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University of California Regent Richard Blum confessed that he was “apoplectic” at the Board of Regents meeting Wednesday. The husband of Sen. Dianne Feinstein supports tuition increases as high as 28 percent over five years, which the board approved Thursday. Blum warned that private universities such as Yale and Stanford threaten to poach academic superstars. “In my investment business, if I underpaid my staff as much as the university is underpaid,” said Blum, “I’d have nothing but empty desks.” And: “You’ve got to get real about this stuff.”

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America’s rogue president

Asserting a legal and constitutional authority he himself said he did not have, President Obama is going rogue, issuing an executive amnesty to 4 to 5 million illegal aliens.

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Putting a pitchfork in it

Lloyd Blankfein is very concerned about income inequality. With his face reflecting both worry and perplexity, he recently called inequality “very destabilizing.”

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Obamacare: Based on ‘stupidity’

“Grubergate” is the name for the embarrassing revelations about Obamacare by its chief architect, MIT Professor Jonathan Gruber. Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH) predicted that the House Oversight Committee will hold hearings on this issue, so the public can learn the facts underlying this legislative failure. 

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Overworked 1 percenters stressed out

Here’s something that might not have occurred to you: It’s not easy being rich.

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Posted: nov. 19, 2014 11:51 p.m. | | Overworked 1 percenters stressed out Comments 0 Comments

How did we get here?

Dick Tuck, the legendary political prankster and wit, once ran for local office in San Francisco and lost. His concession speech, in its entirety: “The people have spoken — the bastards.”

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Elections have consequences 2.0

The words “deportation relief” jumped out at me from Greg Sargent’s Washington Post blog posting titled “Get ready for a titanic battle over immigration.” Those two words seem so benign compared with “amnesty” — the preferred usage in the GOP lexicon — but that is their meaning.

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Did we vote for war?

“How do you like the Journal’s war?” 

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Berkeley beats big soda

While the Republicans were busy wiping the floor with Democrats on Election Day, the citizens of Berkeley were making history.

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Feinstein takes on Airbnb

In her mind, Dianne Feinstein will always be mayor of San Francisco. She may be a high-ranking U.S. senator with more than her share of clout in Washington, but she never forgets her roots as onetime mayor and supervisor in the city by the bay. As Ess Eff’s mayor emerita, Feinstein recently inserted herself into the city’s regulation of Airbnb and other short-term rental concerns. Last month, DiFi wrote a piece for the San Francisco Chronicle urging Mayor Ed Lee to veto compromise legislation written by Supervisor David Chiu. The senator sees Airbnb as a neighborhood killer ...

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Shy people steal elections

A big surprise from this year’s elections is that American politics has become dominated by the least likely of participants: shy people.

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Posted: nov. 14, 2014 12:54 a.m. | | Shy people steal elections Comments 0 Comments

Operating under influence of profits

What happens to a person when their reckless driving while under the influence alcohol kills eight people?  How about if this same person then gets indicted for criminal negligence leading to the accident and for lying about vehicle maintenance records?  And, on top of it all, additional federal charges of jury tampering and backroom deal making?  While confinement and loss of liberty might be expected for an individual whose dependence on alcohol results in death and destruction, what happens if the “person” instead is a corporation hooked on profits?

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Posted: nov. 12, 2014 1:19 a.m. | | Operating under influence of profits Comments 0 Comments

Military-industrial complex & police

Don’t look now, but the overbearing power of America’s military-industrial complex has probably snuck into your town.

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Posted: nov. 11, 2014 1:53 a.m. | | Military-industrial complex & police Comments 0 Comments

A Viagra for bored voters?

SACRAMENTO  — Democrats won every statewide office and a comfortable majority of the congressional delegation and legislative seats. Yet at Capitol Weekly’s election postmortem confab Thursday, Republicans were giddy, and many Democrats were, well, agitated.

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Posted: nov. 08, 2014 1:23 a.m. | | A Viagra for bored voters? Comments 0 Comments

Dealing with bad things

A good friend who lives on the East Coast lost his 28-year-old daughter in a tragic accident of carbon monoxide poisoning.

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