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The Power to Tax is the Power to Destroy — PPP Deductibility Must be Fixed Now

The coronavirus pandemic has laid much of the American economy on its back — but a bright spot made the disaster less crippling than it might have been. That is the Paycheck Protection Program, which funneled money to workers through small businesses.  More than five million small businesses took the PPP loans, representing 50 million […]

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Cecilia Muñoz, Defender of Family Separations, Joins Biden Transition Team

On Friday, Nov. 13, President-elect Joe Biden appointed Cecilia Muñoz to join his transition team. During the Obama-Biden administration, over three million families were separated and Cecilia Muñoz, who was a top immigration adviser, consistently defended these decisions and attempted to justify the separation of families and shut out advocates nationwide. Insanity is doing the […]

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Can We Repair Broken Friendships?

By John Brooks “People think they believe what they choose to believe. We don’t. We mostly believe what we need to believe. The public doesn’t really listen when they are being told the straightforward facts. They would rather accept what some charismatic character tells them than to really think what the truth might be. They’d […]

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No Place in our Democracy for a Federal Police Force — in Portland or Anywhere

The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA), the largest immigrant rights organization in California, summarily rejects the Trump administration’s activation of federal agents to police US cities. True democracies do not need a federal police force that answers only to a president in an authoritarian death spiral. What we saw in Portland over the past […]

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“Buy American” Executive Order Could Slow Delivery of a Coronavirus Cure

President Donald Trump is considering a “Buy American” executive order requiring government agencies to purchase medicines and medical supplies domestically.    The goal is two-fold. First, the administration hopes to stimulate the economy and boost domestic manufacturers. Second, it wants to reduce our reliance on countries like China and India, which currently manufacture many of […]

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Measure R: A Transformative Reform for the Sheriff’s Department and LA County Jail System

This coming Tuesday, March 3, Californians join 13 other states and the American Samoa caucuses for the Democratic primary that will select a presidential candidate. At the same time we will also have an opportunity to vote for transformative local policies in Los Angeles. One such policy is Measure R, a ballot initiative designed to […]