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LA Times humorist, resident millennial on why millennials balked at satirical #MillennialPledge

LA Times humorist, resident millennial on why millennials balked at satirical #MillennialPledge
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Being said to be entitled and narcissistic, millennials love selfies and talking about themselves.; Credit: Jerod Harris/Getty Images for GUESS Us millennials, we pride ourselves on being tolerant, environmentally conscious, and socially progressive.  Being a millennial, I reserve the right to make these generalizations about myself and those I surround myself with, the large majority […]

Remembering the Supreme Court’s first African American Justice

Remembering the Supreme Court’s first African American Justice

“SHOWDOWN” by Wil Haygood; Credit: Penguin Random House The life and career of Thurgood Marshall is examined by journalist and author Wil Haygood. The book looks at the contentious rise of Marshall as the first African-American Supreme Court Justice after a lengthy Senate hearing that preceded his confirmation. Haygood also researches the  major politicians and […]

Former SeaWorld trainer, PETA lawyer debate future of ocean park after Orca breeding ban

Former SeaWorld trainer, PETA lawyer debate future of ocean park after Orca breeding ban

In this handout photo provided by SeaWorld San Diego, a baby killer whale calf nurses from its mother, Kalia, at SeaWorld San Diego’s Shamu Stadium in San Diego, California.; Credit: Handout/Getty Images SeaWorld got a mixed decision yesterday from the California Coastal Commission, which unanimously approved a $100 million expansion of the tanks SeaWorld uses […]

GOP Speaker race in turmoil, plus 2016 Countdown: One year and one month to go!

GOP Speaker race in turmoil, plus 2016 Countdown: One year and one month to go!

Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a community forum on substance abuse September 17, 2015 in Laconia, New Hampshire. Clinton spent the day campaigning and spoke at on substance abuse.; Credit: Darren McCollester/Getty Images Congress is in a tizzy over Kevin McCarthy’s announcement just over an hour ago. The Bakersfield Republican pulled out of […]

Analyzing Governor Brown’s choice to sign one drone bill, not others

Analyzing Governor Brown’s choice to sign one drone bill, not others

A Parrot Bebop quadcopter drone flies at the Parrot stand at the 2015 IFA consumer electronics and appliances trade fair on September 4, 2015.; Credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images It’s now going to be that much harder for the paparazzi to use drones to aid in their work, thanks to new legislation out of Sacramento. Governor […]

Analyzing Governor Brown’s choice to sign one drone bill, not others

Analyzing Governor Brown’s choice to sign one drone bill, not others

A Parrot Bebop quadcopter drone flies at the Parrot stand at the 2015 IFA consumer electronics and appliances trade fair on September 4, 2015.; Credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images It’s now going to be that much harder for the paparazzi to use drones to aid in their work, thanks to new legislation out of Sacramento. Governor […]

Inside DARPA: the world’s most powerful military wonk

Inside DARPA: the world’s most powerful military wonk

; Credit: Hachette Book Group National security has kept research and key documents safely guarded from the public for decades. Naturally, this has raised questions and concerns. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, also known as DARPA, is America’s top-secret military research agency. It was created in the late 1950s to develop breakthrough technologies for […]

Chaffetz bids for House Speaker following McCarthy’s Benghazi gaffe

Chaffetz bids for House Speaker following McCarthy’s Benghazi gaffe

Congressman Jason Chaffetz speaks to an audience at Town Hall.; Credit: Michael Jolley/Flickr Jason Chaffetz announced his candidacy for Speaker of the House, further segmenting House Republicans. Majority leader, Kevin McCarthy of California, was expected to take over for the outgoing John Boehner. McCarthy has come under scrutiny from Democrats following his statements on the […]

Oregon killings beg question: Have we become numb to mass shootings?

Oregon killings beg question: Have we become numb to mass shootings?

Denizens of Roseburg gather at a candlelight vigil for the victims of a shooting October 1, 2015 in Roseburg, Oregon. According to reports, 10 were killed and 20 injured when a gunman opened fire at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.; Credit: Michael Lloyd/Getty Images At least nine people are dead and seven others are […]

‘Road diet’ rage prompts petition for rollback

‘Road diet’ rage prompts petition for rollback

A man rides his bike along a controversial bike lane on Prospect Park West on August 17, 2011 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.; Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images Residents of Silver Lake say the real-world experience of a ‘road diet’ on its busy streets shows the theoretical plan to reduce traffic collisions and […]