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Battle between left and right no longer a contest of ideas

The Republican National Convention made one thing clear. The battle between left and right is no longer a contest of ideas, no longer about low taxes vs. higher ones, small government vs. big government, intervention vs. isolation. No, the defining clash of our time is reason vs. an inchoate fear and fury growing like weeds on the cultural, class, religious and racial resentments of people who cling to an idealized 1954.

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Morning in America it wasn’t

Trump echoed the “law and order” theme from Richard Nixon’s 1968 acceptance speech, but this went far beyond Nixon, who took pains to answer “those who say that law and order is the code word for racism.”

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The Siberian candidate

Trump campaign’s recent behavior has quite a few foreign policy experts wondering just what kind of hold Putin has over the Republican nominee and whether that influence will continue if he wins.

Bill Whalen

California should host all national party conventions

The math is the stuff of income inequality – billions in political donations taken out of California, but in return maybe one or two conventions likely to pump about $200 million apiece into a local economy. To level this playing field, let’s make California the permanent home of both conventions, starting in 2020.

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The carnival in Cleveland

In Cleveland, Donald Trump was like a corporate raider who engineered a hostile takeover – and then, at his first board meeting, put his feet up on the table and couldn’t remember anybody’s name.

Soapbox

Sacramento region should lead the world in ag-tech innovation

Innovation is becoming critical to keeping California’s food and agricultural industries competitive. To tackle the state’s challenges, a triangle of innovation should be connecting the Sacramento region to Silicon Valley and the Central Valley, further aligning California’s commitment to environmental sustainability with its success in delivering high-quality food.

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At RNC, every night is kids’ night

Donald Trump’s kids have been a relatively heartwarming feature, considering that virtually everybody else, including the conventioneers, have spent a large chunk of their time demanding that Hillary Clinton be sent directly to the pokey.

Videos

'We don't need a Hillary coronation,' Bernie Sanders supporter says

Sally Gellert, a Bernie Sanders supporter from Woodcliff, New Jersey said, "We don't need a Hillary coronation," as she pushed delegates at the Democratic National Convention to vote their conscience on Sunday, July 24, 2016.
Hector Amezcua The Sacramento Bee
'We don't need a Hillary coronation,' Bernie Sanders supporter says 0:49

'We don't need a Hillary coronation,' Bernie Sanders supporter says

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Two-alarm fire closes Arden-area restaurant

Five ways to stay cool at the California State Fair 1:29

Five ways to stay cool at the California State Fair

Tale of two California Democratic delegates: Sanders or Clinton? 2:57

Tale of two California Democratic delegates: Sanders or Clinton?