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June 26, 2013 | By Michael McGough
One of the most annoying habits of some of my liberal friends is their casual derogation of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Thomas is derided not just as an extremist, which is true when you plot the legal philosophies of the justices along a spectrum, but also a clone of Antonin Scalia and an intellectual lightweight. The latter two accusations are just false. Thomas and Scalia have disagreed in significant cases, and Thomas' opinions, however idiosyncratic, are often tightly reasoned and provocative.
June 21, 2013 | By Ken Dilanian, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - In response to congressional demands, the Obama administration is considering disclosing portions of classified opinions by the secret court that oversees the National Security Agency's surveillance programs. "We would like to release into the public domain as much of this as we can without compromising national security," Robert Litt, the top lawyer for Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, told Congress last week. Liberals in Congress have been pressing the administration for years - without success - to release the classified orders by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which rules in secret on surveillance requests from the Justice Department and the intelligence community.
June 3, 2013 | By Cindy Chang, Los Angeles Times
Kang Nam Lee sometimes hobnobs with California politicians, even though she isn't fluent in English. Through an interpreter, the 80-year-old Korean immigrant has also spoken to large audiences about her pet issues: school funding and better healthcare for senior citizens. Lee is a member of a club at Los Angeles' Korean Resource Center that encourages political activism among elderly immigrants. When she first came to the United States in 2005 to join her daughter, she felt isolated.
May 23, 2013
Re "Oklahoma twister 'was a monster,'" May 21 It is heartbreaking to read of homes destroyed, lives upended, children killed and hundreds left homeless. We know that, without effective action to combat climate change, these events will become more frequent. And yet the political leaders of Oklahoma are right-wing ideologues who either reject the idea of global warming or question its effects on weather catastrophes. What will it take to get them to realize that their inaction will lead to more disasters?
May 21, 2013 | By Angel Jennings
Voters Tuesday trickled into St. Paul's Presbysterian church in South L.A. to cast their ballots after a torrent of campaign advertisements and  record-breaking spending in the race for mayor of Los Angeles.  Many arrived with firm opinions and researched notes in hand. Beverly Galloway, 72, of Baldwin Vista said she voted for Wendy Greuel. "I felt that she was honest, a leader that can't be dictated to,” Galloway said. “I watched the debates, and I was impressed. " PHOTOS: L.A. voters head to the polls Forrest Jackson, 68, of Baldwin Hills, also said he voted for Wendy Greuel.
May 17, 2013
Re "Nuking the filibuster," Editorial, May 15 It should be clear by now that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will not do the right thing and fix the filibuster. The Senate will continue to be in gridlock. The Democratic senators wringing their hands over the lack of progress need to be pressuring Reid to get rid of the filibuster. Bob Zwissler Manhattan Beach Let's go a step further: I suggest that we amend the Constitution's advise and consent clause.
May 16, 2013 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
"Everything Loose Will Land" has landed. And its timing could hardly be better. The exhibition at the MAK Center in West Hollywood, curated by UCLA architectural historian and critic Sylvia Lavin, is a wry study of the ways Los Angeles artists and architects worked with, leaned on, stole from and influenced one another in the 1970s. In a larger sense, it charts the way Southern California architects threw off the influence of establishmen Modernism and helped remake the profession in that decade.
May 15, 2013
Re "Warren upends bankers, tradition," May 11 As the newest member of the Senate Banking Committee, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is a breath of fresh air. Finally, there's a voice in Washington for the people and a staunch advocate for consumers. Although she's ranked 97th out of 100 in seniority, Warren's intelligence and knowledge of financial regulation have shaken the good-old-boys network to its foundation. Her presence on the committee is one to be reckoned with.
May 10, 2013
Re "Mark Sanford is back in the game," May 8 South Carolina proved that it is possible to talk a dog off of a meat wagon with its election of disgraced former Gov. Mark Sanford to his old House seat in Congress. The Republican candidate proved to the world that you can have your cake and eat it too with his undeserved victory. Bill Clinton has nothing on him. And now the party of family values has a new standard-bearer in South Carolina for ethics, integrity, duty, responsibility and family loyalty.
May 7, 2013
Re "Obama's Gitmo woes," Opinion, May 5 As a fan of Doyle McManus, I was disappointed to read his claim that most of the detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay were anti-American extremists when they were apprehended. Our own government has acknowledged that many of these men were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border when the war started in 2001. They are guilty of nothing. I also note with dismay the remarks of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)
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