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Debate II: Trump shows up

The crass tape of Donald Trump speaking in vulgar terms about women and what he has supposedly done to them worked, ironically, in Trump's favor during the second debate. It meant that more people tuned in for this debate than otherwise would have and saw Trump's vastly superior performance compared with that of the first debate

October 13, 2016 | | Other Views


Campaigns end on Election Day . . .

Bernie Sanders' truly revolutionary campaign for president ended in August after the last Democratic primary election. Corporatists, cynics, and most of the media assumed that the grassroots populist revolution he inspired was over as well.

October 13, 2016 | | Other Views


Nobody left to like

There are too many faults stacked in Donald Trump's towering inferno. Republicans have trained themselves to downplay his negatives such that he seems poised to destroy the GOP. Hillary Clinton knows them well. During the debate Sunday night she recited a handy list of his sins: Trump never apologizes. He didn't make amends to the Khans, the Muslim Gold Star parents who lost a son in Iraq. He suggests crazy, unrealistic schemes like barring Muslims from entering the United States. He made fun of a disabled reporter and stoked the absurd "birther" rumors about America's first black ...

October 12, 2016 | | Other Views


Is this what it takes?

Does it really take the most vulgar, rude, offensive, racist, bombastic, insensitive, unqualified, disrespectful boor ever to be nominated by a major party in our lifetimes to finally get a highly qualified woman into the White House?

October 12, 2016 | | Other Views


3 ways life will get better

It was June of 1992, the Saturday night before the California primary. There was no more campaigning to be done for the night. It was the 50th birthday for Geoff Cowan, who would soon become the head of the Voice of America and later the Dean of the Annenberg School at USC. But the mood that evening was glum. Bill Clinton, one of the party guests, was running third in the national polls. It was only a month since Los Angeles exploded in violence.

October 10, 2016 | Susan Estrich | Other Views


Physical therapy needed to ease inflammation of pubic bones

DEAR DR. ROACH: For a year now, I have had such terrible pain in my pubic area and down my inner thighs. An X-ray (for another problem) showed that I have osteitis pubis. I have read about it online and found that there is no real treatment for it. My doctor prescribed hydrocodone with acetaminophen for me for a trip I recently took, and I couldn't see that it really helped. Tylenol has helped some, in that it helped me relax. Sometimes when it really flares up, I have trouble walking because of the pain, and I feel that ...

October 09, 2016 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Mangling Trump talk on veterans

Staff Sgt. Chad Robichaux is a Marine who developed post-traumatic stress disorder in the aftermath of eight tours in Afghanistan. After years of suffering, he now runs a counseling program dedicated to helping veterans avoid suicide, divorce and other attendant problems. He knows from his own experience that a faith-based approach works. Our government - allergic to faith-based programs -isn't really interested, especially under President Barack Obama.

October 08, 2016 | | Other Views


Having a cow over flatulence

With the election season in full swing, a number of sobering issues have entered the discussion, including taxes, race relations, and foreign policy. But California has taken the initiative to declare a new matter of public urgency: cow farts.

October 04, 2016 | | Other Views


‘Hilary: The Movie’

Hillary Clinton has promised that in her first 30 days as president she will propose a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision, which she characterized as a "disaster for our democracy." Because Clinton has a better-than-even chance of being elected president, who am I to argue?

October 03, 2016 | | Other Views


You, too, could vote for Donald Trump

The political press corps has known Bob Stern as the straight-arrow president of Los Angeles' Center for Governmental Studies who helped Jerry Brown create the Fair Political Practices Commission in 1974. Since the center closed its L.A. offices in 2011, Stern seems to have developed a devious side - or was it there all along? I ask, because in his "The November Election" course at UCLA extension, Stern managed to set up a scenario wherein a substantial majority - he thinks two-thirds of the class of westside liberals, his wife, Joan, says three-quarters - raised their hands when asked if they could ...

September 30, 2016 | | Other Views


Hillary’s Red Army march of tax-hike destruction

You've got to hand it to Team Hillary Clinton. Its message discipline is awesome -- at least in terms of taxes. It reminds me of the orderly march of the Chinese Red Army on the way to battle.

September 30, 2016 | | Other Views


Trump right on trade predators

Is America still a serious nation?

September 30, 2016 | | Other Views


Let the people roar: Trump won the night

We all have theories as to how Donald Trump got this far. Mine is that Trump has done well among white high school graduates because he acts the way people think they would act if they were billionaires. If Trump ever doubts himself, he never shows it. He calls people names because he knows he can get away with it. He acts as if having money takes away anguish - that is, he acts quite differently than most rich people I know.

September 27, 2016 | | Other Views


Is Charlotte our future?

Celebrating the racial diversity of the Charlotte protesters last week, William Barber II, chairman of the North Carolina NAACP, proudly proclaimed, "This is what democracy looks like."

September 26, 2016 | | Other Views


Banks don’t commit crimes, bankers do

Hey, stop complaining that our government coddles Wall Street's big, money-grubbing banks.

September 26, 2016 | | Other Views


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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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


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