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  1. JACQUIELYNN FLOYD: OK, Texans, enough with all the crazy talk

    Monday, May 04 2015 04:55 PM

    Fellow Texans, rest easy. Nobody is declaring martial law on our state.This is a case of stating the obvious, but some people out there need reminding: Federal soldiers aren't going to kick the door down and take your precious firearms.

    Airborne sturmtruppen aren't going to parachute onto the roof. No one is going to dig up the yard in search of the gold coins you've got buried out there in a Miracle Whip jar.

    Friends, as much scintillating fun as it is to swap crazy talk around the ol' Internet campfire, enough is enough. If you're just pretending to believe that military training exercises planned for this summer are a smokescreen for a totalitarian federal takeover, you need to knock it off. And if you really do believe this -- no...

  2. OTHER VIEWS: What does it take to get fired at the VA?

    After the scandal that broke last year at the Department of Veterans Affairs, it didn't look possible to reduce the department's credibility. But Secretary Robert A. McDonald has found ways to do so. The department was embarrassed by the...

  3. FRANK P. BARAJAS: Do something about immense student debt in California

    Eavesdrop long enough to their conversations where they meet and eventually you will hear students lament over the mountain of college debt they are accruing each school year. They can range from $40,000 to $100,000 or more and will take...

  4. ESTHER CEPEDA: Disappointment in the latest Nation's Report Card

    As I approached the results of the latest Nation's Report Card on social studies education, I prepared myself for an inevitable drop in scores. To my surprise, though many "old school" history teachers have lately chosen retirement over...

  5. OTHER VIEWS: Chipotle's GMO message is muddled

    Let's unpack this burrito bowl.Chipotle Mexican Grill last week became the first large U.S. restaurant chain to declare it would not use any genetically engineered ingredients in its menu offerings. The fast-food giant stated its position...

  6. JOE MATHEWS: State's east-west roads offer hidden surprises

    Do you seek beauty and danger in California, but are unsure in which direction to find it? West. Just drive west. Or east. California is reliably connected from north to south by workhorse highways like the Interstate 5, the 99, and the...

  7. OTHER VIEWS: Nepal quake's devastating toll hits home

    Aftershocks of heartache and horror reverberate the world over as the magnitude of the earthquake that wracked Nepal Saturday sinks in. The 7.8 Richter reading fails utterly to capture the scale of death, destruction and now heroic rescue...

  8. MATTHEW MANGINO: Faulty hair analysis has far-reaching implications

    Two years ago, the FBI agreed to review more than 2,000 cases processed between 1985 and 2000 in which hair samples helped secure convictions. At the time, Peter Neufeld, of the Innocence Project, told McClatchy Newspapers, "The...

  9. OTHER VIEWS: North Korea, Iran and bitter lessons

    What's North Korea done lately besides rage against Hollywood over the "The Interview"? Build more nuclear bombs. According to a recent Wall Street Journal report, Chinese nuclear experts have told some American counterparts that North...

  10. OTHER VIEWS: The law and the 'violent felony' muddle

    Twice recently the Supreme Court has chastised the U.S. Department of Justice for stretching criminal laws beyond their rational application in order to secure a conviction. Beyond their consequences for individual defendants, these...

  11. MICHAEL GERSON: The baggage Hillary brings

    Assuming there is no direct quid pro quo in the thicket of Clinton Foundation donations and State Department decisions -- an assumption that may make an abettor out of you and me -- what compels the Clintons to operate so close to the...

  12. DANA MILBANK: Free-trade agreement an abomination

    No, President Obama, Elizabeth Warren isn't wrong.Obama told MSNBC's Chris Matthews that the populist Democratic senator from Massachusetts is in error in opposing a free-trade agreement his administration negotiated with 11 other Pacific...

  13. DANA MILBANK: Playing the game of billion-dollar politics

    The Republican presidential candidates are set to crucify each other on crosses of gold. GOP leaders exulted a few years ago when the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling and other decisions invited the rich to pour unlimited sums into...