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Power of the President

For decades, political science students have been taught the late Richard Neustadt's battle-tested maxim that the power of the president is the power to persuade. I don't think he ever imagined Twitter, and he certainly didn't imagine a Donald Trump in the White House. What for decades looked like a challenge requiring skill and leadership turns out to require nothing more than a Twitter account and a nation of followers.

December 15, 2016 | | Other Views


Rangel doesn’t blame ‘whitelash’

Donald Trump once called the Rev. Al Sharpton "a con man," meaning that Sharpton plays the race card less out of sincerity and more as a method to make demands and extract concessions.

December 14, 2016 | | Other Views


A general misunderstanding

Last week's media chew toy involved the number of former generals President-elect Donald J. Trump has nominated for his cabinet. The ABC News website announced Trump "would have the most generals in the White House since World War II." What is that near-record number? Two. Yes, a whopping two among 14 announced cabinet-level picks.

December 14, 2016 | | Other Views


Will Trump defy McCain?

When word leaked that Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson, a holder of the Order of Friendship award in Putin's Russia, was Donald Trump's choice for secretary of state, John McCain had this thoughtful response:

December 12, 2016 | | Other Views


Our one-party state

Donald J. Trump did America a huge favor by winning the White House in November. If Hillary Clinton had won, there would have been little stopping America from turning into a one-party country - a national political equivalent of California. As it is, California is turning into San Francisco, where outsiders stand zero chance of penetrating the liberal-only wall that surrounds City Hall.

December 09, 2016 | | Other Views


Trump could learn from Hamilton

By now you've probably heard that Vice President-elect Mike Pence was booed by fellow theater-goers at a performance of the musical Hamilton, an unlikely hip-hop sensation that tells the story of Alexander Hamilton and other founding fathers.

December 09, 2016 | | Other Views


Democrats: From temper tantrum to self-delusion

Hard to believe, but Hillary Clinton's campaign team thinks they lost because Donald Trump ignited America's inner bigot, which caused the KKK and Aryan Brotherhood members and sympathizers to show up in droves and vote Trump.

December 08, 2016 | | Other Views


The real wall we need to build is in DC

Building a wall, per se, won't address what is really fueling a mass "illegal" immigration from south of the border.

December 07, 2016 | Dennis Wyatt | Other Views


Living in the twilight

It used to be, back when I first started in politics, that I subscribed to every newspaper I could, and I had read them all before anyone was even at the office. I didn't even consider it optional.

December 07, 2016 | | Other Views


Trump calling out Xi Jinping?

Like a bolt of lightning, that call of congratulations from Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen to President-elect Donald Trump illuminated the Asian landscape.

December 07, 2016 | | Other Views


A Civil War Christmas

The American Civil War, despite its savagery and enormous loss of life, still was the cause for many changes to our nation, which has been largely forgotten in the historical telling.

December 07, 2016 | | Other Views


Fake news versus junk news

The big "fake news" stories of 2016 were the polls. Most showed Donald Trump losing big in November, thus cable news ran countless renditions of the many ways Trump could not possibly win the necessary Electoral College vote. Getting the story utterly wrong should result in hand-wringing, hair-pulling and painful introspection in my profession; instead many in the news business have turned their hungry eyes on "fake news" disseminated on Facebook and Google.

December 06, 2016 | | Other Views


State’s river flow plan flawed on many levels

Visionary investments in dams, canals and facilities made generations ago by local farmers have allowed our two irrigation districts – Oakdale and South San Joaquin – to have the most senior position for water rights on the Stanislaus River, rights that date back to 1853. Today, we provide irrigation water to more than 120,000 acres in two counties. SSJID also delivers clean, affordable drinking water to three cities. Together, our agencies have been responsible stewards of the river and its resources.

