environment, America, Barack Obama, Sport, West, Soccer, United States, Wyoming, Senate Environment And Public Works Committee, Interior Department, Donald Trump, BLM


Trump's plan for new homes in Scotland backed by officials

Controversial proposal for 550 luxury homes near golf club recommended for approval Planners in Aberdeenshire have backed Donald Trump’s controversial plans to build up to 550 luxury homes near his golf course, despite a record number of objections.The council’s planning officers said the scheme, due to be built in phases at a cost of around £25m, had “considerable merit” for the local economy and recommended that it is approved by the council next month, subject to conditions. Continue reading....
Tags: Politics, Scotland, UK News, Aberdeen, US news, Golf, Local Government, Scottish politics, Donald Trump, Trump, Aberdeenshire


Federal water proposal decimates pollution protections

Now is the brief window to join the battle against a Trump administration proposal to radically shrink the nation’s number of streams and wetlands protected by the Clean Water Act. This proposal is a gift to polluters that would threaten millions who depend on clean water and streams for drinking, farming, recreation, and economic development. It only takes seconds to register your opposition at protectsouthernwater.org. “This would be the biggest rollback in the history of the Clean Water Ac...
Tags: Virginia, Sport, Cycling, Epa, Environmental Protection Agency, Chattanooga, Richmond, Southeast, Trump, Greenville, James River, Carolinas, Tennessee River, Reedy River, Holman, Sponsored Content


The Washington Capitals Will Visit The White House On Monday

from Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post, The Washington Capitals will join President Trump on Monday to celebrate their 2018 Stanley Cup victory at the White House, according to a team spokesman. The visit will come nearly 10 months after the team won its first championship in franchise history, and the event is expected to be more low-key than some in the past, though plans are still being finalized. ...Russian captain Alex Ovechkin confirmed that he will attend after the te...
Tags: White House, Sport, New Jersey Devils, Trump, Nicklas Backstrom, Alex Ovechkin, Isabelle Khurshudyan, Washington Post The Washington Capitals


Los Angeles City Hall indulges in micromanagement and overreach

Los Angeles city officials have plenty of pressing matters to deal with, but that hasn’t stopped them from indulging in overreach and nanny-statism. Consider just some of the many things the city has on its plate as it is. The city of Los Angeles has to contend with a perpetual homelessness problem, a high rate of poverty, increasingly unaffordable housing costs for many who live in the city, perpetually bloated pension obligations and city finances featuring faster growth in spending than reven...
Tags: Obama, Opinion, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Editorials, Venezuela, City Council, Trump, Nra, J Simpson, National Rifle Association, Los Angeles City Hall, Beto O Rourke, Mitch O'Farrell, Nury Martinez


Can prosecutors dismiss jurors for agreeing with the O.J. Simpson verdict?

It has long been settled that prosecutors may not dismiss citizens from a jury because they are black. But can they dismiss them because they supported the verdict in the O.J. Simpson case? That’s a question the U.S. Supreme Court may soon take up after the California Supreme Court treated a prosecutor’s invocation of a juror’s views on the O.J. Simpson verdict as a “race-neutral” reason that justified the dismissal of a black juror.  If the rule forbidding race discrimination in the selection o...
Tags: California, Opinion, Alabama, America, Georgia, Sport, Cnn, Soccer, Venezuela, Newark, North Carolina, California Supreme Court, Smith, Black, Trump, Compton


Why even a limited federal paid family leave program would quickly unravel

Republicans are jumping on the paid family leave bandwagon. Last Tuesday, Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, introduced the CRADLE Act to let workers tap Social Security for paid family leave. The day before that, President Trump proposed a 6-week federal paid family leave program and a one-time, $1 billion fund to help private employers set up paid family leave programs in his FY 2020 budget. These proposals contrast with liberals’ predominant proposal—the Family Act—which would es...
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Will Mexico Save Its Vanishing Vaquita?

Less than two dozen of the tiny porpoises remain in the wild. But there’s plenty the government can do to avert its extinction.
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Man suspected of killing Gambino crime boss appears in court with 'MAGA forever' and 'QAnon' on his hand

The man charged with killing the reputed boss of the Gambino crime family wrote pro-Donald Trump slogans on his hand and flashed them to journalists before a court hearing Monday. Anthony Comello, 24, was arrested Saturday in New Jersey in connection with the death of Francesco "Franky Boy" Cali last week in front of his Staten Island home. While waiting for a court hearing to begin in Toms River, New Jersey, in which he agreed to be extradited to New York, Comello held up his left hand. On it w...
Tags: News, Handcuffs, New York City, New Jersey, Italy, Manhattan, Mafia, Donald Trump, Staten Island, Nascar, Trump, PAUL, Francesco, Cali, Gottlieb, Gambino


Is Trump really about to attack Venezuela?

