Newsletter: Today: Inside Trump Nation. [Censored] in China.

I’m Davan Maharaj, editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles Times. Here are some story lines I don’t want you to miss today.


Inside Trump Nation

Donald Trump had a rough week. His campaign manager was charged with misdemeanor battery; a poll showed him trailing in Wisconsin; and there was the fracas over his abortion comments. One GOP strategist says Trump’s “renegade campaign” is coming back to bite him, but the critics have a bad track record at predicting his demise. So who are Trump’s supporters? Political cartoonist David Horsey attended a Trump rally in Arizona and offers this illustrated snapshot.


Trump supporters

Cartoonist David Horsey profiles some Trump supporters. 

(David Horsey / Los Angeles Times)

‘Economic Justice’ or a ‘Death Sentence’?

Gov. Jerry Brown plans to put his signature Monday on a deal to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next six years. The voting for the measure among state lawmakers played along party lines, with Democrats hailing it as a boost for the little guy and Republicans predicting that same little guy might not even have a job now. How do you think it will affect you? Tell us here.

China’s Censorship Is [Censored]


A number of prominent figures in China have been complaining there’s too much censorship under President Xi Jinping’s administration. The response: Their comments have been censored, or worse. Read on to see why one Communist Party member, nicknamed “the Cannon” for his outspokenness, saw his social media account with 37 million followers deleted last month.

How the Pivot to Asia Has Turned

Call it a “pivot” or a “rebalance.” Either way, President Obama’s emphasis on Asia and the Pacific Rim has been one of the most significant foreign policy shifts for a long time, affecting everything from trade to security. It’s also been dominated by crisis: North Korea, tension in the South China Sea and cyberattacks, to name a few. Take a look at what’s happened so far and how it could change under the next president.

A Starchitect for Our Time

She was known as the “Queen of the Curve” for designing buildings that avoided sharp angles and corners, even if some of her comments could be hard-edged. Iraqi-born Zaha Hadid — the first woman to win architecture’s highest honor, the Pritzker Prize — has died. As for her legacy, Times critic Christopher Hawthorne says you could make a case Hadid was “the single most important figure in the field over the last quarter-century, not just the most important female one.” See some of her work here.


-- L.A. County asks cities to help pay for programs to combat homelessness.

-- San Francisco’s D.A. says more police officers sent racist and anti-gay texts.


-- George Skelton: Longtime marijuana use might make you a loser.

-- A Bay Area man was convicted of assaulting a passenger over leaning her seat back on a Southwest flight.


-- The problem with drones, and what the Pentagon is doing about it.

-- Chicago violence reaches levels not seen in years: Homicides are up 71%.

-- The honeymoon may be over for House Speaker Paul Ryan.

-- In Israel, many now find justification for the videotaped killing of a Palestinian.

-- These women in Turkey saw the need for a different kind of news, despite the danger.



-- Movie review: “Miles Ahead,” Don Cheadle’s valentine to jazz and Miles Davis, hits a few strange notes.

-- The male bonding in Richard Linklater’s “Everybody Wants Some!!” extended off-screen too.

-- Padma Lakshmi explains why she left her knives packed when writing “Love, Loss, and What We Ate.”

-- How much do art galleries favor men over women? A poster project puts the answer on the wall.

-- Here’s why TLC is turning to Tyler Perry to shore up its sagging ratings.

-- Our critics’ picks for the weekend: movies, TV, music, art, theater, food and more.


-- The FCC votes to make low-income Americans eligible for a $9.25 subsidy for high-speed Internet service.

-- Yamashiro’s new landlord seeks to evict the longtime restaurant operator, possibly to go more upscale.

-- Go inside Tesla’s unveiling of its Model 3 last night.

-- Amazon plans its fifth fulfillment center in the Inland Empire in an effort to speed delivery times.


-- Hope Solo and four other top female players accuse U.S. Soccer of wage discrimination.

-- The Rams are rolling out their ticket pricing plan, with packages ranging from $360 to $2,025.

-- Power forward Ryan Spangler gives Oklahoma an inside presence in its run to the Final Four.


-- Why self-driving cars don’t like roads in the U.S., especially in L.A. (Reuters)

-- How to save rhinos from poachers in Africa? Try airlifting them to Australia. (Smithsonian Magazine)

-- Beware of spaghetti trees: Where did April Fools’ Day come from? (Washington Post)


San Francisco has a reputation for letting it all hang out, but even for some longtime residents, this idea was too out there: an open-air urinal in Mission Dolores Park. As has been well-documented, the City by the Bay has had bathroom issues, including having to coat walls with pee-repellent paint. But no one had seen something like this. Columnist Robin Abcarian reports on a $40,000 privvy with zero privacy.

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