Opinion L.A.

Opinion L.A. Observations and provocations from The Times' Opinion Staff
Trump's pick of Pruitt to run the EPA spells disaster for the environment

Any hope, as quixotic as it might have been, that President-elect Donald J. Trump might be less of a threat to the environment than candidate Trump has gone up in soon-to-be unregulated smoke with his picking Oklahoma Atty. Gen. Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Even the secretary of the Army questions the wisdom of keeping the Selective Service

If President-elect Donald Trump is looking for useless departments to kill in the name of reducing government, he should look no further than the Selective Service, the agency that does little more than maintain a registry of men technically available to fight in the unlikely event that the country reinstates a military draft.

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I’m a Hillary-supporting black woman who became friends with a white, Trump-voting cop. Maybe there’s hope after all

Sometimes it is when we find it most difficult to live out our ideals that we rediscover them.

My local Starbucks is a frequent stop for several LAPD officers. The first dozen or so times when I drove into the parking lot and realized they were there, their white BMW motorcycles parked at a slant, I kept rolling through to the exit.

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Xavier Becerra: A reliable, respectable (and surprising) pick for the next California attorney general

California’s wily governor just pulled a fast one with his announcement Thursday that he was appointing U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra of Los Angeles to replace Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris when she moves to the U.S. Senate next month.

No one saw this coming. Apparently, not even Becerra, who told a Sacramento Bee reporter that it was a “whirlwind.”

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The case for Secretary of State Mitt Romney

Any speculation about who will be named as secretary of State in a Trump administration is only one tweet away from disconfirmation.

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Trump tweets: Burn the flag, go to jail

At his second debate with Hillary Clinton, Donald J. Trump said that “I am looking to appoint judges very much in the mold of Justice [Antonin] Scalia.” But on Tuesday the itchy-thumbed president-elect tweeted this:

“Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag - if they do, there must be consequences - perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!”

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