December 04, 2016 | | Other Views


Wonders if her dog is stuck up

DEAR DIDI: My dog seems excited when I grab her leash to go for a walk but when we actually get out there she acts bored. Sasha looks away from everyone and everything. She is a Goldendoodle (golden retriever crossed with a standard poodle) and usually very friendly so I would think she would look at people with interest instead of yawning and looking away all the time. Is she just being stuck up?- Diva owner in Ripon

December 04, 2016 | | Other Views


Mild neuropathy may be result of medication side effect

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have slight numbness and tingling in my feet and lower calves in both legs. It feels almost like my feet are going to sleep. I can feel pressure but not fine-touch sensation. I have been taking 200 mg of amiodarone daily for a year for heart PVCs, and that works very well. However, I have been told that it might be the cause of the numbness. My doctor indicated that it appears to be a mild neuropathy. I think it existed before taking the amiodarone, but seemed to become more noticeable after I was on it ...

December 04, 2016 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


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Fresno killings suspect has history of violence

FRESNO- The suspect in this week's racially motivated shooting rampage in Fresno shouted Friday that natural disasters will increasingly hit the United States as ...

April 21, 2017 | By SCOTT SMITH | Other Views


Various questions on Social Security issues

Today's column won't focus on a single topic. Instead, I'll just reach into the mailbag (well, really my email inbox) and pull ...

April 21, 2017 | Tom MARGENAU | Other Views


In choice of blood thinner, does safety or convenience take precedence?

DEAR DR. ROACH: I was recently diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. I received excellent care, and the cardiac doctors recommended a blood thinner, with a clear ...

April 20, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


How your selfie could affect your life insurance

A selfie reveals more than whether it's a good hair day. Facial lines and contours, droops and dark spots could indicate how well you ...

April 20, 2017 | By BARBARA MARQUAND | Other Views


Is democracy in a death spiral?

"You all start with the premise that democracy is some good. I don't think it's worth a damn. Churchill is right. The only ...

April 20, 2017 | Pat Buchanan | Other Views


Transactional President

WASHINGTON - As President Donald Trump flew to Palm Beach Thursday for Easter weekend, there was a lull in his first 100 days -- a chance for ...

April 17, 2017 | Debra Saunders | Other Views


Schwannomas of the spine are nerve-sheath tumors

DEAR DR. ROACH: For several months, I've been suffering with severe lower-back pain while standing. It radiates down my leg, into my buttocks. Several ...

April 16, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Dealing with your dog’s teen phase

Dear Didi: We have a Labradoodle that is about to turn 7 months old. He has been full of energy and a major handful so ...

April 16, 2017 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


Will Christianity perish in land of its birthplace?

"Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? (My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?)" Those are among Jesus' last words on the Cross that first Good ...

April 14, 2017 | | Other Views


Obama claimed ‘all’ of Syria’s chemical weapons eliminated

The Obama administration claimed that it negotiated with Syria and Russia to eliminate "100 percent" of Syria's chemical weapons. After President Barack Obama's ...

April 14, 2017 | | Other Views


Trumpcare was for CEOs

It appears that House Speaker Paul Ryan's 123-page legislative plan for Trumpcare, the GOP's so-called "replacement" for Obamacare, is dead - for now, anyway.

April 03, 2017 | JIM HIGHTOWER | Other Views


Our laughable leader

It was one of the stupidest threats I have ever heard from a president of the United States, followed by one of the most ludicrous ...

April 03, 2017 | Susan Estrich | Other Views


Diarrhea not likely caused by arteriovenous malformations

DEAR DR. ROACH: After a capsule endoscopy for unexplained chronic diarrhea and gastrointestinal bleeding, I was told that I most likely have an arteriovenous malformation ...

April 02, 2017 | | Other Views


Bee: Great world leader?

One might think that Fortune would want to keep a sober reputation as a magazine for business executives. But it made a fool of itself ...

March 31, 2017 | | Other Views


Gutting climate protections won’t bring back coal jobs

When Barack Obama announced the Clean Power Plan, Scientific American used his own words to criticize it for not going far enough.

March 31, 2017 | | Other Views


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