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Honoring Jimmy Carter’s quiet courage

The soft-spoken older man in the gray suit had taught Bible classes before.He had led a Scripture class as a midshipman at Annapolis and then on a submarine as an officer in the Navy. He taught the Bible as a farmer, and he even conducted 15 classes at Washington's First...

Date: 08/28/2015 | Commentary

Clinton should beg Biden to run against her

Joe Biden, in the (still unlikely) event he runs for president, probably won't beat Hillary Clinton. He's been a lackluster presidential candidate in the past, and there's no clear path for him to win the Democratic nomination this time.He should do it anyway.The...

Date: 08/27/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Markets’ fall a reminder: It’s the economy, stupid

The sudden turmoil in the financial markets is a reminder that when the preliminary hoopla is over and voters actually begin to select their presidential nominees, competence and cool will probably matter.If the global swoon in stock prices were to turn into something more...

Date: 08/25/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Clinton lawyer says her email server was wiped clean

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton’s personal lawyer has told a Senate committee that emails and all other data stored on her computer server were erased before the device was turned over to federal authorities.

Date: 08/20/2015 | Nation & World

Clinton has only herself to blame for email flap

This isn't about whether Hillary Clinton wins the Democratic nomination, which is likely. It isn't even about whether she becomes our next president, which she has a better chance of doing than anyone else. It's about basic respect — for us and for the truth.Why, when...

Date: 08/18/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Place your bets: Favorites, dark horses are set

Both presidential nomination contests having been scrambled by recent events — the FBI taking control of Hillary Clinton's private email server and a raucous, roiling GOP debate — the third edition of the Racing Form is herewith rushed into print.Legal...

Date: 08/14/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Inconveniences to voting can’t be allowed to be barriers

The students at Miami Central Senior High frustrated me, and I frustrated them. The topic was Ferguson and my opinion that African-Americans in that torn-up Missouri city could get the city government they want if only they voted in greater numbers. After all, they are a clear majority...

Date: 08/13/2015 | Opinion Columnists

No 1st District Democratic meeting Monday

The 1st District Democrats will not have their normal monthly meeting Monday. Instead, the District Democratic organization will have its annual picnic Saturday, Aug. 22 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Brightwater facility on highway 9 north of Woodinville.

Date: 08/10/2015 | South County Politics

Media not the sparring partner Clinton needs

Joe Biden almost certainly isn't going to challenge Hillary Clinton, and that's too bad — for Clinton.I say that only half in jest. Surely, nobody at Clinton headquarters in Brooklyn is eager for a primary bloodbath with the vice president. But the absence of a...

Date: 08/10/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Bernie Sanders draws large crowd in Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders spoke to his second packed crowd in the Pacific Northwest as supporters filled Portland’s Moda Center to hear the Vermont senator speak about income inequality and other issues.

Date: 08/09/2015 | Northwest

Clinton’s denials of her trade deal work easily dismissed

In her quest for the Democratic presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton has lately promoted herself as a populist defender of the middle class. To that end, she attempted to distance herself last week from a controversial 12-nation trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership,...

Date: 08/09/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Bernie Sanders brings campaign to West Coast

SEATTLE — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is taking his presidential bid to the West Coast, with rallies planned in the coming days in Seattle, Portland and Los Angeles.

Date: 08/06/2015 | Northwest

2016 election matters for one reason: climate change

The vast majority of scientists who have devoted their professional lives to studying the Earth's climate believe human-induced warming is an urgent problem requiring bold action. Republican candidates for president insist they know better.With one possible exception —...

Date: 08/06/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Why Bernie Sanders is worth a listen

Inconceivable as it is that a Jewish socialist could become president, I'm glad Bernie Sanders is running. For one thing, it might stimulate inquiry into what Bernie means when he describes himself as a "democratic socialist." People toss around political labels like...

Date: 08/05/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Move up presidential primary

You may yet get your opportunity to help nominate Donald Trump or any other candidate among the Republicans and Democrats running for president in 2016.Earlier this spring it appeared the state would skip a presidential primary, instead allowing the state parties to use the...

