Obama’s Back On the Trail, and This Time It’s Personal

Robin Abcarian, LA Times
He's taken the high road for so long it seemed he was impervious to the way President Trump has abused his legacy. But former President Obama is not having it anymore, and with the House of Representatives in play, he came to California to blast Trump and get out the Democratic vote.

How the Senate Lost Its Decorum

Carl M. Cannon, Orange County Register
It was over so quickly that if you weren’t glued to C-SPAN you surely missed it, but a spontaneous moment of grace took place during the relentlessly partisan confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Cory Booker to headline Iowa Democrats’ fall banquet

DES MOINES, Iowa — New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker is scheduled to headline Iowa Democrats' marquee fall banquet next month, raising his national profile further on the heels of a spotlight role in confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Booker is the first of the Democrats' better-known potential ...

Sweden election highlights heated immigration debate

STOCKHOLM — Sweden went to the polls Sunday in a general election that is expected to be one of the most unpredictable and thrilling races in the Scandinavian country for decades amid heated debate on immigration.

The election will be Sweden's first since the government in 2015 allowed 163,000 migrants ...

China trade surplus with U.S. hits record $31 billion

BEIJING — China's trade surplus with the United States widened to a record $31 billion in August as exports surged despite American tariff hikes, potentially adding fuel to President Donald Trump's battle with Beijing over industrial policy.

Exports to the United States rose 13.4 percent to $44.4 billion, ticking up ...

Obama less combative in California speech

Looking to rally support for several Democratic congressional candidates across California, former President Barack Obama took a more measured tone Saturday -- after a strongly worded speech the day before where he leveled blistering criticism of his successor and the GOP.

Sweden votes in election amid heated debate on immigration

STOCKHOLM (AP) - Polls have opened in Sweden's general election in what is expected to be one of the most unpredictable and thrilling races in the Scandinavian country for decades amid heated debate on immigration.

Sunday's election will be Sweden's first since the government in 2015 allowed 163,000 migrants into ...

Wages Are Finally Picking Up. Will It Last?

Paul Davidson, USA Today
The long-awaited pickup in U.S. wage growth may have finally arrived. Average hourly earnings rose 2.9 percent in August from a year earlier, the sharpest jump since June 2009, the Labor Department said Friday.

U.S. Has Many Heroes, Kaepernick Isn’t One of Them

Steve Allen, American Greatness
It started with football players protesting the National Anthem, and ended, as protests often do, with money changing hands: The vile Colin Kaepernick becomes a highly compensated spokesman for Nike, and the NFL tries to pay off activist players with tens of millions of dollars for

Heroes Have Always Been the Heart of Nike’s Narrative

Bruce Philp, The Globe & Mail
I’ve always admired Nike, professionally speaking. The last great brand of the 20th century, perhaps the first postmodern brand ever, Nike changed what marketing means by selling people something to believe in, even if it was only themselves.