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Opinion L.A. Observations and provocations from The Times' Opinion Staff
Watch what Trump does about the media, not what he says

He hates us, he really hates us!

With apologies to Sally Field, that’s the news media’s takeaway from President Trump’s speech Friday to the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Trump wasted little time in lambasting the “fake news,” which, in his view, takes in a lot of the mainstream media.

“A few days ago, I called the fake news the enemy of the people,” he told the group. "And they are.

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Arizona Republicans want to apply racketeering law to protests. Can someone introduce them to the 1st Amendment?

How’s this for a laughable — were it not so serious — proposed law? Arizona legislators want to make organizers and participants in planned peaceful protests subject to racketeering laws if violence erupts during the event.

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L.A. has seen too much talk and not enough action from Mayor Eric Garcetti on making our streets safer

It’s no secret that Los Angeles has some of the most dangerous streets in America. More than 200 people die in traffic crashes each year in L.A., which has one of the highest rates of pedestrian fatalities among major U.S. cities. Overall traffic fatalities are on the rise, with pedestrians and cyclists disproportionately representing 53% of those killed.

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In the big, dumb age of Trump, thank god for outer space

When NASA announced the discovery of TRAPPIST-1 yesterday, I felt like running down the street, swinging a wicker basket full of flares and singing show tunes about aliens.

At least three of the seven new planets NASA discovered are the right temperature to sustain life. They’re rocky and could have oceans. They’re about the same size as Earth.

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Don't be fooled by the 'Yes on S' campaign. The L.A. Times opposes Measure S

Hello, voters of Los Angeles. Have you been getting lots and lots of mail from the “Yes on S” campaign? Have you read the fliers and seen lots of seemingly positive quotes from the Los Angeles Times Editorial Board?

Just wanted to make sure you know that the Editorial Board, which researches and takes positions on issues, is adamantly, vociferously and super-duper opposed to Measure S.

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Los Angeles might actually get the 2024 Olympics. Yikes! Are we sure we want to do this?

It's starting to seem all too real, people. With Budapest saying it will  drop out of the competition to host the 2024 Summer Games, only Los Angeles and Paris remain in the running to be named host city when the International Olympic Committee announces its decision in September.

Remember, when Mayor Eric Garcetti and other city officials first decided to compete against other U.S.

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