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Hold your nose in SF

Downtown San Francisco feels like a large public toilet without enough janitors. More than once this year, I’ve seen men drop their pants in public places — including at Fifth and Market — to leave a smelly mess on the sidewalk. You can walk for blocks and never escape the stench of stale urine. At lunchtime, I see street people passed out on high-traffic sidewalks, and I am afraid to walk around them.

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Quo Vadis, America?

“Natural law — God’s law — will always trump common law,” said Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and a Christian leader in her own right, “God will have the final word in this matter.”

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Romance trumps process

San Francisco changed America. When then-Mayor Gavin Newsom opened City Hall to same-sex marriages during the 2004 Winter of Love, he had determined to “put a human face on discrimination.” The long line of couples eager to tie the knot appealed to the public’s romantic side. When two people are in love and want to commit to each other for the rest of their lives, activists asked, how can the government say no?

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Snake oil won’t cure inequality

At last, America’s political leaders now feel the pain of the poor and empathize with the millions of working families slipping out of the middle class.

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Obamacare economics

The judicial decision to uphold all of the president’s health care subsidies may be very disappointing, but the economics of Obamacare are far worse than whatever constitutional mistakes have been committed by the Supreme Court.

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Love & hate in Dixie

“I will never be able to hold her again, but I forgive you.”

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Meaning of Charleston

Almost immediately after a white killer gunned down nine black worshippers at a historic church in Charleston, South Carolina, out came the politics.

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Metformin can cause night sweats

DEAR DR. ROACH: As a preventive measure for prediabetes, my doctor recommended I take 500 mg of metformin twice a day (morning and evening). I have been following this regimen for two months.  The same day I started the medication, my night sweats started up again, with a vengeance. On the metformin, my quality of sleep was negatively affected by four to five episodes of bad hot flashes every night. Since hot flashes/night sweats were not mentioned as a side effect either by my doctor or on the information pamphlet, I notified my doctor. He suggested stopping the metformin ...

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Suicide bill: A natural death?

When SB 128, which would legalize physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients, passed the California Senate, supporters hailed the measure’s success as a sign of its inevitability. And what Democrat in this heavily left-leaning Legislature wants to be on — say it slowly — The Wrong Side of History?

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Who do you side with?

There’s nothing as depressing as asking young people whether they plan to participate in the election and hearing them tell you they have no idea which candidate to be for or what the differences are or, worse, that it doesn’t matter. What do you do with such a person? Can you really force someone to sit down and read a voter’s guide? And what would they learn if they did? Probably more about what’s wrong with their opponents than what’s right about their candidates.

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Church shooter & capital punishment

It is fitting, if late, that South Carolina’s political leaders seem ready to evict the Confederate flag from the grounds of their state Capitol in response to the vile shooting that left nine African-Americans dead in Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church last week. In a Monday news conference while flanked by Democrats and fellow Republicans, Gov. Nikki Haley noted that many in the Palmetto State see the Confederate flag as a tribute to their Southern roots but said, “Today we are here in a moment of unity in our state, without ill will, to say it’s time to ...

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Powerful acne medication effective, risky

DEAR DR. ROACH: My 18-year-old daughter at college has severe acne that has not improved with OTC or prescribed topical treatments.  Her dermatologists discussed the option of oral treatments, including the drug isotretinoin, which can have severe side effects.

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How much diversity?

In his seventh year of “fundamentally transforming the United States of America,” as Barack Obama memorably promised five days before he was elected president, we’re learning new details about thousands of immigrants who were released from custody after being convicted of serious violent felonies and horrific sex crimes. Instead of doing his duty to keep bad people out of America (or remove them if they manage to sneak in), Obama is bringing us even more diversity by accepting thousands of refugees from terrorist-harboring countries such as Syria and Somalia. 

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Odd bedfellows for liberty

Let’s now praise a threesome of odd bedfellows: a Democratic ex-senator, an exiled American citizen, and a current Republican senator.

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Antacid-cancer link maybe not what you think

DEAR DR. ROACH: Is it true that someone who takes antacids every day is more likely to get cancer of the esophagus? -- D.R.

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SUSPENDING LICENSES

Everyone has a story: The time an unlicensed driver rear-ended me. The time an unlicensed driver ran a red light and killed a co-worker’s dog as her husband was walking the dog in a crosswalk. It seems as if there are so many unlicensed drivers in California that authorities are not capable of deterring the unlicensed from getting behind the wheel.

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Capitol Hill dishes out poverty wages

In 2008 Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein declared: “There are parts of government that can be run like a business and should be run like a business.”

