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Walters: Prop. 13 change may make ballot, but not other tax measure

Walters: Prop. 13 change may make ballot, but not other tax measure

A split roll initiative may qualify for the 2020 ballot, but plans for another tax measure were dropped.
McManus: US foreign policy: What mean-girls NATO drama shows

McManus: US foreign policy: What mean-girls NATO drama shows

After three years of Trump’s threats, bluster and policy reversals, world leaders ready to push back.
California’s presidential primary is wide open–but not because Kamala Harris left race

California’s presidential primary is wide open–but not because Kamala Harris left race

California's Democratic presidential primary winner could be decided in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.
GOLDBERG: It’s a mistake for Democrats to rush impeachment process

GOLDBERG: It’s a mistake for Democrats to rush impeachment process

BY JONAH GOLDBERG “The test of a first-rate intelligence,” F. Scott Fitzgerald famously wrote, “is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to
TOWHEY: 30 years after Ecole Polytechnique, gun control has failed

TOWHEY: 30 years after Ecole Polytechnique, gun control has failed

Thirty years ago Friday, Marc Lepine used a rifle to massacre 14 women at Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal. Another 10 women were wounded. It was an egregious act of terror aimed directly at women.
Stephens: Brain-dead or not, NATO is essential

Stephens: Brain-dead or not, NATO is essential

Trump thinks France, Canada and most alliance members are a bunch of ungrateful and unhelpful freeloaders.
Collins: Kamala decamps, Iowa’s still crowded, Trump’s still Trump

Collins: Kamala decamps, Iowa’s still crowded, Trump’s still Trump

The Democratic presidential field has shrunk to only 15 -- fewer than the cast of 'Saturday Night Live.'
Krugman: America’s red state death trip

Krugman: America’s red state death trip

In 2016, counties supporting Hillary Clinton accounted for 64% of output -- almost twice that of Trump country.
WILLIAMS: Fraud in higher education

WILLIAMS: Fraud in higher education

This year’s education scandal saw parents shelling out megabucks to gain college admittance for their children. Federal prosecutors have charged more than 50 people with participating in a scheme to
FUREY: What the London bridge attack tells us about deradicalization

FUREY: What the London bridge attack tells us about deradicalization

When news broke of last week’s London bridge terror attack, it appeared that the incident that left two victims and the attacker dead was like the others we’ve become used to seeing. There’s a
McManus: Hamilton saw this coming long before his Broadway show

McManus: Hamilton saw this coming long before his Broadway show

By Hamilton’s standard, Trump’s actions with Ukraine qualifies as a 'high crime' hands down.
Borenstein: The rotting of Contra Costa’s political moral fabric

Borenstein: The rotting of Contra Costa’s political moral fabric

After the cases of the district attorney, elections chief, assessor and two judges, it's time to raise the bar.
The rise and fall of California’s Republican Party

The rise and fall of California’s Republican Party

In 1989, the party was on a roll in California, led by two-term GOP governor George Deukmejian, then Pete Wilson.
Hanson: Are thought crimes impeachable?

Hanson: Are thought crimes impeachable?

Is thinking about cutting off military aid to Ukraine a crime, but declining to provide key military aid isn't?
Brooks: The revolt against populism — the world is ready to blow

Brooks: The revolt against populism — the world is ready to blow

The overall message is that liberal globalization is flawed, but the populist alternative is not working.
McManus: Elizabeth Warren’s pivot shows complexity of health care

McManus: Elizabeth Warren’s pivot shows complexity of health care

Democratic candidates have argued policy but progressives need to ask: What will win the White House?
Hanson:  Suddenly the ‘coup’ concerns don’t seem so far-fetched

Hanson: Suddenly the ‘coup’ concerns don’t seem so far-fetched

A 'coup' is no longer proof of right-wing paranoia, but of the general progressive resistance to Trump.
Rubin: Young Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters face great odds

Rubin: Young Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters face great odds

The student uprisings are the latest chapter of pro-democracy protests that have been raging for six months.
Skelton: California’s shifting demographics further dooms the GOP

Skelton: California’s shifting demographics further dooms the GOP

California’s shift is a game-changer -- the state's gone from battleground purple to deep blue in 25 years.
Walters: California is protecting criminal cops

Walters: California is protecting criminal cops

It's a civic embarrassment that California is among just few states that can't decertify criminal cops.