Sacramento Bee editorial cartoonist Jack Ohman: Open arms

None of the acting governors this week can really do anything dramatic, unless, of course, they do.

Weak nations will struggle against economic and ecological challenges.

NFL to fans – hitting your girlfriend is not as bad as smoking pot.

Some Republicans reject Medicaid expansion because they hate Obamacare.

Texas senator, usually scary smart, just sounds scary on this issue.

World-famous Met is being torn apart by a labor standoff.

Marina del Rey and other California harbors needs protection from toxics.

More restrictions on oil industry would increase California’s reliance on outside energy sources.

Bill would force oil well operators to disclose more information about the water they use.

Sacramento Bee editorial cartoonist Jack Ohman: On the line

Our do-nothing Congress has a chance to get something vital accomplished before going on yet another vacation. At long last, a bipartisan deal emerged Monday to start fixing the scandalous health care system for veterans.

Israeli-Palestinian conflict is now part of wider struggle in Arab world.

License plate readers are checking your car against hit lists of vehicles associated with crimes.

There’s no question that California is facing one of the worst droughts in its history. As a state that uses more water than we have available – even in “wet” years – there are some critical decisions we need to make about how to move forward.

Amid the tragedy and fear of the wildfire in El Dorado and Amador counties, which has so far scorched about 4,000 acres and displaced more than 1,200 people, Californians of all ages and stripes demonstrated what’s right with this country. Needing no formal organization, neighbors reached out to neighbors, as we do time and time again in moments of crisis.

In recent decisions, the conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court has made clear its view that corporations are people, with all the attendant rights. They are entitled to free speech, which in their case means spending lots of money to bend the political process to their ends. They are entitled to religious beliefs, including those that mean denying benefits to their workers. Up next, the right to bear arms?

Sacramento Bee editorial cartoonist Jack Ohman: The Sarah Palin Channel

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.

The U.S. attorney’s office in San Francisco on Friday announced new charges against Sen. Leland Yee, accusing the San Francisco Democrat of racketeering for allegedly selling his vote on bills related to professional athletes’ ability to collect workers’ compensation payments, medical marijuana and whether to extend the California State Athletic Commission.

President Obama has no choice but to take unilateral action.

Before they left Sacramento for summer recess, legislators said they would work together to hammer out a new water bond bill when they returned in August. This would replace the $11.14 billion proposal currently on the November ballot, which has already been delayed twice.

Unless we pay more attention to people behind the numbers, the war between Israel and Hamas will never end.

Recently, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., suggested that the California-style top-two primary can save the country, or at least its political system. He very well could be right.

Despite disadvantages, Republicans are best positioned to enact smart change.

GOP congressman tries to repackage old ideas on cutting aid to the poor.

The other day, an 18-year-old Alabama girl who, by her own description, is a World War II history buff, posted a photo of herself on Twitter smiling in front of the barracks at Auschwitz, the prison camp where untold numbers of Jews were executed.

While there is no question that Mexico is California’s top export market, are Mexican consumers our most valuable foreign customers?

A four-year analysis by scientists worldwide concluded for the first time that insecticides called neonicotinoids are “causing significant damage” to beneficial insects and are a “key factor in the decline of bees.”

Brown could do that by helping Americans see invisible line between Mexico and U.S. not as a liability, but as an amazing opportunity for economic growth and prosperity.

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