Opinion L.A.

Opinion L.A. Observations and provocations from The Times' Opinion Staff
The free and open Internet dodges a bullet in the Senate

Running backs love an open field, cab drivers a well-timed series of green lights.

Demagogues love straw men. Like, say, the Obama administration’s diabolical plan to hand control of the Internet to Vladimir Putin.

There is no such plan — and neither the United States nor any other country controls the Internet, at least not outside their borders. Yet you wouldn’t know that if you listened to Sen.

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Sending minors to immigration court without lawyers is shameful

How’s this for a conundrum: A teenage boy identified in court documents as S.R.I.C. was being pressured by gang recruiters in his native Guatemala, but he kept refusing to join. When one gang member sliced his leg as an inducement and other gang members threatened to kill him and the rest of his family, S.R.I.C.

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In Tulsa, an officer is charged for what looks like a bad shooting. Here in L.A., we're still waiting

The Tulsa, Okla., police officer who shot an unarmed African American man to death after his vehicle broke down in the middle of the street was charged with first-degree manslaughter Thursday, less than a week after the incident.

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Hillary Clinton isn't the lesser of two evils. She's one of the most experienced candidates in history
Does running from police justify execution?

For the second time this summer, the nation is simmering over the deaths of two African-American men in two different cities in less-than-clearly-justified shootings by police.  

Terence Crutcher was shot to death after his car broke down in the middle of the road in Tulsa, Okla., Friday. When officers showed up, Crutcher wouldn’t do what they told him to do.

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Brangelina: Why is it so hard to resist musing about a couple we really know nothing about?

It’s hard not to muse — even with little confirmed information — on the demise of such a surreally glamorous, even exotic public couple as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.   From the beginning of their relationship, they have invited us to watch them and ponder them. 

There was the provocative, edgy photo spread in Palm Springs by Steven Klein in W Magazine to promote the couple’s film,  “Mr. and Mrs.

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