| Jan 6, 2015
| 2:30 AM
How precious in the sight of progressives was one of their saints, Mario Cuomo, the three-term governor of New York who died last week at age 82. He was a model of progressivism and a gifted rhetorician.
In most media accounts, references were made to...
| Oct 19, 2014
| 6:54 PM
State Sen. Darrell Steinberg officially stepped off the stage last week. And Sen. Kevin de León stepped on it. Did he ever!
Drums, mariachis, a color guard, political VIPs. It was a full-throated "inauguration" at Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown...
| Oct 14, 2014
| 5:08 PM
National polling on the Nov. 4 midterm elections confirms a doleful trend that's been firming up all year: Voters aren't enthusiastic about their choices — on either side.
A Gallup Poll last week found that only 32% of voters said they felt...
| Jun 9, 2013
The steamboat conveying Andrew Jackson up the Ohio River toward his tumultuous 1829 inauguration had brooms lashed to its bow, symbolizing Old Hickory's vow to clean up Washington. But sweeping out Washington's Augean stables, like painting the Golden...
| Aug 26, 2012
The old line is that there's a simple way to know a politician is lying: His lips are moving. Odds are good that any lurid charge leveled against a candidate is largely fraudulent. So it was no surprise that when Mitt Romney accused Barack Obama of...
| Jan 22, 2014
"Poverty is not some rare disease from which the rest of us are all immune," a leading American politician said last week. "It is but the worst strain of a widespread disease otherwise known as economic insecurity. Most families worry about making ends...
| Aug 9, 2013
| 10:18 PM
You may not have noticed, but the entire United States Congress sleazed out of town at the beginning of August for a five-week vacation, leaving much of the economy in a shambles.
Let's take stock. The economy grew in the second quarter at a pitiful...
| Aug 13, 2013
| 5:11 PM
As a developer of shopping malls, including 22 in California, Westfield Group clearly takes its responsibilities to the consumer economy seriously.
The Australian company's malls are typically well-designed and anchored by the finest department stores,...
| Aug 29, 2013
| 4:02 PM
Like most employers, Trader Joe's is grappling with how to look after the well-being of its workers amid difficult financial circumstances.
In May, the head of the privately held Monrovia company, with stores nationwide, sent a confidential memo to...
| Sep 2, 2013
All of us have had times when we've needed help. Maybe we were hobbled by a broken leg or laid up after surgery. Maybe it was just a lousy flu, something that knocked us out and made us ask another to lend a hand.
That never feels good. We don't like to...
| Apr 2, 2013
The government in Britain recently did something interesting.
It asked everyone receiving an "incapacity benefit" — a disability program slowly being phased out under new reforms — to submit to a medical test to confirm they were too...