January 30, 2012 Most people have never have heard of Saul Alinsky, but Newt Gingrich seems to mention his name every chance he gets. Alinsky wrote the book on community organizing — actually, two books — and he's a hero to the left and a demon to the right. Why does Alinsky inspire so much passion?
December 21, 2011 Mental health and law enforcement officials in California are wrestling with that question as violence at the state's psychiatric hospitals continues to escalate. They are trying to determine how to hold violent mental patients accountable for their actions without punishing them for being sick.
December 20, 2011 Most of the patients in the state's psychiatric hospitals have been committed by the criminal justice system — and violence against staff members and other patients is on the rise. But of the thousands of attacks that occur each year, few are treated as crimes.
December 1, 2011 As the contests in Iowa and New Hampshire near, the Republican presidential hopefuls are no longer keeping their sniping focused on President Obama. In the past few days, the contenders have shown themselves to be ready to fight each other.
November 3, 2011 Ever since allegations against GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain surfaced, speculation has raged about whether opposition research was involved. Political veterans talk about the art of digging up information on candidates — and whether it may have had a role in the Cain story.
October 20, 2011 At the Western Republican Leadership Conference in Las Vegas, about 600 die-hard Republicans were considering their options. Mitt Romney may be the presumed front-runner, but most activists mention his name as just one possibility. Conservatives continue to look for other options.
October 19, 2011 Republican presidential candidates took turns explaining why they think Herman Cain's 9-9-9 plan is really a big zero. And Mitt Romney and Rick Perry swapped criticism in unusually personal and biting terms.
October 18, 2011 More than 3 million gallons of crude oil from a sunken tanker may be threatening California's Central Coast. The SS Montebello sank in 1941 after it was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. A group is now trying to determine just how much of an environmental threat the Montebello poses, 900 feet below the waves.
September 28, 2011 New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has repeatedly said he does not plan on running for president in 2012. That hasn't quashed speculation that he'll reconsider. And nothing Christie said during an appearance at the Ronald Reagan Library in California seemed to dampen the hopes of his fans.
September 18, 2011 From a back-of-the-pack start, the Tea Party favorite won an upset victory in the Iowa straw poll but lost ground when Texas Gov. Rick Perry got in the race. A feisty debate put her back on an upswing, but how long she can keep that momentum remains to be seen.