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The California primary election officially went to the voters’ hands early this month, when many began receiving mail-in ballots shortly before early-voting centers started opening all around the state.

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WASHINGTON — When you think of sleaze balls, well, so many come to mind these days. But surely topping the list is the man who once swore he was the only person who could bring down President Trump.

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MADRID — I’m in Spain right now, talking about zombie ideas — ideas that should have been killed by evidence, but just keep lurching along. In the modern United States, most important zombie ideas are on the right, kept undead by big money from billionaires who have a financial interest in g…

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WASHINGTON — In a meta master stroke, Tina Fey made an epic teen movie, “Mean Girls,” in 2004, then turned it into a Broadway musical and is now making a movie out of the musical.

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As Sen. Bernie Sanders looks more and more like the one who may win the Democratic presidential nomination, some tell us that he isn’t the radical leftist others make him out to be. Maybe he’s not even a socialist, despite his own claims. In fact, the storyline continues, compared to many pr…

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Although many Republicans have shown a keen disinterest in combating climate change, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is championing a new conservative effort to fight global warming.

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At a time when the Antelope Valley Hospital is asking voters to pass a measure to help retrofit the hospital to meet state earthquake standards, it was surprising to see the story on A1 of Sunday’s Antelope Valley Press.

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In my more than half a century of hanging around the clubhouses and campaign halls of American politics, I have never once met a candidate with the first name or family name “Expected.” Yet the enduring one-size-fits-all excuse/explanation for every presidential candidate who finishes in the…

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The “expert” predictions of economic disaster should Donald Trump win the 2016 election did not occur. Under Trump, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and Nasdaq composite have reached historical highs while unemployment for blacks and Hispanics have hit historical lows. In the wake of Trump’s…

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Back in the good old pre-2017 days when many Californians paid little or no attention to the approximately dollar-a-month maintenance charge on their electric bills, most customers figured their money was being spent to assure reliable power.

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One thing many people forget about the 2016 election is that as a candidate, Donald Trump promised to be a different kind of Republican. Unlike the mainstream of his party, he declared, he would raise taxes on the rich and wouldn’t cut programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid tha…

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While America is in an uproar of election campaigning, the Associated Press has reported that Iraq and Russia are discussing prospects for deepening military coordination.

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The Antelope Valley Hospital has been the topic of discussion for a couple years (at least), ever since officials from the Antelope Valley Healthcare District and the hospital began discussing Measure H.

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President Donald Trump’s proposed fiscal year 2021 budget has been released. Generally, budget documents are more of a statement about priorities and aspirations than of anything else. This proposal is typical: It’s full of unrealistic assumptions, as well as “savings” that will never happen…

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WASHINGTON — In 1964, an optimistic theory was slain, as such theories often are, by reality. Bernie Sanders’ supporters should take note. So should all who are interested in rethinking how the parties choose presidential nominees.

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It was a head-scratcher the other day when the AIDS Healthcare Foundation submitted more than 1 million voter signatures aiming to place comprehensive rent control before Californians next fall, just two years after they rejected the same idea by a 20 percent margin.

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I have been teaching economics since 1967 — 40 years of it at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. During that interval, economic reality has not changed. Just as Galileo’s law about the independent influence of gravity on falling objects has not changed, neither have the fundamenta…

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WASHINGTON — Dang, if he didn’t do it again: Donald John Trump slid out the back door and won the Iowa caucuses Monday night, thanks to a vote-counting app apocalypse, and he’s set to be acquitted on the two impeachment charges leveled against him.