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October 11, 2013 | Chris Dufresne
Unbuckling the mailbag: Question: (In last week's Washington-Stanford game) What did you think of all the injuries on defense? And how Stanford's medical staff healed them so quickly? Rails Warner Answer: We've already been through this. Stanford Coach David Shaw said Stanford would never fake injuries. "We don't condone it, we don't teach it, we don't allow it," Shaw said. Huskies Coach Steve Sarkisian basically accused Stanford players of faking injuries to slow down his team's up-tempo offense.
October 2, 2013 | By Paul Thornton
Good news, President Obama: Americans support the Affordable Care Act, as Jimmy Kimmel showed Tuesday night. The bad news: They hate Obamacare. Of course, we all know that "Obamacare" is the pejorative shorthand for the Affordable Care Act, Obama's 2010 healthcare reform law being held ransom by House Republicans who cite the American people's dislike of the legislation as their reason for bringing much of the federal government to a halt. Correction: As Kimmel showed , some of us know.
September 24, 2013 | By Bruce Ackerman
We are in the midst of the first serious reexamination of government spying since the 1970s. President Obama has asked a special review panel for initial recommendations by November. The normally secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, also known as the FISA court, has broken new ground by publishing a full-dress opinion upholding the collection of massive amounts of data on domestic telephone conversations. With James R. Clapper, director of national intelligence, all but conceding that there was a "good side" to Edward Snowden's leaks, we can expect significant actions by the courts and the executive.
September 21, 2013
Re "'This is the line in the sand,' House Republicans say," Sept. 19 Paraphrasing Mark Twain, there are lies, damned lies and statistics. The Republicans are distorting the facts on public support for Obamacare. The September Pew Research poll shows that 53% disapprove of Obamacare, while 42% approve. What Republicans are not saying is that, according to a May CNN poll, more than a quarter of those disapproving are opposed because the law does not go far enough. The Pew poll also reports that about half of the 53% who disapprove of the law (27% overall)
September 9, 2013 | By Evan Halper
WASHINGTON - With support for the war in Vietnam sagging and mass protests erupting around the nation, President Nixon invited cameras into the Oval Office in November 1969 and spoke directly to Americans. Seated behind a desk, reading from a prepared text, Nixon explained why an immediate withdrawal would be a blow to freedom and democracy, outlined a plan "to end the war in a way that we could win the peace" and promised to turn over much of the fighting to Vietnamese troops. Playing to mainstream America's patriotism and its skepticism of the counterculture, he concluded, "And so tonight - to you, the great silent majority of my fellow Americans - I ask for your support.
September 8, 2013 | By Joseph J. Ellis
There is an opinion abroad in the land that the right to bear arms is unlimited, an absolute right, like the right to vote or the right to a fair trial. This heartfelt conviction has surfaced lately in state legislation that attempts to nullify federal gun regulations. For the nullifiers, and many others, the broadest possible right to bear arms is purportedly enshrined in the 2nd Amendment and recognized in the Supreme Court case Heller vs. District of Columbia. And yet, no matter how prevalent or fervently held, the opinion that the Bill of Rights supports and the high court acknowledges an absolute right to gun ownership is just plain wrong.
August 29, 2013 | David Lazarus
Like most employers, Trader Joe's is grappling with how to look after the well-being of its workers amid difficult financial circumstances. In May, the head of the privately held Monrovia company, with stores nationwide, sent a confidential memo to employees notifying them of changes to their health coverage, retirement program and wages. "In these increasingly complex times, it has become necessary to relook at our programs," wrote Dan Bane, the chief executive and chairman.
August 29, 2013 | By Michael McGough
AB 154, a bill in the California Legislature that would allow nurse practitioners, midwives and physician's assistants to perform some early abortions, won't be controversial with most supporters of legal abortion. But it severs a connection between abortion rights and the practice of medicine that played an important role in the Supreme Court's Roe vs. Wade decision legalizing abortion. The supposedly indispensable role of the doctor in abortion decisions also has figured in the defense of abortion rights by politicians, including those who say the procedure should be rare -- such as Hillary Rodham Clinton.
August 25, 2013 | Peggy Ochoa
Sandberg tells women, "Lean in," But her message is seemingly thin To women who've tried, And whose stories collide With Filner's political spin. The author is a lecturer in English at Cal State Fullerton. Read more: Opinion poetry by Times readers  
August 23, 2013
Re “Too much information,” Opinion, Aug. 19 Thank you for the article by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.). It's really tiresome to have Congress enact protective legislation and have the other branches of government immediately try to undermine both the spirit and the letter of the legislation. Jeanne Mount Beverly Hills Sensenbrenner owes a debt of gratitude to Edward Snowden for providing him (and us) with information about the abuse of the Patriot Act. Perhaps the headline should read “Too Much Secrecy.” Doris Isolini Nelson Los Angeles A couple questions regarding Sensenbrenner's Op-Ed piece about the “abuses” of the Patriot Act: If the current administration were Republican, would he feel the same outrage?
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