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    Our national obsession with Russia is preventing sane debate


    We have developed a national obsession with Russia. Hardly a day goes by without many column inches and much airtime being devoted to yet another Russian transgression. Our government has imposed sanctions on Russia, dispatched troops to its borders and...

    We have developed a national obsession with Russia. Hardly a day goes by without many column inches and much airtime being devoted to yet another Russian transgression.

    Our government has imposed sanctions on Russia, dispatched troops to its borders and sent weapons to Ukraine and Georgia. More...

    The Trump administration can't arrest its way out of our immigration problem


    State and local governments in California rightly recognize that it’s up to the federal government to determine which people living in the country illegally ought to be tracked down and deported. It’s no more the responsibility of the Los Angeles...

    State and local governments in California rightly recognize that it’s up to the federal government to determine which people living in the country illegally ought to be tracked down and deported. It’s no more the responsibility of the Los Angeles Police Department to run immigrants to ground than...

    Restricting access to abortion makes poor women poorer


    On the 45th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, clinic abortion rates in the United States are plummeting, having decreased by an unprecedented 25% between 2008 and 2014. Some of this decline may be due to improvements in contraceptive use, but it is likely...

    On the 45th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, clinic abortion rates in the United States are plummeting, having decreased by an unprecedented 25% between 2008 and 2014. Some of this decline may be due to improvements in contraceptive use, but it is likely that the hundreds of state-level restrictions...

    Essential Politics: Whether you call it the Schumer shutdown or Trump shutdown, there's plenty of blame to go around


    Blame is a tricky thing. And once a political event passes, blame gets shorthanded. With 287 days until voters decide if they want to return Republicans to control in Washington, there’s no way to tell if the two-days-and-counting federal government...

    Blame is a tricky thing. And once a political event passes, blame gets shorthanded. With 287 days until voters decide if they want to return Republicans to control in Washington, there’s no way to tell if the two-days-and-counting federal government shutdown will motivate people for either party.

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    Sundance breakout Kelvin Harrison Jr. found his form of activism through 'Monster' and 'Monsters and Men'


    When Kelvin Harrison Jr. was younger, he thought he wanted to follow in the footsteps of his musician parents — a vocalist mother who’s also a ballerina and a classically trained jazz saxophonist father. In that vein, he learned how to play the...

    When Kelvin Harrison Jr. was younger, he thought he wanted to follow in the footsteps of his musician parents — a vocalist mother who’s also a ballerina and a classically trained jazz saxophonist father. In that vein, he learned how to play the trumpet and piano. But the passion for music never...

    The skies over Taiwan just got a little less friendly


    After nearly two years of polite complaining, Taiwan’s government has taken action against pressure from political rival China by freezing applications from two major Chinese airlines, setting a stage for retaliation. China and Taiwan have been...

    After nearly two years of polite complaining, Taiwan’s government has taken action against pressure from political rival China by freezing applications from two major Chinese airlines, setting a stage for retaliation.

    China and Taiwan have been separately ruled since the Chinese civil war of the...

    Trump versus California: One year into his presidency, tensions rise


    After sodden hillsides thundered into Montecito, obliterating scores of homes and killing nearly two dozen people, seven days went by before President Trump first acknowledged the disaster. Even then, word came not from Trump, but from his press...

    After sodden hillsides thundered into Montecito, obliterating scores of homes and killing nearly two dozen people, seven days went by before President Trump first acknowledged the disaster.

    Even then, word came not from Trump, but from his press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who noted in a...

    #MeToo movement sparks increased scrutiny of California politicians


    Politicians courting endorsements from influential activists and party groups are used to being grilled on their policy positions or voting records. But in the #MeToo era, they’re facing blunt questions on potential sexual harassment skeletons in the...

    Politicians courting endorsements from influential activists and party groups are used to being grilled on their policy positions or voting records. But in the #MeToo era, they’re facing blunt questions on potential sexual harassment skeletons in the closet.

    The sexual misconduct scandals that...

    Gov. Jerry Brown is in danger of becoming remembered for his 'boondoggle bullet train to nowhere'


    Time is running out for Gov. Jerry Brown to fix two big legacy projects. If he doesn’t, his successor might just dump them in the trash. Brown has only until the end of the year to clean up and repair his bullet train and water tunnel ventures. He’s...

    Time is running out for Gov. Jerry Brown to fix two big legacy projects. If he doesn’t, his successor might just dump them in the trash.

    Brown has only until the end of the year to clean up and repair his bullet train and water tunnel ventures. He’s trying.

    Perhaps we’ll hear more about it in the...

    California is trying to bring back net neutrality, but the debate is complicated


    California state lawmakers are angling for another fight with the Trump administration, this time to revive federal net neutrality rules that they say are crucial to a fair, open and free internet. Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De León (D-Los Angeles)...

    California state lawmakers are angling for another fight with the Trump administration, this time to revive federal net neutrality rules that they say are crucial to a fair, open and free internet.

    Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De León (D-Los Angeles) has introduced legislation that would task...

    Backstage with Frances McDormand and the SAG Award-winning cast of 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri'


    Moments after “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” won ensemble cast honors at Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, Frances McDormand was on the move. McDormand, who also nabbed the lead actress award for her turn as a mother out for justice...

    Moments after “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” won ensemble cast honors at Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, Frances McDormand was on the move.

    McDormand, who also nabbed the lead actress award for her turn as a mother out for justice in Martin McDonagh’s searing drama, left no one...

