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  • A persistent and effective advocate, Monica Rodriguez for Council District 7

    A persistent and effective advocate, Monica Rodriguez for Council District 7

    Voters in the 7th Council District have a refreshingly difficult decision on May 16. The two contenders who emerged from a field of 20 during the primary are both experienced public servants committed to improving the quality of life in the often forgotten northeast corner of Los Angeles. Either...

  • Trump's anti-science budget will be a disaster for America's bottom line

    Trump's anti-science budget will be a disaster for America's bottom line

    In its approach to scientific research, President Trump’s budget can be accurately described as a mugging. I’ve watched this happen before, up close and personal. It does not end well. In 1979, President Carter set an ambitious but achievable goal to get 20% of the nation’s energy from renewable...

  • The sorry spectacle of the French presidential election

    The sorry spectacle of the French presidential election

    A far-left candidate’s meteoric rise has given a surrealist hue to the already remarkable French presidential campaign. Heading toward the Sunday election, firebrand radical Jean-Luc Mélenchon is among four top candidates polling within a margin of just 4 percentage points. The outcome is too close...

  • Is Alex Jones an extreme conspiracy theorist or a giant troll? Here's why the answer matters

    Is Alex Jones an extreme conspiracy theorist or a giant troll? Here's why the answer matters

    Is there a difference between the persona we offer to the world and the person we truly are? That question is as old as philosophy, poetry or adolescence. But here’s a modern American twist: What’s the legal difference between the personas we offer to the world and our true selves? This week, infamous...

  • The relentless fighting over net neutrality rules needs to end, but how can it?

    The relentless fighting over net neutrality rules needs to end, but how can it?

    Under its last chairman, Democrat Tom Wheeler, the Federal Communications Commission dramatically ramped up its regulation of telecommunications companies, especially those that provide broadband Internet access to the home. The commission adopted rules to preserve net neutrality, limit the collection...

  • L.A.'s grassy parkways should not be parking spaces

    L.A.'s grassy parkways should not be parking spaces

    Of course people shouldn’t park their cars on the city’s parkways, the often grassy strip of land between the sidewalk and the street curb. Planting cars on the parkways is ugly, destructive to public infrastructure and, because the cars drive over or block the sidewalks as well, dangerous for...

  • Campaign bluster won't work with North Korea. Can Trump learn in time to avert disaster?

    Campaign bluster won't work with North Korea. Can Trump learn in time to avert disaster?

    The world is on the brink of danger once again, with North Korea threatening further nuclear tests and new missile launches, and the United States drawing red lines and issuing warnings. In recent days, both Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have said that American...

  • Trump's acting like a lame duck president

    Trump's acting like a lame duck president

    One of the (many) things that makes the Trump presidency so hard to read is that the chapters are all out of order. Traditionally, during the transition period, presidents-elect are out of the limelight. But while Barack Obama was still in the White House, Donald Trump announced “deals” and appointments...

  • Why tax day is a nightmare for freelancers

    Why tax day is a nightmare for freelancers

    For the 55 million Americans who make their living as freelance workers, tax day is more than just a headache. It’s an annual fleecing. Freelancers now constitute a third of the American workforce, and over the past decade, 94% of new jobs added to the U.S. economy were created in the so-called...

  • A NAFTA World Cup? Just the thing to improve relations

    A NAFTA World Cup? Just the thing to improve relations

    Mexico and the United States enjoy one of the most important bilateral relationships in the world today, with profound implications for the prosperity, well-being and security of both nations. No country touches the daily lives of more Americans than Mexico, and no country touches the daily lives...

  • Enough excuses. Release your taxes, Mr. President

    Enough excuses. Release your taxes, Mr. President

    Tuesday is Tax Day, and millions of Americans are expected to file their 1040s as part of the complicated business of paying for government. Now is the time for President Trump to stop making excuses and release his own tax records to the public, as he should have done many months ago. His current...

  • Make California's presidential primary great again

    Make California's presidential primary great again

    Would Donald Trump be president today if California had moved its 2016 presidential primary earlier in the year? Probably, but who knows for sure? By the time the Golden State was casting votes on June 7, Trump had all but locked up the Republican Party nomination and Californians fell into line....

  • A book of poetry that's worth $100,000, and so much more

    A book of poetry that's worth $100,000, and so much more

    A few months ago, I was talking to a former student about how she teaches poetry to college undergraduates. “Oh, I just ask them what the point of the poem is,” she said, as if the answer would be the simplest, most obvious thing in the world, “and then I ask them how the poem makes that point.”...

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