Talk Back: Obama's speech
Do you approve of President Obama's new strategy to combat ISIS?

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Drummond: Who will break from the pack in Oakland mayor's race?

Oakland has a record 15 candidates running for mayor. With less than seven weeks before Election Day, there's no clear front-runner in race 
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November 2014 election recommendations from the Contra Costa Times/Oakland Tribune editorial board

Click here to view the full list of editorials on candidates and measures in key races on the November 2014 ballot. 
Piedmonter/Montclarion letters: Oakland voters, come to the Tuesday candidates forum

Come to the Tuesday candidates forumAn opportunity to meet the District 4 school board candidates as well as the District 4 City Council candidates will be sponsored by the Piedmont Pines Neighborhood Association and the Montclair Village Merchants Association from 6:30 to 8:30 p. 
Guest commentary: Must move ahead on Common Core

A multitude of voices can now be heard about the Common Core standards that have been adopted in 44 states. While there is legitimate concern about the latest reform in American education, the standards allow our nation to provide, for the first time, a set of goals that all students from primary 
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Esther Cepeda: The NFL's female fan base

What do pedicures and sparkly flip-flops have to do with Ray Rice's unceremonious ouster from football?Everything.Most observers credit the latest leaked video of Rice punching out his then-fiancee Janay Palmer for his new punishment. 
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