Is hard work enough to buy you a house?

In 1988, my parents bought a house in Anaheim for $140,000. It’s in one of those post-World War II tracts where all the houses have three bedrooms, two baths and one garage — everything two Mexican immigrants could ever want for their American Dream.

Republican Party not likely to repeal Obamacare

Republicans will probably take a vote on Obamacare repeal in the 116th Congress next year if they get the chance. But I wouldn’t count on it actually passing and getting signed into law. If Republicans do retain control in the midterm elections, I expect the next Congress will look an awful lot like this one.

Democratic civil war yet to play out

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the new heroine of the Democratic Party left, is a virtual cinch to win her election to the House from New York City this fall. So she’s already expanded her campaign beyond Queens and the Bronx, hoping to change the face of her party by electing more progressives.

Trump and Putin’s do-si-do

WASHINGTON — It’s a given that political candidates will target each other with as much oppositional propaganda as they can get away with. But with the Kremlin now playing a third-party shadow role in U.S. elections, the usual game seems to be shifting from blood sport to cold war.