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SCOTUS POLITICS-In recent years the legitimacy of the Supreme Court has come under question as Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, and Senate Republicans have bent the nomination process for their own political gain.

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DEEGAN ON LA-Raw sewage has entered the calculus at the site of a New York developer’s dream of high-end housing, restaurants and retail called “Casitas Lofts,”  a project he hopes to situate along a stretch of the Los Angeles River near Atwater Village and Glassell Park.

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PERSPECTIVE-Familiarize yourself with the hashtag #OutNow, it is refusefacism.org’s message: “In the name of humanity we refuse to accept a fascist America!”

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CLIMATE POLITICS-Global warming is on speed, especially in northern latitudes where an international team of scientists led by Igor Semiletov of Tomsk Polytechnic University, Russia’s oldest technical institution, recently made a startling discovery aboard the Academic Mstislav Keldysh (photo above), the kind of discovery that sends chills down the spine, i.e., “methane bubbles boiling in water.” 

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WE HAVE SEEN THE ENEMY’--Freedom (to lie) isn’t free. For the campaign to re-elect Donald Trump it costs $1.5 million a week. And that’s just last week’s tab. 

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GUEST COMMENTARY--The PG&E Blackout Con is all about threatening the judge in the PG&E bankruptcy case. The victims have joined with the bondholders to eliminate the equity of the stockholders who deserve nothing.

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GUEST WORDS-Trump is a master at speaking in codes. Certainly not Code Pink but codes that Nazis, white supremacists, Ku Klux Klaners anxiously await.

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I THINK HE’S STILL MY PERSONAL LAWYER’--Rudy Giuliani speaks to members of the media during a White House Sports and Fitness Day at the South Lawn of the White House May 30, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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THE REAL LA HOUSING CRISIS-It can be stressful being a tenant in LA these days. Don't take my word for it. Just ask the people living at 1719 Whitley in Hollywood (photo above).

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ALPERN AT LARGE--The old adage, repeatedly forgotten, remains true: "Point one finger at someone else, and four others are pointing right back at you." Kind of like that other old adage about "he who lives in glass houses shouldn't be throwing stones."

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CONNECTING CALIFORNIA--Immigrants are already essential to health care in California. But they will become even more important in the future.

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NEW GEOGRAPHY--In the ever-intensifying battle between red and blue, the consultants, fixers and self-serving media thrive, but America suffers.

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