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Global-warming true believers are in denial — High-profile purveyors of climate change don't push for reductions in greenhouse gases so much as focus on berating people who do not agree with their opinions. Recently, science guy Bill Nye joined other experts who objected to the media's use of the term "climate skeptic."

New Year’s resolution: Read a classic book — Some time around Jan. 1 comrade Caille Millner and former comrade Jay Johnson and I gathered for a drink. Maybe two and discussed potential New Year's resolutions. I am not a New Year's resolution person, but I am a sucker for a challenge.

UC’s new motto: Take the money and run — When Gov. Jerry Brown was pushing Proposition 30 in 2012, he sold his measure with the promise that the income and sales tax increases in his measure would put off sharp tuition increases in the UC and CSU systems. At the urging of UC President Janet Napolitano, the UC Board of Regents voted last month to raise tuition substantially - by up to 28 percent over five years - because there never was a meeting at which university officials pledged not to raise fees.

Facebook journalism - is it such big news? — Thanksgiving week, GOP House aide Elizabeth Lauten posted an admonishment of first daughters Sasha and Malia Obama on her Facebook page: "I get you're both in those awful teen years, but you're part of the First Family, try showing a little class," it began.

Black and white is not black and white on Ferguson — Yes I got some angry e-mails in response to my Sunday column, "Ferguson: Don't Shoot Your Mouth Off," but not nearly as many as I expected. Far more readers wrote positive emails than negative messages. A small number of African American readers chimed in to say that they were v

Coming soon: 5-day Senate workweek — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell won’t become majority leader until next month, and already he is cracking the whip: In their defense, I feel compelled to note that elected officials work all the time. [...] why change?

Ferguson: Don’t shoot your mouth off — do I believe that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson might not have confronted Michael Brown, 18, and his friend Dorian Johnson, 22, if they were white kids walking in the middle of the street on a hot Saturday around noon?

Hillary Clinton’s $300k discount rate for UCLA — The Washington Post reports: "When officials at the University of California at Los Angeles began negotiating a $300,000 speech appearance by Hillary Rodham Clinton, the school had one request: Could we get a reduced rate for public universities? "The answer from Clinton's representatives: $300,000 is the 'special university rate'."

What’s Thanksgiving like in prison? — Clarence Aaron will be spending his first Thanksgiving at home with his family in 22 years. In 1993, a federal judge had sentenced the 24-year-old to life without parole for a first-time nonviolent drug conviction. Really. Last December, President Obama commuted his sentence. Clarence and I talk

Thanksgiving in and now out of prison — In December 2001, I wrote my first column urging President George W. Bush to commute the sentence of Clarence Aaron, a federal drug offender who at age 24 in 1993 was sentenced to life without parole for a first-time nonviolent drug conviction.
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Dec 20, 2014

RT @ByronYork: In interview, journalist asks Bill Clinton perfectly reasonable question. Team Clinton angry. Journalist apologizes.

Dec 19, 2014

RT @DylanByers: Probably Obama’s best presser of his second term, no?

Dec 19, 2014

RT @joshgerstein: No Q to Obama on this today, sorry MT @vicenews: second torture report locked away at CIA headquarters

Dec 19, 2014

RT @edatpost: Re: Obama not calling on TV reporters... remember how that they didn't air his #immigration speech? #TheyreOntheNaughtyList

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