Limit on maximum grants to needy families hasn’t worked and leaves poor children at risk.

Cal Expo needs more help, but it has the right leadership.

After shoot-down of passenger jet over Ukraine, there should be no doubt that Putin’s regime qualifies.

A statewide solution is needed that doesn’t create liability for individual boat owners.

Conservatives won’t admit they’re wrong, and some spin conspiracy theories.

Violence will become commonplace as Israelis and Palestinians give up on peace process.

Factory farms are using too many drugs and breeding resistant microbes.

State Board of Education should allow multiple ways to make sure students are succeeding.

The cycle of violence between Israelis and Palestinians continues because neither side wants a deal.

Israeli and Palestinian familes who have lost the most offer the greatest wisdom.

Hamas is squarely to blame for the rising violence and deaths.

A new movie asks: How much children should be protected from risk and pain?

Republicans’ defense of suing President Obama turns into amateur hour.

CalPERS says it can do more to combat climate change by keeping its investments.

Tea party’s opposition to government gives Democrats an opening with businesses and the middle class.

They play an essential, if unpopular, role in our adversarial system of justice.

Movies, a new novel and other cultural offerings offer the same old, same old on the apocalypse.

Israeli-Arab conflict portends struggle to manage chaos around the globe.

Even with technology and social media, President Obama still relies on photo-ops.

Criticism over former first daughter’s speaking fees is misplaced.

Republican’s mental health legislation could cost California.

Progress is threatened by reverting to bad habits of overfishing.

Program promises better health for poor children and their mothers and lower costs for society.

Border kids seeking refuge are caught in politics and ideology.

New White House press secretary whiffs in describing Obama’s foreign policy record.

An altercation occurs between a police officer and a civilian. It turns violent. It’s caught on video that goes viral. The rush to judgment begins –excessive force, police brutality. It’s made more toxic because the officer is white and the suspect black. Investigations ensue. Lawsuits follow.

Nearly all who followed the close race for second place in the state controller primary know that Democrat Betty Yee prevailed after the last ballots in Lake County were tallied in late June. But fellow Democrat John A. Pérez has now called for a time-consuming recount in hopes of overcoming his 481-vote deficit. That’s a decision we hope he reconsiders.

There’s apparently a contest among Republicans to see who can be more shameless and irresponsible in criticizing President Barack Obama’s foreign policy. So far, Chris Christie is winning.

Western sanctions have worked to rein in Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

Expansion of gambling and legalization of marijuana are expanding government power.

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