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Walters: California’s big education dilemma

Walters: California’s big education dilemma

The state's most important -- and perhaps most troubled -- program is the education of nearly 6 million K-12 students.
Navarrette: Don’t ignore Sanders’ record on female candidates

Navarrette: Don’t ignore Sanders’ record on female candidates

The 78-year-old is a relic of an earlier time that we should not be so eager to revisit.
PICKEL: Mayor Tory should stop wasting tax money instead of demanding more

PICKEL: Mayor Tory should stop wasting tax money instead of demanding more

By Jasmine Pickel, Special to Postmedia Network Mayor John Tory broke his promise to Toronto taxpayers. In two election campaigns, he promised not to raise property taxes beyond the rate of inflation.
Pitts: Trump’s acquittal will have an asterisk

Pitts: Trump’s acquittal will have an asterisk

If you wonder what that means, you should ask O.J. Simpson, who did not commit murder.
Krugman: Biden deserves an apology from Sanders — now

Krugman: Biden deserves an apology from Sanders — now

The Sanders campaign has flat-out lied about things Biden said in 2018 about Social Security.
Skelton: Free public college tuition can again help California prosper

Skelton: Free public college tuition can again help California prosper

Tuition-for-all critics--including some presidential hopefuls—call it a 'free ride,' but tuition isn't the only cost.
Rubin: On eve of Iowa, which Democrats are best on foreign policy?

Rubin: On eve of Iowa, which Democrats are best on foreign policy?

The latest Democratic primary debate in Iowa finally discussed foreign policy due to rising tensions with Iran
Hiltzik: RIP Gary Starkweather, whose laser printer made Xerox billions

Hiltzik: RIP Gary Starkweather, whose laser printer made Xerox billions

One myth about the legendary Palo Alto Research Center was that Xerox made no money from its many innovations.
GOLDBERG: Democratic battle is reminiscent of 2004 Kerry-Dean race

GOLDBERG: Democratic battle is reminiscent of 2004 Kerry-Dean race

By Jonah Goldberg, Special to Postmedia Network As of this writing, the Democratic presidential contest looks very fluid, with four candidates bunched up in Iowa and New Hampshire. But the sudden
Hanson: Energy paradoxes put Europe in a precarious position

Hanson: Energy paradoxes put Europe in a precarious position

Despite its Green parties and wind and solar projects, Europe is the world's biggest oil and natural gas importer.
BADIUZZAMAN: The Iranian regime’s hypocrisy has been unmasked

BADIUZZAMAN: The Iranian regime’s hypocrisy has been unmasked

By Syed Badiuzzaman, Special to Postmedia Network The recent shooting down of a Ukrainian passenger plane and its denial for at least three days despite worldwide suspicion unmasked the Iranian
FATAH: A hot winter in India

FATAH: A hot winter in India

Whether it is France or Nigeria, Italy or Myanmar, the presence of militant Muslims is a serious cause of concern to all — most of all to Muslims who want freedom from Islamists, be they inspired by
GUNTER: The downing of the plane was Iran’s fault, despite what woke CEOs say

GUNTER: The downing of the plane was Iran’s fault, despite what woke CEOs say

Here’s a little tip for “progressive” CEOs: If you have a political rant you want to get off your chest, don’t use the corporate Twitter account to broadcast it to the world. Ask one of your kids to
MULCAIR: Harry and Meghan are showing great strength of character

MULCAIR: Harry and Meghan are showing great strength of character

The revelation that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were looking to start a new life caught many Britons off guard. How could they? Why would they? The simplest explanation seemed to be: they’d seen
OPINION: Why Canada should look to Taiwan

OPINION: Why Canada should look to Taiwan

By Brett Byers and Brandon Purcell Canadians have heard the warnings about foreign interference, particularly when it comes to elections. From Russian activity in the 2016 US election, to China’s
Hanson: Iran’s options in showdown with America are all bad

Hanson: Iran’s options in showdown with America are all bad

After losing its top military commander, Qassem Suleimani, the Iranian theocracy is weighing responses.
Rubin: Trump and Iran have hit pause, but the struggle hasn’t ended

Rubin: Trump and Iran have hit pause, but the struggle hasn’t ended

Trump's Iran speech on Wednesday brought to mind my visit to Tehran just before the 2003 US invasion of Iraq.
McManus: Erratic foreign policy shows President Trump unbound

McManus: Erratic foreign policy shows President Trump unbound

And what if Trump wins a second term? Then the restraint on his actions imposed by voters would disappear.
History teaches us to act now on climate

History teaches us to act now on climate

By Stephen Jarislowsky, Special to Postmedia Network I left war-torn Europe in 1941, at the age of 15, in a ship headed for North America. In 1944, I was drafted into the U.S. army and sent to the
Walters: Where political action is — and isn’t — in 2020

Walters: Where political action is — and isn’t — in 2020

The big action in this year’s elections will be found in an array of high-octane statewide ballot measures.