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OPINION
March 12, 2008
Everybody loves a good political sex scandal — the ritual apologies, the jokes, the schadenfreude, the self-righteousness (from everyone else, of course). But The Times editorial boards of old tended to stay out of the graphic, cheeky media hype , refusing to opine on some of the most lascivious of political tales — from 1970s prostitution stings, the 1983 congressional page corruption, to Larry Craig's quasi-outing last year. When it did pronounce on the lewdness of our elected officials, the board's tone ranged from disappointed to dismissive as it strove to put sex scandals in the context of their wider political relevance, whether as part of wider corruption or crimes, a character flaw in a major leader, or as a reason for some meta media and political analysis.
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NEWS
April 15, 2014
The goal of the Los Angeles Times is to publish a newspaper of the highest quality. This requires The Times to be, above all else, a principled newspaper. Making it so is the responsibility of every staff member. In deed and in appearance, journalists at The Times must keep themselves - and the newspaper - above reproach. The ways a newspaper can discredit itself are beyond calculation; these guidelines do not purport to cover them all. It is up to staff members to master these general principles and, beyond that, to listen carefully to their individual sense of right and wrong.
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OPINION
April 7, 1985
I very much enjoyed David Shaw's series (March 24-25-26) on the behind-the-scenes practices of some of the great newspapers of our country. For me, the editorials, letters to the editor, opinion page, are the icing on the cake. To digress briefly: Since arriving in California less than a year ago I was happy to find East Coast liberalism in your editorials and your pages. However, some months ago I noticed a change. Your columnists are now on the conservative side. Is this a permanent change?
NEWS
March 26, 2014
Nicholas Goldberg joined the Los Angeles Times in 2002 as editor of the op-ed page and the Sunday Opinion section. He became deputy editor of the editorial pages in 2008 and a year later was named editor of the editorial pages.  He is a former reporter and editor at Newsday in New York, where he worked as Middle East bureau chief from 1995 to 1998. In that job, he covered the Israeli-Palestinian peace process; presidential elections in Iran; arms monitoring in Iraq; famine in Sudan; civil war in Algeria; war in Lebanon and the rise of Islamic fundamentalism in Saudi Arabia.  Goldberg also covered the 1992 presidential campaign of Bill Clinton, and as statehouse bureau chief in New York, the administrations of Governors Mario Cuomo and George Pataki.
NEWS
October 1, 1991 | President Bush's nomination of Robert M. Gates to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency has sparked a vigorous debate in the nation's editorial pages. Here is a sampling: and
ROBERT GATES--WRONG CHOICE FOR CIA: The Senate Intelligence Committee should recommend against confirmation of Mr. Gates to lead the CIA. The times demand a massive rethinking of the country's intelligence mission. It stretches the imagination to believe that Mr. Gates, the ultimate Old Guard insider, is the right person to do the intelligence work of the post-Cold War era. --The St. Paul (Minn.
NEWS
November 12, 1991 | Democrat Harris Wofford's victory over former Atty. Gen. Dick Thornburgh in last week's Pennsylvania senatorial race has "sent a message"--to President Bush and to political leaders in both parties--about the mood of the electorate. Here is a sampling of editorial opinion from newspapers around the country about the voters' concerns on the economy and other key issues:
WOFFORD MANDATE: MIDDLE CLASS DEMANDS RECOGNITION: If Wofford's victory represents a wake-up call for America, as we think it does, it is one directed at incumbents who have spent too long feeding at the public trough and have lost touch with the day-to-day struggle most Americans face raising a family and paying the bills.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 1999
The Times has won the first-place 1999 Aaron Price Award for its series of stories, "Failure to Provide: Los Angeles County's Child Support Crisis," published last fall. The paper also won a third-place Aaron Price Award for editorials titled "A Health Gain for Kids" and "Lagging Health Insurance Effort."
NEWS
December 22, 1990 | Associated Press
The Philadelphia Inquirer, stung by charges of racism over an editorial suggesting that more poor women should use contraceptives, will take the unusual step of publishing an apology in its Sunday editions. "I think maybe the best thing to say about it now is it is an apology and it's a change of position," Inquirer Editor Maxwell E. P. King said Friday. The Inquirer printed an editorial on Dec.
NEWS
March 4, 2013
Los Angeles on Tuesday begins a far-reaching overhaul of its city government, voting for a new mayor and controller, and voting as well for city attorney and to fill more than half the City Council and nearly half the school board and Community College District board of trustees. Nonpartisan city and school elections differ from California legislative and congressional elections, in which runoffs between the two highest vote-getters are now guaranteed. In Tuesday's election, a candidate can avoid a runoff by winning more than 50% of the vote.
