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Experts tell panel why gas is so expensive in California

"California is in a precarious position, being an energy island with the Sierra Mountains on one side and the Pacific Ocean on the other side. The 40,000,000 million gallons of transportation fuel being consumed every day by the present 32 million vehicles are only manufactured here in California by the few refineries that are left, as virtually no other state or country can provide our boutique fuels in a timely manner to California. If and when other state or countries opt to manufacture the California boutique fuels, the results of importing our energy needs via trucks, rail and ships from States and Counties that have less stringent environmental controls than California, would be increases to the world’s greenhouse gasses, and increases in costs for our transportation fuels, energy and every product that are the basis of our standard of living for those living in California. With crude oil imports from Alaska on the decline, and both in-state and offshore exploration of crude oil hampered by regulations and also on the decline, California imports more than 50% of its crude oil needs from foreign countries. Most of the USA is decreasing imports of crude oil from foreign countries as they take advantage of domestic oil production. In fact, in 2016, Congressional Leaders Agreed to Lift the 40-Year Ban on Oil Exports so the USA is now an exporter of crude oil. HOWEVER California is increasing their imports of crude as the California “energy island” has no access to the growth in domestic oil production, other than crude by rail. There are more cost effective sources of crude oil from the Midwest and Canada, but because we are an energy island, we have no access to them other than bring the crude in by rail. Crude by rail projects have been stalled by regulations and long approval cycles. Nothing seems to prevent California’s future crude oil needs to be more than 50% dependent on imports from foreign countries."

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Congress passes 'Electrify Africa Act'

"Just what the voters want, since the U.S. has solved all its financial problems and has money to burn. By all mezans, keep us up to date on members of Congress supporting this boondoggle as election season approaches."

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AP source: NFL committee picks combined site over Rams' bid

"The headline is completely contradicted by the article itself. What's the reality here?"

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California focuses on power lines as top cause of wildfires

"And when the insurance companies refuse to pay or refuse to renew policies of homeowners in affected areas, who is left holding the bag?"

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Funding and subsidies worry potential partners in California's bullet train project

"Thirty six high level transportation companies respond and not a single one answers the plea to participate financially. Does that send a clear message to our Governor, Legislature, and citizenry about the reality of this HSR program?"

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 California Coastal Commission fires popular executive director

Defying a hostile crowd, the California Coastal Commission voted Wednesday to fire Executive Director Charles Lester, a decision that environmentalists fear could weaken the agency's restrictions on development of the state's precious coastline. »Read

In this article: Dayna Bochco, Carole Groom, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Thomas F. Steyer
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 Point Reyes: Lawsuit challenges historic ranching operations at iconic park

Three groups sued the National Park Service, claiming that the cattle are causing erosion, polluting waterways with manure, harming endangered salmon and other species and blocking public access. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Dianne Feinstein, water
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 Coastal Commission Fires Top Staffer

By Ben AdlerThe California Coastal Commission has fired its executive director after a heated debate that pitted environmentalists against developers. Commissioners voted 7-5 to dismiss Charles Lester during a lengthy closed session late Wednesday ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown
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 California prison employees to get diversity training

New corrections chief intends to change the culture among guards »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, California prisons, Scott Kernan
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 Essential California: The fight over California's coast

Good morning. It is Thursday, Feb. 11. San Francisco is now home to the $15 cup of coffee. It’s eight ounces of pour-over coffee, and it’s served in a paper cup. Here's what else is happening in the Golden State: TOP STORIES Coastal firing When ... »Read

In this article: Leroy Baca, Drought, Jessica A. Levinson
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 Today: The Sheriff and the Scandal. Obama's Admission.

I'm Davan Maharaj, editor of the Los Angeles Times. Here are some story lines I don't want you to miss today. TOP STORIES 'They Shot My Baby' The Minnie Mouse balloons and leftover cake from 1-year-old Autumn Johnson's birthday were still in her ... »Read

In this article: Leroy Baca, Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Barack Obama
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 The Brief: After N.H., Presidential Hopefuls Shift Gears

The Big Conversation In the aftermath of the New Hampshire primaries, the field of candidates cleared some on the Republican side while the remaining hopefuls began the job of positioning themselves for the upcoming contests in South Carolina and ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Manuel Lozano, Same-sex marriage, water
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 House Democrats pick top Republican targets

They've got their eyes on 19 GOP seats in particular. »Read

In this article: Lois Capps, Hillary Clinton, Jeff Denham, John F. Kerry, Patrick Murphy
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 The Country's Top Scientists Have Some Questions for Tonight's Debate

