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Trump and Ramos Are Meant For Each Other

SAN DIEGO -- Donald Trump insists he's no politician. Now, after what happened at a dramatic news conference in Iowa, we know that Jorge Ramos is no journalist. At least not a real one.

The Univision anchor is an activist, a professional victim, the star of his own telenovela. He is a "commentator" when he feels the insuppressible urge ...Read more

Don't Mess With Citizenship

SAN DIEGO -- Just when I thought Chris Matthews didn't have anything helpful, original or insightful to say about immigration, he surprises me by offering up a gem. In the past, the MSNBC host has simplistically suggested that immigrants lower wages for American workers while blaming the failure of Congress to pass immigration reform on ethnic ...Read more

Why the Clamor for Trump's Loyalty Pledge?

SAN DIEGO -- Principles only mean something in times of confusion, conflict or chaos. When things are going smoothly, it's easy for the leaders of a political party to proclaim what they believe. But you should check back when things are falling apart, and see if they're still believers.

Thanks to the insurgent presidential campaign of Donald ...Read more

The Trump Trap

SAN DIEGO -- Some people believe that Donald Trump is a Democratic mole who is in the Republican presidential race to scare away voters from the GOP and torpedo otherwise-promising Republican contenders by getting them to co-sign crazy.

Those who believe that Trump is a Democrat in Republicans' clothing will wince at the question that NBC News'...Read more

Finding Fault In the Wrong Place On Immigration Enforcement

SAN DIEGO -- A heinous crime in a California city recently gave the local police chief a soapbox, which he promptly stumbled over.

As the son of a retired cop, I might normally defend a law enforcement official who appears to be trying to keep the public safe.

Not this time. Not when it sounds as if the police chief wants to be a politician. ...Read more

Trump's Response Vindicated Kelly's Questioning

SAN DIEGO -- I've misjudged people before -- written them off, only to later realize that they had more character than I gave them credit for. But I've never experienced this phenomenon with questions asked of a presidential candidate.

That is, until now. I was wrong about the grilling given to Donald Trump by Fox News' Megyn Kelly, co-...Read more

A Prelude to Clinton vs. Biden?

SAN DIEGO -- Will he, or won't he?

According to media reports, Vice President Joe Biden -- while still reeling from the recent death of his son Beau -- is thinking about making a third run for the presidency.

The 72-year-old Biden has a quality that could be his main selling point to Democrats: trustworthiness.

For Hillary Clinton, there is ...Read more

Listen to What Trump is Really Saying About Immigration

SAN DIEGO -- I can't believe I'm saying this, but Donald Trump may be good for the immigration debate after all.

Trump is a refreshing change from those in both parties who are too afraid to speak the truth about the jobs done by illegal immigrants. Also, Trump doesn't let his opposition to illegal immigration interfere with his support for ...Read more

In immigration debate, politics and reality diverge

SAN DIEGO -- Apparently worried about being eclipsed on immigration by Donald Trump's traveling road show, House Republicans are preparing to stampede into the debate with a bill aimed primarily at strengthening enforcement.

Naturally. Because the stale and one-dimensional "enforcement only" approach has worked so well up to now.

If ...Read more

McCain Owes an Apology of His Own

SAN DIEGO -- Donald Trump should apologize for saying that John McCain is considered a hero only "because he was captured" during the Vietnam War.

But while we're on the subject of atoning for mistakes, the Arizona senator owes an apology to a group of voters for something that has not been particularly heroic: his rightward lurch on a hot-...Read more

Our Trust in Mexico Should Vanish Like El Chapo

SAN DIEGO -- Adios "El Chapo." You mean to tell me that a notorious Mexican drug lord who was arrested in February of last year, and whose net worth has been estimated by Forbes to be about $1 billion, managed to escape from the Altiplano maximum-security prison west of Mexico City in a poor country where many people earn as little as $6 per day...Read more

Jim Webb: A Respectable Alternative

SAN DIEGO -- Jim Webb, a former Democratic senator from Virginia, likes to joke that he is probably the only person ever elected to statewide office in the Old Dominion who has "a union card, two Purple Hearts and three tattoos."

Now, as the fifth candidate to vie for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, Webb is aiming to become the ...Read more

On Immigration, Politicians Seek Sanctuary From Responsibility

SAN DIEGO -- While Donald Trump wants to talk about "sanctuary cities," you can bet that almost every other GOP presidential candidate wants sanctuary from Donald Trump.

The mouthy mogul's screed about Mexican immigrants has sparked a debate over cities that give safe harbor to undocumented people.

Supposedly, San Francisco is one such place. ...Read more

A Candidate Unafraid to Say the Unpopular

SAN DIEGO -- Lindsey Graham just did something that -- in the world of politics -- simply isn't done.

The Republican senator from South Carolina, and 2016 presidential hopeful, performed a public service recently when he reminded us -- at a town hall in Sioux City, Iowa -- that running for president is about more than just winning a popularity ...Read more

White House Apologist Catches Flak Over Immigration

SAN DIEGO -- White House adviser Cecilia Munoz -- who pulls double duty as director of the Domestic Policy Council and the Obama administration's chief Latina spinner of propaganda related to immigration -- was heckled and booed at a recent gathering of immigration lawyers.

Much of the media didn't seem to understand why. The few outlets that ...Read more

The Donald vs. Television

SAN DIEGO -- And then the giant peacock looked Donald Trump square in the eye and said the magic words: "You're fired!"

NBCUniversal has wisely decided to protect its brand and cut all ties to the businessman and presidential candidate. In addition to no longer carrying the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants, NBC also canned Trump as host of ...Read more

Trump Deserves the Latino Backlash

SAN DIEGO -- Meet the kinder, gentler Donald Trump.

"The Latinos love Trump," the real estate tycoon told reporters last week. "And I love them."

That's funny. As a Latino, I don't feel loved. I feel used. We have once again been cast as cultural bogeymen to help a Republican scare up votes.

This seems to be what Trump was doing a week ...Read more

One Dreamer's Missed Lesson in Good Character

SAN DIEGO -- Instead of a diploma, one recent college graduate should have received an "Incomplete." She seems to have missed some courses -- "Gratitude 101," "Introduction to Civics" and, finally, "Flag Waving and the Importance of Context."

Indira Esparza, a newly minted graduate of the University of California, San Diego, who entered the U.S...Read more

One Father's Words of Advice

SAN DIEGO -- As we honor America's dads, I'd like to offer my children some fatherly advice -- which, in keeping with a long-standing family tradition, they'll surely ignore.

I won't take it personally. It's the nature of being a dad. We're always second string to that other parental unit, the one with a bigger name. Even the U.S. government ...Read more

Deeper Questions About McKinney

SAN DIEGO -- According to the lore of the Old West, an elite group of lawmen offered a simple equation for keeping the peace: "One riot, one Ranger." In frontier days, it supposedly took only one Texas Ranger to put down a disturbance.

I wonder how many are needed to clean up after a pool party?

This week, it was announced that the Texas ...Read more

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