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WORLD WATCH--Waging a war against Iran, or even thinking of doing so, is sheer madness. Trump has thus far wisely rejected the warmonger National Security Advisor John Bolton’s outrageous advice.

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VOICES-Last week, SB 50, a controversial bill proposed by State Senator Scott Wiener, was stopped by the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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RANTZ & RAVEZ-How many times do you have to be snookered by government officials until you begin to question the numerous tax increase proposals they claim will rectify the many quality of life and educational issues facing those of us who live in Los Angeles and the State of California? 

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VOICES--Hi, Steve. I’ve been a reader and admirer of yours for years. I’m a writer, too, having penned the screenplay for Denzel Washington’s THE GREAT DEBATERS, among other credits. I was born to a working-class family in Los Angeles, and I’ve worked with the homeless and against mansionization. (Photo: LA Times.)

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BUSINESS POLITICS--What’s the matter with Donald and The Trumpeteers?

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GRADING LA’S CHARTER SCHOOLS--School suspensions are out, restorative justice is in.

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ALPERN AT LARGE--To think that transportation/infrastructure grassroots advocates used to enjoy tackling a bipartisan, or even non-partisan, issue! It appears that the grassroots will have to take it up again, because (again!) our political leaders are failing us! 

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MORE WAR THAN WE NEED--In an effort to rein in the bloated military-industrial complex and free up funds for "programs that nurture human lives rather than take them away," a coalition of nearly two dozen progressive advocacy groups on Thursday launched a campaign urging 2020 Democratic presidential candidates to support cutting the Pentagon budget by at least $200 billion per year.

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EASTSIDER-All the pro-life “heartbeat” laws are being discussed as a matter of law. They’re not. They are religion masked as a legal issue. 

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CLIMATE POLITICS--A recent article in Arctic News on the outlook for global warming foresees a frightening scenario lurking right around the corner.

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SPECIAL REPORT-Even before the formal proclamation of the #MeToo Movement in October 2017, Texas State Rep. Jessica Farrar (D-Houston) had taken a bold and unique public stand against the subjugation of women to men's rules on sexual equality and abortion. 

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THE CITY--The slow demolition of Parker Center is a reminder that by now we could have housed 720 homeless Angelenos inside the famed police building.

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