Date: 08/03/2015 | Editorials

Clinton’s presidential campaign airs its first TV ads

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton is spending $2 million airing the first television ads of her presidential race in the early voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire.

Date: 08/02/2015 | Nation & World

George McGovern revealed he had a secret child

An academic with a forthcoming biography of 1972 Democratic presidential candidate and former senator George McGovern has confirmed that the South Dakotan fathered a child before he was married.

Date: 07/31/2015 | Nation & World

Voters mistrust of Clinton is no mystery

Voters in Colorado, Iowa and Virginia think Hillary Clinton is not honest or trustworthy. According to the latest Quinnipiac poll, a mere 34 percent of Colorado voters think she can be trusted; 62 percent do not. In Iowa, those numbers are 33 percent to 59; in Virginia, Clinton is...

Date: 07/28/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Trump hasn’t cornered audacity market

Since announcing his 2016 White House bid, Donald Trump has been the central focus of the campaign — by one estimate, he has garnered almost 40 percent of all election coverage on the network newscasts. Clearly, The Donald's attempt to turn 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. into Trump White...

Date: 07/26/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Dave Somers for county executive

With five candidates seeking the office of Snohomish County executive, there is no shortage of choice for voters in terms of the candidates' ideas, political stances, background and experience.Current County Executive John Lovick, a Democrat from Mill Creek, has held the...

Date: 07/19/2015 | Editorials

Silicon Valley leading source of cash, power for politics

When Jeb Bush visited Silicon Valley this week, the Republican candidate was visiting the heart of a Democratic state that few expect to be contested in the 2016 presidential election. But when it comes to the political money chase, the Northern California home of the world's technology...

Date: 07/19/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Bush, Clinton views on Uber offer contrast

The most recent time I had seen Jeb Bush speak in San Francisco was in January, when he addressed the National Automobile Dealers Association. It is hard to imagine a group more invested in the old-school economy. It was a friendly crowd. The former Florida governor seemed comfortable...

Date: 07/19/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Sanders more a man of words than accomplishments

Back in the 1960s, Bernie Sanders burned hot as a civil rights activist. He led sit-ins against segregation and participated in the 1963 March on Washington. A few years later, he joined the exodus of countercultural lefties from the cauldron of New York City to the bucolic hills of...

Date: 07/07/2015 | Opinion Columnists

What Clinton could learn from Sanders

Is Bernie Sanders the political reincarnation of Eugene McCarthy? I doubt it, but let's hope he makes the Democratic presidential race interesting.I don't know if front-runner Hillary Clinton shares my wish, but she ought to. I'm not of the school that believes competition...

Date: 07/07/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Populists are the new New Democrats

Scenes from an insurrection: In Madison, Wisconsin, on Wednesday, 10,000 people show up to rally for longshot presidential candidate Bernie Sanders — giving the self-declared "democratic socialist" the largest crowd any candidate has had so far this election cycle.

Date: 07/06/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Enjoy the Trump and Saunders shows while you can

Stranger things have happened in American politics, but the sudden surge of Democratic populist Bernie Sanders and Republican pompulist Donald Trump puts one in mind of alternate universes.And I don't mean Miss Universes.Both men are holding second place in some...

Date: 07/05/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Why no vote on export tool?

It might only be temporary, but Congress' failure to reauthorize the charter of the federal Export-Import Bank by yesterday's deadline offers an alarming look at the potential effect of its absence.The federal export credit agency, frequently shortened to Ex-Im Bank,...

Date: 07/01/2015 | Editorials

Left allows its president to fight on alone

Americans were perilously close to losing their right to health care when the Supreme Court offered a reprieve. Few were more grateful than the conservative politicians who had been railing against the Affordable Care Act while praying they would not have to face the political...

Date: 06/30/2015 | Opinion Columnists

As tea party wanes, liberal label embraced

Since the 1988 presidential campaign, when George H.W. Bush and Lee Atwater turned "Massachusetts liberal" into an epithet, the label has been tainted — so much so that many liberals abandoned it for "progressive."But new polling shows a...

