Jerry Brown shapes the California Supreme Court with the nomination of Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar.

President doesn’t let Ukraine plane shoot-down or Gaza death toll interrupt his regular schedule.

Money is running amok in politics because of the Citizens United decision by the Supeme Court.

Independent science overwhelmingly shows the health risks of soft drinks.

Initiatives are underway to increase economic and cultural ties.

Some wealthy Americans are showing empathy – not hypocrisy – by caring about income inequality.

Sacramento Bee editorial cartoonist Jack Ohman: Giant leaps

Death penalty opponents might be heartened by a federal judge’s decision declaring California’s capital punishment unconstitutional. But the decision by U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney last week is less a victory for abolitionists than it is a condemnation of California officials’ mishandling of capital punishment.

In an op-ed piece in the New York Times today, Sen. Charles Schumer suggests that California-style top-two primary can save the country, or at least its political system. He very well could be right.

Growth is returning to Natomas, but a troubling question is going to be ignored or dismissed by those with the power to address it: Is building in a floodplain a good idea?

Texas governor’s foreign policy push doesn’t square with the humanitarian crisis on his doorstep.

Lessons from Ukraine should apply to Syria.

Assemblyman John A. Pérez deserves a thank-you from Californians for having the good sense to call off a recount Friday of the votes cast for state controller in the June primary. If it had gone on much longer, the spectacle could have had an impact on the outcome of the November election for controller.

U.S. should help Central America with investments to keep its young people at home.

Vladimir Putin has become a global menace. There is an irrefutable link between the Russian leader’s reckless policies on Ukraine and the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. This tragedy is the direct outgrowth of his decision to train and arm Ukrainian separatists with heavy weapons in an effort to destabilize Ukraine.

Sacramento Bee editorial cartoonist Jack Ohman: Do Not Open

The size of the water bond might be relatively easy to settle. Perhaps more complicated would be how to spend whatever money is earmarked to aid the Delta ecosystem.

Panic over national debt turned out to be a false alarm.

These results may surprise those who have heard that tax increases are job killers.

American politics was trundling along on its usual unserious and trivial trajectory when news of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine shook the world. Suddenly, the stakes in public life and foreign policy were very high.

The popular belief that California was “too big to fail” was shredded as the nation’s largest state was teetering on the brink of insolvency.

California might no longer be suitable for the brown bear; it’s just not the same state as it was 100 years ago.

Six weeks after Obama called it a humanitarian crisis, the federal government still has no coordinated response.

Last weekend, while pausing at Starbucks to let the molten aluminum cool in my car engine, I saw a familiar sight: a sweaty dad and mom in their McDonald’s food-splattered minivan, complete with three uncomfortable, dyspeptic children. It’s high vacation season, and watching the poor couple try to get from Point A to Point B brought back many fond family vacation memories of my own.

In a recount of a California election, how many votes will get another look? As many as someone can pay for.

In a perverse trade regime, the two-way illegal flow of people and guns across borders causes untold suffering and a growing humanitarian crisis.

Head of the Metropolitan Water District discusses water use, the drought, the Delta and the proposed twin tunnels.

My own military hitch was a great turning point for me because I came to recognize that my life wasn’t entirely my own; I owed the nation something.

Sacramento Bee editorial cartoonist Jack Ohman: KPOL

With stress on habitat steadily increasing, the assertion that the Sierra can support several hundred grizzly bears today seems unrealistic.

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