- Thomas Elias: Constitutional crisis over prisons?
- Thomas Elias
- Rarely since the Civil War have state officials anywhere in America been as close to openly defying federal authority as Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature are today.
Brown averted a constitutional crisis in mid-May, when he acceded to the demand ... Full story
- David Ignatius: For Syria talks, a beginning at last
- It shouldn't have been this hard, but Secretary of State John Kerry has finally gotten Russia to back the peace plan on Syria that it endorsed in principle last June. This isn't a breakthrough but at least it's a beginning.
What the U.S. and Russia ... Full story
- Ron Hart: From Benghazi to IRS, O-bots abound
- Near the 2012 election, and after bragging about killing bin Laden based on intelligence gained by water-boarding (a tactic he campaigned against), Barack Obama and his O-bots lied to us about Benghazi. O-bots are the many disciples in his administra... Full story
- Analysis: In new era, another try at amnesty
- By Cindy Chang
- LOS ANGELES — In 1986, lawmakers decided the problem of illegal immigration had to be dealt with. More than 3 million people were living in the United States after crossing the border illegally or overstaying their visas.
A new law signed by P... Full story
- Thomas Elias: How much should non-doctors do?
- Thomas Elias
- One thing is certain as California heads for a new health insurance era under the Affordable Health Care Act, better known as Obamacare:
Almost all parts of the state will need more medical professionals to serve the additional 2 million to 4 millio... Full story
- Ann Coulter: Beware of liberals in evangelicals' clothing
- Ann Coulter
- Every few months since at least 2006, The New York Times takes time out from brow-beating Evangelicals to praise them for supporting amnesty for illegal aliens.
Most of the "Evangelicals" the Times cites are liberal frauds, far from "unlikely allies... Full story
- The Baltimore Sun/MCT: Military injustice on sex assault cases
- The recent study estimating that there may have been 26,000 cases of sexual assault in the military last year stirred a lot of tough talk from the Pentagon and the White House over the past 24 hours. But the question is whether that outrage will tran... Full story
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Level the playing field with online sales tax
- The US Senate approved Monday a measure that would create a more level playing field for retail stores by giving states authority to collect sales taxes on purchases made over the Internet. Now, it's up to the House, where passage is far from certain... Full story
- Myron Brilliant: We need more global trade
- WASHINGTON — Those who think we can protect US jobs by turning inward have got it exactly backward.
In fact, we must look beyond US shores and pursue lucrative opportunities in world markets if we're going to drive stronger growth at home, cre... Full story
- Mark Weisbrot: Proposed international trade pacts no aid to workers
- WASHINGTON — The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a very special trade agreement. It is so special that our government officials who are negotiating it want to keep it completely secret from us.
It's like a special Christmas present so they want i... Full story
- Thomas Elias: Marsy's Law: A proposition working well
- Thomas Elias
- On a sunny California day in 1983, a woman loading bags into her car trunk in a supermarket parking lot was suddenly confronted by a gunman who forced her into the car, tied her up and drove her away.
Minutes later, in another parking lot, he blocke... Full story
- David Ignatius: For Syria talks, a beginning
- WASHINGTON — It shouldn't have been this hard, but Secretary of State John Kerry has finally gotten Russia to back the peace plan on Syria that it endorsed in principle last June. This isn't a breakthrough but at least it's a beginning.
What t... Full story
- Ron Hart: Commencement reality speech
- In yet another bad decision, an education administrator asked me to give a high school commencement speech. The principal must know I write a column; he obviously hasn't read it.
When I questioned his wisdom, the principal said, "Just give the kids ... Full story
- Thomas Elias: Toll roads sound warning for high-speed rail
- Thomas Elias
- Gov. Jerry Brown, construction labor unions and some others are determined to proceed with California's nascent bullet train, with the first tracks scheduled to be laid later this year between Madera and the south end of Fresno in the San Joaquin Val... Full story
- Ann Coulter: America's most feared economist
- Ann Coulter
- You can tell the conservatives liberals fear most because they start being automatically referred to as "discredited." Ask Sen. Ted Cruz. But no one is called "discredited" by liberals more often than the inestimable economist John Lott, author of th... Full story
- Los Angeles Times: Erasing the stain of Guantanamo
- At his news conference Tuesday, President Barack Obama made a powerful plea for ending the humanitarian and diplomatic disaster created by the continued detention of more than 160 prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, more than 100 of whom are engaged in a hu... Full story
- The Stockton Record: FAA deal on Congress’ terms
- It was gratifying to see the speed with which Congress was able to fashion a bipartisan solution to a part of budget sequestration that furloughed 10 percent of the nation's air traffic controllers.
