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It turns out Gov. Gavin Newsom was deadly serious when he insisted as a candidate last year that California needs to build 3.5 million new housing units each year for the next ten in order to solve its affordable housing crisis. That’s a total of 3.5 million, more than double what builders a…

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The prime role in U.S. space and aviation programs currently planned or under way in the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center was affirmed last week when its 2020 budget included $308.7 million for the facility, located on Edwards Air Force Base.

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TV may be a visual medium, but my view has always been that the best cable opinion shows depend on their writing. If you get a host who knows what he or she thinks and why, and can write it compellingly, the chances are you have a compelling program. I had no use for him, but this was true o…

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Midterm elections have been generally unhelpful to U.S. House candidates of the sitting president’s party. From 1918 to 2016, according to political scientist Jacob Smith’s study for Ballotpedia, the president’s party lost an average of 29 House seats in midterm elections. In 2018, Democrats…

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President Donald J. Trump, on Wednesday afternoon, announced that he was grounding all U.S. Boeing 737MAX planes because of the two fatal air crashes of the aircraft in other countries.

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Travel back in time to the mid-1980s, when California’s insurance rates for both cars and property were nearly the highest in America and climbing fast. In that era, state insurance commissioners, who held the power to stop much of that acceleration, were appointed by the governor.

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Some Americans have much higher income and wealth than others. Former President Barack Obama explained, “I do think at a certain point you’ve made enough money.” An adviser to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who has a Twitter account called “Every Billionaire Is A Policy Failure” tweeted, “My …

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The other day I found myself, as I often do, at a conference discussing lagging wages and soaring inequality. There was a lot of interesting discussion. But one thing that struck me was how many of the participants just assumed that robots are a big part of the problem — that machines are ta…

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Paul Manafort now faces a total of 7 1/2 years in prison, following his second sentence on Wednesday, that added 43 months to his first sentence of 47 months.

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The Trump administration just delivered a massive budget to Congress. A look at the numbers and the talking points drafted to defend it confirms that budgets favor politics over policy. This also confirms that it doesn’t really matter who is in the White House. Big spenders will spend and th…

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made some news Monday afternoon by announcing she does not support impeaching President Donald Trump at this time, despite thinking that he’s unfit for the highest office in the United States.

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When Dan Reed ordered up a score for his documentary, he asked the composer to evoke the image of a shimmering sprite leading two boys deeper and deeper into an enchanted forest.

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After the election and re-election of the country’s first black president, who would have thought that, less than two years later, leading Democrats would seriously debate paying blacks reparations for slavery?

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A four-word phrase common on late-night television, exclaimed by announcers giddy about their offers: “Buy this kitchen knife that is so sharp it can slice and dice diamonds, and we’ll throw in a nonstick frying pan that can double as a satellite dish. BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE! If you call imm…

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An estimated 6,227 pedestrians were killed in traffic in 2018, according to a study by the Governors Highway Safety Association, a projection based on data from the first half of the year.

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Why should it be of any importance or interest that Sherrod Brown, the third-term U.S. senator from Ohio, announced this week that he will not run for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination? For one reason, unlike many recent would-be national leaders who belong to his party — a list th…

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Paul Manafort, who served as Donald Trump’s campaign chairman, was sentenced, Thursday afternoon, in the United States District Court in Alexandria, Va., to 47 months in prison.

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The farther four-term Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown gets from the state Capitol’s “horseshoe” office suite, the less likely it seems that either of his two would-be legacy projects will ever be completed.

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Although two of President Donald Trump’s top officials John F. Kelly, then-chief of staff and then-White House counsel Donald McGahn were strongly opposed to the order, Jared Kushner was granted a top-secret security clearance.

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When heat waves scorch cities and heavy rain floods the coasts, climate scientists will point out any plausible connections to global warming, hoping today’s weather will help people understand tomorrow’s danger from climate change.

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Last week, Oregon became the first state in the nation to adopt a mandatory statewide rent control policy. Yet, rent control never delivers on the promise that it will multiply the affordable housing in high-value markets to serve middle- and lower-class families. It also always has negative…

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On Monday, Representative Jerrold Nadler of New York, the Judiciary Committee chairman, opened what may be the most perilous front to date for President Donald Trump — an inquiry to gain testimony and documents from 81 sources in a massive effort that may form a basis of a future impeachment…

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In mid-2016, just before Donald Trump won the presidency, California’s Republican Party was on pace to become the third choice of state voters within three years, the first “major” political party to fall that low since Whigs became extinct just before the Civil War.

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Release of the fourth-quarter Gross Domestic Product by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) was delayed almost a month, as a result of the 35-day partial government shutdown, the longest in U.S. history.