Date: 06/22/2015 | Opinion Columnists

A look at Bush, Clinton on the issues

The two dynastic candidates told compelling stories recently about why they should be president, but there has been one big difference: Jeb Bush has taken the political risk of disagreeing with his party's base, and Hillary Clinton hasn't.Their formal announcement speeches...

Date: 06/21/2015 | Opinion Columnists

District Dems endorse two challengers, an incumbent for Lynnwood Council

Democrats in the 32nd Legislative District have endorsed one incumbent and two challengers for places on the Lynnwood City Council.

Date: 06/16/2015 | South County Politics

Bill Clinton’s response not easing skepticism on donations

It had a familiar ring: "I don't ever know what people's motives are," said former President Bill Clinton, prompting one to pause and consider just what the definition of "motives" is.Indeed, one doesn't ever know. But when a country or a firm gives...

Date: 06/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Clinton: Obama should use trade fight to his advantage

DES MOINES, Iowa — Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday that President Barack Obama should use a setback in Congress to seek the best possible trade agreement with 11 other Pacific Rim nations, pointing to the stumbles over the pact as an opportunity to address Democrats’...

Date: 06/14/2015 | Nation & World

Democrats' dinner to feature Lovick, DelBene, Keister, Steves

The 2015 Snohomish County Democratic Dinner and Henry M Jackson Awards at Edmonds Community College in Lynnwood Saturday will feature Snohomish County Executive John Lovick, U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, TV comedian John Keister and travel writer Rick Steves.

Date: 06/09/2015 | South County Politics

Dubious claims or not, Clinton’s problem is one of appearances

Rep. Sean Duffy, a Wisconsin Republican who was a reality TV star before entering politics, is unlikely to be listed in any Smartest Member of Congress rankings. Yet even he finds it easy to uncover scandal at the Clinton Foundation.At a House hearing last week, Duffy was in...

Date: 06/07/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Most Americans back legal status for immigrants

WASHINGTON — A majority of Americans support allowing immigrants living in the country illegally to stay and be granted legal status, according to a new poll released Thursday.The survey conducted by the Pew Research Center found that 72 percent of Americans support...

Date: 06/05/2015 | Nation & World

O’Malley says he’s ready to campaign hard in New Hampshire

MANCHESTER, N.H. — A day after jumping into the presidential race, Democrat Martin O’Malley vowed Sunday to fight hard in New Hampshire, home of the first presidential primary and a stronghold for Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Date: 05/31/2015 | Nation & World

Conflict of arms deals, donations should have been clear to Clinton

Among all the rivers of money that have flowed to the Clinton family, one seems to raise the biggest national security questions of all: the stream of cash that came from 20 foreign governments who relied on weapons export approvals from Hillary Clinton's State Department.

Date: 05/31/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Media bias or silliness

Viewpoints: Are journalists' donations a big deal?

Date: 05/31/2015 | Commentary

Clinton’s email chats with friend on Libya offer look inside D.C.

Secretaries of state have had private contacts since the job was created, so it's a mistake to get too indignant about Hillary Clinton's email exchanges about Libya with her longtime friend, Sidney Blumenthal. Still, these messages offer some useful insights about the court politics of...

Date: 05/27/2015 | Opinion Columnists

How to move left, right back toward center

Hillary Clinton's move to the left on trade and other issues is a reminder of the growing power of activists on the wings in presidential nominating politics — and a corresponding diminution of the power of the center."Social and demographic shifts mean that no...

Date: 05/24/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Hillary Clinton follows nation to the left

WASHINGTON — Amid discussion of Hillary Clinton's move to the left in her presidential campaign, a new Gallup poll provides an important piece of context: The nation has shifted left, as well.In recent weeks, Clinton has called for reforming the nation's criminal...

Date: 05/22/2015 | Nation & World

Clinton should take high road on donations

In a private meeting last week with 200 of the Democratic Party's top financiers, Hillary Clinton drew vigorous applause when she said any of her nominees to the Supreme Court would have to share her desire to overturn the Citizens United decision.Clinton also, as reported...

