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Kathleen Miles
Kathleen Miles is Associate Editor for HuffPostLA. She formerly worked
at the NPR affiliate KPCC, writing and producing national news

She has worked as a district representative for U.S. Congressman Adam
Schiff; field investigator for the U.S. National Labor Relations
Board; political action coordinator for the Iron Workers
International; and Teach for America middle school teacher (while
simultaneously getting her MA from Loyola Marymount). She earned her
BA from UC Berkeley, where she studied Political Economy of
Non-Industrialized Studies.

She can be reached through Twitter or Facebook (links above) or

Entries by Kathleen Miles

How Obamacare Leaves Some People Without Doctors

(909) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 7:36 AM

LOS ANGELES - In January, a doctor told Noam Friedlander, who was suffering from excruciating lower back pain, that she needed surgery to remove part of a severely herniated disc. Friedlander had Blue Shield insurance through Covered California, California's version of Obamacare, and planned...

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This Map Shows The Deadly Aftermath Of War Right Here At Home

(154) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 2:59 PM

Army Spc. Ivan Lopez, the veteran who fatally shot three people before taking his own life Wednesday at Fort Hood, Texas, is among a growing number of recent veterans who have committed violent crimes after returning from war.

Lopez, 34, was struggling with depression, anxiety...

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Housing The Homeless Not Only Saves Lives -- It's Actually Cheaper Than Doing Nothing

(176) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 7:44 AM

It's cheaper to give homeless men and women a permanent place to live than to leave them on the streets.

That’s according to a study of an apartment complex for formerly homeless people in Charlotte, N.C., that found drastic savings on health care costs and incarceration.

Moore Place houses...

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This Chart Shows How Little We Really Know About Where Political Money Comes From

(96) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 8:57 AM

More and more money is going into U.S. elections without any disclosure of where it's coming from.

Spending by “dark money” groups -- organizations that do not have to disclose the sources of their political money -- has skyrocketed from about $25 million in 2000 to about $336 million in...

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This Program Would Save Heroin Addicts' Lives, Help Curb Disease And Save Money

(80) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 7:36 AM

Needle exchange programs could save thousands of American lives and reduce strain on the public health care system. But some politicians refuse to implement them, largely because of an old-fashioned stigma.

Through a needle exchange program, drug users can receive clean syringes in exchange for turning in used ones. Such...

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Los Angeles Shutters More Than 100 Pot Shops

(50) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 4:58 PM

Los Angeles has shut down more than 100 pot shops since the summer, the city attorney announced this week.

The city is enforcing a new law, approved by voters in May, to limit the number of medical marijuana dispensaries in LA to 132 shops. Enforcing the...

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Just How Much The War On Drugs Impacts Our Overcrowded Prisons, In One Chart

(143) Comments | Posted March 10, 2014 | 7:30 AM

America's prisons are dangerously overcrowded, and the war on drugs is mainly to blame.

Over 50 percent of inmates currently in federal prison are there for drug offenses, according to an infographic recently released by the Federal Bureau of Prisons (see chart below). That percentage has

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This Map Shows Why The Plan To Split Up California Would Be A Dystopian Nightmare

(760) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 11:17 AM

It would be Ayn Rand's dream come true: separate states for rich people and poor people.

A proposal to split California into six states, introduced by billionaire investor Tim Draper in December, would formally create state lines between the haves and the have-nots.

"You'd be creating one exceptionally...

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I Witnessed Hollywood's Sexism Firsthand -- And Said Nothing

(402) Comments | Posted March 4, 2014 | 4:44 PM

My friend and I went to different Oscar-watching parties on Sunday that were both kind of romantic, at first.

Both parties were full of hip (albeit low-level) entertainment industry folk -- writer's assistant, production assistant, script coordinator, you name it. Everyone had dreams of being on that red carpet one...

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Red Carpet Protesters Ask For Yearly Wages That Add Up To At Least One Oscar Gown

(356) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 6:47 PM

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- Days before celebrities strut their Armani and Gucci gowns at the Oscars, protesters rallied on the red carpet Friday to shine a spotlight on one of the awards show's biggest disparities.

The security officers and others who make the star-studded event happen often earn yearly wages that...

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This Chart Proves Just How Miserably America Is Failing On Climate Change

(1189) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 6:28 AM

America is passing the buck when it comes to climate change.

The United States is the second-worst polluter in the world, after China, and its only "flagship" climate change law is more than 50 years old, according to the Globe Climate Legislation Study released Thursday. Meanwhile, 60...

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Gay Bar's Brilliant Response To Anti-Gay Legislation

(201) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 12:36 PM

A popular gay bar in West Hollywood, Calif. is giving homophobic politicians a taste of their own intolerance.

The Abbey announced Monday that it is banning, effective immediately, any legislator who supports bills to discriminate against gays and lesbians. The bar is keeping a list of politicians who voted for...

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These Charts Show Just How Bad America's Heroin Problem Has Become

(168) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 6:35 AM

Heroin use is on the rise in the United States.

The number of Americans using the drug has increased by about 50 percent in the past decade, according to a 2013 report by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Heroin users seldom start out seeking...

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Groundbreaking Plan Would Base The Boss' Salary On The Janitor's

(633) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 6:39 AM

A group of faculty and students at a small college want to cap the president's pay based on what the janitors earn.

About a dozen faculty members and 30 students at St. Mary's College, a public school in Maryland, have proposed a plan to limit the salary...

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Next Time Someone Argues For 'Trickle-Down' Economics, Show Them This

(999) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 8:35 AM

Conservatives like to say that "a rising tide lifts all boats." In other words, if an executive makes $20 million a year, his income will eventually trickle down into the rest of the economy and ultimately benefit poor people.

But that theory hasn't exactly proven true. The...

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California Considers Highest Minimum Wage Of Any State

(332) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 5:26 PM

California may soon require the highest minimum wage of any U.S. state.

State Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) introduced a bill Monday to raise the state minimum wage to $11 per hour in 2015, $12 per hour in 2016 and $13 per hour in 2017. Beginning in 2018, the state...

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California May Have Hit Its Driest Point In 500 Years, And The Effects Are Frightening

(436) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 6:21 PM

California is dry as a bone, and the effects are like something out of an apocalyptic film.

Cities are running out of water. Communities are fighting over what little water there is. Local governments are imposing rationing coupled with steep fines. Fires are ravaging the state. Entire species and industries...

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This 3D Printer, Capable Of Building A House In A Day, Could Change Construction Forever

(74) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 6:58 PM

Imagine being able to lease a 3D printer to build your entire house.

The technology, called Contour Crafting, is already here and can build a 2,500-square-foot home in 20 hours.

The massive robot printer was invented by University of Southern California professor Behrokh Khoshnevis, who says that...

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