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Feb 08,2008
Clarence Edward Hill, an African-America death row inmate convicted of murdering a police officer in Pensacola, Fla., has been dead for nearly 18 months, but his legacy still lives on. On death row from 1983 until 2006, Hill was originally sentenced to death by electrocution, but that changed to death by lethal injection in 2000, thanks to a new state law. But he wasn't having anything to do with it. In a sense, Hill became ... [full story]
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Feb 01,2008
The news is in. In 2007, 1.3 million U.S. households faced some stage of foreclosure. That's an increase of 79 percent from the 2006, according to RealtyTrac, an Irvine, Calif.-based company that tracks foreclosures nationwide. This startling statistic coupled with declines in housing starts and sales explains to some extent why our nation's leaders want to as soon as possible stem the tide of economic decline in which the subprime mortgage debacle has no doubt ... [full story]
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Feb 01,2008
The Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes tells us that "to everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven." So, although Ecclesiastes' lilting verses of prose poetry do not mention it, the time must inevitably come to say goodbye. For me, that time is now. After 29 years at the San Diego Union-Tribune and 21 years as editor of Insight and its predecessor Sunday Opinion section, I'm retiring from the ... [full story]
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Feb 01,2008
At the MSNBC Florida presidential debate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney posed a very significant question. "As we compete with China, how do we make sure that trade is done in a way that levels the playing field? How do we ... protect American industry and American jobs, and do not cause a departure of jobs from this country?" Good question, but neither Romney nor anyone else answered it. Answering a question about the bipartisan ... [full story]
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Feb 01,2008
Perhaps you've heard about the country club that posted two lists near its entrance. One contained the names of members in arrears with their dues, the other of members recently deceased. One elderly golfer quipped, "If I don't find my name on either list, I go on in." Things in California's upcoming primary election aren't quite that simple for political independents - people who haven't decided whether to register as Republicans or as Democrats. The ... [full story]
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Feb 01,2008
Years ago, facing legal and political pressure for marketing cancer sticks to youth, R.J. Reynolds put out to pasture its infamous Joe Camel mascot. Today's "Scratch-it for Schools" campaign by the Oregon State Lottery may not sport a character with a hump, but its cynicism brings back memories of old Joe. Last November, the Oregon Lottery, with help from the Oregon Department of Education, invited K-12 public schools to gamble on Scratch-it for Schools. This ... [full story]
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Jan 25,2008
The proximity of the South Carolina primaries with the birthday of one of the civil rights movement's greatest leaders compelled several presidential candidates of both parties to take the name of Dr. Martin Luther King in vain. Welcome to the world of campaign politics in a year of a highly competitive campaign. How ironic, in the last state in the Union to agree to observe the MLK national holiday and one where up until a ... [full story]
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Jan 25,2008
Republicans are in danger of losing something more vital to their future than the presidency in 2008. The late Lee Atwater dubbed it the Big Tent. Others called it the Reagan coalition. It delivered five of the last seven presidential elections for the GOP. Now that coalition is frayed and battered, a victim of events, changing times and Republican dysfunction in a sour era for a party frittering away the Gipper's legacy. Whatever chance there ... [full story]
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Jan 25,2008
Ronald Reagan was dismissed by the intelligentsia as just an actor who read speeches written by others until Kiron K. Skinner discovered a box of Reagan's original radio scripts written in his own hand on ruled yellow paper from 1975 to 1979. Since he had no staff to research and write for him in those years, the scripts prove that Reagan was a one-man think tank, well versed in political philosophy and history, fully capable ... [full story]
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Jan 25,2008
When President Bush delivers his final State of the Union message next week, the Democratic response will be spoken by Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. Minus the dramatic setting of a packed congressional chamber, an opposing party's share of the evening's programming usually draws scant attention. I urge everyone to stick around for this one. Gov. Sebelius is one of the rising stars in the U.S. political firmament. Hers could well be a call to arms ... [full story]
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Jan 18,2008
With the presidential race in full swing, the U.S. Supreme Court is currently considering a case that could have a huge impact on the nation's electoral system forever. It revolves around an Indiana statue that requires voters to show current state-issued photo identification when they cast their ballots. Last Election Day, 61-year-old Valerie Williams attempted to vote in the lobby of her retirement home as she had the past two elections. This time around, poll ... [full story]
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Jan 18,2008
John McCain will emerge as the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination if he follows his New Hampshire win with victories this week in Michigan and South Carolina. This will be more than merely the function of tactical politics and the calendar of primaries. McCain's unique qualifications to be a wartime commander in chief plus his straight-from-the-shoulder candor and character and a reformist agenda are making him the GOP's best choice for president in 2008. ... [full story]
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Jan 18,2008
Hard to believe, but seaport cities stand to take a hit as the end result of a law Congress passed some 125 years ago - a measure that made no sense then, and even less today. The Shipping Act of 1886, as it first was called, was designed to assure a vigorous U.S. maritime industry. Those hopes never were realized, but the spirit of bad law - like some nightmarish nemesis from the past - ... [full story]
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