Opinion L.A.

Opinion L.A. Observations and provocations from The Times' Opinion staff and guest writers
We shouldn't live in a country that so narrowly defeats Roy Moore. But we do. So let's celebrate

Commiserating and kvetching with a fellow writer Tuesday night, I confessed that it had been six weeks since my last opinion piece. I hadn’t been sure what to write, but mainly there was the issue of hope. News says, “This is the way things are,” and opinion writing often replies, “This is the way they could and should be.” Hope bridges the chasm between the present and an imagined future.

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Trump supporters embracing progressive politics? It’s not as crazy as it sounds

“Progressive” is a label thrown around carelessly at dinner tables, coffee shops, news desks, and anywhere else politics is discussed to identify a particular political affiliation. The term is generally used to refer to a person with a leftward-leaning bent — somewhere to the left of the Democratic Party’s traditional core.

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Religion makes a comeback in the ‘gay wedding cake' case

When Masterpiece Cakeshop vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission — better known as the “gay wedding cake case” — first attracted national attention, it was viewed as a battle in the culture war between gay rights and religious freedom.

But religion was only part of the story.

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Some reckoning for accused Valley legislator — and for Democratic party leaders

Sacramento lobbyist Pamela Lopez on Monday formally accused San Fernando Valley Assemblyman Matt Dababneh of pushing her into a bathroom and masturbating in front of her in 2016.

Lopez had first shared the story in October as the wave of sexual misconduct disclosures rolled through politics, media and Hollywood.

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Same-day silence from the Supreme Court on the wedding-cake case

The Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday morning in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop vs. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, a.k.a. the “gay wedding cake case.”

But unless you were lucky enough to be at the court, you’ll have to wait until Friday to listen to the justices’ questions and the lawyers’ answers. That’s when the court will post an audio recording of the arguments on its website.

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Like Scalia, Gorsuch seems willing to protect privacy – if you call it property

Privacy advocates were heartened by Wednesday’s oral argument in the Supreme Court in Carpenter vs. United States, involving a challenge to the warrantless acquisition by the FBI of cellphone location records that helped convict a Michigan man of a number of armed robberies.

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