Antonin Scalia’s Death: Obama Must Nominate a Replacement Despite GOP Rancor

The unexpected death of Associate Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has brought into sharp focus the fact this election cycle will decide not only control of the White House, but also the high court and the U.S. Senate—in other words, all three of the coequal branches of government. Scalia was a giant of the conservative jurisprudence that has come to play such a decisive role in our national life. His opinions on free speech and due process may have as many admirers on the left as they do on the right. Even so, his particular theory of constitutional interpretation—textualism, in which ...

Lee Baca Facing Six-Month Prison Term: What Happened to the Idealistic Sheriff from East LA?

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is one of America’s stranger law enforcement agencies, and its former head, Lee Baca, who admitted this week that he lied to federal investigators, is about as strange and troubling a public figure as one can imagine. The organizational oddity begins at the top, since the Sheriff is an independently elected official. That was common in the mid-19th Century, when the department was formed, but today only a handful of agencies retain that arrangement, none of them anything like the size of LA County. What that means is that the head of the nation’s fourth ...

Southern California’s Newspaper Readers Don’t Deserve More of Tribune’s Inept Management

For decades, the best newspaper in America on any given day was either the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal or the Los Angeles Times. Today, the LA Times not only has plummeted out of daily journalism’s top tier, but also become a ghostly poster child for everything that’s gone wrong with our newspapers since the advent of the digital age. Not long ago, the Times had a daily circulation of more than 1 million—virtually all of it to valuable home delivery subscribers—and a staff of more than 1,200 journalists. It maintained one of the world’s ...