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  • 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...

  • When the Nazis wrote the Nuremberg laws, they looked to racist American statutes

    When the Nazis wrote the Nuremberg laws, they looked to racist American statutes

    The European far right sees much to admire in the United States, with political leaders such as Marine le Pen of France and Geert Wilders of the Netherlands celebrating events — such as the recent presidential election — that seem to bode well for their brand of ethno-nationalism. Is this cross-Atlantic...

  • Spelling's not for eveyrone, Mr. Precedent

    Spelling's not for eveyrone, Mr. Precedent

    Remembr speling? Neither does our president. In his first tweet as POTUS — posted at 11:57 a.m. on Jan. 21 — @realDonaldTrump tweeted, “I am honered [sic] to serve you, the great American People, as your 45th President of the United States!” (He later deleted the message.) He governs as he campaigned....

  • Condemned by the president

    Condemned by the president

    Rafael Medoff is director of the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies. Dean Motter is an Eisner Award-winning graphic novelist and creator of “Mister X”. Follow the Opinion section on Twitter @latimesopinion or Facebook

  • Donald Trump's pro-torture rhetoric could help bring abuse to a neighborhood near you

    Donald Trump's pro-torture rhetoric could help bring abuse to a neighborhood near you

    On the campaign trail and now in office, President Trump has made his position on torture very clear: It works, and even if it doesn’t, “they deserve it anyway.” Trump delivered this applause line at a rally in Ohio in late 2015, and again a few months later in South Carolina. In a debate among...

  • Homeless people don't just need housing – they need services to get and stay housed. Vote yes on Measure H

    Homeless people don't just need housing – they need services to get and stay housed. Vote yes on Measure H

    For homeless people to rebuild their lives, they need permanent housing. But that’s just one of the building blocks to a new, functional life. Homeless people need services to help them leave behind the isolation of life on the streets, get housed and stay housed, and those services are as varied...

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