Of course, the accord had much less to do with int... Full story
- Denvil Duncan and John Graham: The case for a tax on miles traveled
- BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — There's a price to pay as the fuel mileage of the cars we drive increases!
Increases in miles per gallon mean less gasoline is consumed. That means less fuel tax revenue for highways. Unless new revenue is found, the result... Full story
- Mark J. Perry: Gas tax on mileage shatters right to privacy
- FLINT, Mich. — The idea of a vehicle miles traveled (VMT) tax is being discussed — actually and tested in states like Oregon and Iowa.
It would be an alternative to the federal gas tax, which is under review by Congress and could lead to... Full story
- Michael Smerconish: An overreaction to terror attacks?
- When the Boston Globe conducted an online discussion of whether the lockdown of the city during the hunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was overkill, one of its columnists, Lawrence Harmon, weighed in: "Friday's lockdown was more than an abundance of caution.... Full story
- Ron Hart: Politicians try to weasel out of Obamacare
- "Obamacare takes effect in less than eight months. Do you realize what this means? If you go to the emergency room now, you'll be covered by the time you finally see a doctor."
— Stephen Colbert
If Obamacare is such a great idea, why does Con... Full story
- Byron York:Loopholes put many illegal immigrants on fast track to citizenship
- Members of the Senate's bipartisan Gang of Eight stress that under their new immigration plan, currently illegal immigrants will have to wait more than a decade before achieving citizenship. Newly legalized immigrants will be given a provisional stat... Full story
- Thomas Elias: Don't assume about school funding
- Thomas Elias
- When it comes to setting education funding policies for California, preconceived notions have long held at least as much sway as actual reality.
Thus it was that when the state Supreme Court in 1971 issued its landmark Serrano v. Priest decision dem... Full story
- Ann Coulter: Legal immigration is the problem, too
- Ann Coulter
- The people of Boston are no longer being terrorized by the Marathon bombers, but amnesty supporters sure are.
On CNN's "State of the Union" last weekend, Sen. Lindsey Graham's response to the Boston Marathon bombers being worthless immigrants who ha... Full story
- James Gattuso: Internet taxation: fair or foul?
- As a general rule, whenever one hears members of Congress talking about "fairness," you should hold on tight to your wallet.
That's certainly the case with the proposed "Marketplace Fairness Act," which has been under consideration in the Senate. Th... Full story
- Amy Ridenour: Congress is headed for another disaster
- WASHINGTON — Speaking contemporaneously of futile efforts being made to prevent World War II, Winston Churchill said, "When the situation was manageable it was neglected, and now that it is thoroughly out of hand we apply too late the remedies ... Full story
- Mark Krikorian: A tough, universal E-verify system is vital to reform
- WASHINGTON — In 1986, Congress passed a large immigration bill based on a simple deal: amnesty for settled illegal aliens in exchange for stricter enforcement of the law in the future, to minimize new illegal immigration.
The deal was not hono... Full story
- Thomas D. Elias: Immigration reform won't be enough for GOP
- Last fall's overwhelming, more than 3-1 Latino vote for President Obama has at last gotten leading Republican politicians to realize they can't permanently treat all 11 million undocumented immigrants like criminals.
Gradually, too, from possible pr... Full story
- David Ignatius: In the footsteps of Keynes
- WASHINGTON — John Maynard Keynes once said that words should be used aggressively, "for they are the assault of thoughts on the unthinking." That's a starting point for an appreciation of Mervyn King, who will retire soon as governor of the Ban... Full story
- John Kass: Boston tragedy can't be neatly packaged for Americans
- If you're looking for the big speech about the Boston Marathon bombings and the motivations of the Tsarnaev brothers, wrapping it all up like a nice veal roast in white butcher paper, don't worry.
You won't have to wait long. There's definitely a ma... Full story