Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael Hiltzik writes a daily blog appearing on latimes.com. His business column appears in print every Sunday, and occasionally on other days. Hiltzik and colleague Chuck Philips shared the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for articles exposing corruption in the entertainment industry. His seventh book, “Iron Empires: Robber Barons, Railroads, and the Making of Modern America,” published in 2020. His previous books include “Dealers of Lightning: Xerox PARC and the Dawn of the Computer Age” and “The New Deal: A Modern History.” Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/hiltzikm and on Facebook at facebook.com/hiltzik.
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Ron DeSantis, who is expected to run for president, has turbocharged his attack on LGBTQ+ people, racial minorities and gun safety. How much lower will he sink?
The debt ceiling is plainly unconstitutional and a nuclear weapon in the hands of willful children. It’s time to ignore it.
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