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  • 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...

  • SeaWorld was right to stop breeding orcas, but it should go further

    SeaWorld was right to stop breeding orcas, but it should go further

    Takara, a 25-year-old orca living at SeaWorld San Antonio, has already delivered four calves in four different cramped tanks across the country, and is about to deliver her fifth. Due any day now, the calf will be the last killer whale born at a SeaWorld. Last March, the park announced it would...

  • Lighten up on The Washington Post. It's only a newspaper slogan

    Lighten up on The Washington Post. It's only a newspaper slogan

    "Democracy Dies in Darkness.” Film at 11. Actually, the quote above isn’t a local TV news headline; it’s the new motto of The Washington Post.  It was spotted Tuesday night under the paper’s masthead online (but not in the print edition) and quickly inspired speculation that it was a response to...

  • Stephen Miller was no hero fighting left-wing oppression at Santa Monica High School

    Stephen Miller was no hero fighting left-wing oppression at Santa Monica High School

    Stephen Miller would eagerly tell you he’s from a liberal paradise, and I’d have to agree with him. Growing up in Los Angeles, I have always noticed my views on gun control and women’s rights rarely provoked a challenge. Locally, I have been represented by women and minorities in Congress and on...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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