| May 13, 2014
| 9:50 AM
Gov. Jerry Brown detailed his revised $107.8-billion state budget proposal at the Capitol on Tuesday morning, laying out his plans to address California's mounting pension liabilities, increased costs of providing healthcare to the poor and paying off...
| Jun 15, 2014
| 9:43 PM
Flush with optimism from California's resurgent economy, lawmakers approved a $156.4-billion state budget that expands preschool for children from poor families, increases welfare payments and provides critical funding for building the nation's first...
| Jun 15, 2014
| 6:18 PM
Old-fashioned horse trading, back scratching and leveraging — the proven path to successful legislating, especially budgeting.
It may emit a slight odor for the queasy. But it beats how, say, some Sunnis and Shiites settle their differences....
| May 19, 2014
| 12:02 PM
America is becoming a more tolerant and enlightened nation. We are more aware of our oneness and our obligations to each other. We are less willing to accept the inequities of a system that enables the rich and marginalizes the poor. We want to expand...
| Jun 5, 2014
| 4:13 PM
What began as a neighborhood campaign against the planned closure of an immigrant absorption center in the town of Mevaseret Zion is now focusing a spotlight on the troubled integration of Ethiopian immigrants and the long-term fate of donations to Jewish...
| May 29, 2014
| 11:05 AM
INDIA brims with colourful politicians, but none has quite the sense of political theatre of Narendra Modi of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He swept into Varanasi, India’s most ancient city, on May 17th pledging to clean the Ganges, its...
| May 5, 2014
| 1:31 PM
Mercifully, the 2014 Florida Legislative Session has come to a close before it could do further harm, and Gov. Scott and the leaders of state government are loudly congratulating one another on a job well done.
If what our lawmakers wanted was to...
| Apr 1, 2014
| 7:30 AM
WASHINGTON -- House Republicans will revive Rep. Paul Ryan's lightning-rod proposals to slash the federal safety net, beef up military spending and reduce taxes for the wealthy in a budget unveiled Tuesday -- an election-year calling card that Democrats...
| Mar 24, 2014
| 12:39 PM
Talk about a "poverty trap"! The phrase was recently used by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul D. Ryan, R-Wisc., to suggest that the nation's panoply of programs to aid low-income households was keeping them from rising into the middle class.
| Feb 25, 2014
| 3:41 PM
"The ADHD Explosion: Myths, Medication, Money and Today's Push for Performance," released this week by Oxford University Press, chronicles the steep increase in ADHD diagnoses in the United States over the last two decades. The new book offers provocative...
| Mar 14, 2014
| 4:15 PM
When you shop for food, are you thinking of your devotion to the environment or to animal welfare? Do your primary concerns involve allergies or genetically modified (GMO) ingredients? Even as the federal government is working to simplify food labels,...
| Mar 25, 2014
| 7:11 PM
SACRAMENTO — Millions of dollars in welfare benefits are ending up in banks' pockets each year when poor Californians access their taxpayer-funded benefits, according to state statistics and a report released Tuesday.
Like many other states,...