Opinion L.A.

Opinion L.A. Observations and provocations from The Times' Opinion Staff
Conservatives are using the old 'gay friend' trick to try to pacify LGBT advocates. Don't fall for it

Neil Gorsuch can’t be an opponent of LGBT rights — he has gay friends.

That’s what his colleagues argue in a New York Times profile of the Colorado appellate judge tapped by President Trump to fill Antonin Scalia’s spot on the Supreme Court bench. During the 2016 presidential race, Trump vowed to replace the late justice with a candidate “very much in [his] mold.”

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Trump holds a ranting and raving press conference to assure Americans he doesn't rant and rave

When a politician holds a news conference, he or she normally has a specific message to deliver. But Donald Trump is no conventional politician — and his operatic, free-form, hour-and-a-quarter-long news conference on Thursday showed it.

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Why I'm breaking up with the Blue Line after 19 years. (It's not me, it's definitely you)

Dear Blue Line:

It may be time for us to break up.

Yes, I know this could be hard. We’ve been seeing each other for some 19 years, almost every day. You’ve reliably delivered me from Long Beach to downtown Los Angeles each morning and taken me home each evening. I’ve come to count on you. 

But lately, well, you’ve changed. Almost every day now you make me and my fellow riders wait.

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Trump tries to save Obamacare exchanges while undermining them

With the drive to “repeal and replace” Obamacare losing steam, the Trump administration quietly moved to shore up a key feature of the healthcare law this week: the state exchanges where people shop for non-group coverage. And to its credit, Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services zeroed in on some of the factors that have led a handful of major insurers to leave the exchanges.

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No more partisan politics. We need an independent investigation into the Trump team's Russian ties

Michael Flynn’s resignation late Monday may have resolved a political problem for President Trump, but it doesn’t address the nagging questions about whether Trump, through his campaign, and then transition team, had improper — and potentially illegal — contacts with Russia. And they need to be answered.

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There's a garbage patch at the bottom of the ocean. Is there no place we won't trash?

Humans produce about 1.3 billion tons of trash a year, more of it in the United States (254 million tons a year) than anywhere else. Like the global temperature, the human output of waste is expected to continue to rise — to 4 billion tons of trash by the next century.  

I sure am relieved I won’t be around to see this. The world is already trashy enough for me.

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