Commentary: When joking becomes 'rage-icule': Donald Trump and the stupidity of ridicule

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"There is no character, howsoever good and fine, but it can be destroyed by ridicule, howsoever poor and witless." -- Mark Twain

When President Donald Trump used his Twitter feed to intimidate the former ambassador to Ukraine while she was testifying before the House Intelligence Committee, his malign intent was more obvious than his rhetorical...Read more

Editorial: We've seen enough. Trump should be impeached

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The House of Representatives' inquiry into President Donald Trump's actions on Ukraine is not yet complete, but the evidence produced over the last two months is more than sufficient to persuade us that he should be impeached. Witness after witness testified that the president held up desperately needed, congressionally approved aid to Ukraine ...Read more

John M. Crisp: Evidence, proof and undisputed facts

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Maybe House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler didn't choose the best word when, in his opening statement before the committee's first public hearing last week, he called the facts connected with the Trump impeachment inquiry "undisputed."

Committee Republicans took immediate and indignant exception to Nadler's characterization, and, ...Read more

Doyle McManus: Trump gets little credit for foreign policy — for good reason

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WASHINGTON -- Last week's NATO summit in London should have been a nice little success story for President Donald Trump.

For once he went to an international meeting without intending to blow it up. Instead, he planned to trumpet how he had convinced several European allies to boost defense spending, one of his foreign policy priorities.

But ...Read more

Los Angeles Times: We've seen enough. Trump should be impeached

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The House of Representatives' inquiry into President Donald Trump's actions on Ukraine is not yet complete, but the evidence produced over the last two months is more than sufficient to persuade us that he should be impeached. Witness after witness testified that the president held up desperately needed, congressionally approved aid to Ukraine ...Read more

Editorial: Trump's new homeless guru doesn't think housing is the key to ending homelessness

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The last thing the federal government needs is a top adviser on homelessness who clings to regressive, outdated ideas about how to fix the problem. Then again, Robert Marbut, the new executive director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, was appointed by a president who has himself shown retrograde -- or even cruel -- attitudes ...Read more

Commentary: Democrats wrong on big-tech solutions

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From Elizabeth Warren to Tulsi Gabbard, the Democratic presidential candidates have come out strong for breaking up big tech. It has become a central focus of Warren's campaign, which has caused business leaders like Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg to voice concern, and the fight over big tech within the Democratic Party presidential primaries has ...Read more

Editorial: There's blood in your guacamole

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Let's now consider the winter avocado, once unknown in Southern California supermarkets but ubiquitous these days, thanks to our insatiable hunger for buttery golden-green flesh.

Although native to tropical Mexico and Central America, avocados became LA's symbolic gift to the world after a man named Rudolph Hass sprouted a round pit in his La ...Read more

Robin Abcarian: Do Devin Nunes' constituents think he's as ridiculous as the rest of us do?

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REEDLY, Calif. -- I was driving east along Highway 198 near Hanford in the Central Valley, marveling at the snowcapped Sierra looming against the horizon, when I spotted the billboard.

It was the giant face of a very worried-looking Republican U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes next to the words "Fake farmer, real manure."

Peering from the corner of the ...Read more

Cynthia M. Allen: Want to truly be grateful this holiday season? Give more and live with less

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Lately, I've been thinking a lot about excess.

That's easy to do this time of year, while ruminating on last week's celebrations.

Ostensibly, Thanksgiving is about being grateful for all that we have. Our homes, our lives, our families.

But very practically speaking, for many of us, it's about having too much -- too much ...Read more

Trudy Rubin: Trump's most dangerous behavior on Ukraine may not be an impeachable offense

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When the House of Representatives draws up articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, the list might not include one of his most dangerous abuses of power: the president's promotion of fraudulent conspiracy theories giving White House credence to crackpot claims once confined to fringe websites.

In the impeachment case, the ...Read more

Dan Rodricks: The right's response to record income inequality: Cut food stamps

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Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren keep pointing to the record level of income inequality in the United States, the highest it has been since the Census Bureau started measuring it 50 years ago, and, in reaction, defenders of the plutocracy throw penalty flags.

When Sanders and Warren talk about taxing the ...Read more

Opinion: The GOP's defense of Trump actually makes him look worse

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Republicans have gotten used to defending President Trump's statements or tweets by saying he meant something else. He was speaking in a form of verbal shorthand. There's an important backstory. If you saw the big picture, you'd get it.

Trump's now-infamous July 25 call with new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has presented the ultimate...Read more

Editorial: It's not us vs. them: Attorney General Barr should not threaten communities that question police conduct

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Attorney General William Barr showed a bad grasp of history and modern thinking with his veiled warning to communities not to criticize the police. His comments Tuesday at an event in Washington, D.C., show a tin ear to the committed efforts by law enforcement agencies across the nation to improve relations with the communities they serve. They ...Read more

Fabiola Santiago: George Zimmerman is still not done being a scumbag

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George Zimmerman is still not done being a scumbag.

Even for an acquitted killer with a trail of sick behavior, painting himself as a victim worthy of collecting damages is a new low.

Is there anything more outrageous than the man who killed an unarmed teenager walking home filing a lawsuit against the boy's forever grieving family?

But that'...Read more

Commentary: Nuclear weapons violate human rights

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Dec. 10 is Human Rights Day, when we honor the incredible work of human rights advocates around the world. It is also a time when we should demand the abolition of nuclear weapons.

When people think of human rights, nuclear weapons might not immediately come to mind. But these weapons violate our human rights by threatening our health and even ...Read more

Commentary: 'The L Word' changed TV for queer women. Sequel 'Generation Q' doesn't need to

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In 2004, "The L Word" introduced television audiences to a group of close-knit queer women and their vibrant, messy, melodramatic slice of West Hollywood life. For many of us, it was love at first sight.

The first series focused primarily on the stories of lesbian and bisexual women. "The L Word" flaunted its sharp and sexy characters, ...Read more

Jay Ambrose: The Three Stooges take on Alec Baldwin

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In the minds of some, President Donald Trump has been well summed up by Alec Baldwin's satirical portrayals of him on "Saturday Night Live." But watch out because, during a congressional hearing this past Wednesday, we had the Three Stooges summing up the Democratic henchmen trying to impeach him. Maybe it was unintended, but there were these ...Read more

Martin Schram: Did Democrats miss an impeachment gift?

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Our leaders have gotten us entrapped in the most topsy-turvy impeachment case in American presidential history.

Most of us are quite sure about what President Donald Trump really did -- or didn't do -- that has landed him in the middle of this impeachment crisis. And you don't even need a spoiler alert to know how it is going to come out: Trump...Read more

Maria Panaritis: Freshman House Democrat refuses to say 'no' to people in need, and it's making all the difference

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I came to interview the congresswoman. I left with a nerd-crush on the congresswoman and her right-hand woman.

How is it, I had wondered while wandering into U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean's Glenside, Pa., office last week, that the freshman Democrat is on pace to close way, way more constituent service cases than any other freshman House Democrat in...Read more


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