Old Town San Diego is full of colorful folk art, historic buildings, Mexican food and enormous margaritas

By Christopher Reynolds Your California Bucket List: Essential adventures and experiences in the Golden State Jan. 22, 2017, 6 a.m. (Al Seib, Brian van der Brug, Rick Loomis, Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times) Here’s our growing guide to essential California adventures, easy to edgy. We’ll be adding to it daily all…
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Overrated/Underrated: ‘Sherlock’ stuck around too long; Brian Eno offers calm in a storm

By Chris Barton

UNDERRATED

‘In Order of Disappearance’ (2014): While we wait for the next season of “Fargo” coming this spring, this recent arrival on Netflix offers a rewarding mix of snowbound violence and deadpan humor that will feel familiar to fans of the Coen Brothers. Starring Stellan Skarsg?rd as a quiet…

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Huge rallies may signal emerging anti-Trump movement. Or not.

By Cathleen Decker

The new lines of conflict in America were vividly drawn Saturday: A freshly revived protest movement has risen to greet a president acutely attuned to public opinion.

Not for decades, since 1960s protesters took to the streets against the Vietnam War, has a chief executive faced such visible opposition….

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As California goes from drought to deluge, a dangerous old foe returns: Mudslides

By Rong-Gong Lin II, Rosanna Xia, Raoul Rañoa

Through five years of severe drought, El Capitan Canyon above the Pacific Ocean near Goleta endured bone-dry conditions that at times seemed like they would never end.

Then, on Friday, the skies opened up. Nearly 2 inches of rain dropped in a single hour in the Santa Ynez Mountains.

So a creek…

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Obamacare repeal would also affect your employer health insurance

By Soumya Karlamangla

Stephanie Blythe isn’t due to give birth until April, but she already ordered a breast pump through her insurance company because she’s worried about the future of the Affordable Care Act.

“Once I have it, they can’t take it away from me,” said Blythe, 31.

Approximately 4.6 million Californians…

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Will Trump be the end of the Pax Americana?

By Max Boot

With the “America First” emphasis in his truculent inaugural address, Donald Trump has signaled that a radical reorientation of American foreign policy may be in the offing. For more than 70 years, the United States has been the world’s leading champion of free trade, democracy, and international…

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FDR warned us about Donald Trump

To the editor: Why President Trump? My observations over the past 82 years may provide some insight. (“From wise and thoughtful Obama to thin-skinned and mean-spirited Trump,” Opinion, Jan. 20)

In 1944, Franklin D. Roosevelt proposed “a second Bill of Rights under which a new basis of security…

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Will the Trump presidency usher in a golden age of satire?

To the editor: What a great letter from James Buchanan to President Trump via Ariel Dorfman. (“Words of encouragement for Donald J. Trump from James Buchanan, 15th president of the United States,” Opinion, Jan. 19)

In his article, Dorfman pretends to be the 15th president, generally accepted as…

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Trump’s permanent campaign won’t help him keep his promises

By Doyle McManus

In 1976, 10 presidential terms ago, an advisor to then-President-elect Jimmy Carter told him he should keep campaigning forever, even after his inauguration.

“Governing with public approval requires a continuing political campaign,” Patrick Caddell told Carter. The doctrine became known as “the…

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Don’t expect an attorney to provide cut-rate legal services in HOA disputes

By Donie Vanitzian

Question: I’m in settlement talks with my homeowner association over a complicated problem that we finally resolved during a long internal-dispute-resolution meeting. I want to include two concerns in our agreement, so the association told me to write the clauses and return the final draft. But…

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