San Francisco Chronicle columnist Token Conservative blogger dsaunders@sfchronicle.com

Is Boehner's invitation to Netanyahu hubris or payback?

timesunion.com — When she was speaker, she said, she coordinated with GOP leaders before inviting heads of state. Rather than threaten Congress in the State of the Union address with a veto if lawmakers pass sanctions legislation, Schake argued, Obama should have thanked Congress for not passing said legislation while Secretary of State John Kerry was negotiating.

When in Riyadh, don’t do as the royals do

sfgate.com — First lady Michelle Obama made an important statement when she showed up in Saudi Arabia with her husband Tuesday to mourn the death of King Abdullah and meet successor King Salman. While the first lady dressed in a fashion respectful of Saudi custom - in black pants and a long, loose jacket that fully covered her arms and legs - she did not don a head scarf.

That Other Bush Steps in the Ring

realclearpolitics.com — By Debra Saunders - January 27, 2015 Jeb Bush may be the front-runner in the GOP 2016 primary. He is the son and brother of former presidents and can tap into their vaunted fundraising machines. In some eyes, the former Florida governor always was the more disciplined, thoughtful and worthy son.

That other Bush steps in the ring

sfgate.com — In some eyes, the former Florida governor always was the more disciplined, thoughtful and worthy son. [...] that he's apparently running for president, has Bush stepped up his game? I walked two blocks over to the National Automobile Dealers Association convention Friday to watch him address the crowd.

Pelosi's Syriana Versus Boehner's Bibi Invitation

townhall.com — "I don't believe I'm poking anyone in the eye," House Speaker John Boehner asserted Wednesday. That was after His Speakership told the media that he had invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before a joint session of Congress about "the grave threats radical Islam and Iran pose to our security and way of life."

Pelosi’s Syrian trip versus Boehner’s Bibi invite

sfgate.com — During his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Obama warned Congress he would veto any such legislation. When she was speaker, Pelosi argued, she coordinated with GOP leaders before inviting heads of state. Netanyahu's speech was moved to Mar. 3, so Pelosi criticized Boehner for inviting a head of state within two weeks of Israel's March 17 elections.

Obama croons: 'I did it my way’

sfgate.com — For Republicans, it was Ground Hog Day - an endless loop of the president talking up bipartisanship without practicing it. [...] with economic indicators on the rise and his own poll numbers rebounding slightly, he made no reference at all to the midterm elections, offered no concessions about his own leadership and proposed no compromises to accommodate the political reality, wrote Times reporter Peter Baker.

Pardon Mark Wahlberg

blog.sfgate.com — New York Times columnist Frank Bruni is an insightful opiner, but he missed the mark when he wrote a column Sunday against a pardon for actor Mark Wahlberg. The actor was convicted of felony assault committed when he was 16 in 1988. Wahlberg served his sentence.

Was Sierra Pacific deep-pockets victim of government shakedown?

sfgate.com — After what became known as the Moonlight Fire burned some 65,000 acres in the Sierra Nevada in 2007, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection decided that Sierra Pacific Industries was responsible for the damage. Cal Fire fined the timber company $8 million to pay for related costs.

#BARTFriday is for losers

blog.sfgate.com — Can you imagine having nothing better to do than make it harder for other people to get to work? Here are this morning's #BARTFriday protesters' demands. 1. Disband the BART police 2. Restitution for the people: Low-income ticket discounts 3.
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Jan 29, 2015

RT @CapitolAlert: Jerry Brown praises Serra, says even saints ‘not perfect’ sacb.ee/2pkG

Jan 29, 2015

RT @RichardGrenell: surprised? @cnnbrk Pentagon suspects detainee exchanged for Bergdahl is attempting militant activity @barbarastarrcnn cnn.it/1yFLjzN

Jan 29, 2015

RT @cmarinucci: And he's right RT @SFGate: With #MeaslesOutbreak, Marin father wants to ban unvaccinated children from son's school. sfg.ly/1v6HNUu

Jan 28, 2015

Sarah Palin "squandered her opportunity for greatness & instead became a fad." thebea.st/1K5kXxD Great piece by @mattklewis

Jan 28, 2015

When in Riyadh, don’t do as the royals do. My column on First Lady's decision to not wear headscarf. sfgate.com/opinion/saunde… via @SFGate

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