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Twenty years ago, an editor at the Los Angeles Times told me the newspaper had changed the way it reported on Mexico. "Now we cover it as a local story," he said.

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Deportations will leave aftershocks for yearsupdated Thu Mar 13 2014 07:27:07

This week, there was a massive attempt to gate-crash on the U.S.-Mexico border, part of the "Bring Them Home" campaign. A better name for it would be "Operation Return to Sender."

Will cops use common sense on drivers and cell phones?updated Fri Mar 07 2014 09:05:36

The most important tool that law enforcement officers have at their disposal is common sense. This is especially true with that segment of the force that spends the most time interacting with the public: traffic cops and highway patrol officers who enforce the vehicle code.

Give Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta his Medal of Honorupdated Fri Feb 28 2014 19:44:03

Why only reach back to right a wrong from a half-century ago? Why not correct a travesty that is occurring right now?

Clarence Thomas is right about raceupdated Fri Feb 14 2014 12:29:26

Clarence Thomas has an abundance of two things that are often in short supply whenever Americans talk about race: courage and common sense.

Deport Justin Bieber? updated Fri Jan 24 2014 16:11:18

Canada's most valuable export? Oil. Its most problematic? Justin Bieber.

'Bachelor' anti-gay remark doesn't speak for Latinosupdated Mon Jan 20 2014 12:43:36

The Bachelor sounds like a bigot.

Christie bridge: Get over itupdated Thu Jan 16 2014 17:42:35

Tom Brokaw has had enough of "bridgegate."

Cops must face justice in killing of homeless manupdated Tue Jan 14 2014 11:03:38

What is it with juries in high-profile cases in Southern California? Over the years, they've become a national joke. But no one is laughing.

States take the lead in immigration gameupdated Tue Jan 07 2014 08:25:32

My son has a new video game, and I have a new problem.

Lesson of the Romney adoption joke storyupdated Fri Jan 03 2014 07:41:23

A recent dust-up at MSNBC is driving the latest round of "gotcha" between the right and the left.

'Duck Dynasty' network's hypocrisyupdated Tue Dec 24 2013 14:39:05

This Christmas, enjoy the turkey and roast beef. But do yourself a favor, and skip the duck.

U.S. owes India apology over strip-searchupdated Wed Dec 18 2013 16:46:02

Here's a scary thought: There's a country where officials are suggesting that the visas of gay partners of U.S. diplomats be revoked and these individuals be put in jail -- not because the country recently outlawed same-sex relationships but to crack down on Americans.

Santa's color isn't the important thingupdated Mon Dec 16 2013 07:36:57

Do you know why so many children think they're entitled to a comfy life filled with toys, smiles and puppy dogs?

Josh Romney's tweet showed a class actupdated Wed Dec 04 2013 08:14:20

Some people see a silver lining and go looking for a cloud. They just can't feel good about the world they live in, even when they're presented with a feel-good story. Instead of rejoicing in a positive development, they're critical and cynical and mean.

Obama heckler got it rightupdated Wed Nov 27 2013 07:38:29

When asked over the years if he can use executive power to stop deporting illegal immigrants, President Barack Obama has responded: Yes, we can! Other times, the answer was: No we can't!

What Liz Cheney got wrongupdated Tue Nov 19 2013 07:22:41

Republicans portray themselves as the party of family values. Yet, in Wyoming, one prominent group of right wing kinfolk will spend the holidays embroiled in a family feud.

Health care fiasco highlights Obama's broken promiseupdated Wed Nov 13 2013 21:43:58

You almost have to feel sorry for President Obama. Almost.

How to get elected? Ask Christieupdated Wed Nov 06 2013 13:28:56

Election week is the perfect time for Americans to think about what we want in a candidate and what we don't.

Beware of cultuphobiaupdated Fri Nov 01 2013 07:42:40

Introducing a new word: "cultuphobia." It means the fear that another person's culture is taking over your own.

UK's message to immigrants: Stay out updated Thu Oct 24 2013 11:02:18

Just this summer, the British government was directly targeting illegal immigrants with a campaign that turned heads, and, in many cases, turned stomachs.

Fit mom brings out the bulliesupdated Thu Oct 17 2013 09:49:03

Maria Kang likes a good workout. And she is getting one after a bunch of angry women turned her into a punching bag.

Ted Cruz is right about Obamacareupdated Wed Oct 09 2013 16:25:46

In the 1980 Clint Eastwood action comedy film "Any Which Way You Can," prizefighter Jack Wilson (played by William Smith) assesses the strengths of his soon-to-be opponent, Philo Beddoe (played by Eastwood).

Hispanics, don't settle for lessupdated Mon Oct 07 2013 11:54:48

It's hip to be Hispanic.

'Fat letters' from schools to parents are wrongupdated Tue Sep 24 2013 08:38:00

The parents of elementary school students in 19 states -- including Arkansas, Illinois, California and Massachusetts -- are receiving letters regarding something that really isn't a school's business: their children's weight.