Date: 05/21/2015 | Opinion Columnists

One can’t offer a clear answer; the other won’t answer at all

Jeb Bush promised he would be his "own man," and this week he proved it — alas for him.The former Florida governor, often regarded as the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, managed over an extraordinary 72 hours to demonstrate that he...

Date: 05/18/2015 | Opinion Columnists

How long can Clinton avoid taking a stand?

President Obama, so often cool and cautious in his language, gave a full-throated roar on trade last week, saying that Sen. Elizabeth Warren was "absolutely wrong" in her criticism of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and that "her arguments don't stand the test of fact...

Date: 05/17/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Move forward with trade bill

It still faces a long slog, but after a defeat on a procedural vote in the Senate earlier in the week, a trade bill that could be a major benefit to Washington state jobs appears to again be moving forward.

Date: 05/15/2015 | Editorials

Respect for faith a casualty of presidential campaign

It is nearly axiomatic that presidential contests tend to shine a harsh light on conservative Christians — inasmuch as they are viewed as the Republican Party's base and are, therefore, deemed fair game.Of course, religious folks come in a variety of stripes, checks...

Date: 05/13/2015 | Opinion Columnists

For the Clintons, a big question: What to do with Bill?

MARRAKESH, Morocco — The scene that unfolded here last week as Bill Clinton convened world leaders for a philanthropic conference was hardly what his wife’s champion-for-everyday-Americans campaign would have ordered up.

Date: 05/11/2015 | Nation & World

Hillary Clinton shuns questions from the press

WASHINGTON — After each of Hillary Clinton’s campaign events, a large group of reporters gathers on one side of the room and shouts questions at her. She rarely responds, opting instead to ignore them, not even glancing in their direction.

Date: 05/09/2015 | Nation & World

Fiorina can stand up to Clinton on issues

On Monday, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina announced her entry into the 2016 GOP presidential primary. Fiorina skipped the standard ballroom announcement and went straight to people's computer screens to announce her decision, and then she followed up with interviews on TV news...

Date: 05/08/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Clinton’s challengers need to actually challenge Clinton

Hillary Clinton has had some bad luck lately with revelations about her secret email server and foreign contributors to the Clinton Foundation. But in one crucial area, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination has been blessed with abundant good fortune: her...

Date: 05/04/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Baltimore mom shows how Clinton could have responded

"It's time to end the era of mass incarceration," Hillary Clinton proclaimed in a scheduled criminal-justice speech Wednesday that gave her the opportunity to address sentencing reform in the context of the troubles in Baltimore. It was a lukewarm effort in keeping with...

Date: 05/03/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Has Clinton’s Citizens United tune changed?

Less than three weeks into her presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton has already accomplished a stunning feat: She appears to have unified large swaths of the Democratic Party and its activist base to support the core tenets of the Citizens United decision — the one that...

Date: 05/03/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Super-PAC cash may work against GOP

The Republican presidential candidates are set to crucify each other on crosses of gold.GOP leaders exulted a few years ago when the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling and other decisions invited the rich to pour unlimited sums into political campaigns — and they...

Date: 04/29/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Republicans, Democrats take different views on selecting presidential candidates

Washington Democrats and Republicans are taking different views of how to select delegates to the 2016 presidential nominating conventions.

Date: 04/28/2015 | South County Politics

Senate thaw, brief as it was, shows promise

They were rolling the credits on the Senate floor Tuesday morning.Harry Reid thanked Patrick Leahy and Patty Murray, who praised Amy Klobuchar, who gave a nod to Mitch McConnell, who credited John Cornyn, who touted Chuck Grassley, Mark Warner, Heidi Heitkamp and Susan...

Date: 04/23/2015 | Opinion Columnists

We have met the partisans, and they are us

After a political rally last week in which Democrats criticized the Obama administration for siding with Republicans on trade, I had a talk about the future of the party with Rep. Alan Grayson, a Florida Democrat who is one of the most ferocious partisans in the House.It...

