Steve Stairs

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Trump's latest flare-up stirs an already sizzling Northern California congressional race

Sacramento County sheriff and law-and-order congressional candidate Scott Jones already has taken heat for saying he'll vote for Donald Trump this November, and his rival is doing his best to turn the burner to high.<p>In a race tinged by accusations of sexual harassment and financial misdeeds, …

European Union

Clinton Won the Battle, Sanders the War

Hillary is living in Bernie’s party. So she backs free college and a ‘public option’ while jettisoning trade and charter schools.<p>Bill Clinton took Democrats to the political middle. He met with Republicans to pass welfare-to-work laws and put more police on the streets. Barack Obama steered the …

Barack Obama

Obama Calls Baton Rouge Police Shooting 'The Work Of Cowards Who Speak For No One'

President Barack Obama condemned the killing of three police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, saying there is “no justification” for violence against law enforcement.<p>“These attacks are the work of cowards who speak for no one,” Obama said in a statement Sunday. “They right no wrongs. They …

U.S. election’s uncertainty could make once-predictable states pivotal

In a U.S. presidential election that has already seen all manner of violence, discord and flabbergasting upsets (with the actual election still months away), something new is happening: For the first time in a long time, both the primaries and the presidential election might come down to more than …

Let’s end America’s hopeless war for the Middle East

A hundred years ago, the armies of World War I fought to a bloody stalemate on the Western Front and desperately searched for ways to break it and …

Geopolitics

Donald Trump Made Up Stuff 71 Times In An Hour

And that's counting the commercial breaks.<p>WASHINGTON -- Critics of Donald Trump's presidential campaign often complain about the way the media has reported on his candidacy. It is not just the incessant coverage that riles them. It's the perceived lack of fact-checking.<p>Trump is known for making …

America Really, Really Hates Everyone Running for President

The general election is going to be all about who people hate the least, Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.<p>Some people deride the US presidential campaign as a popularity contest, but they're wrong. For one thing, both of the likely major party nominees are incredibly unpopular.<p>As longtime pollster …

Government

How a Beloved Puppet Theater Became a Battleground in the LA Gentrification Wars

Bob Baker's Marionette Theater has been an icon in Los Angeles since the 1960s. But now, developers plan to turn the performance space into the lobby of a new apartment building, and the theater's fans are fighting to save it.<p>The first thing you see in <i>Sketch book Revue,</i> the hour-long puppet show …

Frank Lloyd Wright

Foreign Affairs: The war ahead of Europe

The social and political predicaments underpinning Europe’s Islamist challenge ominously resemble those that caused the decline of ancient …