| May 16, 2011
| 12:01 AM
GOP candidate Newt Gingrich announced last week he was running for president and, hours later, he was accused of being a racist -- or at least of using coded racist slurs due to his calling President Barack Obama "the food stamp president." (See Joan...
| Jun 4, 2011
| 4:25 AM
Civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton was a guest host on MSNBC the other night, and he and guest James Peterson of Lehigh University made the case that the "War on Drugs" has largely been a war on poor African-Americans.
In a segment called "Crack...
| May 16, 2011
| 12:00 PM
Unfortunately, the fake campaign that consumed the media for several months has come to an end. Pretend GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump -- who we dubbed His Royal Pomposity -- bowed out gracefully *strike that* arrogantly, predicting that he would...
| Aug 11, 2011
| 7:35 AM
Comedian Larry Wilmore expressed his frustration last night that Standard & Poor's downgrade of U.S. treasury bonds happened under President Barack Obama -- and then offered some advice to the president.
"America finally gets our first black president...
| Jun 26, 2011
In a deservedly obscure village among the green hills and dairy farms of Ireland's midlands stands a pub that has been turned into a shrine to Barack Obama. In the back room of Ollie Hayes' saloon, a large and markedly unattractive fake-bronze bust of the...
| May 26, 2011
Apparently, a lot of people consider President Obama to be bumblingly inarticulate. "The guy can't talk his way out of a paper bag!" a reader wrote to me recently. "Sarah Palin is a brilliant speaker. It's the president whose sentences are undiagrammable,...
| Sep 26, 2011
There are two conversations going on inside the L.A. County Hall of Administration about the delicate matter of redrawing maps for the supervisorial districts. Both will come to a head Tuesday, but only one will be publicly acknowledged.
| May 16, 2011
Imagine if today's Los Angeles were governed by a white mayor and an all-white City Council. And then imagine if that anomaly was protected by city election rules that virtually guaranteed no Latino candidate could land a spot in elected office. The civil...
| Aug 22, 2011
Last week, with a warm sun pouring into his sitting room and an ocean breeze rustling the chimes on his porch, Robert Farrell and I talked about his candidacy for the seat Janice Hahn recently vacated on the Los Angeles City Council. That's right,...
| Jul 25, 2011
For nearly half a century, the term "inner city" has been code for poor and minority. But now white flight — the decades-long trend of affluent Anglos leaving the urban core for leafier suburban cul-de-sacs — has run its course. And "inner...
| Jun 6, 2011
It is a source of fierce shame and more than a little defensiveness in Compton that the area's lone bastion of higher education, Compton Community College, lost its accreditation in 2005 after officials absconded with public money and the district came up...