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  • By Ed Rogers

With abundant displays of general dysfunction and specific allegations of sexual assault and harassment becoming pervasive in Washington, it is worth remembering that there are good examples of decency and leadership that we can point to. Republicans need to look no further than Vice Preside…

  • By Conor Sen

It's been a bleak year for the brick-and-mortar retail industry. Stock prices and earnings have fallen. Store closures are being announced. The Amazon threat continues to grow, both via e-commerce efforts and now, with the acquisition of Whole Foods, as an established physical chain. But it'…

  • Minneapolis Star Tribune

"America First does not mean America alone," Trump administration officials have said in response to President Donald Trump's policies. But it sure seems that way regarding global trade, and that posture will have a negative economic and geopolitical impact on the United States.

  • By Alexandra Petri

"Women are very special. I think it's a very special time, a lot of things are coming out, and I think that's good for our society and I think it's very, very good for women, and I'm very happy a lot of these things are coming out. I'm very happy it's being exposed."

  • By Callum Borchers

President Donald Trump has failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act or force Mexico to pay for a border wall - foundational promises of his White House campaign. Lacking legislative victories, he is trying to score points with his base in a non-governing arena: sports.

  • By DANA MILBANK

"So this is how it's going to work today," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders informed the press corps Monday. She told reporters that "if you want to ask a question," you should "start off with what you're thankful for."

  • Chicago Tribune

You're waiting for an important package to be delivered. Or for the furnace repairman to arrive. Or the cable guy. Their companies can't tell you exactly when they'll be there. So you pace. And you peer out the window. And you hope you're not in the bathroom when someone rings the bell.

  • BY RICH LOWRY

It's not often that President Donald Trump's Twitter feed is the voice of reason and compassion, but on the issue of trophy hunting it makes more sense than his own Department of Interior.

I remember our Thanksgiving in 2014. For some reason I decided to grab two blank pieces of paper and draw a big turkey on one. We all colored it, and we took the other paper and wrote down what we were each thankful for. My grown children and my husband and I used it as a decoration for our …

Would like to compliment Dr. Brik McDill on his column in Tuesday's Californian ("We deserve some answers from McCarthy". But, how does one even reach Congressman Kevin McCarthy in order to pose any questions. Like, why he seems to vote against Democrats and not for the people that elected h…

  • By Joseph Burgo

Following her public accusation that Harvey Weinstein raped her in 1997, Rose McGowan urged women everywhere to "name it. Shame It. Call it out." As the #MeToo movement has gathered steam, prominent and powerful men have been identified in the media, denounced as sexual predators and publicl…

  • By Gina Barreca

No. 1 Looking back, it feels like sexual harassment. As I remember it, many desks in the schools I attended had a picture of a penis drawn or carved into them. Maybe it was smudged because somebody tried to clean it off or paint it over, but it was there. It had been there for generations. T…

  • By STEPHEN MOORE

Republicans have long been known as "the stupid party." They do stupid things, such as waiting until mid-November to push a must-pass tax cut that should have been done by April.

  • The Charlotte Observer

Though Republicans have been on the political hot seat because of credible allegations about sexual assault, child predation and harassment hanging over Alabama's Roy Moore and the U.S. Senate seat he wants, only Democrats can turn what feels like a moment into a movement. For that to happen…

  • BY FROMA HARROP

Whenever charges of sexual misconduct shoot through the air, an arrow or three hit Bill Clinton. That's inevitable, given his history of philandering capped by the notorious Oval Office tryst with Monica Lewinsky.

With all the documentation of Russian collusion piling up, President Trump's best excuse may be that his people were too incompetent to organize a conspiracy. Luckily for him, an innocent-by-reason-of-stupidity defense has the virtue of being plausible.

For a follow-up to Steven Cronquist's Community Voices article ("California's role, responsibility in global climate debate," Nov. 14), there is an excellent Youtube video prepared for the Australian vote on the carbon control issue in that country that applies similarly to our efforts in Ca…

  • Froma Harrop

Whenever the legal walls start closing in on Donald Trump, the president releases a bad rabbit on the political field, a creature invisible to all but the haters of Hillary Clinton. The most recent example is his attorney general's call to "evaluate certain issues" regarding the sale of a ma…

  • Richard Chapman

The Kern County Board of Supervisors last week approved a new and innovative economic development incentive program that will position Kern County to compete globally for new business investment and to retain and grow existing businesses.

This afternoon, at JC Penney, I was in one department waiting for my wife who was shopping in another department, and I bumped into a shelf just enough to put a slight scratch on my arm. Other senior-citizen types will agree that it doesn't take much of a scratch on our old skin to start ble…

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  • Bob Franken

I've written facetiously before about a fictional nation, the Male Chauvinist Pigdom. Unfortunately, it's very real and not funny, unless you get your jollies from the stories that are emerging of the male pigs -- not all of us, mind you, but far too many -- who foul the terrain. Yes, I know…

  • Michael Gerson

I spent part of my convalescence from a recent illness reading some of the comprehensive timelines of the Russia investigation (which indicates, I suppose, a sickness of another sort). One, compiled by Politico, runs to nearly 12,000 words -- an almost book-length account of stupidity, cynic…

  • Barry Ritholtz

On the campaign trail and in the White House, Donald Trump has warmly embraced coal. He has rolled back regulations on its use and eliminated some federal subsidies for alternative energies like solar and wind, along with electric cars. A few coal miners even landed jobs in the industry as t…

I'm actually disappointed. I thought that I had settled on this year's seasonal gift to everyone. Yes, "seasonal" -- I'm one of those people who wishes everyone a "happy holiday." This, as we know, infuriates Christian extremists.

The recent “Supervisors chip in $100,000” to connect Meadows Field to Texas article was good news to this business traveler. But if the service comes back (again), fares must be reasonable or travelers will continue their “leak” to L.A. airports.

I recently read the article headlined "Texas church gunman escaped from mental health center," written by Associated Press writers Norman Merchant, Jim Vertuno and Will Weissert. However, I don't think Devin Kelley, the gunman, should have been held in a mental health center. He should have …

Religious/political fundamentalism can frequently be considered an addiction that may result in adopting some rather extreme and distorted views of reality. Consider the following head spinners: Franklin Graham, an evangelical Christian supporter of Trump, compared him to Abraham, Moses and …

Regarding Anne Grogan's comments in the Nov. 11 Sound Off column: Oh please, Ms. Grogan, can you honestly believe Trump was just using "words" on the Access Hollywood tape? This from a man who said "I could shoot someone on 5th Avenue and people would still vote for me."

What a tangled web we weave. The Sabrina Limon/Jonathan Hearn case is yet one more cautionary tale about how when you step over well-set guard rails and other boundaries and venture into purely pleasure-seeking everything-goes territory, life can get hopelessly wrecked. Robert Limon is dead,…

The Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park as well as other national parks are proposing in 2018 a drastic entrance fee hike to $70. This is a result of the president's 12 percent budget cut to the Department of the Interior.