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Good morning. I'm Paul Thornton and it's Saturday, November 16, 2019. Let's look back on the unfortunately moved week in Opinion.

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The past week was turbulent, but in so many terrible ways it was more of the same. The two defining issues of recent years were undoubtedly armed violence and misconduct by President Trump; this week we have both. Tragically, mass shootings in schools take place much more often than public impeachment sessions, so we start with the latter.

In a fair world where good judgment was used more often than political opportunity, the first two House Intelligence Committee hearings would be seen as devastating blows to the Trump presidency. President Adam B. Schiff and his fellow democrats focused almost exclusively on the indisputable facts concerning the behavior of the president, and the three witnesses behaved as competent, apolitical officials who only communicated what they knew had actually happened.

But filtered through the lens of party politics, that doesn't matter at all. No, really: Read this LA Times op-ed article by former Republican strategist Scott Jennings, and you will get away and think that President Obama's failure to arm Ukraine in 2014 and thwart Russian involvement in the 2016 elections somehow mitigate Trump's behavior in 2019. the assessment is that the first day of accused hearings was a fool for the Democrats. For other recordings, read Virginia Heffernan's reaction to the exchange between idiots and diplomats and Robin Abcarian's opinion that the Republicans were stupid and stupid.

And now, your regular interlude about gun violence: There was a school shooting in Santa Clarita, a large suburb to the north of Los Angeles, and yes, we have to make do with weapons, says the L.A. Times Editorial Board. This piece is especially heartbreaking: Farah Aziz from Pakistan sent her daughter to study in the United States for a year; she was killed in a shooting at a school in Houston before returning home. Two investigators of criminal law remind us that there is not just one type of mass shooting; there are five.

Back to deposition: Trump's attempt to witness intimidation during the testimony of his former ambassador to Ukraine was more akin to throwing "Twitter acid on Marie Yovanovitch's face," says Robin Abcarian. The Yovanovitch president's trash tweeting "guaranteed that Republicans would play defense during the hearing – and would be obliged to praise Yovanovitch's service to the country, even if they didn't mean it," writes Michael McGough.

Welcome to Stockton, a city with dried out rivers and poisonous fish. The large city on the spectacular Sacramento-San Joaquin river delta in California has been hit by a municipal bankruptcy and high crime rates. Fate is inextricably linked to the health of the San Joaquin River, one of California's two major waterways, which has been reduced to a toxic stream due to upstream diversions in the past. Now the policy of Trump regarding the delta can further emphasize the river and bring financial risk back to Stockton. L.A. Times

Trump wants immigrants to pay more to become citizens – much more. Rule changes proposed by the administration this week would bring naturalization costs for a single immigrant from $ 725 to $ 1,170. These are fully documented, & # 39; legal & # 39; immigrants who want to become fully American, not the border-jumping hordes that make Trump believe he is blocking. L.A. Times

Hundreds of thousands of people will find shelter during the 2028 Olympic Games. Why can't we do something similar for the homeless? Believe it or not, there is a plan for it, writes Rob Eshman: the man who has an early patent on the laptop now has an idea for housing the 60,000 homeless people of Los Angeles on land already owned by the city. It's on open ground near LAX, and the idea is to temporarily accommodate as many people as possible, instead of slowly building expensive, permanent apartments. L.A. Times

Reach me: paul.thornton@latimes.com

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