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The war in Afghanistan isn't a 'stalemate.' The U.S. has lost

The war in Afghanistan isn't a 'stalemate.' The U.S. has lost
  • The war in Afghanistan isn't a 'stalemate.' The U.S. has lost FWC: The war in Afghanistan isn’t a ‘stalemate.’ The U.S. has lost

    With the sole exception of Vietnam, the ongoing Afghanistan war represents the greatest failure in U.S. military history. Today, all but a few diehards understand that Vietnam was a debacle of epic proportions. With Afghanistan, it’s different: In both political and military circles, the urge to…

  • Expecting artists to be political puts them on a dangerous slippery slope FWC: Expecting artists to be political puts them on a dangerous slippery slope

    To the editor: Mary Gabriel’s op-ed article on an artist’s obligation in difficult times is an example of attempts to entrap the artist with bogus responsibilities that defeat the greater purpose of artistic expression. That purpose is the creation of an opening in the wall of convention that every…

  • Wagner scores twice as Kings beat Jets to snap four-game losing streak FWC: Wagner scores twice as Kings beat Jets to snap four-game losing streak

    For so long, the truly maddening part of watching Austin Wagner was the disconnect between his legs and his hands. The red-headed rookie is blessed with NHL speed but has had trouble finishing the opportunities that creates. He scored one goal in his first 22 games before Tuesday. Then it finally…

  • Harvey Weinstein's scorched-earth defense against rape allegations has had some success. It could also backfire FWC: Harvey Weinstein’s scorched-earth defense against rape allegations has had some success. It could also backfire

    In the six months since his arrest on sexual assault charges, Harvey Weinstein and his legal team have not hesitated to strike back at those who have accused him of wrongdoing. The women who say they were victims? Unreliable and opportunistic. The cops who investigated him? Corrupt. The prosecutors…

  • Top 25 Films of 2018 FWC: Top 25 Films of 2018

    Before we get to 2018’s best films, a year embarrassed with onscreen riches, a quick word about a bear. The year began with dread, held over from the one before it. The last few years have been great movie years, but especially rough years for reality at large, which makes escaping into movies all the more complicated. Do we want…

  • 'Supernatural' and 'Timeless' creator Eric Kripke talks about his fantasy series and his real-life inspirations FWC: ‘Supernatural’ and ‘Timeless’ creator Eric Kripke talks about his fantasy series and his real-life inspirations

    Eric Kripke’s career has come full circle. The creator of the long-running series “Supernatural” and the time travel drama “Timeless” can trace his love of horror and ghost stories back to the book “The House with a Clock in Its Walls.” The spooky children’s mystery novel by John Bellairs quickly…

  • Shark fins belong on sharks, not in trophy rooms or soup FWC: Shark fins belong on sharks, not in trophy rooms or soup

    Sharks are the apex predator of the ocean — they are at the top of the food chain, prey to no other animal in the water. Their size, strength and, of course, their teeth make them the quintessential movie monsters. In real life, they regularly get screen time on TV news when they maim or kill a…

  • Ariana Grande performs “imagine” on Fallon: Watch FWC: Ariana Grande performs “imagine” on Fallon: Watch

    As if a new song (“imagine”) and new music video (“thank u, next”) weren’t enough to close an already epic 2018, Ariana Grande swung by The Tonight Show on Tuesday night. The pop phenom teamed with The Roots to perform “imagine”, the newly released second single off her forthcoming Sweetener  follow-up. Grande also participated in a recreation of “I Wish It Was Christmas Today”,…

  • Michael Douglas brushes up on his comedy skills with 'The Kominsky Method' FWC: Michael Douglas brushes up on his comedy skills with ‘The Kominsky Method’

    The first time he starred on television playing the swaggering young detective in “The Streets of San Francisco,” Michael Douglas never would have imagined that 47 years later he’d be anchoring a TV series devoting two episodes to his character’s enlarged prostate. But in the new Netflix black…

  • What L.A. can learn from Minneapolis' ban on single-family zoning FWC: What L.A. can learn from Minneapolis’ ban on single-family zoning

    Minneapolis may have just become the most radically pro-housing, anti-climate-change city in the nation. The Midwest metropolis recently voted to eliminate single-family zoning and instead allow duplexes and triplexes to be built on lots now reserved for one house. Such an ambitious, large-scale…

  • Kudos to Trump for banning bump stocks. Can Congress dig up the courage to follow suit? FWC: Kudos to Trump for banning bump stocks. Can Congress dig up the courage to follow suit?

    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said Tuesday that it had finalized a rule reclassifying so-called bump stocks — the devices that can make a semiautomatic rifle fire nearly as quickly a fully automatic weapon — as machine guns, which makes it illegal to manufacture, sell…

  • Lakers limp home with another loss, sent packing by D'Angelo Russell FWC: Lakers limp home with another loss, sent packing by D’Angelo Russell

    With the finish line on a rough road trip palpably close, the Lakers trudged across it in Brooklyn on Tuesday night. The Nets beat the Lakers, 115-110, behind 22 points from point guard D’Angelo Russell, whom the Lakers drafted second overall in 2015 and traded to Brooklyn in the summer of 2017….