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  • Five Sad, Laughable Rumors from 2011

    Five Sad, Laughable Rumors from 2011

    • December 26, 2011

    Should we chuckle or cry whenever the American conversation slides back into rumor and paranoid nightmare? Below are five of this year’s more unforgettable fantasies, debunked by America’s leading myth-busters, Snopes.com. 1. Michelle Obama is pregnant — and White House spokesman Robert Gibbs was fired for discussing this! 2. Liberal billionaire George Soros is buying

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  • I’m Not the Girl I Was at 80

    I’m Not the Girl I Was at 80

    • December 22, 2011

    What a drag—I have recently been worried about the memory loss I have sort of grown used to over the last few years. I’m not afraid of Alzheimer’s—and I don’t feel unique. Fortunately I get a lot of support from my “fragmented” younger and older friends who assure me that I’m not the only one

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  • ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

    ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

    • December 21, 2011

    Here is a shorter — and more modern — rendering of the Christmas poem by Clement Clarke Moore (1823). ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through L.A. not a good job was to be found, not even for low pay. The job apps were filled out, the interviews complete, in hopes that all would keep

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  • L.A.’s Fast Train to Economic Recovery

    L.A.’s Fast Train to Economic Recovery

    • December 21, 2011

    As a resident of Lincoln Heights, I’ve always been able to use public transportation to get around. I live in what you could call a “low-income transit village.” Most of the major bus lines that connect our region are within walking distance of my home. Bus lines like the 45 and 81 provide me access

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  • The Two Faces of Newt

    The Two Faces of Newt

    • December 21, 2011

    (This column first appeared in slightly  longer form on Huffington Post.)   As a House back-bencher and then as Speaker, Newt Gingrich made his name as a fiery opponent of wasteful government spending. But, in fact, he was one of Congress’s biggest spenders. Gingrich’s big-spending habit is perhaps the most important, but the least-known, of his

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