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July 28, 2014

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Perry’s border campaign
Monday, July 28, 2014
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Texas Gov. Rick Perry has a response to the crisis of unaccompanied children crossing our southern border. He’s calling up the National Guard. To do what? Provide day care?
Historians will recall our leaders’ inaction
Monday, July 28, 2014
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When historians look back on 2014, they will note not just how flagrantly Vladimir Putin disregarded international law or how stubbornly Hamas and Israel kept firing missiles at each other. They will also be puzzled at how poorly the United States handled its economy.
Shootdown reveals NATO weakness
Monday, July 28, 2014
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The ongoing crisis in Ukraine has claimed yet another casualty: the NATO alliance.
Breaking up California doesn’t make sense
Sunday, July 27, 2014
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Chop California in six? Tim Draper’s idea just doesn’t add up. As a native Californian who was born in Oakland, raised in the San Fernando Valley, schooled in Berkeley and now living in Venice, I’d like to say one thing to Timothy Draper, the Silicon Valley kajillionaire pushing the idiotic breakup of the Golden State:
Why I won’t run in Pamplona
Sunday, July 27, 2014
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Pamplona’s storied bull run created some extra interest recently when a perturbed toro named Brevito inflicted a nasty horn wound on Bill Hillmann’s right thigh.
Seeing the facts in a world of death
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Where I Stand:
At some point, Americans let the facts get in the way of a bad argument. Unlike the difficulty we are experiencing in Washington, D.C., where it is abundantly clear that facts have nothing to do with the arguments of the far right — and, yes, for a few on the other end of the scale, too — it is apparent that the facts, as they are unfolding in the fight between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, actually do carry weight among most Americans.
A meeting place for nations divided
Sunday, July 27, 2014
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In the mid-1980s, the border between Tijuana and Southern California was a showcase of America’s failed immigration enforcement. On a busy night, thousands of people slipped into the United States illegally.
Photo: Westgate Resorts founder David Siegel has his phot
Westgate owner climbs high again; Agassi stays grounded in Reno
Sunday, July 27, 2014
David Siegel was raising crane again, while Andre Agassi was raising money for UNR and Greg Maddux was being praised in Cooperstown, N.Y. ...
He’s still a popular president
Saturday, July 26, 2014
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The thing about him is, he just keeps going. At 67, he continues to be, as Anna Quindlen once wrote, like one of those inflatable toys with sand weighting the bottom — you knock him over and he pops back up.
Addicted to inflation
Saturday, July 26, 2014
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The first step toward recovery is admitting that you have a problem. That goes for political movements as well as individuals. So I have some advice for so-called reform conservatives trying to rebuild the intellectual vitality of the right: You need to start by facing up to the fact that your movement is in the grip of some uncontrollable urges. In particular, it’s addicted to inflation — not the thing itself, but the claim that runaway inflation is either happening or about to happen.
Moon landing brought us together
Saturday, July 26, 2014
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It was, after all, only a boot crunching dust. You wouldn’t think the sight would affect so many or change so much.
Photo: Dorothy Brooks, shown in 2004 with Celine Dion dur
‘Miss Dorothy’ ushers in her 90th birthday at Caesars; Pavel Chekov muses about brushes
Friday, July 25, 2014
The week was brightened by the smile of 90-year-old Colosseum usher Dorothy Brooks. “Miss Dorothy,” as she is uniformly known, celebrated that birthday Wednesday before the Shania Twain performance. Miss Dorothy still pulls three shifts a week at ...
Downside of giving weapons
Friday, July 25, 2014
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The bodies and debris that rained from the Ukrainian sky offer a cautionary lesson about the danger of giving heavy weapons to nonstate actors. I hope the hawks who wanted President Barack Obama to ship anti-aircraft missiles to the Syrian rebels are paying attention.
I won’t take growing old sitting down
Friday, July 25, 2014
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I’ve lived my life with enthusiasm, courage, raucousness and passion. Why on earth would I want to grow old gracefully? Why would I want to be “Whistler’s Mother” when my whole life what I’ve wanted to be is Mae West?
Is anything still ‘too big to fail’?
Friday, July 25, 2014
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Ralph Nader has written a new book, titled “Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State.” If you spend any time looking into the current state of affairs with the Dodd-Frank Act — Monday was the fourth anniversary of the law enacted to ensure that the country never suffers through another financial crisis like the one in 2008 — you’d have to say that he has a point.

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