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Starbucks is setting an unusually good example

A common sentiment is that a day of racial bias education is pointless, just another example of “woke capitalism” meant to burnish Starbucks’s image. Far from emptily signifying, Starbucks is setting an unusually good example of what should be done when racism becomes a public problem in a public space.

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The politically incorrect Fresno State professor Randa Jarrar

The case of the creative-writing professor at California State University at Fresno, who wrote a series of insensitive and politically incorrect tweets about Barbara Bush, shows that threats to free speech on campus are very real. It also shows that, contrary to a great deal of hype, these threats don’t come only, or even primarily, from the left.

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The great snake oil slump

While the 2001 tax cut wasn’t overwhelmingly popular, more people approved than disapproved, and it provided the GOP with at least a modest political boost. But the Trump tax cut was unpopular from the start – in fact, less popular than past tax hikes.

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The Senate must confirm Pompeo

It appears increasingly likely that a majority of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will vote against the president’s nominee for secretary of state. If this happens, it would be a black mark not on Mike Pompeo’s record, but on the reputation of this once-storied committee.

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Nikki Haley was confused, all right

In the Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama administrations, it was often possible to predict presidential actions based on patterns. But those who claim to know what Trump is going to do – like not firing Robert Mueller – are making it up.

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Nikki Haley’s SOS to the nation

Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, issued among the most powerful indictments of the rancid governing culture President Donald Trump has fostered. It may also shed light on why Trump regularly backs off confronting Vladimir Putin and Russia.

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Our gold-leaf presidency

What is most unnerving? The fact that the president doesn’t make any sense when he talks or the fact that he devoted a large part of a press conference with the head of one of our most important allies to promoting his Mar-a-Lago resort?

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Why give power over net neutrality to CPUC?

Senate Bill 822, takes a good idea – ensuring equal access to the internet and banning providers from prioritizing their own data – and executes it in a ham-handed way by handing oversight authority to the California Public Utilities Commission.

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Could Iran and Israel fight on the battlefield?

A war could be devastating for Israel’s flourishing high-tech economy and for Iran’s already collapsing currency. But Iran’s Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force seems determined to try to turn Syria into a base from which to pressure Israel, and Israel seems determined to prevent that.

Painting the Delta

Watch as Sacramento artist Stephanie Taylor paints a Delta scene.
Bryan Shaddon Special to The Bee