The presidential debates so far have tended more toward theater of the absurd than substantive policy issues, especially on the crowded Republican stage. But whatever you make of the candidates' discussion of other issues, it's clear that climate ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, George W. Bush, Hillary Clinton, global warming, greenhouse gas, Barack Obama, renewable energy, Thomas F. Steyer, water
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 Essential Politics: Obama says some of most revered presidents were polarizing

I’m Christina Bellantoni, the Essential Politics host today. Let’s get started. As he enters his last year in office, President Obama said he hopes he has created 'a tone for the next president' that is less strident than the political rhetoric ... »Read

In this article: Leroy Baca, Xavier Becerra, Jerry Brown, campaign finance, Hillary Clinton, Kevin Faulconer, Carly Fiorina, Ted W. Lieu, Chris Megerian, minimum wage, Barack Obama, George Skelton, Jackie Speier, water
Bills: SB 350,
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 Next up for Democrats: Nevada, an entirely different state

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Now that Iowa and New Hampshire are in the rear-view mirror, the Democratic presidential contest shifts to markedly different terrain in Nevada, where a largely urban and diverse electorate will test the breadth of Bernie Sanders' ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, minimum wage, Barack Obama, sick leave, water
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 Local Stories > A look at campaign finance reports for city o > Steinberg, Ashby, city council incumbents and more.

It’s not always about the issues. Sometimes, it’s just about money. That was the case recently, at least, when Sacramento candidates for mayor and city... »Read

In this article: Darius Anderson, California Nurses Association, campaign finance, Eric Guerra, Josh Pulliam, Darrell Steinberg, Allen Warren
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 Local Stories > Farm-to-joint: Sacramento sparks up medical m > City council proposes increased taxes amid statewide changes for cannabis.

Last week, two days after Sacramento City Council voted to allow cultivation of medical marijuana, Brad Wasson’s phone wouldn’t stop ringing. The revenue manager... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Jay Schenirer
Bills: AB 243,
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 Opinions > Letters for February 11, 2016 >

‘Win-win scenario’ Re “Give what you can” (Editorial, Feb. 4) and “Sanctuary in need” (Newslines, by Ernesto Rivera, 
Jan. 28): With the situation getting worse... »Read

In this article: Doug LaMalfa, renewable energy
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 Health > Circling the drain > It's harder than ever to run an independent pharmacy.

Over her 48-year career as a pharmacist, Janet Balbutin has learned a few secrets to longevity in a competitive, volatile business: A pharmacy must... »Read

In this article: Doug LaMalfa, James Nielsen
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 Lynn Woolsey Doesn’t Find UFO Talk Totally Spacey

Mankind being completely alone in the universe makes far less sense to former Rep. Lynn Woolsey than contemplating the possibility that someone (something?) else might be cruising around the infinite vastness surrounding our home planet. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Elton Gallegly, George P. Radanovich, Lynn Woolsey
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 Taking the oath of office seriously to fight corruption in Southeast L.A. County

Richard 'Ric' Loya was in an unusually quiet mood, his car radio turned off as he pulled into the parking lot of the FBI offices. He was 55, the mayor of Huntington Park and about to become an informant in a federal bribery case involving a local ... »Read

In this article: Steve Cooley, Jessica A. Levinson
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 Powerful California coastal panel ousts top executive

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The powerful agency that manages development on California's coastline fired its executive Wednesday after a lengthy and, at times, emotionally charged meeting that veered from accusations about the influence of ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Susan Jordan, Evan Westrup
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 Feinstein water policy bill could signal a compromise in sight

Sen. Dianne Feinstein filed a 184-page water policy bill Wednesday, calling it one of the most difficult bills she's worked on in 23 years representing California. “This is the hardest thing I've done, because you look for the sweet spot, the ... »Read

In this article: Drought, Dianne Feinstein, John Garamendi, Kevin McCarthy, Jerry McNerney, David G. Valadao, water
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 San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer provides a glimmer of hope for a Republican revival in California

San Diego's mild-mannered mayor, Kevin Faulconer, appears destined to cruise to a second term, a notable achievement for a Republican politician who took the helm of this Democratic city just two years ago. That means Republicans are looking at ... »Read

In this article: Kevin Faulconer, minimum wage, Scott Peters
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 Bernie Sanders blazes a trail to the root of political evils

Whether he's your candidate or not, give Bernie Sanders credit: He has made inherently corrupt, high-roller campaign financing a central issue of his presidential bid. 'Bernie definitely has blazed a trail,' says Derek Cressman, a California-based ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Derek Cressman, John McCain, George Skelton, George R. Steffes, Thomas F. Steyer
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 California Coastal Commission fires executive director

For the first time in its 44-year history, the California Coastal Commission on Wednesday fired its executive director - a decision made despite an overwhelming show of public support for the land use agency's top official. … Click to Continue ... »Read

