Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump has made birthright citizenship a national issue. Granting citizenship to anyone born on American soil has long been the norm under the 14th Amendment. Is birthright citizenship an idea whose time has passed?More than showing upLet’s put it this way: Donald Trump may be an execrable demagogue, but he isn’t wrong about birthright citizenship.

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A majority of the Board of Supervisors wants a smaller jail. Numerous reform advocates and thinkers want a smaller jail. The Times wants a smaller jail – because for too many years the county has squandered one opportunity after another to provide more humane and effective treatment to accused…

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We wish Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., were more jealous of Congress’ constitutional powers, instead of being eager to cede them to the executive branch. The Riverside Press-Enterprise reported that she is “pushing to bypass Congress and have…

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As former Illinois Republican Sen. Everett Dirksen is credited with saying, “A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you’re talking real money.” Roughly 50 years later, the federal government’s spending binge has added some zeroes to…

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“Get the defendant out of my courtroom, please.’’ Colorado Judge Carlos Samour Jr., after sentencing theater killer James Holmes to 3,318 years in prison “People in the U.S. are hungry for authenticity.

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It surely looks as though partisanship is getting in the way of the state’s commitment to take care of its most vulnerable citizens. All the signs are there.

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The current state of the Republican Party may seem like a demolition derby, but there’s an equally fascinating, if less well-understood, conflict within the Democratic Party. In this case, the disruptive force is largely Silicon Valley, a natural oligarchy that now funds a party teetering toward populism and even socialism. The fundamental contradictions, as Karl Marx would have noted, lie in the collision of interests between a group that has come to epitomize self-consciously progressive megawealth and a mass base which is increasingly concerned about downward mobility. For all his occasional populist lapses, President Obama generally has embraced Silicon Valley as an intrinsic part of his political coalition. He has even enlisted several tech giants – including venture capitalist John Doerr, LinkedIn billionaire Reid Hoffman and Sun Microsystems co-founder Vinod Khosla – in helping plan out Obama’s no-doubt lavish and highly political retirement…

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A Los Angeles City Council committee took the smart step this week of removing criminal penalties and fines from a controversial new law involving the treatment of homeless people’s possessions. While it’s true that city officials have a responsibility to keep the streets safe and clean, they must…

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The Los Angeles Times prides itself on speaking the truth to power. For many of the paper’s employees, that’s easier said than done.

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There have been a number of efforts in recent years to promote increased transparency in government, and many of those efforts have been championed by good-government experts as well as workers everywhere. The public deserves to know how taxpayer…

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The largest migration of refugees since World War II is being greeted there with barbed wire, delusional fears and political avoidance. The 28-member European Union has tried to confine asylum seekers to first-stop nations, meaning countries such as Italy and Greece nearest the trouble-spot sources of refugees. …

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The largest migration of refugees since World War II is being greeted there with barbed wire, delusional fears and political avoidance. The 28-member European Union has tried to confine asylum seekers to first-stop nations, meaning countries such as Italy and Greece nearest the trouble-spot sources of refugees. …

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With a two-year delay in completion of Antler’s Bridge we’re hoping costs won’t go out of sight.

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With a two-year delay in completion of Antler’s Bridge we’re hoping costs won’t go out of sight.

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Promises from promoters of past trade agreements have not been fulfilled.

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San Diego and California will bid farewell to the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan after 11 years.

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California’s tobacco tax is among the nation’s lowest, hasn’t risen since 1990sTwo-thirds of the state tells Field Poll tobacco tax should riseCurrent tax doesn’t even touch e-cigarettes, which are booming among kids … Click to Continue »

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On-air killings in Virginia occurred as yet another mass shooter was being sentencedVictim’s father asks how much longer until politicians ‘stop being lackeys of the NRA’Gun violence has claimed thousands of lives this year alone … Click to Continue »

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Next month, Congress will vote on whether to affirm the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) among Iran, the U.S., European allies, China and Russia. After weeks of careful study, it is clear to me the JCPOA is our best tool to prevent Iran from building a nuclear weapon for at least the next 15 years. I will vote to support the agreement.

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San Diego area representatives weigh in on the nuclear deal with Iran.

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San Diego area representatives weigh in on the nuclear deal with Iran.

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The Summer Olympics may be coming back to Lake Casitas. In fact, there are a lot of maybes between here and 2024 when Lake Casitas might, for the second time, host the Olympics rowing and canoeing competitions.

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Even though it’s still August, high school football is underway. This is what they call Week Zero, which originated as sort of a preseason week where a few teams could get in an extra game. But now almost every high school in Ventura County will be teeing it up Friday night as the season begins.

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Just once, could we have a few days to celebrate a heroic triumph over violence before the next senseless shooting intervenes?On Wednesday, as three former high school buddies from Carmichael still were basking in international praise for their lifesaving heroism on a Paris-bound train last week, a former Bay Area man gunned down a Virginia television reporter and a cameraman on the air, killing them and injuring another woman.The Virginia gunman, who later killed himself, was an angry former employee, not a possible terrorist with an AK 47 on a train. But the horror of what happened to reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward will forever scar all who saw it. Incidents like this make us all the more grateful for the chance to thank heroes like U.S. Airman Spencer Stone, National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos and Sacramento State student Anthony Sadler, who stopped what might have been bloody mayhem and lived to accept our thanks.As a culture, we’ve taken to tossing the word "hero" around lightly. …

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The Sunnyvale City Council has an opportunity Tuesday to show cynics that government actually can move fast to solve a problem and do the right thing.In this case, the right thing is saving lives with a temporary homeless shelter in the face of what’s shaping up as an epic El Niño — and protecting a struggling neighborhood of working people from what they see as one more example of government letting them down.The city council should approve locating Santa Clara County’s proposed shelter on land the city owns at the former Onizuka Air Force Station, which is on multiple transit lines, instead of on land the county owns at Fair Oaks and Central Expressway near the 1940s-era Victory Village neighborhood. It also has to commit to fast tracking the project, doing whatever it takes to get it done before the predicted storms hit.It was a winding path that got the city and county to this awkward place, forcing a last-minute decision. But everyone has been trying to do what’s right — nobody is saying let the homeless fend for themselves this winter — and finger pointing over who should have done what earlier gets the community nowhere. Let’s get the shelter open and then look at how this could have been done better.The Sunnyvale National Guard Armory used to be the winter shelter in that area, but it was closed in 2013 and replaced with permanent low-income housing. That’s in keeping with the goal to end homelessness, but it doesn’t end the need for emergency shelter. …

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After years of hearing political rhetoric about the centrality of educational access to California’s civic life, I’ve been surprised to discover, as a father, all the official hurdles to putting your kid in public school. Mind you, I wasn’t signing up for a charter school or any special program, but merely re-enrolling him in the same neighborhood school where he completed kindergarten in June. The first category included a deed of trust, closing escrowing papers, a lease (which had to have children’s names), a property tax bill or a mortgage payment receipt from the last month. …

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‘With everything going on lately, it seems that we are losing faith in the kindness and selflessness of others. Today, I was reminded that people can defy these assumptions.’

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