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The chairman of the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus, hasn't had many nice things to say about Donald Trump lately, but he ought to thank the trash-talking mogul for this: Trump will draw millions of viewers to the GOP's first presidential debate on Thursday, giving the party a chance...

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  • Mormon Church should lift ban on gay scout leaders

    Mormon Church should lift ban on gay scout leaders

    To the editor: The Mormon Church stated that allowing openly gay leaders in Scouting was “inconsistent with the doctrine of the church and what have traditionally been the values of the Boy Scouts of America.” ("Decision on gay Scout leaders settles the issue — or not," Aug. 1)

  • The responsibility we all share for a 4-year-old boy's killing

    To the editor: Thank you for putting the tragic story of the shocking killing of 4-year-old Daniel Munoz in Highland front and center in your Friday paper, and thank you for quoting San Bernardino County Sheriff's Deputy Adam Cervantes, who said there was a sense of urgency in seeking justice....

  • Pick the right LAUSD supt. for the job, not the one everyone likes

    To the editor: I hope the Los Angeles Unified School District's Board of Education does not spend too much time with a “lengthy process” just to appease myriad social groups when hiring a credible candidate for superintendent. ("L.A. Unified begins search for next long-term superintendent," Aug....

  • 'Superbug' threat pales in comparison to going uninsured

    This article is a beautifully written, dramatically gripping presentation of the risks of lifesaving technologies available in the complex world of healthcare, and of the expert and passionate efforts to identify and control those risks and to prevent harm. ("A killer on the loose: UCLA doctors...

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    Treatment, not just jail, for the mentally ill

    The U.S. Department of Justice and Los Angeles County officials are negotiating the details of a consent decree to govern the treatment of mentally ill inmates in the troubled county jails, following more than a decade of reported abuse and excessive force by sheriff's deputies. The final terms...

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    Raise the cap on federal student loans

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    Consumers need a new legal right to control personal data

    Most American Internet users grasp this Silicon Valley truism: “If you're not paying, you're the product.” We gain “free” services and conveniences by yielding our personal information, which in turn is sold or traded to all sorts of interested parties. Those parties exploit this information to...

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    It's time to reconsider the parent trigger

    Five years after California's parent-trigger law was passed, it has not had the dramatic effect on public schools that its proponents hoped it would. Yet it is already at a crossroads in its young life.

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    How we went from beef on the hoof to mystery meat in a box

    What with all the vegetarians, vegans and flexitarians around, you might be surprised to learn that we now consume more animal protein than ever: 200 pounds per person in 2000, up some 40 pounds since the backyard barbecues of the 1950s. But no longer do we gorge on porterhouses, racks of lamb,...

  • Grading City Hall: See our report card for L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson

    Grading City Hall: See our report card for L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson

    In a series assessing the performance of elected officials in California, The Times is issuing report cards with letter grades to the top officials in City Hall. This week: City Council President Herb Wesson.

  • Dianne Feinstein: How DC can help fight the drought in California

    Dianne Feinstein: How DC can help fight the drought in California

    Last year, California voters overwhelmingly approved a $7.5-billion bond to upgrade the state's water infrastructure. This investment will help combat the effects of climate change, which is only worsening the drought we face now.

  • A study of California prosecutors finds a lack of diversity

    A study of California prosecutors finds a lack of diversity

    In one police killing after another over the last year, as the nation has waited to find out if charges would be filed against officers, we've been reminded that prosecutors are in many ways the most powerful officials in the American criminal justice system.

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    L.A. to offer a new way forward for homeless

    Most homeless people who live on the streets of Los Angeles have at one time or another been cited by police for various "quality of life" violations: public urination, sleeping on a sidewalk, jaywalking or other transgressions. These are relatively minor infractions of the law, but they can have...

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    Baby on board? Go Navy!

    Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced in May that he was planning to increase paid maternity leave for sailors from six to 12 weeks. It was one of a number of changes designed to make his branch of the armed forces more attractive to women — and to keep them once they signed up.

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    GOP and immigration: Will the Bush or Trump philosophy prevail?

    On the question of immigration, the Republican Party is at a crossroads.

  • L.A. needs these sensible gun-control measures

    L.A. needs these sensible gun-control measures

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    Watts riots, 50 years later: What has L.A. learned, and done?

    We look to anniversaries of momentous events — the beginning of World War I (100 years, last July), the end of the Civil War (150 years, in April), the voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., (50 years, in March) — to note the passage of time, to measure the progress of the generations,...

  • Obamacare works in California. Here's why.

    Obamacare works in California. Here's why.

    Residents who enroll through Covered California, our statewide exchange, will see only modest 4% increases in 2016. Those selecting the lowest-priced plans actually will save 4.5%.

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    Covered California's good news on premium hikes comes with trade-offs

    The 2010 federal healthcare reform law made it easier for millions of Americans to obtain insurance coverage, but it didn't stop the cost of that coverage from rising considerably faster than inflation. So it was a welcome surprise Monday when officials at Covered California, the state's health...

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    No Export-Import Bank? No problem.

    July was supposed to be a particularly bad month for the U.S. economy. On June 30, the U.S. Export-Import Bank's charter officially expired. For the previous 81 years, this little-known New Deal relic handed out hundreds of billions of dollars in taxpayer-backed financing to benefit a select few...

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    Local environmental activists don't get to make federal policy

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