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Leonhardt: So where to find the most electable Democrat?

Leonhardt: So where to find the most electable Democrat?

Sen. Amy Klobuchar has become an answer to that question in the final month before voting begins.
Rubin: After Soleimani’s killing, how does this Iran war end?

Rubin: After Soleimani’s killing, how does this Iran war end?

Killing Iran’s second-most powerful leader is the equivalent of declaring open war on Tehran.
Walters: The long-standing, corrosive trend in California government

Walters: The long-standing, corrosive trend in California government

State leaders routinely make so-called transformative policies and then neglect to see them through.
MALCOLM: The killing of Soleimani deserves support from all

MALCOLM: The killing of Soleimani deserves support from all

The targeted killing of top Iranian warmonger and terrorist Qassem Soleimani should be treated with the same reaction as the killing of Osama bin Laden. To many Iranian dissidents and freedom fighters
GOLDSTEIN: Climate change — a decade of broken promises and failures

GOLDSTEIN: Climate change — a decade of broken promises and failures

Canada’s record on addressing human-induced climate change over the past decade mirrors the global record of setting unrealistic goals for lowering industrial greenhouse gas emissions and then failing
Leonhardt: The presidential nominating process is absurd

Leonhardt: The presidential nominating process is absurd

It’s past time to end the special treatment that Iowa and New Hampshire receive, by always voting first.
MORICI: How tribalism corrupts our democracy

MORICI: How tribalism corrupts our democracy

My grandfather, a buttonhole maker, believed his first responsibility was to be a provider, his union supported that role and the Democratic Party was the workingman’s champion. Some New Deal policies
MALCOLM: Trudeau was re-elected, but it was far from a good year for him

MALCOLM: Trudeau was re-elected, but it was far from a good year for him

At first glance, it may seem like Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had a pretty good year. After all, he managed to squeeze through the October election with a minority government despite having a lower
GUNTER: Was 2019 Canada’s horrible year?

GUNTER: Was 2019 Canada’s horrible year?

Queen Elizabeth called 1992 her annus horribilis — her “horrible year.” Her second son, Andrew (yes that Prince Andrew) separated from his wife; her daughter, Anne, divorced from her husband; the
TOWHEY: What I learned from a decade of popular democracy

TOWHEY: What I learned from a decade of popular democracy

Populism was the political buzzword of the decade. Although different people mean different things when they say it — pretty much everyone talking about “populism” considers it a bad thing. So, let’s
Brooks: The media is broken

Brooks: The media is broken

Except for some at The New York Times and The Atlantic, we underreport how meaning is made in various subcultures.
Hanson: Recalling the Battle of the Bulge

Hanson: Recalling the Battle of the Bulge

The Battle of the Bulge reminds us that having an unpredictable leader is wise with unpredictable enemies.
Leonhardt: ‘Centrist bias’ impacting coverage of Sanders, Warren

Leonhardt: ‘Centrist bias’ impacting coverage of Sanders, Warren

The bias caused much of the media to underestimate Ronald Reagan in 1980 and Donald Trump in 2016.
McManus: Joe Biden is winning the electability primary

McManus: Joe Biden is winning the electability primary

At one point Biden's caravan felt like a 'zombie campaign' -- but, remember, Zombies never expire.
Borenstein: DA Becton’s hire of Kamala Harris aide smells of cronyism

Borenstein: DA Becton’s hire of Kamala Harris aide smells of cronyism

Contra Costa prosecutor bypassed civil service process, assigned investigator to Canciamilla corruption case.
Walters: California’s high-tech debacle meant to track state spending

Walters: California’s high-tech debacle meant to track state spending

State Auditor Howle had harsh words for the plan to end FI$Cal, a high-tech system to track state spending.
Walters: What now for PG&E?

Walters: What now for PG&E?

Gov. Gavin Newsom says he wants PG&E to become 'radically restructured' that is responsible and accountable.
Opinion: How Trump lost his trade war with China

Opinion: How Trump lost his trade war with China

The tentative deal Trump and his team have struck with China is not the triumph they are claiming it is.
Walters: BART scam guilty plea echoes past in California Capitol

Walters: BART scam guilty plea echoes past in California Capitol

Former Assemblyman Terry Goggin was known for intertwining his personal financial interests with official duties.
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.