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  • John McCain rescued the Senate GOP healthcare bill. Can he rescue the Senate?

    John McCain rescued the Senate GOP healthcare bill. Can he rescue the Senate?

    It’s hard to ignore the irony of Sen. John McCain returning to Washington from cranial surgery at the Mayo Clinic just to keep alive a bill that would make health insurance unaffordable to millions of Americans. Had McCain (R-Ariz.) considered the symbolism of his actions more carefully, he might...

  • Why Trump is abusing Jeff Sessions

    Why Trump is abusing Jeff Sessions

    It has been obvious at least since President Trump fired former FBI Director James B. Comey — a shocking decision that he acknowledged was done with “this Russia thing” in mind — that Trump is being driven to bizarre and desperate lengths by the FBI investigation into possible ties between his...

  • If the city wants the faith community to help the homeless, it should make sure it's not standing in the way

    If the city wants the faith community to help the homeless, it should make sure it's not standing in the way

    It makes sense that L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti would enlist religious leaders in a citywide effort to fight homelessness. At a time when officials are gearing up to build thousands of units of housing for homeless people, the city could use the moral suasion of pastors, rabbis, imams and other faith...

  • Keep political campaigns out of the churches

    Keep political campaigns out of the churches

    As part of his all-too-successful courtship of religious conservatives, Donald Trump promised during his presidential campaign to “get rid of” the Johnson Amendment, a 1954 law that prohibits churches and other tax-exempt nonprofit organizations from endorsing candidates for public office. In May,...

  • Shining a light on prescription drug pricing

    Shining a light on prescription drug pricing

    After years of failed efforts, the California Legislature may finally pass a bill that responds to the problem of rising prescription drug costs. But temper your enthusiasm: Though this measure (SB 17) has been fiercely resisted by the pharmaceutical industry, it wouldn’t actually stop manufacturers...

  • L.A. voters want to legalize marijuana, so why won't city leaders do it?

    L.A. voters want to legalize marijuana, so why won't city leaders do it?

    Los Angeles voters want to legalize marijuana, and they don’t seem particularly concerned that it remains illegal under federal law. In November nearly two out of three voters in the city of L.A. supported Proposition 64, a statewide initiative to let adults grow, buy and use recreational marijuana....

  • Stop playing games with the Iranian nuclear deal

    Stop playing games with the Iranian nuclear deal

    The Trump administration last week certified that Iran is complying with the international agreement placing limits on its nuclear program – but for a while it looked as if the certification wouldn’t happen. Administration officials had distributed t​​​​alking points explaining the decision and...

  • Trump flirts with impeachment if he threatens Mueller

    Trump flirts with impeachment if he threatens Mueller

    President Trump made it clear from the get-go that he regards the Russia investigation being conducted by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III as a “witch hunt,” an absurd allegation that even his own nominee to head the FBI has rejected. But this week, the president escalated his efforts to preemptively...

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