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In a dangerous world, Sanders gets burned

SAN DIEGO -- This just in: The U.S. drone strike that killed Iran's top military commander, Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani -- and the reflexive criticism it sparked from the liberal media and the Democratic Party -- has effectively claimed another casualty: the presidential bid of Bernie Sanders.

The potentially mortal blow occurred when Sanders ...Read more

A New Year's resolution for America: An attack on one group is an attack on us all

SAN DIEGO -- Many Americans have turned inward and stopped worrying about the heavy load carried by fellow citizens. Our national motto used to be: "E pluribus unum (out of many, one)." Now it has become: "It's not my problem."

But desperate times call for a collective response. We need to speak with one voice and say loud and clear: "...Read more

Castro exits the race -- and enters the history books

SAN DIEGO -- It's like they say: The pioneers take the arrows.

Julián Castro is but the latest example. This week, my friend of nearly two decades -- who most pundits agreed won the first Democratic debate in June but failed to meet the threshold for recent debates -- abruptly ended his nearly yearlong presidential bid, which was always ...Read more

Trump has a secret weapon. It's called the Democratic Party.

SAN DIEGO -- The Democratic Party is the gang that can't shoot straight.

The front-runners for the presidential nomination -- Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg and Elizabeth Warren -- are all defective in some way. In fact, they are all defective in the same way.

The defect fits a pattern of arrogance mixed with incompetence.

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Facing a sad Christmas, Mexican Americans still grieve for El Paso

SAN DIEGO -- In El Paso -- and throughout the Southwest -- many Mexican Americans will have a blue Christmas.

This year, our hearts are filled with pain because, fewer than 150 days ago, a white man who was terrified of brown people picked up a high-powered rifle and drove more than 10 hours to that border city. Then he allegedly opened fire at...Read more

With impeachment, Democrats strike at the king -- and miss

SAN DIEGO -- In the march up to impeachment -- the first steps of which began this past January after Democrats seized control of the House and set out to, as newly sworn-in Rep. Rashida Tlaib put it, "impeach the [blankity-blank]" -- I've had a movie scene playing in my head.

In "A Few Good Men," the iconic character of Marine Col. Nathan ...Read more

A tough relationship that's worth the effort

SAN DIEGO -- One of the longest relationships in my life has also become, lately, one of the most complicated.

I love her. We're soulmates. We've been together forever. Yet, in the last few years, I've thought a lot about leaving her. Maybe I'll leave a note, thanking her for the good times.

I thought I was over her for good in the 1990s, when...Read more

NBC's latest soap opera colors the reality of America as the land of opportunity

SAN DIEGO -- NBC's best drama this season isn't on television. It's happening behind the scenes.

And it is centered around the firing of Gabrielle Union, an African American actress who was a judge on the hit reality show "America's Got Talent." She was recently shown the door after only one season.

I bet Union has a story to tell. And here's ...Read more

Pelosi has situational religious ethics

SAN DIEGO -- At the intersection of religion and immigration, you'll find the bogus sanctimony of St. Nancy of San Francisco.

Recently, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was outraged when James Rosen of Sinclair Broadcasting did something that members of the media typically don't do with Democrats: He challenged her. In questioning her motives for ...Read more

O'Malley walks into a bar -- and takes a shot at Trump official

SAN DIEGO -- Let's hear it for public shaming.

If you follow the after-hours antics of politicians, you may have heard that former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley recently tore into Ken Cuccinelli at an Irish bar in Washington.

The Trump administration's acting deputy secretary of Homeland Security went to The Dubliner for a Guinness, he later ...Read more

When talking about starving students, let's dish out some honesty

By RUBEN NAVARRETTE JR.

SAN DIEGO -- Before I succumb to the holiday spirit, I'm having an Ebenezer Scrooge moment.

Americans gripe about how immigrants want handouts, but the folks that I most often see panhandling appear to be native-born. They stand at intersections and hold up signs that read: "Will work for food."

I think to myself: "...Read more

Prop. 187 is the bad idea that still haunts California

SAN DIEGO -- Does anyone know the year of the California Civil War?

It was 1994. And while you won't find any monuments commemorating the battles, the term "civil war" aptly describes what was happening in the Golden State 25 years ago.

Families were split. There was a hostility in the air.

All because the most populous, and most productive, ...Read more

Success is easy to deal with. Let's be thankful for failure.

SAN DIEGO -- This holiday, I'm thankful that I've learned how to fail.

Stop right there. If you're the kind of person who always gets what you want, never gets turned down, has never lost a job, and has never failed at anything, this column is not for you.

My peeps are different. We know from painful experience that life roughs you up good ...Read more

With the media fixated on her marriage, Conway can't live happily ever after

SAN DIEGO -- Kellyanne Conway is giving me a case of whiplash. One day, I defend the outspoken counselor to the president. The next day, I criticize her. Then, before you know it, I'm back to defending her again.

It all depends on the facts, the circumstances, how Conway is being treated, and by whom. That's fair, right?

I admit that "fair" is...Read more

Castro's White House bid may be coming to an end -- but his story's not over

SAN DIEGO -- Julián Castro could lose his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination and still come out a "winner."

How is that? Because, as we learned as children on baseball diamonds and volleyball courts, what matters is how you play the game.

For Castro, the game is winding down. The former secretary of housing and urban development ...Read more

Regardless of what the Supreme Court decides, DACA isn't worth saving

SAN DIEGO -- Even as a Mexican American who has spent three decades defending immigrants, I'm done with DACA.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is back in the news, but the Obama-era program is perhaps not long for this world. Last week, the Supreme Court heard arguments about whether President Trump had the power to end it in September ...Read more

Murder of Mormon family in Mexico offers no easy answers, only questions

SAN DIEGO -- There is a familiar stench coming from south of the border. It's the smell of lies and spin, cover-ups and fairy tales offered up for public consumption.

Brace yourselves. I think the Mexican government is not being totally honest. Shocking, right?

You know that horrible story from a week ago about the brutal slaughter of nine ...Read more

Our border-security dialogue has a gaping hole in it

SAN DIEGO -- Donald Trump's border wall: $10 billion to $25 billion. Cordless power saw: $100. Reports that human traffickers have cut through the wall like toy scissors through crepe paper: Priceless.

My friends joke that what MAGA really stands for is: "Migrants Always Get Across." They may be onto something. Migrants are natural problem ...Read more

Who was Beto O'Rourke? We still don't know.

SAN DIEGO -- Bye bye, Beto. Or, as they say in the universe of cultural appropriation, adios.

Last week, Robert Francis O'Rourke -- who had been interviewed by Oprah Winfrey, profiled in an HBO documentary and featured on the cover of Vanity Fair declaring that he was "born" to make a White House bid -- announced that he was leaving the ...Read more

Conway fits right in with dysfunctional White House

SAN DIEGO -- As White House counselor, Kellyanne Conway has a simple job that is often -- because of clown shows and self-inflicted wounds -- not so simple: She has to make the president look good.

As of late, however, Conway is making herself look bad. As a former congressional aide and pollster, she knows a lot about politics and public ...Read more

 

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