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 Does Donald Trump's Supreme Court Nominee Believe the Constitution Is God's Law?
Mother Jones - Feb. 21, 3:00 am
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 Ignored Oroville warning raises big quake, levee questions
Orange County Register/Editorial - Feb. 21, 12:00 am
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 An Up-Close Look At U.S./Mexico Border Where Trump Proposes To Build Wall
KCBS - Feb. 20, 11:27 pm
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 Stormy weather*
AroundTheCapitol.com/The Roundup - Feb. 20, 11:17 pm
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 Socialism's Return
The Nation - Feb. 21, 4:00 am
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 It's time for an independent commission on Russian election interference, California Rep. Eric Swalwell says

Essential Politics: Lawmaker says California needs an estate tax if the federal version is scrapped, Sanders thanks supporters in Los Angeles Feb. 21, 2017, 11:38 a.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government ... »Read

In this article: Devin Nunes, Eric Swalwell
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 Bay Area political events: Pro-immigration rally, town hall

Bay Area political events: Political events Rallies, protests and town hall events are part of political life in the Bay Area. Hosted by Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Diablo Valley College cafeteria, 321 Golf Club Road, ... »Read

In this article: Mark DeSaulnier, Anna G. Eshoo
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 Brown should deal with California's environmental issues

Gov. Jerry Brown may be a leading voice against Donald Trump’s anti-environmental policies, but if he really wants to trump Trump on the environment he needs to not just see … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California Democratic Party, Mark Ferron, water
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 Endorsement: Vote yes on Measure M to help L.A. make marijuana laws

Now that California voters have approved marijuana legalization, the city of Los Angeles needs to be able to responsibly regulate commercial marijuana activity. On March 7, L.A. voters will be presented with two similarly titled ballot initiatives ... »Read

In this article: Robert Blumenfield, Joe Buscaino, Gary Toebben
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 California's voice on campaign money in Washington is packing her bags and heading home

Essential Politics: Lawmaker says California needs an estate tax if the federal version is scrapped, Sanders thanks supporters in Los Angeles Feb. 21, 2017, 11:38 a.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government ... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Fair Political Practices Commission, Ann Ravel
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 African Americans to Democratic Party: We're still here: Guest commentary

As an African-American Democrat, I share the core values of my political party. Like me, most African-American Democrats do not want to see the mass deportation of undocumented citizens, and families broken up. That said, we would be completely ... »Read

In this article: illegal immigration, minimum wage, sick leave
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 Defending California Once Again

Here is Mike Males in the LA Times this morning: President Trump has cast California as “out of control” because of proposed legislation that would make the entire state a sanctuary for illegal immigrants, who, he says, “breed ... »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, PPIC
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 MMA rankings: Stipe Miocic remains atop the heavyweight division

The Times’ MMA rankings for February, as complied by Todd Martin: Heavyweight 1. Stipe Miocic 2. Fabricio Werdum 3. Cain Velasquez 4. Alistair Overeem 5. Junior Dos Santos 6. Derrick Lewis 7. Ben Rothwell 8. Vitaly Minakov 9. Francis Ngannou 10. ... »Read

In this article: Phil Davis, Jim Miller
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 Thousands gather at vigil for Whittier Police Officer Keith Boyer

WHITTIER >> Mourners by the thousands lit candles and listened to speeches outside the Whittier Police Department headquarters Monday night, all there to remember Officer Keith Boyer, who was killed in a shootout on Colima Road earlier in the day. »Read

In this article: Ian Calderon, Janice Hahn, Tony Mendoza
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 Need to Know: That curiously low level for Wall Street's fear index? Why it's NOT a sell signal

Refreshed by the long weekend, traders look ready to take stocks higher. The bulls aim to keep fighting off the bears, and upbeat chart watcher Ari Wald has a few talking points that might help — starting with one tied to the VIX. »Read

In this article: Jeff Miller, Jeff Miller
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 A New Holiday? Privileged Workers?

