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    $15 minimum wage risks job losses in Los Angeles

    You can’t call the Los Angeles City Council timid. In voting to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 by 2020, from $9 today – an increase of two-thirds, big by any standard –it’s taking quite a gamble. That’s why the results, assuming the change gets final...

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    Objectionable NSA actions should finally be reined in

    After nearly two years of disclosures about the excesses of the National Security Agency – and after last year’s failed attempt to rein them in – Congress is on the verge of finally doing something about them. This time, the clock is ticking. The USA Freedom Act, which would...

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    Federal lawmakers need to do more than take away schools’ grenade launchers

    With the fires of Ferguson, Mo., and Baltimore extinguished but not forgotten, President Barack Obama announced several policies Monday to improve the relationship between police and their communities. The president’s plan will help. But it shouldn’t be the last push the federal government...

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    Prison rape is violation of inmates’ basic rights

    Rape is a horrible crime regardless of whether the victim is in prison, a college student on a date or a member of the armed forces. Yet prison officials often treat inmates as if their crime somehow warrants sexual abuse as additional punishment. For more than 80,000 inmates each year, this attitude...

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    The irrational rejection of Medicaid expansion

    It has always been irrational for states to decline to expand their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act. The 21 states that have refused to take advantage of this element of Obamacare have denied access to coverage for 4 million people, left billions in federal health-care dollars on...

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    CIA leakers receive 2 kinds of justice

    Disproportionate penalties given to two CIA employees who leaked secrets raise a question about the fairness of American justice.

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    Lawmakers need to fix medical school funding

    Washington State University’s plans to start its own medical school in Spokane appear to be grounded with $2.5 million of accreditation money in both the House and Senate budgets. But now that the Legislature is in its extended session and budget compromises will be made, there are other ...

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    After U.K. conservatives win, could U.S. follow?

    Does Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron’s smashing re-election victory last week in the United Kingdom presage good fortunes for Republicans in the 2016 presidential race? We’re not making predictions. But history has shown a strong – although not perfect – coincidence...

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    Do super PACs needto be reined in?

    Soon after she announced that she was running for president, Hillary Rodham Clinton positioned herself as a critic of big money in politics. Yet as the Los Angeles Times reported last week, Clinton is courting potential donors to Priorities USA Action, a “super PAC” that is not bound...

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    Trade deal foes resort to trickery in Senate

    Losing the substantive argument over President Obama’s bipartisan trade agenda, opponents are now resorting to procedural legerdemain. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has declared that he'll attempt to filibuster pending trade-promotion authority legislation, which is needed to...

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