Journalist Les Payne, a fighter for the truth

Les Payne last emailed a few weeks ago. The former Newsday assistant managing editor and columnist was noting the 50th anniversary of the Kerner Commission report on the devastating race riots of the 1960s.

Bumbling into a trade war

“Trade wars are good, and easy to win.” So declared Donald Trump a few weeks ago, after announcing tariffs on steel and aluminum. Actually, trade wars are rarely good, and not at all easy to win — especially if you have no idea what you’re doing. And boy, do these people not know what they’re doing.

Trump should restore ban on importing elephant trophies

President Donald Trump had it right in November when he surprised supporters and critics alike by calling elephant hunting a “horror show.” He personally stopped the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from lifting a ban that forbids importing body parts of elephants shot for sport in Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Democrats dream of capturing California districts

LOS ANGELES — On a recent Sunday evening, Katie Hill, 30, whose father is an L.A. police lieutenant in Beverly Hills, boarded a red-eye flight to Washington for frenetic fundraising and networking. She must really want to get into the House of Representatives. If she does, she will have defeated a two-term incumbent, Rep. Steve Knight, 51, who was an LA police officer for 18 years and is the last Republican in a district containing a significant portion of Los Angeles County.