If Assemblyman Chris Holden’s AB 542 offering another holiday to public employees becomes law it will widen the divide between public and private workers and may even aid pension reformers. AB 542 would add presidential Election Day to a list of ... »Read

In this article: Chris Holden, Legislature
Bills: AB 542,
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 Political Forces That Could Impact Obamacare Reform or Repeal

In spite of the flurry of news last week regarding the future of the nation’s signature healthcare law, the path forward for the Affordable Care Act is not the blitzkrieg President Donald Trump or Republicans envisioned. On Wednesday, Feb. 15, the ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Ricardo Lara
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 California Legislators Will Face More Bills than Usual in the 2017 Legislative Session

The 2017 California Legislative Session, which began last December 5, is officially “off to the races” now that the bill introduction deadline of February 17 has passed. This year, there was an almost 25% increase in the number of bill ... »Read

In this article: Legislature, Chris M. Micheli
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 Free Speech Conundrums

Regarding the suspension of an Orange Coast College student for secretly filming a teacher in class making anti-Donald Trump comments as covered in the Orange County Register article. In this day and age, having a policy that prevents the recording ... »Read

In this article: Legislature
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 Is it time to abandon the Bear Flag?

The Bear Flag, which first appeared as the symbol of the short-lived Bear Flag Republic in 1846, was made the official flag of California in 1911. The flag displays a California grizzly bear which, in a bit of irony, is extinct in California with ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jon Coupal
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 Rep. Tom McClintock holding two more town halls after raucous Roseville event

Welcome to the AM Alert, your morning run-down on California policy and politics. To receive it regularly, please sign up for it here. Some congressional representatives are avoiding calls for … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Tom McClintock, Holly J. Mitchell, water
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 McClintock will meet voters. Other Republicans? Not so much

Our take Editorials Stop dodging voters, Republicans: GOP members of Congress are lying low during this Presidents Day recess. But the town halls they’re avoiding are part of their job. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: global warming, Legislature, Kevin McCarty, Devin Nunes, Dan Walters
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 A police chief's tears and anger after beloved Whittier cop killed

Good morning. It’s Tuesday, Feb. 21, and here is what’s going on across California: TOP STORIES Officer killed, and a grieving chief gets angry What began as a traffic incident ended with a veteran Whittier police officer fatally shot and ... »Read

In this article: Drought, George Skelton, water
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 Divesting pensions from the Dakota Access Pipeline might sound good, but it will hurt Californians

The day he was sworn in to the California Assembly, freshman Bay Area Democrat Ash Kalra filed his first piece of legislation: Assembly Bill 20, which would force the state’s two largest public employee retirement funds, CalSTRS and CalPERS, ... »Read

In this article: CalPERS, CalSTRS, Legislature
Bills: AB 20,
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 Socialism's Return

Patrick IberAfter more than a half-century in the wilderness, the socialist left reemerges in America. »Read

In this article: Ron Dellums, Michael Harrington, water, Maxine Waters
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 Democratic Socialists make headway in U.S. after Trump's win

DETROIT (Reuters) - For David Green, head of the Detroit chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), Donald Trump's victory in November was both distressing and cause for optimism in his quest to pull the Democratic Party to the left. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, David Green, minimum wage
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 Does Donald Trump's Supreme Court Nominee Believe the Constitution Is God's Law?

During his confirmation hearings, scheduled to begin March 20, Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch will face a thorough grilling about his legal philosophy. Among the topics likely to come up are his views on 'natural law' and his relationship with ... »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Proposition 8, Same-sex marriage
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 Half the candidates in L.A.'s latest congressional race have their own immigrant story. With Trump, this contest is personal

For many of the candidates in the crowded race to fill a rare open congressional seat in central Los Angeles, the stories of how they came to be in this country are strikingly similar: They are immigrants, or the children of immigrants. Wendy ... »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Jimmy Gomez
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 Ignored Oroville warning raises big quake, levee questions

Just because nature allows a delay of many years while officials dither over a catastrophe in the making doesn’t make that disaster any easier to handle when it finally strikes. This is one major lesson of the Oroville Dam spillway crisis that ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Alex Padilla, state budget, water
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 An Up-Close Look At U.S./Mexico Border Where Trump Proposes To Build Wall

Most of the 60-mile border along San Diego County has only one layer of fencing. Only 13 miles have two layers. »Read

In this article: James Nielsen, Pedro Rios
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 Stormy weather*

<p><strong>Evacuation notices pepper Northern California as <a href=http:* <p><strong><br />Sacramento Bee's PHILLIP REESE/ADAM ASHTON</strong>: "Northern California braced for major flooding ... »Read

In this article: campaign finance, Paul Mitchell, Barack Obama, Ann Ravel, water
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