Give undocumented immigrants driver's licenses updated Tue Sep 17 2013 09:23:03

California has long been a trendsetter. But on the issue of giving driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants, it fell behind other states. After what seems like forever, it is poised to become the 10th state, along with the District of Columbia, to make this concession.

Let's have the conversation about raceupdated Mon Aug 26 2013 09:56:44

Americans are told we need to have a national conversation in which we talk about race. 

Will 'Mayor Naughty' please step down?updated Wed Aug 21 2013 07:45:43

As much of the country deals with heat waves, the temperature in this coastal city rarely exceeds 75 degrees. Don't you want to be in San Diego?

Do video games belong in libraries?updated Thu Aug 15 2013 07:47:06

If you want to save souls, first you need to put folks in the pews.

Jeb Bush vs. Matt Damon on schools and testingupdated Mon Aug 12 2013 07:35:31

Here is an unlikely duel: It's Jeb Bush, former Florida governor and possible 2016 GOP presidential hopeful, vs. Matt Damon, actor and activist.

Why not let 9 Dreamers into U.S.?updated Wed Aug 07 2013 12:03:06

The "Dream 9," five women and four men, say that they are "undocumented and unafraid."

Christie vs. Paul vs. Rubio vs. Cruz -- the Republican implosionupdated Mon Aug 05 2013 07:03:15

American humorist Will Rogers once said, "I'm not a member of any organized political party. I'm a Democrat."

Let's deport Rep. Steve Kingupdated Fri Jul 26 2013 07:19:55

"Dreamers" always seem to find themselves in the eye of the storm, and that's where they are at the moment.

Horror won't end with cartel leader's arrestupdated Thu Jul 18 2013 07:37:46

Mexican authorities are having an Eliot Ness moment. Imagine what it felt like for the famed U.S. federal agent to arrest legendary gangster Al Capone in 1929.

Napolitano: Obama's 'bad cop' on immigrationupdated Sun Jul 14 2013 23:44:16

When the University of California regents were looking for a new president for perhaps the best public university system in the world -- with 10 campuses and more than 230,000 students -- they chose Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano?

Should the U.S. be more like Mexico? updated Thu Jul 11 2013 10:40:57

As the immigration debate moves to the House of Representatives, Americans are fully engaged. Is it too much to ask that they also be fully informed?

Rick Perry should apologize to Wendy Davisupdated Thu Jul 04 2013 12:11:26

Once again, the eyes of the nation are upon Texas.

Supreme Court does minorities a favorupdated Mon Jun 24 2013 14:36:38

The Supreme Court just did Latinos and African-Americans a big favor.

Border security push is a jokeupdated Fri Jun 21 2013 07:38:51

When the discussion turns to the U.S.-Mexico border, living less than an hour away has its privileges.

The mariachi singer is more American than his criticsupdated Mon Jun 17 2013 07:58:06

The scoreboard was clear.

Fathers, stop coddling your kidsupdated Fri Jun 14 2013 17:50:17

If I may speak for some of the dads who have spoken to me over time, this year, our kids can skip the ties, golf clubs and fishing poles. What many of us really want for Father's Day is an attitude adjustment for our kids.

English-only at Whole Foods?updated Wed Jun 12 2013 07:46:29

Does your company have in place what amounts to an "English-only" policy for employees? Yes? No?

Rubio's wild immigration rideupdated Wed Jun 05 2013 07:13:06

Former Wyoming Sen. Al Simpson knows a thing or two about passing landmark immigration reform. My friend and former graduate school professor did it in 1986 with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, which he co-authored with former Rep. Romano Mazzoli.

Shakedown 'justice' in Mexicoupdated Thu May 30 2013 18:54:27

I keep thinking of those television ads from the Mexican tourism industry urging Americans to "Come visit Mexico."

'Rogue' DHS unions follow Obama's lead on deportationupdated Wed May 22 2013 08:44:27

Welcome to the chaotic Department of Homeland Security.

Obama won't let media do their jobupdated Wed May 15 2013 11:04:19

"Government should be transparent. Transparency promotes accountability and provides information for citizens about what their Government is doing. ... My Administration will take appropriate action, consistent with law and policy, to disclose information rapidly in forms that the public can readily find and use." -- President Barack Obama, memo to heads of executive departments and agencies, 2009

Gay rights, immigration reform on collision courseupdated Fri May 10 2013 09:55:33

You wouldn't think that gay rights would be on a collision course with immigration reform. After all, what does one of these things have to do with another?

Sorry, Bill Richardson: Ted Cruz is plenty Hispanicupdated Wed May 08 2013 09:02:30

Oh no, he didn't go there. Even in a political climate where it sometimes appears that anything goes, Bill Richardson crossed the line.

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