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

    Tuesday, Nov 25 2014 11:01 PM

    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 Southwest Airlines.

    My morning flight to Oakland had been canceled with little warning or explanation. But Southwest wouldn't let me on an earlier flight that had room and was still sitting at the gate. The Southwest agent said he couldn't get me to Oakland before 3 p.m. -- and I was scheduled to give a talk at 4. He could get me to San Jose, but wouldn't offer me compensation for the car I'd have to rent.

    When I protested, he told me to call Southwest customer relations in Dallas. The line there was...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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,...

  10. BRET LANE: Energy summit highlights how natural gas could fuel the future

    Kern County is the perfect location to talk about the future of energy. It's been a traditional energy hub for California and the entire nation, and now it is becoming a new center for renewable energy. This week at the Kern County Energy...

  11. JOE MATHEWS: Younger Calif. set behaves more like grown-ups

    At a moment like this, younger Californians should read Mona Simpson's novel Anywhere But Here, a California horror story first published in 1986 but still highly relevant to our times. In the novel, a mother, Adele August, and her young...

  12. CHRIS FLAVELLE: Next Ebola challenge is spending the money

    President Barack Obama is asking Congress for $6 billion in emergency funds to fight Ebola, including $2 billion for the U.S. Agency for International Development to spend on health care in West Africa. But an analysis of federal spending...

  13. MIKE STAJURA: Job fairs not enough for vets

    As the military drawdown in Afghanistan continues, the United States will add an additional 80,000 veterans from the Army alone to the civilian workforce. This is on top of the normal annual rate of separations from military service. On...

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