WORLD
March 18, 2003 | Josh Getlin, Times Staff Writer
As war with Iraq looms, the editorial pages of many American newspapers have taken unexpected positions in the national debate, shedding longtime political labels and in some cases defying conventional wisdom. In New York, for example, Newsday's often progressive editorial columns have reluctantly backed U.S. military action "even without U.N. consent." The Orange County Register, a traditionally conservative publication, has been openly skeptical that President Bush has made the case for war.
OPINION
November 28, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
One hundred and fifty years ago, with the country still torn by civil war, President Lincoln issued a proclamation calling for all Americans to observe a common day "of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. " That's when Thanksgiving evolved from a holiday celebrated by states and the federal government on their own timetables into a national one held on the fourth Thursday of every November. We are far less divided as a country now than we were in Lincoln's day, but we're still split sharply, even bitterly, on some major issues.
OPINION
October 10, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Congress has spent much of the last three years stumbling about like a traveler who's lost his map, with no coherent strategy for bolstering the weak economy or putting more jobless Americans back to work. Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve has worked indefatigably, creatively and bravely to keep borrowing costs low, which has helped the housing industry regain its footing and encouraged U.S. businesses to expand. President Obama sought to keep the Fed on track Wednesday, nominating the reserve board's No. 2, Janet L. Yellen, to be its new chair.
OPINION
October 9, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
It was deja vu all over again in Washington on Tuesday as the federal government entered the second week of its partial shutdown. Calling on Democrats to negotiate a budget deal, House Republicans proposed a new version of the deficit-reduction "supercommittee" that unsuccessfully sought a similar agreement in 2011 - only this time, with less power and no deadline. But the GOP was just posturing. Rather than prolonging the shutdown and raising the prospects of a ruinous default, House Republicans should agree to reopen federal agencies, raise the debt limit and then begin the long, hard process of negotiating the elusive "grand bargain" on the budget that both sides want.
OPINION
September 25, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
In his speech to the U.N. General Assembly, President Obama on Tuesday promised to engage Iran's new leadership in negotiations to prevent the development of nuclear weapons in that country as part of a broader normalization of relations. The president was right to say that "the diplomatic path must be tested" despite concerns in this country and Israel that Iran will never abandon its ambitions to be a nuclear power. An Iran that possessed nuclear weapons would be a deeply destabilizing development.
OPINION
September 25, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
As part of the stopgap spending bill that would "defund Obamacare," House Republicans have proposed a temporary exemption to the debt limit, ostensibly to prevent the government from defaulting on Treasury securities. But the exemption would protect only bondholders, leaving other creditors at risk should Congress fail to raise the debt limit next month. If the Treasury can't keep the commitments Congress has already made to federal workers, contractors and beneficiaries, it could lead investors to panic, damage Washington's credit rating and exacerbate the fiscal problems the House GOP says it's trying to solve.
OPINION
September 17, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke has presided over what may be the Fed's most aggressive intervention in the U.S. economy ever, acquiring trillions of dollars worth of securities in a multiyear effort to revive the sluggish economy. With Bernanke expected to leave the job by late January, a crucial question facing President Obama is whom to trust with the delicate task of easing the Fed's foot off the monetary gas pedal without undermining the recovery. On Sunday, one of the two putative front-runners to succeed Bernanke, former chief White House economist Lawrence Summers, withdrew his name from consideration.
NEWS
October 13, 1992 | DOUGLAS P. SHUIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At the proudly ethnic Jewish Heritage newspaper, one would expect California's U.S. Senate elections to be a time for celebration. California has never had a Jewish U.S. senator, and now three of the four top Senate candidates are Jewish. At least one, and quite possibly two, of the Jewish candidates will win. Instead the editors find themselves nearly paralyzed by the difficulty of choosing among the candidates.
OPINION
August 23, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Last August, even as he resisted the notion of U.S. military intervention in Syria, President Obama said that "a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. That would change my calculus. " If new reports of the use of nerve gas to massacre hundreds of Syrian civilians are confirmed, Obama must make good on that warning to punish the government and protect its population. People around the world have been horrified by online images of bodies shrouded in white sheets - victims, Syrian opposition groups claim, of an attack Wednesday by the government of President Bashar Assad in a suburb of Damascus.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 15, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
We learn in the opening moments of "Herblock: The Black & the White" that when famed Washington Post editorial cartoonist Herbert Block (best known by the signature in the film's title) was young, he drew a chalk caricature of Kaiser Wilhelm on the sidewalk, taking pleasure in the notion that his neighbors would be walking over it. Block never lost the glee that came from creating images that would stir the pot and champion causes close to his heart. Michael Stevens' (son of filmmaker George Stevens Jr.)
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