May 15, 2018

Truth in Satire--McCain Now Says Trump Can Attend His Funeral “If He Agrees to Trade…


by Allan Ishac

CHATTERBOX--Senator John McCain, contemplating end-of-life decisions as he struggles with an acute form of brain…
May 15, 2018

The Beginning of the End of The American Century?


by Bob Gelfand

GELFAND’S WORLD--Was this the week that signified the beginning of the decline of the American…
May 15, 2018

The ‘Tommy Lasorda of California Politics’ Seeks to Build Up Democratic Bench


by Sara Corcoran

D.C. DISPATCH-(Editor’s Note: Alan Lowenthal is United States Congressman for California’s 47thDistrict … which is…
May 15, 2018

Tax Reform Bill: Cure Worse than the Ailment


by Paul Hatfield

PERSPECTIVE--The only thing as bad as Congress impulsively passing a tax reform bill, is conjuring…
May 15, 2018

Sacramento Has Declared War on You, Let Me Explain


by James O’Sullivan

MOMENTS IN TIME-(Editor’s Note: This is the first of an ongoing series.) There are moments…
May 15, 2018

Rebelling against California’s ‘Sanctuary’ Law—from Inside California


by David Gorn

CAL MATTERS-The political whirlwind raging around California’s “sanctuary” laws isn’t doing much damage to the…
May 11, 2018

Michelle Wolf Renews Hostilities With Sarah Huckabee Sanders


by Lee Moran

CHATTERBOX--Comedian Michelle Wolfremains totally unbowed by the backlash to her White House Correspondents’ Association dinner…

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