Last week Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ordered the last of the US diplomats out of Venezuela, saying their presence was a “constraint” on US policy toward the country. The wording seemed intended to convey the idea that the US is about to launch military action to place a Washington-backed, self-appointed politician to the presidency. Was it just bluster, designed to intimidate? Or is the Trump Administration really about to invade another country that has neither attacked nor threatened the U...
Tags: Congress, Opinion, Washington, Iraq, US, America, Sport, Syria, Soccer, United States, House, New York Times, House Of Representatives, New Zealand, Libya, Venezuela


Partisan polarization and America’s perpetually ballooning national debt

Last week, President Trump submitted his 2020 budget to Congress. It reflects familiar policy priorities. Recipients of food stamps, public housing, and Medicaid will have to show they are working or actively seeking work. (That standard already exists for federal welfare.)  Savings are asserted in Medicare and Social Security Disability programs from eliminating fraud and tougher negotiations on prescription drug prices. Money for EPA, climate change and renewable energy research, and the US di...
Tags: Obama, Congress, California, Opinion, Iraq, US, America, Reagan, Sport, Afghanistan, Soccer, Bill Clinton, Epa, Nancy Pelosi, Republican Party, Defense Department


Man Charged With Mob Boss Murder Flashes Pro-Trump Slogans In Court

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — The man charged with killing the reputed boss of the Gambino crime family wrote pro-Donald Trump slogans on his hand and flashed them to journalists before a court hearing Monday. Anthony Comello, 24, was arrested Saturday in New Jersey in the death of Francesco “Franky Boy” Cali last week in front of his Staten Island home. While waiting for a court hearing to begin in Toms River, New Jersey, in which he agreed to be extradited to New York, Comello held up his left han...
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How a slowing economy could hit California state budget

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s first budget proposal, unveiled two months ago, took a surprisingly conservative approach, given his promises of high-dollar spending during his campaign for the governorship. While he proposed token appropriations to expand health insurance for the poor and pre-kindergarten care and education, his 2019-20 budget would devote most of the state’s hefty surpluses to reserves, one-time expenditures and paying down debt. It was, in brief, just the sort of cautious budget that out...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom, Trump, Brown, Capitol, Legislature, Dan Walters, Newsom, California Republican Party, Betty Yee, Opinion columns


Now a racing fan roots for all of the horses

In the pre-dawn chill one day this week, I drove out to Santa Anita Park. To make sure it’s still there, perhaps. To make sure I’m still there. It was the morning that horses resumed official workouts, and for the trainers, jockeys, agents and visitors watching from Clockers’ Corner it felt as if things were getting back to normal a week after Santa Anita officials stopped racing and training to try to find a cause for a sudden spike in mortal injuries. But the next morning a filly broke both fo...
Tags: California, Opinion, China, Sport, Soccer, New Zealand, Arcadia, Trump, Ethical Treatment of Animals, California Republican Party, Santa Anita, Santa Anita Park, Kevin Modesti, Southern California News Group, Guest Commentary, Kentucky Derbies


Gavin Newsom’s threat to localities is extortion by any other name

Shortly after his inauguration, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that he would withhold funds designated for transportation from local governments that didn’t comply with his vision for affordable housing. His move could be characterized as either the height of hypocrisy or extortion. Take your pick. Let’s start with the hypocrisy. Our new governor has complained bitterly about how the federal government — i.e., the evil Trump administration — threatens to withhold funds from California. He has criti...
Tags: California, Opinion, China, America, Sport, Soccer, New Zealand, Gavin Newsom, Trump, Newsom, California Republican Party, Jon Coupal, Senate Transportation Committee, Assembly Transportation Committee, Opinion columns, Sen Jim Beall D San Jose


Building a strong California Republican Party

California is at its best when there is a two-party system of government. Laws are the result of public debate and consensus, and voters hold politicians accountable through our election process. One need only consider Gov. Gavin Newsom’s disregard for the will of the voters by declaring a moratorium on the death penalty. Seeking votes, Newsom said he’d respect the will of the people and enforce the law. As governor, however, he broke trust with the voters and is doing the exact opposite. Republ...
Tags: California, Opinion, China, Sacramento, America, Sport, Soccer, New Zealand, Republican Party, Gavin Newsom, Trump, El Cajon, Crescent City, Newsom, California Republican Party, Guest Commentary


A degree of corruption

In that classic 1978 college documentary, “Animal House,” Dean Vernon Wormer of Faber College offers soon-to-be-ex-student Kent Dorfman a little helpful advice: “Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son.” A lot has changed over the past 40 years. Today Dean Wormer might well say, “Rich, spoiled and privileged is no way to go through life.” Granted, being rich and privileged — which is redundant — has traditionally been an excellent way to go through life. While wealth and power do...
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A thought experiment on the Trump presidency

Let’s conduct a thought experiment. This is something like hypnosis, but don’t worry, nobody’s going to bark like a dog or quack like a duck. Ready? Concentrate your mind on this: Imagine that Hillary Clinton was elected president in 2016. No weeping, no screaming. Just concentrate. See her in the Oval Office. See her cabinet. See her policies. See her signing executive orders and new legislation. Now imagine that it’s March 2019 and the Wall Street Journal is reporting, “The job market doesn’t ...
Tags: California, Opinion, North Korea, Islamic State, Iraq, Russia, Sport, Syria, Cnn, Soccer, Hillary Clinton, National Mall, Donald Trump, Department Of Energy, Wall Street Journal, Clinton



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