Date: 04/21/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Why we can’t reach a ‘sensible middle’

Some time ago, I heard a power company executive arguing that humans have played no role in global warming. Actually, he went further, "demonstrating" that global warming isn't even happening. (This is often done by cherry-picking dates to start with an unusually warm year.)...

Date: 04/20/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Save us the trouble and resign

Credit Troy Kelley with this: He's brought Republican and Democratic lawmakers and officials together in agreement that the federally indicted state auditor should resign.Kelley, who leads the state office responsible for holding state and local governments and agencies...

Date: 04/19/2015 | Editorials

Abortion issue keeps women from advancing in politics

Here we go. If you're a woman who might prefer someone other than Hillary Clinton as the next president of the United States, you're a self-loathing, anti-woman traitor.Already, women I know report that they're feeling the heat from their more-liberal friends. Not a Democrat...

Date: 04/19/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Democrats line up against trade legislation

It was another one of those rallies on Capitol Hill where lawmakers line up to take shots at the Obama administration. But this time the lawmakers were all Democrats.A quartet of senators and a dozen members of the House took the stage in a park across from the Capitol...

Date: 04/19/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Start negotiations with transportation

And so it goes.Democrats in the state House and Republicans in the Senate encountered their latest impasse Wednesday when neither could agree to a starting point for budget negotiations.Republicans, who have proposed operating and capital budgets that impose no...

Date: 04/17/2015 | Editorials

Clinton can’t change how she’s perceived

See Hillary ride in a van! Watch her meet everyday Americans! Witness her ordering a burrito bowl at Chipotle! Which she did wearing shades, as did her chief aide Huma Abedin, yielding security-camera pictures that made them look (to borrow from Karl Rove) like fugitives on the lam,...

Date: 04/17/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Clinton, Rubio campaign launches a contrast in message

Americans, perhaps more than anyone, worship the future and resent the past.This is never truer than during a political season. It doesn't matter whether the past (meaning all of four years ago) trumps the present — or whether the future carries a whiff of embers and...

Date: 04/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Waiting for Clinton to fill us in on the details

Hey, "everyday Americans," what are you getting ready for? One couple is having a baby boy. Another couple wants to train the dog to stop eating the trash. Some people are starting new jobs, others retiring. And what about you, Hillary Clinton? "I'm running for...

Date: 04/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists

All over except the grudging acceptance

That was quick. Strike up "Happy Days Are Here Again" and cue the balloon drop. Better yet, Democrats could skip the whole primaries-and-convention thing and let Hillary Clinton get to work on picking a running mate.Barring the political equivalent of an asteroid...

Date: 04/14/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Hillary Clinton will run for president

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton's long-anticipated entry into the 2016 presidential race took shape Friday, with Democrats saying she will announce her candidacy Sunday and begin a series of deliberately small discussions with voters next week.The low-key rollout —...

Date: 04/11/2015 | Nation & World

Narrowing the gap between left and right

A law in Indiana and a bill in Arkansas making life harder for their gay neighbors have lost their wheels in a surprising smashup. Business interests, usually associated with the conservative cause, lowered the boom on "religious freedom" legislation supported by social...

Date: 04/07/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Democratic supporters noticing candidates’ Wall Street friends

For those pining for a Democratic Party that tries to represent more than the whims of the rich and powerful, these are, to say the least, confusing times. On the presidential campaign trail, Hillary Clinton has been promoting standard pro-middle class rhetoric, yet also has...

Date: 04/06/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Menendez’s sleaze enough reason to resign

Bob Menendez doesn't belong in the U.S. Senate.It's not just the New Jersey Democrat's 14-count indictment Wednesday on corruption charges, though that's plenty damning. As bad is the appalling way in which he responded: with a political rally to kick off a campaign against...

Date: 04/06/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Schumer could be effective for Democrats

Sen. Chuck Schumer introduced fellow New Yorker Loretta Lynch, the attorney general nominee, to the Senate Judiciary Committee in January as a public servant who "has earned a reputation for keeping her head down and avoiding the spotlight — just like me."

