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  • In Sacramento, they all dropped the ball

    In Sacramento, they all dropped the ball
    They whiffed a fat batting practice pitch. Blew a gimme putt. Inexplicably clanked a slam-dunk. Pardon the sports jargon, but it's a civil way to characterize incompetence and failure in Sacramento. It avoids invective language already too prevalent in...
  • Budget's a mess, but it's our mess

    Budget's a mess, but it's our mess
    Sacramento's latest budget product may be the worst ever -- and the very best possible given the reality of California politics. Liberal interests are crying about painful spending cuts and no new taxes, not even on big oil or smelly tobacco....
  • Winners and losers in the budget battle

    Winners and losers in the budget battle
    Who are the winners of the California budget battle? Yes, there are some, even though there are many more losers. Set aside individuals for a moment and assess victory and defeat by political ideology. Distinguish between short term and long term. And...
  • 'Contempt' is the word

    Maybe the White House thinks it can just run out the clock until January 2009. Nearly two years have come and gone since the world first learned of the National Security Agency's warrantless wiretapping program; what's another 17 months in refusing to...
  • Barack Obama

  • First year in Senate

  • 'Cash for Clunkers' program gets a refill

    The House today approved an additional $2 billion for the government's "cash for clunkers" program, moving unusually quickly to replenish the program after overwhelming demand from consumers left the initiative in danger of shutting down because of lack...
  • Martinez, our accidental senator, wasn't cut out for D.C.

    I first met Mel Martinez in 1992 during a Little League draft. He was one of four coaches picking kids. In Little League, this can be as cutthroat as recruiting in the SEC. One of the coaches pulled a fast one, bringing the mother of a top prospect with...
  • Mel Martinez leaves legacy of a quitter

    My daughter was practicing her violin last week and getting frustrated. Her bow was wobbling off the A string, occasionally scratching the high-pitched E. And "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" was a bit flat. She sounded exactly like what she is —...
  • Dodd's 'Cottage': A Cozy Purchase

    Ireland does not easily give up its secrets. That may have been one attraction it held for Sen. Christopher Dodd in 1994 when he became an owner of a refuge on nearly 10 acres on the Irish west coast. The murky tale includes a felonious inside trader, a...
  • Re-election liberation suits Martinez

    The jockeying to fill Mel Martinez's U.S. Senate seat is so intense that one might forget Martinez is still in it. Not only that: The Orlando Republican has nearly two years left. And now that he doesn't have to spend time running for re-election,...
  • Clinton's gain despite pain

     
    by Michael Tackett On the outside, there is no quit in the Clinton campaign. They keep talking about finding a way to count the votes and seat the delegates for her from the Florida and Michigan primaries that were ruled......