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  • There's a grim reality behind your Thanksgiving turkey

    There's a grim reality behind your Thanksgiving turkey

    Observing an annual pre-Thanksgiving rite, President Trump pardoned two big white fluffy turkeys Tuesday in a photo op at the White House. (Named Drumstick and Wishbone, the birds will end up at an enclosure on the campus of Virginia Tech.) That leaves 46 million other turkeys that won’t get pardoned....

  • What anti-Trump Americans can be thankful for in the Trump era

    What anti-Trump Americans can be thankful for in the Trump era

    Do Americans who dislike Donald Trump — and that’s most of us — have anything to be thankful for in this first year of the Trump era? Yes. Despite what seems like endless bad news from Washington, there are plenty of reasons for Democrats, independents and never-Trump Republicans to count their...

  • Are your values under assault? Bake a pie

    Are your values under assault? Bake a pie

    I’m a food obsessive, but for the last year I’ve found that an unthinking focus on deliciousness makes me flinch. My Twitter feed whiplashes between social outrage and, yay, ice cream! Not that there's anything wrong with ice cream, but how important is talking about it in a world where all your...

  • Do you really want advice from a stranger on how to 'handle' your Trump-supporting relatives?

    Do you really want advice from a stranger on how to 'handle' your Trump-supporting relatives?

    Over the Thanksgiving holiday, someone in my extended family will no doubt mention President Trump. There will be an awkward pause … and then we'll all agree that he's terrible. That isn't the story you usually hear when you sit down to read a “holiday politics” piece. The genre thrives on an assumption...

  • Taking harassment seriously also requires making serious distinctions

    Taking harassment seriously also requires making serious distinctions

    There’s a consensus aborning: There should be zero tolerance for sexual harassment, exploitation and violence of any kind. Enthusiasm for the new dawn varies widely. Some think it’s a great feminist or moral awakening. Others see an era of witch hunts, prudery and weaponized politics in our future....

  • Can we finally let Charles Manson die?

    Can we finally let Charles Manson die?

    Charles Manson’s bizarre plan to ignite a race war was unknown to Los Angeles in August 1969, as were his pathetic collection of young, rapt followers, his bizarre misinterpretation of Beatle lyrics, and Manson himself. What L.A. knew at the time was that seven people had been brutally murdered...

  • Along with voting rights, restore jury duty to ex-inmates

    Along with voting rights, restore jury duty to ex-inmates

    One of the broken promises of the criminal justice system is that a person who completes felony time in prison or jail will leave with a clean slate and a chance to start over. It doesn’t work that way. Liberty once lost is rarely fully restored. At criminal justice reform rallies, advocates have...

  • Want L.A's hepatitis A crisis to get even worse? Follow Venice Beach's lead

    Want L.A's hepatitis A crisis to get even worse? Follow Venice Beach's lead

    With Southern California confronting a deadly epidemic of hepatitis A, a highly contagious ailment that spreads through contact with the feces of an infected person, urban centers ought to be doing everything possible to improve sanitation. That’s especially true in enclaves frequented by the homeless....

  • The human side of Charlie Manson

    The human side of Charlie Manson

    Charles Manson died on Sunday night after being admitted to a hospital in Bakersfield on Wednesday. The infamous cult leader, who was convicted along with three of his followers in 1971 of the murders of actress Sharon Tate and six others, was 83 years old. How do we assess Manson? If early reports...

  • The family farm is in Illinois, but the family is in Alabama

    The family farm is in Illinois, but the family is in Alabama

    Across America, farm families — including mine — are grappling with big changes. In April, my 81-year-old father was diagnosed with advanced congestive heart failure on the same day Mom was transferred to a nursing home. I dropped off my youngest daughter at school and began the familiar trek from...

  • A middle-class tax cut? Hardly.

    A middle-class tax cut? Hardly.

    President Trump and his Republicans are still trying to sell their tax bill as a “middle class tax cut.” The middle class isn’t buying it—but that won’t stop Congress from passing some version of their plan. The GOP’s tax proposal was always going to be a hard sell. Its centerpiece is a deep reduction...

  • My life without a smartphone

    My life without a smartphone

    Just over a year ago, my pocket was picked while I was walking down a crowded sidewalk. Although the thieves didn’t manage to snatch my wallet, they did take my iPhone. My first thought was to replace it right away. But I stopped myself and asked a simple question: Does owning a smartphone make...

  • Citizens who are targeted for speaking up should be allowed to sue

    Citizens who are targeted for speaking up should be allowed to sue

    Elected officials understandably resent citizens who show up at public meetings and hurl abuse at them. But if the 1st Amendment means anything, government officials shouldn’t be able to punish dissenters, even rude ones, by selectively subjecting them to arrest — even if the arrest might be justified...

  • The Russia probe has entered Phase 2

    The Russia probe has entered Phase 2

    We have now entered the second phase of the Russia probe. In the first, special counsel Robert Mueller and his team, starting from scratch, gathered sufficient evidence to file felony charges against Paul Manafort, Rick Gates and George Papadopoulos. Phase 1 has given Mueller leverage against higher-level...