Date: 04/03/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Gridlock erodes confidence in GOP, Dems

WASHINGTON — The Gallup organization recently recorded another dreary milestone in American politics. For the first time since the polling organization began tracking public impressions of the Republican and Democratic parties back in 1992, neither party has a favorability rating...

Date: 03/22/2015 | Nation & World

GOP in yet another mess over Lynch vote

Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, was getting his demagogue on.He stood on the Senate floor, talking up to the galleries, waving papers in the air, and displaying a big poster with a photograph of President Obama's pick for attorney general and the words...

Date: 03/22/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Why would Clinton set herself up for scandal?

Amid all the verbiage about Hillary Clinton's email, one irrefutable fact emerges: Polls will drive us crazy before the Clintons do.The latest CNN/ORC poll shows that a majority of Americans (51 percent) think the email controversy is "serious," yet 57 percent...

Date: 03/18/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Up to women in GOP to fight its reputation

There were a couple of problems right off the bat when would-be Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina and the top Republican woman in the House, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Washington, sat down with conservative interest groups Monday afternoon to refute the notion that the GOP...

Date: 03/18/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Neither side should make Clinton's gender an issue

Carly Fiorina has evidently hired herself as a hit woman, going after Hillary Clinton and her likely run for president. Fiorina is former chief of Hewlett-Packard and onetime Republican candidate for U.S. Senate for California. The thinking is that as a formidable woman, she can go...

Date: 03/17/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Once again, Clinton has some explaining to do

On March 2, the story broke that Hillary Clinton had possibly violated email regulations while secretary of state.You could almost hear the collective gasp in Washington: Oh, no, here we go again.But then the next evening, Clinton was feted at the EMILY'S List...

Date: 03/17/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Why so few challengers for Clinton?

Martin O'Malley, the former Maryland governor and a man who would very much like to challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, is making his case."We took measurable actions to reduce storm-water runoff and to expand the number of acres...

Date: 03/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Jerry Brown welcomes job-poaching governors

WASHINGTON — Gov. Jerry Brown has a message for Republican governors planning to visit California to woo business from the state: Welcome.

Date: 03/14/2015 | Nation & World

Will Clinton’s apologists finally tire of making excuses?

As Hillary Clinton took questions from the media about the personal email account she used as secretary of state, I felt a flashback coming on. She said she simply chose to use a personal account with a personal server "for convenience." I felt I had traveled back in time to...

Date: 03/13/2015 | Opinion Columnists

What Watergate taught Clinton: hit the delete key

She burned the tapes.Had Richard Nixon burned his tapes, he would have survived Watergate. Sure, there would have been a major firestorm, but no smoking gun. Hillary Rodham was a young staffer on the House Judiciary Committee investigating Nixon. She saw. She learned.

Date: 03/13/2015 | Opinion Columnists

32nd District Dems to discuss endorsements, presidential nomination Wednesday

The 32nd Legislative District Democrats will discuss early endorsements, the 2016 presidential nominating process, and common-core education standards when they meet Wednesday in Shoreline.

Date: 03/11/2015 | South County Politics

Democrats may soon wish Clinton had a challenger

The International Association of Fire Fighters attracted 10 possible presidential candidates to the union's conference in Washington this week, including Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren on the Democratic side and Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz for the Republicans.But one prominent...

Date: 03/11/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Clinton secrecy only raises more suspicion

The Hillary Clinton email controversy is a reminder of one inescapable fact: She comes with baggage. Not the kind that fits in the overhead bin, either. I'm talking steamer trunks.How could anyone serve four years as secretary of state with no official email account, instead...

Date: 03/10/2015 | Opinion Columnists

No excuse not to preserve official emails

In theory, the changeover from paper to email should make government more transparent. The cost of archiving documents should be lower, because data can be housed on relatively small hard drives rather than in spacious warehouses. Likewise, the time expense of retrieving that data...

Date: 03/09/2015 | Opinion Columnists

In being too cautious, Clinton causes her own stumbles

So it turns out Hillary Clinton will face a serious challenger in the primaries, after all. Her name is Hillary Clinton.This week's revelation that she used only private email to conduct her public business as secretary of state is not a knockout blow to the likely...

