Column: Xi, Biden took easy steps. Big problems will be harder

WASHINGTON —  In a world beset by wars in Gaza and Ukraine, it’s good news when two superpowers step back from frictions that increased the danger of another war in Asia. That’s what happened last week when President Biden met with China’s Xi Jinping at a country estate in the ridges west of Silicon Valley. The … Read more

Screenwriter Eric Roth on ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ and a life of big scripts

The man on the porch wonders about what will endure, the stories, voices and years, the way they gathered and played out, making him a recurring whisper in the lives of others. If he were writing a movie—and he has written many— he might pencil in for the camera to linger on the gray beard, … Read more

$1.8-billion Powerball jackpot wins big prize for Frazier Park shop

For nearly 30 years, Nidal Khalil heard countless variations of the same question from customers at his Frazier Park shop hoping to hit it big with the lottery. “Every time they would buy a ticket, they would say, ‘When is it going to happen for us? I think it’s about our time.’ Well, now it’s … Read more

Some Republicans want to have it both ways with Trump’s Big Lie

Some things are so obvious, they scarcely bear mention. Birds fly. Fish swim. Politicians say things they hope will get them elected. That’s not as terrible as it might sound. Candidates could have the most ingenious proposal to, say, banish poverty and end hunger, but what good is that if they can’t win office and … Read more