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Opinion L.A.

Opinion L.A. Observations and provocations from The Times' Opinion Staff
Hillary Clinton's corporate speeches are a MacGuffin for her critics

 “This just in: In a lavishly compensated speech to hedge-fund managers, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton promised, if ever elected president, that she would unfailingly do the bidding of Wall Street. ‘I am at your disposal 24 hours a day, seven days a week,’ Clinton told the assembled financial manipulators. ‘When I am bought, I stay bought.’

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The problem with Hillary Clinton's stance on the death penalty

Thursday night’s Democratic presidential debate included one brief exchange that showed some overlap but also a sharp philosophical difference between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders on a persistently fractious issue: the death penalty.

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Connecting Crenshaw and Beverly Hills takes more than a subway line

In his 2013 book, “Happy City,” urban theorist Charles Montgomery argues that car-dependent suburban sprawl makes people feel isolated and unhappy, and that a well-designed city is one that enables people to live connected lives.

“The most important psychological effect of the city is the way in which it moderates our relationships with other people," he writes.

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From a street corner to a room of his own -- starting the journey out of homelessness

As volunteers fanned out across Los Angeles County last week to count homeless people, I knew of one homeless person in particular who had just days before escaped being counted on the streets.

I met James Lonon as he sat on a concrete bench on the corner of 22nd Street and Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica in mid-November of last year — about a month before he turned 56.

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From jail to skid row, where 'all healing needs are met'

"What am I going to do with an apartment?"

Peter Starks, dressed in a gray business suit, offers a look of incredulity, as if the very notion of giving housing to someone like him, a drug user for 40 of his 67 years, is crazy. He is facing a roomful of people who nod knowingly. Most of them are from public, nonprofit or faith-based agencies that help former prison inmates reenter society.

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With Rand Paul gone, which candidate will ask the tough questions?

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul isn't the first of the 2016 GOP presidential wannabes to find the distance to the stage too far (to borrow a phrase from Pete Townshend), but his departure from the race Wednesday is the first that will really change the debate. And not in a good way.

The candidates haven't been shy about criticizing one another, with the perceived front-runners getting the most attention.

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