| Apr 21, 2014
WASHINGTON — For decades the Republican Party prided itself for being tough on crime, often putting Democrats on the defensive by pushing for longer, mandatory sentences for convicts.
In 1988, that hard-line stance helped sink the presidential...
| Mar 30, 2014
| 8:33 PM
When he was a young man, Hobie Alter had a clear vision of his future: He didn't want a job that would require hard-soled shoes, and he didn't want to work east of Pacific Coast Highway.
The son of a second-generation orange grower,...
| Apr 3, 2014
| 5:32 PM
Has feminism made women miserable?
Oh God, are we really having this discussion?
Yes, we are.
That, in fact, was the gist of an all-female panel discussion at the conservative Heritage Foundation which chose to "celebrate" Women’s History...
| Mar 12, 2014
| 5:53 PM
WASHINGTON — Millions of American workers could qualify for expanded overtime pay under a new push by President Obama to review existing Labor Department regulations, part of his election-year strategy to use executive authority to bypass Congress...
| Jun 24, 2014
| 7:48 AM
The new House majority leader, Republican Kevin McCarthy of Bakersfield, wasted no time this week establishing his bona fides with the right wing of his party. He went on "Fox News Sunday" to declare that he was in favor of shutting down the Export-Import...
| Jun 24, 2014
| 12:07 PM
The House Republican leadership shakeup has revived a conservative-led push to terminate the nation's Export-Import Bank, testing the GOP's traditional alliance with business groups.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), who lost his seat earlier...
| Jun 24, 2014
| 7:34 PM
For 80 years, an obscure federal agency has helped Boeing Co., General Electric Co. and thousands of other U.S. firms sell products abroad. But a sudden change in the House Republican leadership has put the Export-Import Bank at risk of going out of...
| Jun 27, 2014
| 10:55 AM
Back in May, the right-wing Heritage Foundation launched the Daily Signal, which it said would be a paragon of nonpartisan "just true, straight-down-the-middle journalism."
I placed this in the you-gotta-be-kidding-me category. And this week, the...
| Jun 20, 2014
| 8:01 PM
Stephanie Kwolek, the DuPont Co. scientist whose research on polymers in the 1960s led to the creation of Kevlar, the light, super-strong synthetic fabric used in bulletproof vests and body armor credited with saving thousands of lives, has died. She...
| Jun 22, 2014
| 7:00 AM
As they plan their response to the crisis in Iraq, President Obama and his top aides are hoping to replicate elements of an often-overlooked and relatively successful U.S. military operation in another war-ravaged Middle East nation: Yemen.
| Mar 4, 2014
| 10:39 AM
Class, here's a pop quiz on Washington's view of economics. Who gave the following unsolicited endorsements of the Earned Income Tax Credit, the refundable federal tax credit for low and moderate income workers?
The program gives "families flexibility...