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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...

  • 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...

  • Trump's too little, too late response to anti-Semitism

    Trump's too little, too late response to anti-Semitism

    The headlines blared out “Trump Speaks Out Against Anti-Semitism” as President Trump condemned anti-Semitism after touring the National Museum of African American History and Culture on Tuesday.  “This tour,” he said, “was a meaningful reminder of why we have to fight bigotry, intolerance and hatred...

  • Divesting pensions from the Dakota Access Pipeline might sound good, but it will hurt Californians

    Divesting pensions from the Dakota Access Pipeline might sound good, but it will hurt Californians

    The day he was sworn in to the California Assembly, freshman Bay Area Democrat Ash Kalra filed his first piece of legislation: Assembly Bill 20, which would force the state’s two largest public employee retirement funds, CalSTRS and CalPERS, to divest from companies involved in building the disputed...

  • Re-elect Mitch O’Farrell

    Re-elect Mitch O’Farrell

    Los Angeles City Council District 13 is the smallest, most densely populated district, with some of the most desirable real estate in the city. Perhaps because of that, the district, which stretches from Hollywood to Silver Lake and Atwater Village to Koreatown, has become ground zero for the anti-development...

  • Democrats are copying Republican obstruction tactics. This won’t end well for the U.S.

    Democrats are copying Republican obstruction tactics. This won’t end well for the U.S.

    “No” is a word used too often by legislators. Faced with a tough vote, it’s easy to explain why you’re holding out for a different, better, competing idea. Maybe you object to a single provision. Maybe you hope that a more perfect bill will emerge after the next election. A “no” today protects...

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