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  • How to make sexually misbehaving politicians pay

    How to make sexually misbehaving politicians pay

    If a lawmaker is accused of sexual harassment, why should the taxpayers be the ones who end up paying to settle the case? Wouldn’t it make more sense for the official himself — the individual accused of the wrongdoing — to pay? Wouldn’t that be more likely to discourage harassment by public officials...

  • Trump is keeping his promise to destabilize the international order

    Trump is keeping his promise to destabilize the international order

    A pattern is emerging in President Trump’s foreign policy: Time after time, he’s doing what he promised to do. Last week, Trump announced that the United States is formally recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moving its embassy there, even though some of his aides warned that the move...

  • Journalists are at war with their critics — and they're losing badly

    Journalists are at war with their critics — and they're losing badly

    Long before we knew who’d won Tuesday’s special election in Alabama, we knew who had lost: the media. At least, that is, according to conservative media critics. “Roy Moore Proves Media Only Destroys Itself in Elections” ran a headline Monday in The American Spectator. “The late Charles Manson...

  • Will tax reform be the GOP's Obamacare?

    Will tax reform be the GOP's Obamacare?

    Will the tax reform effort be the GOP’s version of Obamacare? I don’t know, and neither does anyone else. We have little idea what the final legislation will look like and, even if we did, it’s hard to predict its overall effect. But there are some similarities already, starting with the ugliness...

  • Nikki Haley goes rogue on President Trump

    Nikki Haley goes rogue on President Trump

    Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and one of the highest-ranking women in the Trump administration, became the latest of the president’s men (and women) to veer off script and speak, well, candidly. Haley told an interviewer on CBS’ “Face the Nation” broadcast Sunday that the...

  • The evangelical slippery slope, from Ronald Reagan to Roy Moore

    The evangelical slippery slope, from Ronald Reagan to Roy Moore

    When I was growing up in the evangelical subculture in the 1960s and 1970s, I heard a lot of warnings about slippery slopes, especially relating to the Bible. If you dared to interpret the many-headed beasts or the vials of judgment in the Book of Revelation as allegory, then pretty soon you’d...

  • Fixing America's food deserts alone won't fix our terrible diets

    Fixing America's food deserts alone won't fix our terrible diets

    You are what you eat. It’s an expression with roots in the early 1800s that has come to mean if you consume what’s good for you, you will be healthy, and if you don’t, well, watch out. But our latest research on what influences consumers to make unhealthy food choices has compelled us to turn that...

  • Fiercely local alt-weeklies are worth fighting for. Can they be saved?

    Fiercely local alt-weeklies are worth fighting for. Can they be saved?

    Some things that go out of style come back again: mustaches, three-piece suits, absinthe. Others seem gone for good, like boxing on network television, or big family station wagons with a seat in the way back. And some things stick around but get steadily harder to find, so that eventually nobody’s...

  • Trump’s EPA wants to ignore science and put more dirty trucks back on the road

    Trump’s EPA wants to ignore science and put more dirty trucks back on the road

    Diesel exhaust fumes are the most foul tailpipe emissions on the road, as anyone stuck in traffic behind an aging bus or 18-wheeler can attest. But researchers have gathered overwhelming evidence that the fumes are more than just unpleasant; diesel emissions contribute to asthma, heart disease,...

  • Trump delivers a death blow to the two-state solution

    Trump delivers a death blow to the two-state solution

    President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel represents a major break with decades of U.S. foreign policy. It is a final, devastating blow to the prospect of a two-state solution for Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians. The move involves, first, a contemptuous...

  • A baker can't discriminate in the name of free speech or religion

    A baker can't discriminate in the name of free speech or religion

    The Supreme Court on Tuesday heard arguments in an important case in which a Christian baker is arguing that he has a constitutional right to refuse to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. Nothing emerged in the arguments to shake our view that the court would be embarking on a dangerous...

  • Trump's weaponized whataboutism

    Trump's weaponized whataboutism

    President Trump thinks lots of people should be investigated for wrongdoing. Just not him. Hillary Clinton above all. More than a year after she lost the presidential election, she’s still Trump’s favorite target — a rhetorical security blanket he returns to, over and over. “Everybody is asking...

  • The best thing Trump could do for Israel is grow up

    The best thing Trump could do for Israel is grow up

    If foreign policy were composed solely of bumper stickers and hashtags, President Trump would be Israel’s greatest ally. Like any good sound-bite specialist, he says all the right things when it comes to the safety and security of Israel. But international diplomacy requires more than vivid slogans;...

  • The 'gay wedding cake' case isn't about religious freedom or free speech

    The 'gay wedding cake' case isn't about religious freedom or free speech

    This week, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the case of David Mullins and Charlie Craig, a couple turned away by Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colo., when they tried to buy a wedding cake. The two weren’t turned away because they couldn’t afford the cake. They weren’t turned away because they...

  • Living in an RV isn't ideal, but a crackdown is cruel

    Living in an RV isn't ideal, but a crackdown is cruel

    Here in the nation’s least affordable rental market, the poor often have to come up with creative ways to keep a roof over their heads. One of those ways is to live in a motor home or RV. During the last homeless count, volunteers counted 2,363 campers in the city of Los Angeles that had been turned...

  • GOP tax promises, broken

    GOP tax promises, broken

    As the Senate’s tax cut bill careened toward passage last week, it should have reminded its Republican authors of all the malpractice they complained about when Democrats were in charge: A big, complex bill unveiled at the last minute. Hasty committee hearings that left important details unwritten....

  • The Trump administration is dreaming of a very, very, very white Christmas

    The Trump administration is dreaming of a very, very, very white Christmas

    Season's greetings from the Trump administration and its fondest friends.

  • The Kate Steinle verdict will please few, and be manipulated by many

    The Kate Steinle verdict will please few, and be manipulated by many

    The acquittal of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate in a San Francisco courtroom on Thursday will bring joy to few and pain to many. That’s the trouble with the rule of law: It doesn’t always offer comfort or satisfaction. When dispensed properly, justice is an utterly dispassionate force. On a summer evening...

  • Editorial Board: The GOP's big tax win is a loss for the rest of us

    Editorial Board: The GOP's big tax win is a loss for the rest of us

    Congressional Republicans finally appear poised for a signal legislative achievement after months of near-misses and face-plants caused by intraparty squabbling. Now that the Senate has joined the House in passing versions of a bill to cut taxes — with the support of virtually all Republicans and...

  • Closing the book on the UC audit

    Closing the book on the UC audit

    After an audit of the University of California system in April suggested that UC President Janet Napolitano maintained a $175 million slush fund, a whistleblower accused the president’s office of meddling in the audit. Separate investigations by the state Auditor’s office and the UC Board of Regents...

  • Could this be the beginning of the end of the Trump administration?

    Could this be the beginning of the end of the Trump administration?

    Despite suggestions by the White House that it’s no big deal, the guilty plea by former national security advisor Michael Flynn to a charge of lying to the FBI about his conversations with a Russian diplomat is an ominous and dramatic development in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s critically...

  • Put the brakes on all these tax breaks

    Put the brakes on all these tax breaks

    When Los Angeles leaders gave a $270-million tax break to the developer of a 1,000-room luxury hotel at L.A. Live more than a decade ago, they argued that the incentive was vital to help the struggling convention center and to catalyze redevelopment in South Park. Now, downtown Los Angeles is booming...

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