George Skelton: Golden State Killer trial could put anti-death-penalty governor in hot water with voters

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- One year ago Wednesday, a former policeman was arrested and accused of being the Golden State Killer who raped and murdered up and down California in the 1970s and '80s.

If anyone deserves the death penalty, it's the Golden State Killer -- also known as the East Area Rapist, Visalia Ransacker, Creek Bed Killer or Original ...Read more

Commentary: Poor pensions take dignity from former pro football players

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My late husband John Mackey dedicated his life to the game of football. After being selected by the Baltimore Colts in the second round of the 1963 NFL Draft, John went on to play nine seasons for them and one for the San Diego Chargers. He was a five-time Pro Bowler, a Super Bowl champion and eventually a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame...Read more

Commentary: Sri Lanka attack shows Islamic State — driven from Syria and Iraq — still a global threat

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We now have definitive proof that Islamic State was the prime force behind the Easter Sunday suicide attacks in Sri Lanka that killed at least 359 people. Although many had hoped that the elimination of Islamic State as a territorial entity in Iraq and Syria ended the threat from the group, the facts show otherwise.

To make sense of terrorist ...Read more

Editorial: The academy wisely ignored Hollywood's grumbling old guard to embrace the future

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Ignoring the grumbling from many in Hollywood, the governing board of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted Tuesday evening not to make it harder for movies financed by Netflix and other streaming services to qualify for Oscars. Any movie that plays for at least a week in a theater in Los Angeles County may continue to be ...Read more

Noah Smith: Warren's college-loan plan is a decent start

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U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has released a bold plan for college affordability. The proposal has three basic components -- making public universities free, providing more funding for historically black colleges and universities, and cancelling large amounts of student debt.

The idea of free public universities is ...Read more

Karl W. Smith: Joe Biden's proud bipartisanship is not what the US. needs

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Now that Joe Biden is officially running for president, one crucial aspect of his pitch to voters is clear: He represents a return to the feel-good bipartisanship of an earlier era. He himself, if not (yet?) his presidential candidacy, has been endorsed by the McCain family, and he has frequently praised Republicans.

Unfortunately, this appeal ...Read more

Commentary: Moral clarity? Kate Smith's 'God Bless America' vs. Woody Guthrie's 'This Land Is Your Land'

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The New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Flyers both recently announced they would stop using their traditional recorded versions of Kate Smith singing "God Bless America" during games.

In a particularly totalitarian touch, the Flyers removed a statue of Smith from the Philadelphia sports complex and destroyed the statue's base thereby ...Read more

Editorial: The search for 5-year-old AJ Freund ends in heartbreak. How could this happen?

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Two kinds of missing persons cases make news. There are those that linger unresolved, sometimes for decades, leaving terrible loss and a tinge of hope. And those that reach a conclusion fairly quickly, sometimes a tragic one.

The story of 5-year-old Andrew "AJ" Freund joined the latter category Wednesday. A body believed to be his was found in ...Read more

Editorial: On police use of force, welcome progress in California Legislature

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The issue of whether California should condone police use of lethal force only when it is "necessary" -- as opposed to "reasonable" -- to preserve the safety of officers and the public has prompted such intense disagreement that the possibility of a compromise long seemed like a long shot. But maybe not after Tuesday's surprising developments. ...Read more

Editorial: Trump just declared himself immune to congressional oversight

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When Democrats won control of the House of Representatives in last November's blue wave, it seemed as if Congress might finally start performing oversight of the Trump administration after two years of see-no-evil Republican leadership. This week, however, the administration all but declared itself immune to such scrutiny.

Asked Thursday about ...Read more

Editorial: The Senate gutted their fake reform bill. Will police groups negotiate in good faith?

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The movement to reform the use of deadly force by police scored a major victory Tuesday. Senate Bill 230, which was designed by police groups to undermine meaningful reform, met a stunning defeat in committee.

The Senate Public Safety Committee forced the bill's author, Anna Caballero (D-Salinas), to strip key provisions from the bill. As a ...Read more

Editorial: Finally, a voting fraud bill North Carolina needs

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For years, Republican lawmakers in North Carolina claimed they wanted to protect the integrity of elections, but pushed voter ID bills designed to protect their party's majorities. Those bills dealt with in-person voter fraud, which is rare in our state and across the country. This editorial board, along with many others, have long said that ...Read more

Commentary: The Supreme Court needs to lift its cone of silence on oral arguments

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On Tuesday the Supreme Court heard arguments in one of the most momentous cases it will decide this year: whether Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross violated the law by insisting that a question about U.S. citizenship be added to the 2020 census.

But if you want to listen to the justices spar with the lawyers, you'll have to wait until Friday, ...Read more

Commentary: Remember when Trump promised to drain the swamp, not restock it?

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At some point even avid Trumpsters are going to have to start asking themselves why this administration has so much trouble understanding ethical lines, and how not to cross them.

The latest entry into the "Swamp? What Swamp?" sweepstakes: The Interior Department (now led by the hopelessly conflicted David Bernhardt) has opened investigations ...Read more

Commentary: The NeverTrump movement is on terminal life support

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With the over-hyped but underwhelming conclusion of the Mueller investigation, whatever dreams NeverTrumpers within the GOP had of removing the president from office have vanished. Their last flicker of hope lies in mounting a Republican primary challenge in 2020 -- a strategy doomed to fail.

NeverTrumpism is not dead, but it is on life support...Read more

Commentary: Reparations aren't about money

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A commission to study government redress for the atrocities of slavery and Jim Crow -- what is popularly referred to as "black reparations" -- is the subject of bills introduced in Congress. Most Democratic presidential contenders also have come out in support of HR 40, the House bill, putting the issue on the table for the 2020 election cycle. ...Read more

Commentary: Elizabeth Warren's college plan is a bailout for the elite

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The federal student loan system has been a massive failure. Each year Washington invests more in higher education, topping out at $93 billion last year, yet students are more indebted and ill-equipped for the workforce than ever.

Despite the fact that economists have identified federal lending as the main driver of tuition inflation, Sen. ...Read more

Michael Smolens: Duncan Hunter brings life, contention to chamber luncheon

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SAN DIEGO -- Duncan Hunter is San Diego's Republican voice in Congress.

As such, his presence Tuesday at a panel discussion with his Democratic colleagues in the San Diego delegation was not only unmistakable but shaped the dynamic of the event.

Had he not been there, the annual San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce Congressional Luncheon ...Read more

Martin Schram: Sri Lanka's tragedy – a lesson for us all

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Sadly, suicide bombings have long been part of the history and culture of life – that is, terrorisms' horrific ending of life – in the small island nation of Sri Lanka, just off the eastern coast of India.

It was a generation ago when a youth I've called Kittu got caught up in the life spiral that led him in 2001 to follow his leaders' ...Read more

Cynthia M. Allen: Beto O'Rourke's uncharitable giving

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Presidential hopeful Robert "Beto" O'Rourke released 10 years of tax returns recently. Good for him. It's more than the sitting president has seen fit to do. But the compliments end there.

According to the Washington Post, O'Rourke and his wife reported a total income of $370,412 in 2017, the most recent year for which they...Read more


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