    At least six people killed in Montecito mudslides were in voluntary evacuation zones; 11 others on border


    At least six of the 21 people killed in the devastating mudslides in Montecito nearly two weeks ago were in voluntary evacuation zones, while 11 others were along the border of the voluntary and mandatory evacuation areas, authorities said Sunday. Four...

    At least six of the 21 people killed in the devastating mudslides in Montecito nearly two weeks ago were in voluntary evacuation zones, while 11 others were along the border of the voluntary and mandatory evacuation areas, authorities said Sunday.

    Four people who died were swept away from neighborhoods...

    2 IEDs ignite at a Florida mall, police say


    Police say two improvised explosive devices ignited in a mall in central Florida. Lake Wales police Deputy Chief Troy Schulze said that at 5:22 p.m., the Lake Wales Fire Department received an alarm call at the Eagle Ridge Mall. While en route to that...

    Police say two improvised explosive devices ignited in a mall in central Florida.

    Lake Wales police Deputy Chief Troy Schulze said that at 5:22 p.m., the Lake Wales Fire Department received an alarm call at the Eagle Ridge Mall. While en route to that call, their alarm for smoke was turned into...

    Kings convert on three power plays to get past Rangers in 4-2 win


    All the Kings needed was a shove to get them going. The timing was impeccable, both in Sunday’s game and in perhaps the ugliest stretch of their season. Down two goals to the New York Rangers in a six-game losing streak, the buzzer sounded for the...

    All the Kings needed was a shove to get them going.

    The timing was impeccable, both in Sunday’s game and in perhaps the ugliest stretch of their season. Down two goals to the New York Rangers in a six-game losing streak, the buzzer sounded for the first period.

    Rangers defenseman Brendan Smith...

    Sharks score at will in 6-2 rout of Ducks


    The Ducks dominated possession, but an errant pass here, one stick infraction too many there, and it all added up to a plethora of odd-man rushes for the San Jose Sharks. The Pacific Division rivals converted those Grade A scoring chances into goals, and...

    The Ducks dominated possession, but an errant pass here, one stick infraction too many there, and it all added up to a plethora of odd-man rushes for the San Jose Sharks.

    The Pacific Division rivals converted those Grade A scoring chances into goals, and found the net three times in the final period...

    Women of all ages are honored as SAG Awards switch it up with female host and presenters


    For an awards ceremony that isn’t the Oscars or the Golden Globes, there was plenty of attention heading into the 24th Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday. Call it a stunt or a bold statement, but for the first time ever, the SAGs featured a...

    For an awards ceremony that isn’t the Oscars or the Golden Globes, there was plenty of attention heading into the 24th Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday.

    Call it a stunt or a bold statement, but for the first time ever, the SAGs featured a female-only lineup of award presenters, and its first...

    Investigators looking for suspect who fatally shot man in Willowbrook


    Investigators are looking for a suspect who fatally shot a man Saturday evening in Willowbrook. Shortly after 7 p.m., the victim was sitting in his parked vehicle on the 12700 block of South Main Street when the gunman walked up and fired multiple shots...

    Investigators are looking for a suspect who fatally shot a man Saturday evening in Willowbrook.

    Shortly after 7 p.m., the victim was sitting in his parked vehicle on the 12700 block of South Main Street when the gunman walked up and fired multiple shots inside, according to the Los Angeles County...

    Eagles' backup quarterback did the unthinkable the one time he threw the ball Sunday night


    Nate Sudfeld’s only pass of the game is the one he’d love to have back. With the victory in hand, Sudfeld relieved Philadelphia’s Nick Foles for the final two minutes Sunday and took three knees. Then, in jubilation, he threw the game ball over the...

    Nate Sudfeld’s only pass of the game is the one he’d love to have back.

    With the victory in hand, Sudfeld relieved Philadelphia’s Nick Foles for the final two minutes Sunday and took three knees. Then, in jubilation, he threw the game ball over the Eagles sideline and high into the stands.

    Yes,...

    Alex Caruso making most of his time with Lakers, scoring career-high nine points in 127-107 win over Knicks


    Alex Caruso keeps a tally of the number of days he’s played with the Lakers in his notes folder on his phone. There’s an expiration date on his time in the NBA. On a two-way contract, he can play 45 days with the Lakers and must spend the rest of his...

    Alex Caruso keeps a tally of the number of days he’s played with the Lakers in his notes folder on his phone. There’s an expiration date on his time in the NBA. On a two-way contract, he can play 45 days with the Lakers and must spend the rest of his time with the South Bay Lakers, the team’s development-league...

    Eagles blow out Vikings to earn franchise’s third trip to Super Bowl


    The clock was winding down, the blowout was complete, and the Philadelphia Eagles took starting quarterback Nick Foles out of the game, allowing him to absorb the moment and soak in the cheers spilling down from the highest reaches of Lincoln Financial...

    The clock was winding down, the blowout was complete, and the Philadelphia Eagles took starting quarterback Nick Foles out of the game, allowing him to absorb the moment and soak in the cheers spilling down from the highest reaches of Lincoln Financial Field.

    Foles was approached on the sideline...

    U.S. women's soccer wins their first match of 2018 against Denmark 5-1


    It’s been nearly a decade since the women’s national soccer team finished a year with fewer victories than the 12 it had last season. And it’s been 16 years since it lost more games than the three it lost in 2017. That probably says more about how...

    It’s been nearly a decade since the women’s national soccer team finished a year with fewer victories than the 12 it had last season. And it’s been 16 years since it lost more games than the three it lost in 2017.

    That probably says more about how good the U.S. women have been over the years than...