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  1. OTHER VIEWS: Tagging Yosemite is theft, not art

    Thursday, Oct 30 2014 11:01 PM

    In the 10 million years since the Sierra Nevada heaved from the earth and the colossus that is now Yosemite National Park was created, the artifacts of many life forms have come and gone.

    So it will be, no doubt, for the work of "CreepyTings," the tagger whose graffiti appeared this summer along Yosemite's Mist Trail.

    Done in acrylic on a formerly pristine mountain, the stupid white head with the snake in its mouth is just one in a series of marks left, authorities believe, by a 21-year-old New York woman who apparently spent her summer vandalizing Western landmarks and posting pictures of her handiwork on Instagram and Tumblr.

    The images, signed with her moniker, created a furor last week after they showed up on Reddit, the techie...

  2. DANA MILBANK: A few good canine heroes

    It's a good thing for Dominic Adesanya that U.S. marshals don't bite. If they did, he would have a new set of puncture wounds to match those given him by Secret Service dogs Hurricane and Jordan last week when he jumped the White House...

  3. Assessor race: Voters, just take your pick

    Back in June, we endorsed Jon Lifquist for Kern County Assessor-Recorder. Now we're scratching our heads. We still like Lifquist's experience in the assessor's office and the continuity that his promotion would provide Kern County...

  4. DANA MILBANK: Larry Pressler's quirky Senate campaign

    Many issues are at play in these 2014 midterm elections. The 1970s Abscam scandal has not been one of them. Until now. Former Republican Sen. Larry Pressler, mounting an independent candidacy to recapture the seat he lost 18 years ago,...

  5. A chance to make the Senate better?

    Mark Udall is a pleasant man whose future has a lot to do with the future of the country, and it's therefore appropriate to note some other things about him. This Democratic U.S. senator from Colorado has been devoted to the ruinous...

  6. ESTHER CEPEDA: Trading one kind of bigotry for another

    Class, not race, may be the defining discrimination issue of my children's lifetime. If Charles A. Murray's thesis in "Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010" -- that people of similar socioeconomic backgrounds cluster...

  7. MICHAEL GERSON: Ebola multiplies in a medium of denial

    It is such a relief about that Ebola thing. The threat of an American outbreak turned out to be overhyped. A military operation is underway to help those poor Liberians. An Ebola czar (what is his name again?) has been appointed to...

  8. DANA MILBANK: A Democratic candidate who embraces Obama

    David Perdue took the cheap and easy route.The Republican Senate candidate in Georgia, like Republican candidates in most other competitive races, calculated that the surest road to victory was to tie his opponent, in this case Democrat...

  9. MICHAEL GERSON: For Republican Party, no victory lap

    On the theory that chickens should not only be counted before they hatch but killed, let us consider the downsides for Republicans of winning both houses of Congress. This hypothetical now seems the most likely outcome, according to the...

  10. OTHER VIEWS: HBO blazing trails, but will others follow?

    In the mid-1990s, HBO made a strategic decision to invest more in original programming and make it the network's selling point, as opposed to the second-run movies that dominated its lineup in the early years. That programming -- from "The...

  11. OTHER VIEWS: Fault-finding, not fact-checking, on Ebola scare

    The ebola virus reached this country at the height of the 2014 campaign, so perhaps it was inevitable that the political parties would try to exploit it. To Republicans, the situation proves once again that President Obama has failed to...

  12. ESTHER CEPEDA: Ebola outbreak: Exposing our darkest thoughts

    Raise your hand if you've heard the phrase "heart of darkness" about a hundred times lately. It has been used to reference the African continent, the Ebola outbreak, the newly discovered origination point of the HIV virus, as well as...

  13. RUBEN NAVARRETTE: Make a living, but don't forget to live

    Thank you, Shonda Rhimes. You've set me free. The same goes for millions of other parents who spend their days chasing after what has to be the most overscheduled generation of children ever. Freedom came in the form of a single paragraph...

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