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Afghanistan timeline extends further for U.S.

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Law enforcement not enough to fight terror in Europe

The latest terror attack perpetrated by the Islamic State — this time against the civilians of Barcelona — makes two harsh facts painfully clear. First, the strategy of confronting international terrorism as a global policing problem jus...

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    Don’t weaken constitutional press freedom

    All who support journalism’s constitutional check on the government should push back against U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ threat to make it easier to subpoena reporters. After being excoriated by President Trump for being “very weak” on executive branch leaks, Sessions pledged Friday to rein in unauthorized disclosures of information by government officials. That’s fine. Sessions should clean up his own house — or, rather,...

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    Raise debt ceiling without conditions

    With the U.S. Treasury exhausting its current borrowing capacity in October, House Republicans should follow the Trump administration’s lead and lift the debt ceiling — without tacking on any conditions, no matter how well-intentioned. Both the “crisis” atmosphere and the proper response should be familiar to any Americans who have followed similar debates in the past. Because there is no sizable political constituency for a balanced budget, and economic...

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    Labor peace a win for L.A., Long Beach ports — and beyond

    Retailers, shippers and consumers breathed a sigh of relief as a first-of-its-kind contract extension was approved by dockworkers at all West Coast ports. The extension, ensuring labor peace at 29 ports in California, Oregon and Washington until 2022, was hailed by management and union officials who wanted to avoid labor strife that devastated the economy in 2014-15. Nobody wanted to see a repeat of the problems that were experienced two years ago when contract talks between the...

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    We’re asking readers to share their favorite political jokes: Question of the Week

    Wednesday, Aug. 16, is the annual National Tell a Joke Day. Americans sure could use more levity right now. So we’re taking a break from our weekly tradition of asking readers for their opinions on serious issues. Instead of a normal Question of the Week, we’re asking you to share your favorite political joke. By “political,” we really mean anything related to current...

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    Feds should stay out of D.C.’s, states’ aid-in-dying laws

    The federal government should not intrude on Washington, D.C.’s Death with Dignity Act, as some members of Congress would like to do. Depriving terminally ill adults in D.C. the option of medical aid-in-dying would not only condemn many to unnecessary suffering, but provide an unwarranted precedent for further intrusions on states with similar laws. Last December, the D.C. council voted to allow qualifying, terminally ill district residents, in consultation with...

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    Trim the thicket of hindrances to housing construction

    Legislative leaders have promised to tackle housing affordability when they return to session later this month. They need to make a concerted, successful effort to relieve some of the regulations that enable not-in-my-backyard-ism and stymie housing construction — and not just pile on more taxes. Even some Democrats have lost their stomach for new taxes or tax increases after passage of the gas-tax package and the cap-and-trade deal. California leaders may need to divert some...

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  • Opinion

    How realistic are Long Beach budget projections?

    If you were on the Long Beach City Council putting together a budget for next year, would you be “reasonably conservative” or “reasonably optimistic”? How City Council members answer that question could determine if some city services would be cut when the next fiscal year starts Oct. 1. In their rollout of the proposed 2018 budget, Mayor Robert Garcia and City Manager Pat West came down on the side of what are being called realistic expectations for...

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    Privacy trumps the expedience of police technology tools

    The struggle between technology and privacy is not new, but it takes on enhanced importance when it comes to government policing activities. Law enforcement agencies are already pushing the constitutional envelope through their use of technology in a number of areas. One ongoing debate surrounds the use of drones by the police, with questions arising concerning the legitimacy of their use for surveillance and how to deal with people and property inadvertently captured in footage that...

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  • Opinion

    Long Beach Grand Prix should stick with IndyCars

    There’s no question the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach should continue operating as an IndyCar event and not return to using Formula 1 cars. That was the smart, bottom-line conclusion of a selection committee which said the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach, operated by Jim Michaelian, was “the most qualified firm to promote and operate” the race in 2019 and beyond. The committee recommended that the Long Beach City Council begin negotiations with...

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  • Opinion

    End prosecutors’ immunity from lawsuits

    Misconduct by prosecutors in Southern California has led to dozens of criminal convictions being overturned on appeal — that’s the finding from a new study by Harvard Law School’s Fair Punishment Project, which looked at court rulings on prosecutorial misconduct across the country. These are not cases of errors, but of willful and serious misconduct, which can include the use of fabricated evidence, introduction of false testimony, and withholding of evidence that...

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