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The anti-politician

At the declaration by Donald Trump that he is a candidate for the presidential nomination of the Republican Party, media elites of left and right reacted with amusement, anger and disgust.

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Nabbing the financial felons

Big news from that razzle-dazzle place I call “El Casino Grande” — otherwise known as Wall Street.

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STUDENT LOAN DEBT

“You’d have to be made of stone not to feel for these students,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan said as he announced an Obama administration decision to forgive as many as 350,000 loans taken out by students of the now-defunct Corinthian Colleges. “Some of these schools have brought the ethics of payday lending into higher education.”

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Not-so-special postal delivery

When a big-name retailer finds its sales in a slow downward spiral, the geniuses in the executive suite often try to keep their profits up by cheapening their product and delivering less to customers.

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Brand names & politics

Not another Bush v. Clinton campaign, you hear from Republicans who aren’t for Jeb Bush anyway. Why should these old fashioned brands have such appeal that we actually think we can turn the clock back to the time when the biggest worry was a blue dress. But even that isn’t exactly right: There was after all the hopeless search for the weapons of mass destruction and the mission that has yet to be accomplished. Granted, I’m a Democrat. But at least I can find something to look back on fondly, or with amusement, or with anything but ...

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The pitch: Uber is utopia

The revenge of the status quo is brutish. “If you attack the establishment long enough and hard enough, they will make you a member of it,” humorist Art Buchwald once observed. Those words never seemed truer than at the “Uber Turns Five” celebration at its San Francisco digs Wednesday. In the disruption economy, five years can carry a ride-service giant from disruptor to establishment.

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Bowing to Jenner big lie

The story of Bruce Jenner declaring against human reality that he’s a woman was already a tired old story, exhausted last month in a one-hour prime-time ABC “news” special. But that’s not how the grand pooh-bahs of our news and entertainment media see it. They can’t get enough. Deconstruction is a tonic. And so the Kardashian-Jenner Inc. rollout continues, a perfect combination of shameless TV hucksterism and a leftist revolt against the old-fashioned notion of natural humanity. How yesterday. 

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Campaign in the courts

The Clinton campaign has launched its campaign in the courts, being waged by a veteran of such battles but on a far larger scale. What the Clintons are doing is challenging the new round of regulations on voter identification and proof enacted in a handful of states with a history of discriminatory voting practices. In the past, these laws would not have stood up to the scrutiny of the Justice Department; in the new era, thanks to another misguided Supreme Court decision, the states are free to do what they want. Sadly, the best proof that the law is still ...

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$15 MINIMUM WAGE

Fourteen to one, in favor.

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Coulter: Adios, America!

Ann Coulter lives up to her reputation of issuing warnings and political commentary that nobody else dares to say in her newest book, “Adios, America!” It’s aptly titled; she makes the case that it is goodbye to the America we know and love if we don’t stop diluting our population with people who don’t love America, don’t respect our Constitution and laws, don’t even speak our language, and commit all sorts of unspeakable crimes.

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Adulthood — interrupted

In Progressive World, there are at least four stages of legally becoming an adult.

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Here comes Caitlyn Jenner

If you’re a student of public relations, you had to be impressed. The rollout of Bruce to Caitlyn has been handled with such mastery that you’d think we live in a country that long ago shed any deep hostility toward those who don’t easily fit into boxes marked “male” or “female.” From Diane Sawyer to Vanity Fair, it’s been 5-star but tasteful, if you know what I mean, which is exactly what you’d expect from Alan Nierob, the longtime Hollywood pro who is reportedly running the show.

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Christian male cultural cleansing

The culture war against Christianity is picking up speed.

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Trade deal shocking Schumer

Senator Chuck Schumer, a leader of the corporate wing of congressional Democrats and heir apparent to outgoing Minority Leader Harry Reid, never met a global trade deal too ugly to hug.

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The Jimmy Carter myth

Does George Pataki really think he can win the nomination? Rand Paul? Rick Santorum? Whoever announced this morning? Yes. How can they possibly think this, you ask (unless you are one of their ardent supporters)? I mean, a first-term senator, a former printing executive, whatever, who, frankly, no one has ever heard of is going to get elected president? How are they going to raise the $300 million or however much it will take to win the nomination?

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NSA debate: Privacy vs. security

Do I trust the federal government? Hell no. President Barack Obama’s Department of Justice is happy to spend years investigating a foreign soccer organization for corruption and former Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert for allegedly paying off a blackmailer — but not the alleged blackmailer — yet ignores big concerns. The feds have done next to nothing about the IRS targeting of conservative political groups, other than to defend IRS official Lois Lerner’s creative use of the Fifth Amendment when she refused to answer questions from House investigators. And when Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., asked in 2013 whether the government ...

