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  • Congress shouldn't duck the public

    Congress shouldn't duck the public

    Are some Republicans in Congress hiding from constituents by refusing to hold town hall meetings on such vitally important topics as the future of the Affordable Care Act or immigration  enforcement? Or are these busy elected officials simply resisting calls from a small group of what President...

  • What the U.S. really needs is a wall to keep immigrants in

    What the U.S. really needs is a wall to keep immigrants in

    President Trump keeps reiterating his pledge to build a border wall between the United States and Mexico. He and his supporters have in mind a barrier that will keep Mexican immigrants out of the country. They should be thinking instead of a wall that will keep them in. Since 2008, more Mexicans...

  • California to Trump: What 'American carnage'? Things are far safer here than in the rest of America

    California to Trump: What 'American carnage'? Things are far safer here than in the rest of America

    President Trump has cast California as “out of control” because of proposed legislation that would make the entire state a sanctuary for illegal immigrants, who, he says, “breed crime.” But in reality, as California’s immigrant population has grown, its crime and violence rates have plummeted. ...

  • In the vast wasteland of the internet, your insignificant grievance is refreshing

    In the vast wasteland of the internet, your insignificant grievance is refreshing

    Remember how Twitter felt before a TV loudmouth with no political experience ran for president? Before a thin-skinned narcissist assumed command of America’s nuclear arsenal? It was a place where people went to complain, sure, and to express their anxieties, just like now — but the complaints and...

  • What are Oscars and other non-cash awards really worth?

    What are Oscars and other non-cash awards really worth?

    A few of the world’s truly great honors and awards are accompanied by truly great checks. The Nobel Prize, for one, comes with something close to a million dollars. The Oscars, though, which are handed out Sunday, are merely coated in gold. Since the mid-20th century, winners can only sell them...

  • Patt Morrison asks: UCLA economist Jana Gallus on the value of intrinsically valueless baubles like the Oscar

    Patt Morrison asks: UCLA economist Jana Gallus on the value of intrinsically valueless baubles like the Oscar

    A few of the world’s truly great honors and awards are accompanied by truly great checks. The Nobel Prize, for one, comes with something close to a million dollars. The Oscars, though, which are handed out Sunday, are merely coated in gold. Since the mid-20th century, winners can only sell them...

  • Shoring up Trump's shaky ship of state

    Shoring up Trump's shaky ship of state

    After plunging American foreign policy into confusion and disarray, the Trump administration in recent days has embarked on a major damage-control operation. Earlier this week, President Trump replaced Michael Flynn, the combustible campaign loyalist who resigned after misleading Vice President-elect...

  • In a crowded field, Monica Ratliff for Council District 7

    In a crowded field, Monica Ratliff for Council District 7

    The 7th Council District in the Northeast San Fernando Valley is in desperate need of committed, inclusive and ambitious representation. This region, which includes the communities of Sylmar, Mission Hills, Pacoima, Lakeview Terrace, Sunland, Tujunga and Shadow Hills, has some of the city’s most...

  • For the umpteenth time, the National Endowment for the Arts deserves its funding

    For the umpteenth time, the National Endowment for the Arts deserves its funding

    The National Endowment of the Arts is under attack — again. The foes are the same tired cast of characters who have assaulted the agency for the last 30 years. Their arguments are the same threadbare notions that have been repeatedly rejected. They are mounting a partisan battle that will do the...

  • Trump may have bad intentions, but Obama was a deporter-in-chief too

    Trump may have bad intentions, but Obama was a deporter-in-chief too

    Agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement are setting up interior checkpoints. Customs and Border Protection guards, emboldened by President Trump, have begun asking foreign visitors for their social-media usernames. That’s one version of the news, anyway. The truth is that there were no...

  • Kremlingate: What did President Trump know and when did he know it?

    Kremlingate: What did President Trump know and when did he know it?

    Michael Flynn’s departure as national security advisor highlights the troubling and mysterious ties between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. We know that Trump is the most pro-Russian president in American history. He regularly praises Putin and dismisses well-founded charges...

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