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 S.B. Responds to President's Executive Order on Immigration

Reactions vary, but all agree Congress needs to take action. »Read

In this article: Lois Capps, William M. Robinson
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 Investigators may have recovered lost IRS emails

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal investigators have told Congress that they have recovered data that may include lost emails from one of the pivotal figures in the controversy over the IRS's treatment of tea party groups, congressional aides said Friday. ... »Read

In this article: Frederick Hill, Darrell Issa
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 Tuition hikes at the University of Compensation

Brown voted against the tuition raises because they violated a budget deal crafted in Sacramento that promised, in exchange for a tuition freeze, two annual 5 percent increases followed by two annual 4 percent increases to UC and CSU funding. ... »Read

In this article: Richard Blum, Jerry Brown, Dianne Feinstein, Get REAL, Legislature
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 Congress should give Obama the legal OK to fight Islamic State

To the editor: I agree with my colleague Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) that Congress should pass legislation authorizing operations against Islamic State. We should repeal and replace the authorization Congress passed shortly after 9/11 and redefine ... »Read

In this article: Adam Schiff, Brad Sherman
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 Los Angeles school district paying $139 million to settle abuse claims

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Unified School District will pay out $139 million in settlements a child abuse scandal at the Miramonte Elementary School, bringing nearer to a close the costly and lengthy case that led to changes in state law and ... »Read

In this article: Ramon C. Cortines, Los Angeles Unified School District
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 San Francisco placing bid to host 2024 Olympic Games

San Francisco is, once again, bidding to host the Olympics. »Read

In this article: John Avalos, Edwin M. Lee, Gavin Newsom
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 Saturday's TV Highlights and Weekend Talk: 'The To Do List'

Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Matthew Dowd, Barack Obama, Joe Trippi
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 Hillary's 2016 Campaign is Ready, Hypothetically Speaking

Would-be surrogates tried to make the case for Hillary without admitting she's running »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Chris Lehane, minimum wage
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 New DCCC Chairman Rides on Air Force One

Four days after being named chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, New Mexico Rep. Ben Ray Luján was among several lawmakers who flew to Las Vegas Friday on Air Force One with President Barack Obama for an immigration ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 Wal-Mart workers plan Black Friday protests for higher pay

Wal-Mart workers and their supporters plan to launch protests at stores across the country on Black Friday to push for higher wages and better working conditions for employees. »Read

In this article: Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles Unified School District, minimum wage
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 L.A. schools will pay victims of child abuse scandal $139 million

The L.A. Unified School District will pay out $139 million in settlements in the Miramonte Elementary School child abuse scandal, bringing nearer to a close the costly and lengthy case that led to changes in state law and district policies, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ramon C. Cortines
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 L.A. schools will pay victims in child abuse scandal $139 million

The L.A. Unified School District will pay out $139 million in settlements in the Miramonte Elementary School child abuse scandal, bringing nearer to a close the costly and lengthy case that led to changes in state law and district policies, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ramon C. Cortines
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 NEW: Federal drought bill dead in water until 2015

  Better and wetter luck next year, California. On Thursday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., put the kibosh on passing a federal water bill dealing with California’s drought during the lame-duck session. She wrote in a statement: “Over the ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Kevin McCarthy, Devin Nunes, David G. Valadao, water
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 NEW: Upbeat LAO report lacks key context: CalSTRS bailout cost

The Legislative Analyst’s Office released an analysis of state revenue this week that suggests the state won’t suffer when temporary tax hikes expire. This is from AP: SACRAMENTO — A steadily improving economy will buffer ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, CalSTRS, Legislature, Chris Reed, state budget, Mac Taylor
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 L.A. schools will pay victims $139 million in child abuse scandal

The Los Angeles Unified School District will pay out $139 million in settlements in the Miramonte Elementary School child abuse scandal, bringing nearer to a close the costly and lengthy case that led to changes in state law and district policies, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Ramon C. Cortines, Los Angeles Unified School District
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 How does Obama's immigration reform play in California?

After months of delay, President Obama announced last night that he will undertake sweeping immigration reform through executive action. Although the reforms are not as broad as immigration activists had hoped, the action will affect an estimated 5 ... »Read

In this article: Doug Ose, Barack Obama, Gary G. Miller, Kevin McCarthy, Jim Costa, Jerry Brown, Amerish Bera, Toni Atkins, Pete Aguilar, Johnny Tacherra
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 Paso Robles council to appoint member to vacant seat

The Paso Robles City Council is expected to fill a vacant seat by appointing a fifth council member at its upcoming meeting, rather than opting to hold a special election. [Tribune] Council member Steve Martin ran unopposed for mayor, and won, ... »Read

In this article: Paul Vincent Avila, Jim Reed, Fred Strong, water
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 Garcetti proposes L.A. climate change summit of U.S., China mayors

Following up on last week's U.S.-China climate change agreement, Mayor Eric Garcetti said Friday he would invite leaders of Chinese and American cities to a summit in Los Angeles next year to kick-start efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions in ... »Read

In this article: Joe Buscaino, Eric Garcetti, greenhouse gas, Curren Price
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 Holder urges police restraint ahead of grand jury decision in Ferguson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Friday urged police to use restraint amid potential protests that could follow the upcoming grand jury decision in the Ferguson, Missouri case involving a police officer who shot and killed ... »Read

In this article: Ron Davis, Loretta Lynch, Barack Obama
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 GOP's success in House races ends in California

Big wins across U.S. didn't carry over to California »Read

In this article: Pete Aguilar, Jim Costa, Gary G. Miller, Johnny Tacherra
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 UC Regents Approve Tuition Increase

Annual costs predicted to jump from $12,200 to about $15,600 by 2019. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom
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 What Happens Next On Immigration?

By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES THIS WEEK ON ???THIS WEEK???: In an ABC News exclusive, GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS goes one-on-one with President Barack Obama in his first interview following his executive action on immigration ??? only on ... »Read

In this article: Matthew Dowd, Chuck Hagel, Duncan Hunter, Barack Obama
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 A Power Grab that Exacerbates the Problem

The President doesn’t seem to get the point that he must work with the government he has, not the government he wants. But despite Congress and the American people’s resistance to President Obama’s unilateral action—action the President ... »Read
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 Executive Action Doesn't Fix Immigration Problem

Executive action on immigration reform does not alleviate the need for a legislative solution.  Real, meaningful reform can only come through substantive legislation. Our current immigration policies are outdated and decidedly ineffective, and ... »Read

In this article: illegal immigration
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 LAO Outlook Analysis: Thinking Smartly About Our Fiscal Future

What a difference a year makes. California’s recent approval of Proposition 2 is already paying dividends. The Legislative Analyst’s new Fiscal Outlook shows Proposition 2 is doing what it was designed to do: capturing a run-up in ... »Read

In this article: Proposition 2
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 The Amazing, Obscure, Complicated and Gigantic Pension Loophole

“The bottom line is that claiming the unfunded liability cost as part of an officer’s compensation is grossly and deliberately misleading.” - LAPPL Board of Directors on 08/07/2014, in their post “Misuse of statistics behind erroneous LA ... »Read

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 READ IN: Facebook Friday Edition

Don't forget to sign up for Read In, your morning must-read on politics both inside the Beltway and beyond! A1: The stories you need to read before your first conference call. -- President Obama's executive action on immigration will provide ... »Read

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 Freshman Class Filled With Losers

Congress is filled with a bunch of losers, but it's not exactly what you're thinking. »Read

In this article: Pete Aguilar, Mark DeSaulnier, John Garamendi, Mimi Walters
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