  • A moment of reckoning for Al Franken — and everyone else who contributes to the culture of harassment

    A moment of reckoning for Al Franken — and everyone else who contributes to the culture of harassment

    Stories about powerful men engaging in sexual misconduct are becoming so common that, as with mass shootings, the country is in danger of growing inured to them. But unlike the tragic news about that latest deranged, murderous gunman, the massive outpouring of previously repressed tales of sexual...

  • To end sexual harassment on the job, end workplace bullying

    To end sexual harassment on the job, end workplace bullying

    Policymakers have enjoyed a free pass in discussions over what to do in response to the sexual harassment allegations taking down Hollywood producers, news media titans and actors. Because the worst of the transgressions already are illegal, lawmakers seem satisfied to call for culprits to be fired...

  • A tax bill no responsible California lawmaker should support

    A tax bill no responsible California lawmaker should support

    Any tax reform bill will have winners and losers. What’s maddening about the one the House is expected to vote on Thursday, though, is that so many of the losers are concentrated in California. Golden State lawmakers from both parties ought to fight that kind of tilted tax policy. The GOP authors...

  • What about the sexual harassment stories we're not hearing?

    What about the sexual harassment stories we're not hearing?

    With each new allegation that yet another powerful man harassed or abused his colleagues, I find myself thinking about the women we’re not hearing from. I don’t mean the third or eighth or 20th actress who declines — for whatever reason — to add her voice to the chorus against a predatory producer...

  • Beware the fine print — a GOP tax cut for small businesses is more like a giveaway for the rich

    Beware the fine print — a GOP tax cut for small businesses is more like a giveaway for the rich

    The competing House and Senate tax bills differ in important respects, but they have this in common: a predilection to shower benefits on the very wealthy. The extraordinary reduction in the corporate tax rate to 20% is one obvious example. But the proposals’ true perversity, and the real object...

  • Fix a surveillance law to stop backdoor searches of Americans

    Fix a surveillance law to stop backdoor searches of Americans

    Congress is currently deciding whether to let the National Security Agency continue to eavesdrop on the phone calls, emails and other electronic communications of foreigners located abroad. This foreign intelligence program — Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act — expires at...

  • Dalai Lama: We need an education of the heart

    Dalai Lama: We need an education of the heart

    When the president of the United States says “America first,” he is making his voters happy. I can understand that. But from a global perspective, this statement isn’t relevant. Everything is interconnected today. The new reality is that everyone is interdependent with everyone else. The United...

  • Tom Steyer's impeachment petition will only make it harder to get rid of Trump

    Tom Steyer's impeachment petition will only make it harder to get rid of Trump

    There are two ways to impeach a president and remove him from office. Only one of them has ever worked. The first way is to let evidence from investigations slowly build a bipartisan consensus for impeachment. That’s how Richard Nixon was pushed out of office in 1974. (Nixon resigned before he...

  • What Virginia tells us, and doesn’t tell us, about gerrymandering

    What Virginia tells us, and doesn’t tell us, about gerrymandering

    Although the Virginia governorship was Tuesday’s marquee race, the Virginia House of Delegates produced the day’s most surprising result. Democrats picked up at least 15 seats and reduced a 66 to 34 Republican advantage to, at most, 51 to 49. A gerrymandered chamber thought to be safely Republican...

  • L.A. obviously needs dense housing along the Expo Line. Why isn't the city planning for it?

    L.A. obviously needs dense housing along the Expo Line. Why isn't the city planning for it?

    For the last several years, Los Angeles’ game plan for alleviating the housing crisis has been to encourage housing construction — lots of it — near transit stops. L.A., like many cities in California, hasn’t built enough homes to keep up with population growth. The result is a housing shortage...

  • Pebble Mine is a poison pill for Alaska's wild salmon

    Pebble Mine is a poison pill for Alaska's wild salmon

    The Bristol Bay watershed, in southwest Alaska, comprises 40,000 square miles of bogs and evergreen forests, rimmed by distant mountains and shimmering with rivers and feeder streams. In these waterways, miracles happen. Together they sustain the largest remaining salmon fishery on Earth. For more...

  • The GOP tax plan could be the death of Prop. 13

    The GOP tax plan could be the death of Prop. 13

    After a shellacking at the polls on Tuesday, Republicans might not need any new reasons to abandon their unpopular tax overhaul. But here’s one more: It could lead California to finally dismantle Proposition 13, one of the state’s last remaining GOP accomplishments. The federal tax plan, introduced...

  • Anti-vaxxers have found a way around California's strict new immunization law. They need to be stopped

    Anti-vaxxers have found a way around California's strict new immunization law. They need to be stopped

    Two years ago the state Legislature passed a law banning so-called personal belief exemptions that many parents were using to keep their children from being vaccinated because they believed — wrongly — that vaccines were linked to autism and other serious health problems. But even as the number...

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