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Plumbing Venetian canals for a new language: Larry Wilson

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Voter ID laws deserve day in Supreme Court: Susan Shelley

The U.S. Supreme Court is teeing up the issue of voter ID laws, and every indication is that the fear of voter fraud is going to prevail over the fear of voter suppression. On May 15, the justices declined to hear a case about North Carolina...

By Susan Shelley|

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    Is bigger better for number of state legislators, county supervisors? Thomas Elias

    Bigger, California has learned through long experience, isn’t always better. In fact, it can be downright destructive, as when a city outgrows its water or freeway system. The question of whether bigger can actually be better, more responsive and cost-effective arises again this spring, in a pair of proposals that could fundamentally change politics both statewide and in California’s largest county. One of these plans, purveyed in a proposed 2018 initiative now...

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    What Trump has wrought: Joel Kotkin

    Just a few short months ago, we seemed on the brink of a new political era. Donald Trump improbably was headed to the White House, while the Democratic Party, at near historic lows in statehouse power and without control of either house of Congress, seemed to be facing a lengthy period in political purgatory. Today some progressive voices still see a “bleak” future, but it is increasingly the Republican Party, and its shattered conservative core, that is reeling. Bitterly...

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    Why Pat Buchanan isn’t leading nationalist charge: James Poulos

    Why aren’t we living in Pat Buchanan’s America? At a moment when nationalist conservative and reactionaries are on the rise, and middle-of-the-road Republican centrism is grasping for purchase on the angst-ridden public mood, Buchanan looks like a 1990s avatar of what few imagined would rise to such prominence. And at a time when the Trump administration faces withering attacks from the political and socioeconomic establishment, the famously prolific Buchanan has added a...

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    On Sunset Blvd., a new Frank Gehry controversy is building: Guest commentary

    In some mammal species, the dominant male will kill the young of competing males to ensure the pack is populated by his offspring alone. Such is also the case with architects. Los Angeles “starchitect” Frank Gehry ignored the entreaties of Los Angeles City Councilman David Ryu last year to spare an iconic midcentury bank building designed by the late Swiss architect Kurt Meyer. It happens to be on the site of Gehry’s 8150 Sunset Boulevard project, a planned alien...

    By Jeremy Bagott|

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    Comey, Mueller bungled big anthrax case together: Carl M. Cannon

    In the wake of Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, the Justice Department named Robert S. Mueller III as a special prosecutor to investigate possible Russian interference in the 2016 election. It was a decision greeted with a chorus of supportive croaking from inside official Washington, aka The Swamp. “If anyone can stay on course and not be deterred by the whims of politics, it’s Bob Mueller,” said former Missouri senator and U.S. attorney...

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    In Trump-bashing, echoes of the Clintons: Susan Shelley

    The last time a president was this angry over talk of impeachment, it was 2005 and Bill Clinton was enraged over a comment in a newspaper article. Historian Douglas Brinkley had said Clinton would be deemed a great president, if not for the fact that he was impeached. “I completely disagree with that,” the former president seethed to an audience at Hofstra University. “Now if you want to hold it against me that I did something wrong, that’s a fair deal. If...

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    Union’s charter-school scare tactics are rejected by voters: Sal Rodriguez

    The election of Kelly Gonez and Nick Melvoin to the Los Angeles Unified school board on Tuesday was, depending on your worldview, either a victory for billionaires who favor privitatization or a victory for those who value school choice and recognize the need for reforms in an underperforming school district. If one takes the United Teachers Los Angeles seriously, the victory of Gonez and Melvoin was not a triumph of democracy but rather the latest coup by a sinister cabal of Donald...

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    Guardrails can’t contain Trump: Charles Krauthammer

    The pleasant surprise of the First 100 Days is over. The action was hectic, heated, often confused, but well within the bounds of normalcy. Policy (e.g., health care) was being hashed out, a Supreme Court nominee confirmed, foreign policy challenges (e.g. North Korea) addressed. Donald Trump’s character — volatile, impulsive, often self-destructive — had not changed since the campaign. But it seemed as if the guardrails of our democracy — Congress, the...

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