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For Police Officers Today, 'Things Go Wrong Sometimes'

SAN DIEGO -- I recently asked a newly retired cop friend, who spent 25 years on the job, what's the one thing that policemen want people to know. He said: "That things go wrong sometimes."

Things went very wrong recently when 40-year-old Terence Crutcher -- an unarmed African-American and father of four -- was fatally shot by Tulsa police ...Read more

This Latino Radio Host is a Stereotype-Busting Powerhouse of the Airwaves

SAN DIEGO -- It's an argument you might have heard from nativist Republicans in the Southwest, as well as from union-friendly Democrats in the Rust Belt: "The Mexicans are coming to take your jobs!"

You had better believe it. I know a hardworking Mexican-American radio host in Texas who has taken three of them.

I don't always agree with Chris ...Read more

Clinton and Trump Both Have Contempt for the American Voter

SAN DIEGO -- Warning: As we enter the final innings of the presidential campaign, the matchup between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump may be harmful to our mental health.

Speaking at Temple University this week, Clinton observed: "This election in particular can be downright depressing sometimes."

She's spot-on. But what's most depressing is ...Read more

An Immigration Debate Steered by Taco Trucks

SAN DIEGO -- Twenty-three years ago, over lunch in a Basque restaurant in Fresno, my longtime friend and mentor -- the great Mexican-American essayist Richard Rodriguez -- offered an interesting thought about what was driving the transformation of the United States into a Latino country.

(That reminds me. I should let you know that the nation's...Read more

Latino Voters Play Second Fiddle to Working-Class Whites

SAN DIEGO -- People always complain that Latino immigrants displace native-born Americans from jobs and neighborhoods.

But this year, Latinos have been displaced from the political pecking order by the new kids on the block: working-class whites.

Que paso? The 2016 presidential election was supposed to let Latinos flex their muscles. After ...Read more

On Immigration, Clinton Has Been a Tumbler

SAN DIEGO -- Having written about immigration for a quarter-century, I've heard more than my share of lies, contradictions and inconsistencies from elected officials in both parties.

So it's been extremely refreshing these last few weeks to see my colleagues in the media get so worked up over a politician who appears to have reversed course on...Read more

To Judge Clinton on Immigration, Look at the Company She's Kept

SAN DIEGO -- During a recent speech to a largely Hispanic audience in Reno, Nevada, Hillary Clinton skewered Donald Trump for spreading "prejudice and paranoia." The Democratic nominee seized upon a popular Mexican refrain that essentially amounts to guilt by association.

"There's an old Mexican proverb that says, 'Tell me with whom you walk, ...Read more

Codding Blue-Collar Whites

SAN DIEGO -- This Labor Day, I'm not feeling the least bit sympathetic for the supposedly beleaguered American worker.

Give me a break. The United States is still the land of opportunity for those who take risks and make good choices, and so I'm tired of hearing about the plight of the media's newest charity case: working-class whites who live ...Read more

Trump's Evolving Immigration Plan is No 'Flip-Flop'

SAN DIEGO -- Did Donald Trump really just do a total flip-flop on immigration? No, I don't believe he did.

I think the elite media in New York and Washington are once again showing that they don't understand the immigration issue well enough to report on it honestly, clearly and comprehensively. This is a topic full of complexity and nuance, ...Read more

Trump 'Pivots' Further Toward Xenophobia

SAN DIEGO -- Is this the "pivot" by Donald Trump we've all been waiting for? It looks more like a giant step backward.

Instead of adopting a moderate position on immigration that could make the Republican presidential nominee more palatable to the mainstream -- which, polls indicate, doesn't favor mass deportations and supports earned legal ...Read more

Gabby Douglas' Critics Can Take a Flying Leap

SAN DIEGO -- If Gabby Douglas is feeling depressed and picked on, she can blame it on Rio.

In the London games of 2012, the U.S. Olympian was a celebrated gold-medal winner and the first African-American to win the individual all-around title in gymnastics. Later, Douglas' face landed on a cereal box and magazine covers. Her story was the ...Read more

Pick Your Poison This Dlection: Untruthful or Unstable

SAN DIEGO -- It's time for an intervention. Make that a pair of interventions. Friends don't let friends vote for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.

As someone who supports neither of the above, I spend every day on the defensive.

I'm told that I'm being foolish and irresponsible, and that by not voting for the better candidate, I'm helping ...Read more

Why Voters Want 'None of the Above'

SAN DIEGO -- What's the matter with the major parties' presidential candidates?

No, seriously. I'm starting to think that these two aren't wired right. Either they don't have good advisers, or they're not listening to whatever advice they're getting. The mistakes they make are obvious, yet they can't stop making them. And neither candidate is ...Read more

Tim Kaine May Not Be Latinos' Best Amigo

SAN DIEGO -- As a Latino voter, I'm used to being told by cable news pundits and political analysts that I have the awesome power to decide presidential elections.

How cool. Of course, it's nonsense. I don't take any of it seriously because I know the truth: Latino voters have never been more powerless.

As evidence, consider the fact that ...Read more

Have We Lost Sight of an American Hero?

SAN DIEGO -- It's hard criticizing people you respect, and twice as hard if the criticism might be misinterpreted as defending someone you don't.

Since I'm "Never Trump," I'm free of the moral conflict of supporting a nominee who would stoop so low as to insult the parents of a dead soldier.

This sort of thing should disqualify someone from ...Read more

It's Time For a Woman to be President -- Just Not This Woman

SAN DIEGO -- The Democratic National Convention reminded me that I'm a sucker for "firsts." The first this, the first that. Broken barriers. Pioneers who take the arrows because they're brave enough to lead the way.

Let's hear it for the first Latino to break into the top tier of the Cabinet and serve as attorney general, Alberto Gonzales. Let'...Read more

Latinos Get Played Again by Democrats

SAN DIEGO -- With Democrats gathered in Philadelphia for their national convention, Latinos must accept the hard truth: The Democratic Party, for which they've done so much, has not done right by them.

In fact, Latinos are being humiliated by Democrats, who they assume are in their corner -- mostly because, when it comes to Latinos, Republicans...Read more

Ted Cruz, a Man of Principle

SAN DIEGO -- Don't get it twisted, Cruz haters. The Texas senator is a straight-up hero.

When Ted Cruz accepted the invitation to speak at the Republican National Convention, and then refused to endorse Donald Trump -- only going so far as to urge delegates to "vote your conscience" -- members of the Trump family and many pundits accused Cruz ...Read more

Pence's Perplexing Pivot to Trump

SAN DIEGO -- Say it isn't so, Mike.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has won "Vice President Apprentice" and earned the dubious distinction of serving alongside Donald Trump on the Republican presidential ticket.

I understand why Trump offered Pence the job; the Indiana governor is first-rate, well-liked and widely respected with a calm and reassuring ...Read more

Special Privileges for a Special Job

SAN DIEGO -- Dallas Police Chief David Brown spoke volumes when he said recently that Americans expect police officers to do too much, provide too many services and serve too many functions.

Yet the problem is bigger than that. Many people also have unrealistic expectations about what is required for police officers to do their jobs.

Take, for...Read more

 
 

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