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The Times: Daily news from the L.A. Times

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“The Times” is a podcast from the Los Angeles Times hosted by columnist Gustavo Arellano along with reporters from our diverse newsroom. Every weekday, our podcast takes listeners beyond the headlines, with our West Coast outlook on the world. News, entertainment, the environment, immigration, polit… read more

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Next U.S. ambassador to India might be L.A.'s mayor ... Huh?

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is political royalty in the City of Angels. His father was a former district attorney. The mayor won his last election with over 80 percent of the vote. There were even rumors he would run for president in 2020. Now, amid speculation that the Biden administration will tap Garcetti as the U.S. Ambassador to India, people from Kolkata to Calexico are saying ... huh? Him? Today, we speak to L.A. Times columnist Steve Lopez — who says Garcetti's ambition might actually make him good for the position — and to former Los Angeles City Council candidate Dinesh Lakhanpal, who's welcoming of the idea, if a bit skeptical.

More reading:

Garcetti likely to be named ambassador to India, source says 

Column: If Garcetti leaves early for India ambassador post, how will he be remembered? 

Letters to the Editor: Eric Garcetti as ambassador to India? Talk about failing up

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