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California Blues
California Blues
Pensions Must Prioritize Pensioners

Pension funds are underperforming in part because their basic mission has been corrupted by the social and political agendas of the unions and bureaucrats that control them.

California Blues
Toyota Goes to Texas

Toyota’s move from California to Texas is another clear win for red governance over blue when it comes to jobs.

California Blues
Blue Politics Driving Hollywood out of the Golden State

California’s high taxes and onerous regulations are driving more and more film productions out of the state. Not even Hollywood can stand doing business in California.

California Blues
Golden State Grapples With Labor Unions

Two polls show a California at odds with itself: voters look to be seriously souring on labor unions, but a majority might also be opposed to the state’s most promising effort to reform public pension plans. If the polls are accurate, there may be a certain logic to this: voters in the Golden State acknowledge the strain labor unions are putting on state and local finances, but don’t think union members should be the ones to suffer. Either way, a debate has finally begun in a blue state that desperately needs one.

California Blues
Bankrupt Stockton Repeating Vallejo's Mistakes

Like Vallejo before it, the city of Stockton, California is preparing to exit bankruptcy after nearly a year. Unfortunately, Stockton is also following Vallejo’s footsteps by refusing to include pension restructuring as part of the plan, despite the fact that Vallejo is again struggling with its pension burden less than five years after going through bankruptcy.

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The Inauguration

As Donald Trump takes the oath, an essay on the historical forces that have shaped this moment by Walter Russell Mead.


Clearly a lot of frustration for the outgoing American President has been stored up in the Russian psyche.

the roots of populism

If the term “intellectual” only encompasses thinkers on the Left, then it is only natural that right-wing populists would turn it into a slur.

Rebuilding America

Paul Ryan will target $40 in private investment for every $1 his caucus approves in infrastructure spending.

Violence in Myanmar

Many of Myanmar’s long-suffering Rohingyas are now turning to internationally funded Islamist insurgents to resist the government.

The Shale Rebound

Texas’s Permian Basin has been called “the crown jewel of the world’s oil and gas industry.”

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