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February 26th, 2015

Football's L.A. Trick Play

    Like most big cities in America, San Diego has its share of problems. It has issues with gangs, poverty and income inequality. It needs to do about $2 billion worth of infrastructure repairs. It has suffered through an epic drought.

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Catching up with the Middle East

    Let me see if I have this straight.

    The Islamic State, or ISIS, or ISIL, is a militant Sunni Muslim group waging war against the Shiite-dominated government in Iraq.

    Okay so far?

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Boston Deserves Its Trial

    Today's issue is whether the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for the Boston Marathon bombing, delayed already, should be moved out of Boston.

    No way.

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Would you want a college drop-out in the White House?

    OK, here goes. I've no doubt that this column will probably generate more hate mail than any other I've written, much of it from my own friends. Maybe even my wife. But I'll say it right up front: I would not vote for any candidate for president, Democrat or Republican, who did not have a college degree.

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They've Done It Again

    Because I believe in giving the devil his due I do want to recognize the latest outrageous Florida legislator. He has introduced legislation to assure that only the proper gender is allowed in a restroom. As the wags put it, better take your birthday certificate to the toilet with you. Yes, this legislation is targeted to the transgender.

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The Slave Wears Prada: Confusion on the Red Carpet

    Lupita Nyong'o picked up an Oscar last year for her searing portrayal of a scarred captive in "12 Years a Slave." But many in the Academy Awards audience -- just reminded of the misery depicted in a film clip -- must have felt a bit mixed up when the woman they associated with a tormented slave floated up the stage stairs in a sumptuous sky-blue Prada gown, holding up the pleated skirt lest she trip on the yards of luxury.

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The GOP's Freudian moment

    After he won re-election last November, soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made two sets of comments reflecting the dueling impulses of the Republican Mind. Freud fans might refer to the superego, aka the conscience, and the id.

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Maureen McDonnell: A symbol of every pitfall of political spousedom

    It's probably best if there are no fancy gift bags for the political spouses this weekend.

    But I bet they'll all be talking about the ones they got in 2012, when a group of gubernatorial spouses attended a lovely luncheon hosted by a relative newcomer to their exclusive club: Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell.

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Cranking Up for 2016

    Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, is said to be a rising contender for the Republican presidential nomination. So, on Wednesday, he did what, these days, any ambitious Republican must and pledged allegiance to charlatans and cranks.

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What Netanyahu doesn't see about siding with the GOP

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is giving chutzpah a bad name.

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