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Trade treaty gouging the sick

Words can be discombobulating, especially when people twist them to fit concepts that mean the exact opposite of what you think is being said.

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ART BEHIND BARS

Julius Caesar lay dead. The senators who took his life stood dumbstruck, faced with the foul deed they had done, and then fled in a panic. Mark Antony stared at the corpse in horror and then raged, “Cry ‘Havoc!’ and let slip the dogs of war.” He picked up Caesar’s heavily tattooed lifeless body and exited the stage. The audience gasped.

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Decline of Christian America

“This is a Christian nation,” said the Supreme Court in 1892.

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Stephanopoulos: Shameless ABC

It was outrageous for ABC News to promote Bill Clinton’s spokesman George Stephanopoulos to the top of the political-anchorman heap. It was shameless to keep him there, even as Hillary Clinton keeps running for president. Conservatives never felt he was an appropriate choice, and never felt he sincerely attempted fairness and balance in his “journalism.” 

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The ‘science’ of sex education

There’s no classroom experience the libertine supports more mightily than “sex education.” They have struggled to banish even a whisper of a religious worldview from the classroom. Only the secular and “science-based” ideology is allowed.

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Is it really all our fault?

As Middle America rises in rage against “fast track” and the mammoth Obamatrade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, The Wall Street Journal has located the source of the malady.

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If the numbers are so good . . .

How come everyone I know is depressed?

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Feminism & frozen eggs

Sofia Vergara is the Spanish-accented sexpot on the ABC sitcom “Modern Family.” She’s also now the center of an unwanted controversy over a “modern family.” She’s fighting with an ex-fiance over two frozen embryos.

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Obama’s ‘urban agenda’

After the recent Baltimore riots, left-wing critics accused President Barack Obama of lacking an “urban agenda.” Critics like PBS’s hard lefty Tavis Smiley said: “What do we see in Baltimore and Ferguson and beyond? Racism, poverty and militarism. And so poverty is clearly connected to this. My sense is that this is going to become the new normal. These kinds of uprisings and riots are going to happen a lot more if we can’t get serious about jobs, jobs, jobs with a living wage for all fellow citizens. ...

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Dirty-energy supporters cower

Some of corporate America’s biggest climate-change deniers — from Exxon-Mobil to the Koch Brothers — are dreading a potent storm that’s gaining strength and headed right at them. It’s the category-5 “Hurricane Francis,” which threatens to overwhelm their flimsy ideological castles.

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Who’s afraid of Kamala Harris?

The Sacramento Bee and the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday that Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., would announce Thursday she would be running for retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer’s seat. At last, it seemed as if California Attorney General Kamala Harris, the only name Democrat in the race, might face some competition. Then Sanchez claimed that the announcement email had been sent out by mistake. Oops, as former Texas Gov. Rick Perry would say.

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Is a UK crackup ahead?

David Cameron is the most successful Tory Party leader since Margaret Thatcher. 

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Hillary doesn’t stumble

That was, essentially, the headline for the big New York Times poll out this week. It was supposed to measure how much Hillary and her team’s stumbles on the issue of her private email server had hurt her. Just how much did her favorability drop? Essentially, not at all.

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Eating crow after British elections

The media elite have a preeminent place in our politics, allegedly with the knowledge to declare what is politically feasible and what is not, including which candidates have a chance at winning and which do not. Before we head into a presidential primary season, it’s time to insist that these “experts” don’t know any better than the rest of us.

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Grievance culture, welfare state

After the mysterious death of suspect Freddie Gray, the Maryland state’s attorney for Baltimore charged all six Baltimore police officers involved with his arrest and transport. The crimes ranging from “second-degree depraved-heart murder” to involuntary manslaughter, assault, misconduct in office and false imprisonment. Locals cheered her decision to charge all six. The charges followed three days of riots triggered by Gray’s funeral and came almost immediately after the medical examiner filed his report calling Gray’s death a “homicide.”

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Pentagon works on creating ‘new food’

The Pentagon’s mad scientists have a God-like goal of “creating” new food.

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Don’t know much about history

In March, President Barack Obama teased the notion of making voting mandatory. “It would be transformative if everybody voted,” he said during a Cleveland event. “That would counteract money more than anything.” Spokesman Josh Earnest walked back the idea the next day, after whetting the appetites of liberal activists. Too often, partisans talk about tinkering with our system to improve voter turnout without fixing why the electorate isn’t showing up.

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