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In America, Politicians Pay for Bucking Netanyahu

The Israeli prime minister’s hard-line, expansionist policies put Bernie Sanders’ “Jewishness” to the test.

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No Blues for Bernie in L.A., Where Sanders Backers Are Still Making Happy Music

A Los Angeles rally—defying media pessimism about the Vermont senator’s chances against Hillary Clinton—shows upbeat determination and eagerness to tackle the complex delegate process.

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The Clooneys’ Fundraisers for Hillary Clinton: A Tale of Two Economies

The irony of the events for the super-rich taking place in a land of burgeoning homelessness—California—may not be lost on the electorate come June.

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The Source of Trump’s No-Brainers

The Republican front-runner has a built-in treasure house of incredible ideas on foreign policy, such as his wall on the U.S.-Mexican border. “My primary consultant is myself ... I have a very good brain,” he explains. The greatness that pours from that organ is enough to make your head spin.

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Win or Lose, Will the Sanders Movement Last Beyond Election Day?

With millions of young people supporting the candidate, American politics could change for the long term. Some observers are even predicting that the campaign will become an incubator for the Democratic Party’s future politicians.

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Trump Is No Heir to Reagan, or Even Nixon: He’s a New, and Vile, Kind of American Politician

The GOP front-runner has adopted the worst aspects of traditional Republicanism—the implicit racism, the nationalism, the embracing of the rich and their goals—and added even more poisonous ingredients.

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The People v. Simpson: What One of America’s Most Famous Trials Taught Us About Our Racial Divide

The case against football hero O.J. Simpson was, yes, about murder. But, more important, it was about the long abuse of African-Americans in the system of justice and the black community’s deep distrust of police and courts.

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Bill Boyarsky
Bill Boyarsky

Bill Boyarsky, political correspondent for Truthdig, is a lecturer in journalism at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication. Boyarsky was city editor of The Los Angeles Times when he retired in 2001.  Before that, he was a columnist, city-county bureau chief and political writer.  He was a member of reporting teams that won three Pulitzer prizes and has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2010, the Los Angeles Press Club honored Boyarsky’s original columns in Truthdig by naming the author the Online Journalist of the Year.

Boyarsky has also taught at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, California State University at Northridge and the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley.  He was given a fellowship at Berkeley for research on his biography of the late California political leader Jesse M. Unruh, “Big Daddy: Jesse Unruh and the Art of Power Politics” (November 2007). He served as Vice President of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission (2003 - 2008).

Boyarsky’s latest book is “Inventing L.A.: The Chandlers and Their Times” (September 2009). He is the author of four other books: “The Rise of Ronald Reagan”; “Ronald Reagan, His Life and Rise to the Presidency”; “Los Angeles: City of Dreams”; and “Backroom Politics.”  His wife, Nancy, was co-author of Backroom Politics.

Boyarsky is a columnist for the Jewish Journal and blogs for LA Observed.

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