The Proto-Paul Ryans of My Salad Days

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Berry Craig: Like the college Republicans of my day, Ryan is crazy about all things military. He also opted for college over military service.

Who’s the Real Wimp?

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Berry Craig: Romney is hardly the only chest-thumping Republican who seems to have never met a war he didn’t like so long as others did the actual fighting.

Sally, Sherman, and Lupe

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Unai Montes-Irueste: Sally Ride, Sherman Hemsley and Lupe Ontiveros were three human beings pushed boundaries, paved paths, and deserved better than to have vital elements of their identities minimized until death.

The Risible Rise of the American Anti-War Movement

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Jonathan David Farley: The American anti-war movement failed to promote the truly left-wing voices in America and it failed to develop new ones.

Latinos Support Raising Taxes on Wealthy

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Pilar Marrero: According to our poll, Latino voters are also almost completely opposed to balancing the budget following the formula of the GOP and the Tea Party: only budget cuts.

Confessions of a Minion of the Military-Industrial Complex

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Jonathan David Farley: How I learned to stop worrying about where my academic research funding came from and love Raytheon

Employers Take Beating Laying Off Employees

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Sherwood Ross: As millions of Americans have been fired by employers struggling to remain profitable, we have all borne witness to Corporate America’s calloused disregard of its workers. Now, canny business economists claim the layoffs have hurt employers, too.

Lady Justice

Norman Williams, center, with Mark Melahn, left, and Jesse Goodman, who worked on his case while in law school. Williams was sentenced to 25 years to life after his third-strike conviction, which was for stealing a car jack and tools from a tow truck. Through the efforts of Stanford's Criminal Defense Clinic, his sentence was reduced to 10 years. He had already served more than that so was freed. (Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Times)

Statues of Lady Justice frequently portray her wearing a blindfold, signifying impartiality and objectivity. But careful readers of the Los Angeles Times on May 13 have good reason to believe that the Lady is peeking — at least in California — and it is entirely possible that her vision is distorted in favor of “white [...]

Economics 101: Who’s Up, Who’s Down

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by Robert Brent Toplin – Customers at my local Barnes & Noble store are likely to get the impression that books about Franklin D. Roosevelt are all the rage these days. When they stand in line to pay the cashier, they come upon a large display of volumes dealing with FDR and the Great Depression. [...]

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