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  • Are we winning the drone war?

    Are we winning the drone war?
    Almost two years ago, President Obama announced that he was tightening the rules under which the CIA carries out drone strikes against suspected terrorists in Pakistan, Yemen and other countries. “Before any strike is taken, there must be a near-certainty that no civilians will be killed or injured — the highest standard we can set,” he said.
  • Democrats' hunt for the white working-class male voter

    Democrats' hunt for the white working-class male voter
    Democrats were once the party of the white working man — but that was a long time ago. In the 2012 presidential election, Barack Obama won only one-third of the votes of white working-class men, a modern-day low. Mitt Romney, who didn't seem much...

    A brilliant start to Esa-Pekka Salonen's L.A. Phil residency

     A brilliant start to Esa-Pekka Salonen's L.A. Phil residency
    Esa-Pekka Salonen returned Friday night to the Los Angeles Philharmonic for his annual fall residency with the orchestra at Walt Disney Concert Hall. This time, he really returned. He is once more an Angeleno, having moved from London back to Santa...

    L.A. Opera goes cutting edge in double bill of Purcell, Bartók

    L.A. Opera goes cutting edge in double bill of Purcell, Bartók
    Four cautious years after staging Achim Freyer's cutting-edge but coffer-draining "Ring" cycle, Los Angeles Opera has once more sharpened its edge, and dangerously so. On Saturday night, it mounted a peculiar double bill of Purcell's delicate "Dido and...

    Piano and koto meet in 'Strings and Serpents'

    Piano and koto meet in 'Strings and Serpents'
    "Strings and Serpents," which was presented at REDCAT Sunday evening, combines an intrepid Canadian and French jazz piano duo and an adventurous Japanese koto duo with everyday video animation and exotic Aboriginal myth and maybe a few other things I...