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This has rarely been a tranquil nation. Born in revolution, tested by civil war, energized by protest, the United States has survived turmoil even as it has pursued its constitutional mandate to ensure tranquillity. Today, that elusive sense of domestic...
ANDREW CHAMBERLAIN and PATRICK FLEENOR are economists at the Tax Foundation in Washington.IN CALIFORNIA, a state famous for its progressive politics, a proposition on the Nov. 7 ballot includes a shockingly regressive tax on the state's poorest residents. Unfortunately, that's the reality behind Proposition 86 — an initiative that aims...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterMany people in Santa Paula, when asked what they do for a living, respond with the name of the fruit that they pick: "Naranja." "Fresa." Orange. Strawberry. The fields have long defined Santa Paula, literally and culturally. In tidy rows, they stretch 10...
To the jaded Holden Caulfield in "The Catcher in the Rye," he was the guy responsible for "all that David Copperfield kind of crap." In "The Wire," he's the obsession of a philistine, prize-obsessed editor who can't stop drawing glib parallels between...
San Francisco's Mayor Gavin Newsom visited the editorial board to discuss his plan to provide care for every uninsured person in the city by the bay. Is it a bold new solution to the health care crisis or public policy disaster waiting to happen? Some...
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Obama at Notre Dame Re “Catholicism and politics,” editorial, April 1 The Times makes a poor case against well-founded Catholic criticism of Notre Dame's decision to invite President Obama to speak at graduation. A commencement speaker...
WILLIAM EASTERLY is a professor of economics at New York University, Visiting Fellow at the Brookings Institution and the author of "The White Man's Burden: How the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest HaveJUST WHEN IT SEEMED that Western images of Africa could not get any weirder, the July 2007 special Africa issue of Vanity Fair was published, complete with a feature article on "Madonna's Malawi." At the same time, the memoirs of an African child...
Preventing poor children from seeing a doctor is politically unpopular and deeply immoral, which explains the Bush administration's attempt to hide its efforts to do precisely that. No one should be fooled by President Bush's interference with...
Tags: Health Insurance, George W. Bush, Insurance, Health, SCHIP
The Times recently ran a story on the latest obesity survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- a survey that did not make the connection between obesity and the price of food. U.S. obesity levels have again risen to record levels,...
Times Staff WriterShe might have spent her life peddling secondhand clothes on muddy streets along the hyacinth-choked shores of Lake Victoria. She might have been given away in an arranged marriage. Or she might have died already, like one of her sisters. Instead, she...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterHe launched his campaign in the hurricane-ravaged quarters of New Orleans and traveled through Appalachia, talking about poverty and railing against corporate greed and financial disparities. But something strange happened as John Edwards built his...
Led by L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who penned an article recently in The Times, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority is proposing a raid on transit riders and taxpayers to fund a network of rail projects and highway...
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