Date: 03/09/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Many 2016 hopefuls have used private email

ATLANTA — Hillary Clinton continues to catch heat for her extensive use of a private email account to conduct official business while she was secretary of state. But the Democrats’ 2016 presidential favorite isn’t the only White House hopeful whose transparency has come into question.

Date: 03/07/2015 | Nation & World

Amid Clinton controversies, some Dems seek alternative

Democratic activists in early presidential nominating states say that new controversies swirling around Hillary Clinton have made them more eager than ever for alternatives in 2016.

Date: 03/06/2015 | Nation & World

Restore presidential primary

Washington could become a bigger player in the presidential campaign if a bill approved this week by the state Senate and now in the House becomes law.

Date: 03/06/2015 | Editorials

Freedom Caucus shows it’s freely losing

I'm getting that deja vu feeling as House Republicans these past several days have failed to alter the public's perception that they're incapable of governing. This week marked Episode 2, Season 2 in the series "Homeland Security Face-Off." Subtitle:...

Date: 03/05/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Democrats take advantage of minority status

For Harry Reid and his Senate Democrats, revenge is a dish best served bold.For years, they complained that the Republican minority had tied the chamber in knots. But now, just weeks into their stint in the minority, Democrats are brazenly using the same knot-tying...

Date: 02/26/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Clinton can’t claim poverty any longer

On Tuesday, Hillary Clinton addressed the Watermark Silicon Valley Conference for Women. The former first lady, U.S. senator and secretary of state comes to the Bay Area at a time when I hear more people, on the left and the right, cringing at the prospect of Clinton's heading the...

Date: 02/25/2015 | Opinion Columnists

GOP needs to prepare better for litmus tests

Republicans seem ceaselessly enamored of litmus tests, but the newest one — Do you believe President Obama loves America? — makes birthers seem witty.The question arose after former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani told a private audience that he doesn't think...

Date: 02/24/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Clinton has all the president’s men for her campaign

The 2016 campaign has acquired an unexpected storyline in its early stages: All Madam President's Men.As Hillary Clinton begins to staff her nascent presidential campaign, a paradox has emerged. When she ran in 2008, she played down her potential to make history as the first...

Date: 02/22/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Abolishing the filibuster would aid GOP with immigration, more

I've been radicalized. By Harry Reid and Barack Obama. Goodbye moderation and sweet reason. No more clinging to constitutional and procedural restraint. It's time to go nuclear.In the fourth quarter of his presidency, Obama unbound is abusing presidential authority at will...

Date: 02/20/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Democratic effort to define Jeb Bush starts with Mitt Romney

WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney opposed the government’s rescue of U.S. automakers. So did Jeb Bush.Both worked in finance and backed the Wall Street bailout. Both are advocates of tax cuts that Democrats contend only benefit the wealthy and big business.

Date: 02/08/2015 | Nation & World

With a little compromise GOP could go a long way

Bang. Bang. Crash. That was the sound of the Republican majority in Congress shooting itself in both feet, then tripping over them.At a moment of heightened concern that terrorists in the Middle East might stage or inspire attacks on U.S. soil, the GOP-controlled House and...

Date: 02/08/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Bipartisanship is a good thing except among the anti-vaxxers

Really? Measles outbreaks? In the United States of America, birthplace of countless world-changing innovations and inventions, in which the man who'd soon become its first president required variolation of his revolutionary troops, there's a movement against the use of vaccines, even...

Date: 02/07/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Is GOP losing its zeal to repeal Obamacare?

It is unfair to say Republicans have achieved nothing in their dozens of attempts since 2010 to repeal Obamacare.In Tuesday's repeal effort by House Republicans — their first of this Congress and their 56th overall — it became clear that they had succeeded at one...

Date: 02/05/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Clinton’s challenge: Deciding how to prepare for a low-key primary

WASHINGTON — The challenge ahead for Hillary Rodham Clinton is one faced by few White House hopefuls: running a primary campaign in which she faces little competition, if any at all.

Date: 02/02/2015 | Nation & World

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