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Unions flex muscles to kill teacher tenure reform bill

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Does Wesson’s agenda match L.A.’s biggest needs?

Setting an agenda for his new term as president of the Los Angeles City Council, Herb Wesson has emphasized the importance of making Los Angeles a beacon of light in the fight against hatred and intolerance. “I would like the city of L.A. to ta...

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    With some 50 wildfires burning in the U.S., the U.S. Forest Service should be making every effort to deploy the most effective firefighting resources available. But it looks like red tape is fireproof. In June, the Forest Service offered a contract for tanker aircraft that can drop water or fire suppressant over wide areas, but the contract limited the capacity of the planes to no more than 5,000 gallons. That excluded a modified Boeing 747 operated by Colorado-based...

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    Another example of airport security’s ineffectiveness

    By just about any measure, the Transportation Security Administration has been a failure. A recent undercover test provides even further evidence of this, as if any were needed. The TSA was a mess before it was merged, along with 21 other federal agencies, into the superbureaucracy known as the Department of Homeland Security in 2002. At the time, then-President George W. Bush promised that the new department would “improve efficiency without growing government,” but as...

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    What does the Democratic Party stand for? Question of the Week

    Believing a unified national message can improve their party’s electoral fortunes, Democratic leaders are rolling out a new economic agenda. Under the slogan “A Better Deal: Better Jobs, Better Wages, Better Future,” the party agenda announced Monday aims to give Democratic candidates something positive to run on in the 2018 congressional elections. It might yet leave many Americans wondering: What does the Democratic Party stand for? That’s our...

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    Are environmental regulations worth the costs? Readers respond: Letters

    Our Question of the Week asked readers, Are California environmental regulations worth the costs? In protecting Californians’ health, cost is no object Anything that has to do with having a clean environment, and contributing to a person’s well-being, is worth the cost. To put strict...

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    Don’t let violent talk mar L.A. politics too: Guest commentary

    Two weeks ago — before the revelations about Donald Trump Jr. and Russia, and before the demise of Trumpcare — the president of the United States tested our tolerance for outrage with a tweeted video of himself appearing to beat up a TV wrestler who had the CNN logo on his face. During the campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump used rhetoric that encouraged his audiences to act out against hecklers. He revels in being a “counter-puncher” who hits back when he feels...

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    The future of the beleaguered oil industry: Joel Kotkin

    Perhaps no economic issue — even trade — is as divisive as the energy industry. Once a standard driver of economic progress, the conventional energy industry has become increasingly vilified by the national media, sued by blue state attorneys general and denounced throughout academia. Some suggest that the industry should be demonized and hounded much as occurred in the case of tobacco. Yet, is this attack entirely justified? Unlike tobacco, energy is a huge economic...

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    Student loan bundlers’ scheme blowing up in their faces: James Poulos

    For years, America’s student loan problem has bubbled just below the level of a full-blown crisis. Although many borrowers were delinquent or in default, their share of total debt did not grow large enough to shake markets or move public opinion into “do-something” mode. In fact, almost everyone agreed that the distressed debt holders had more or less gotten themselves into their own trouble, and that even — or especially — in our era’s shaky...

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    ‘Thirteen Reasons Why,’ despite flaws, raises serious issue of teen suicide: Guest commentary

    I watch a lot of television. After homework is done, of course. With so many options available for viewers of every appetite, TV has become the perfect medium for experimentation in storytelling. After decades of playing second fiddle to the movies — which now are all about blockbuster box-office receipts — television has the ability to push the envelope with edgier material. In part, this golden age of mature television has been made possible by streaming...

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