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  1. JOE MATHEWS: Di$neyland ought to give kids a break

    Tuesday, Dec 16 2014 08:33 PM

    Do Californians need a constitutional amendment to get into Disneyland?When I was growing up in the 1980s, Disneyland was so reliably empty on Christmas Eve that my family often spent December 24 in the "Happiest Place on Earth." Tickets, while expensive, didn't break the bank; in 1989, adults paid $23.50, and kids age 3 to 12 were $18.50. But today, I wouldn't think of taking my kids to Disneyland. Disney -- via special events and the invention of holiday attractions -- has all but eliminated its off-season. And the expense is hard to justify. A one-day ticket to visit just one of Disney's two Anaheim parks is now $96 for anyone 10 or over. For children ages 3 to 10, it's $90.

  2. JOE MATHEWS: Will San Diego have the finest Obamacare in US?

    Yes, it's way too early for any verdicts about the Affordable Care Act and its implementation, even in California, which has embraced this messy mash-up of a law more rapidly and firmly than almost any other state. It may be that we'll...

  3. JOHN DICKERSON: The GOP's Ferguson moment

    Will a potential Republican presidential candidate give a speech about the crisis in Ferguson, Missouri? It would be a political opportunity, a chance to prove that he is precisely the type of leader the likely 2016 candidates will claim...

  4. AKI PEREZ & ROBIN SIMCOX: Inclinations toward brutality

    No more beheading videos, al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri advised Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in a 2005 letter. "I say to you: that we are in a battle, and that more than half of this battle is taking place in the battlefield of the media,"...

  5. JOE MATHEWS: Southwest's glory days heading south

    I may have to take back everything bad I ever said about California's high-speed rail project. This thought ran through my head one morning last week at Gate A3 of Burbank airport, as I engaged in another of my now-frequent battles with...

  6. DANIEL HERTZ: When integration becomes gentrification

    Within recent memory, the neighborhoods north of downtown Portland, Ore., were among the most segregated in the Pacific Northwest. By 1970, violence and discrimination helped create large areas where African-Americans made up as much as 84...

  7. JOSHUA KEATING: Are US and Saudi Arabia conspiring on oil prices?

    As Slate writer Jordan Weissmann wrote Tuesday, there are a number of factors behind the continuing global slide in oil prices, including North American production, increased energy efficiency, Europe's economic stagnation, and China's...

  8. CHRIS MOONEY: Winter weather doesn't refute global warming

    If you live in the U.S., you have been feeling insanely cold lately. The area south of Buffalo got 5 feet of snow this week -- an extreme winter weather outburst that is being blamed for a tragic five deaths -- and the Weather Channel says...

  9. ROMESH PONNURU: Liberals not sure exactly why they like Obama's amnesty

    President Barack Obama is planning to rewrite immigration law in the guise of exercising "prosecutorial discretion." In other words, he's going to ask federal agencies not to enforce the laws on the books and hand work permits to millions...

  10. BENJAMIN COOK: The Dust Bowl really was that bad

    On April 15, 1935, one of the largest dust storms in history smothered Oklahoma and the Texas panhandle in a cloud thick enough to nearly blot out the noonday sun. It was this day, which would become known as "Black Sunday," that produced...

  11. CYNTHIA ALLEN: How to tackle health care law in the new Congress

    File this one under reasons to remain skeptical of Obamacare. This week, video surfaced showing professor, economist and Affordable Care Act architect Jonathan Gruber describe before an audience at the University of Pennsylvania how...

  12. NIA-MALIKA HENDERSON: 5 myths about Valerie Jarrett

    Valerie Jarrett is the most talked-about White House aide in Washington -- and that's not always a good thing. Jarrett has come under attack after the midterm elections, with critics charging that she wields too much influence over her...

  13. ANDRES MARTINEZ: English will grow as the most popular language

    A Russian, a Korean, and a Mexican walk into a bar. How do they communicate? In English, if at all, even though it's not anyone's native language. Swap out a bar for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in China this week,...

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