Dahlia Lithwick

Legal Affairs correspondent for Slate

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Dahlia Lithwick is a senior editor and legal correspondent for Slate, where she also contributes to the site's female-centric column the Double X Factor.

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Republicans have secured their long-term goal: a right-wing majority on the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Kavanaugh Factor and the Midterm Elections

Republicans have secured their long-term goal: a right-wing majority on the U.S. Supreme Court.

from To the Point

The Supreme Court today struck down a Ninth Circuit Court decision on the California law called The Reproductive FACT Act.

A win for anti-abortion forces, as Supreme Court rules on crisis pregnancy centers

The Supreme Court today struck down a Ninth Circuit Court decision on the California law called The Reproductive FACT Act.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Democratic Senator Al Franken has been accused of groping and kissing women without their consent. He has apologized for some of his actions and denied others.

Sen. Al Franken resigns after sexual harassment accusations

Democratic Senator Al Franken has been accused of groping and kissing women without their consent. He has apologized for some of his actions and denied others.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

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“We can’t recycle our way out of this crisis.” That’s according to California’s Democratic State Senator Ben Allen-- just one of many politicians around the country proposing to ban all straws, bags and other single-use plastics. At the overwhelmed Recycling Center in Burbank, California, Kreigh Hample says, “Our packaging has gone up exponentially in just the last few decades… it’s a sad story in the way we eat, the way we dispose of things and the way that we’re living.” A throwaway culture may be convenient, but the costs include cleaning it up with taxpayer money--not to mention worldwide pollution. China now requires recycled products so pure that the bottom’s gone out of the market, but the plastics industry is bigger than ever. Former EPA official Judith Judith Enck says half the world’s plastics have been produced in the past 13 years. One new process has developed from coal fracking, and development is being encouraged by President Trump with support from the fossil fuel industry. But just 9% of the plastic produced is getting recycled. Some goes to landfills, but the rest turns into worldwide pollution. Images of plastic waste floating by the acre in the Pacific Ocean are all too familiar; microplastics are turning up from the depths of the seas to the remotest parts of the Arctic. In Texas and other states, it’s illegal to ban plastic products. But, in Sacramento, Allen says it’s time to hold the plastics industry accountable. California is big enough to influence the nation’s economy, so his efforts are being scrutinized by politicians and advocates around the country.

from To the Point

... there's a lot to discuss after last night's Democratic presidential debate.

from Left, Right & Center

P eople like Becky Dennison are working to address to one  of America’s most urgent crises with a straightforward approach.

from Scheer Intelligence

Will mass shootings become part of America’s background noise?   That’s an ugly prospect raised by the deaths of 34 people this week in Texas, Ohio and California.

from To the Point

Last week's mass shooting in El Paso has been particularly painful for Angelenos, because so many have close ties to that city.

from Greater LA

And more fallout from Jeffrey Epstein’s death

from LRC Presents: All the President's Lawyers

Absolute immunity, executive privilege, crony privilege?

from LRC Presents: All the President's Lawyers

Politicians normally go to Hollywood for money. Should Hollywood help them tell better stories instead?

from Left, Right & Center

The goods movement is the backbone of Southern California’s Inland Empire. With the threat of automation looming, what’s going to happen to the people getting replaced by robots?

from Greater LA