In this article: Dayna Bochco, Peter Douglas, Carole Groom, water
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 Gov. Jerry Brown makes budget the latest battleground on climate change

Gov. Jerry Brown is looking to make good on a promise to curb California's petroleum use by shifting away from new legislation and instead tucking his fuel-reduction goal inside the state budget. Oil companies spent millions of dollars in 2015 ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Jerry Brown, greenhouse gas, Legislature, Anthony Rendon, renewable energy, state budget
Bills: SB 350,
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 2016: the year citizens help government innovate

With the Legislature back in session, it is imperative that we urge California politicians to adopt open government policies to make our government more transparent and accessible. Currently, we have a state government that is stuck in the past ... »Read

In this article: Sam Blakeslee, Legislature, Little Hoover Commission, Charles Munger
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 Insurance Industry Backs Brown's Tax On California Health Plans

By Ben AdlerSupport is growing for Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to restructure California’s tax on health insurance plans. A key interest group is backing the tax – and some Republicans are hinting that they might too. The federal ... »Read

In this article: Charles Bacchi, Jerry Brown, Legislature, Brian Maienschein
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 Head of S.F. police union goes after Gascón in letter

Martin Halloran, president of the San Francisco Police Officers’ Association, sent an angry letter to District Attorney George Gascón refuting his recent public assertion that the union has tried to block such an investigation with “a dizzying ... »Read

In this article: Edwin M. Lee, Loretta Lynch
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 2 California Tribes Oppose Plan To Regulate Fantasy Sports

(AP) — Two Native American tribes with lucrative gambling enterprises in California are opposing a Democratic lawmaker's plan to legalize fantasy sports betting. The Sacramento Bee first reported Wednesday that the San Manuel Band of Mission ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Adam Gray, Legislature
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 State Officials Disagree On Who Will Track Medical Marijuana Plants

By Ben BradfordCalifornia’s new medical cannabis law will put the state in charge of tracking each marijuana plant from “seed to sale.” But the Brown administration and the state's independent tax board are at odds about who will ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Fiona Ma
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 Porter Ranch-area gas leak may end within days

An emergency relief well is expected to intersect Southern California Gas Co.'s damaged injection gas well near Porter Ranch as soon as Thursday, possibly ending the leak within days, regulatory and utility officials said Wednesday. If all goes well ... »Read

In this article: Air Resources Board, Energy Commission, global warming, greenhouse gas, Brad Sherman, Robert Weisenmiller
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 Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to travel to Nevada to help Hillary Clinton

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is taking to Twitter to try and boost Hillary Clinton's campaign for president.Garcetti posted a video on his personal Twitter account Tuesday night, urging volunteers to help Clinton at the Nevada caucuses on Feb. »Read

In this article: Bill Carrick, Hillary Clinton, Eric Garcetti, Barack Obama
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 California's primary could help decide presidential candidates

California's primary comes so late in the election season that our votes rarely help decide the nominees, but this year could be different. »Read

In this article: Carla Marinucci, Barack Obama, Duf Sundheim
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 Hundreds rally in support of California Coastal Commission director

What began weeks ago as a closed-door effort by the California Coastal Commission to fire Executive Director Charles Lester erupted Wednesday into a spirited public hearing about the direction of the powerful land-use agency. 'This hearing is not ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Peter Douglas
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 Kim Davis and the Kentucky compromise: a way forward for Evangelical officials? (+video)

A federal judge has approved the Rowan County clerk's decision to remove her name from all marriage licenses to avoid appearing to personally sanction same-sex marriages. »Read

In this article: Kim Davis, Same-sex marriage
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 Dan Morain: A doctor digs deep in quest for ways to save lives

A 20-year-old congressional action blocks federal funding into gun violence preventionSen. Lois Wolk has introduced legislation to spend California money on violence preventionWolk has a powerful ally: the congressman who regrets having blocked ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Christopher Cox, Barack Obama, Lois Wolk
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 Gov. Kasich extols the tortoise lane

[...] they’ve got defeats, and pain sometimes, that they have to absorb themselves, Ohio Gov. John Kasich said in a speech that celebrated his second-place showing in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday. In early GOP debates, Kasich talked too much ... »Read

In this article: Matt David, John Weaver
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 Insurers back proposed California health plan tax

Most of California's health insurance companies said Wednesday they're supporting Gov. Jerry Brown's plan to restructure a tax on health plans. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Rob Bonta, Jerry Brown, Fred L. Main
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 Brother: Right-to-die advocate Christy O'Donnell dies

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Christy O'Donnell, a single mother with lung cancer who became a prominent figure in the California right-to-die debate, has died. She was 47.... »Read

In this article: William W. Monning, Susan Talamantes Eggman, Lois Wolk
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 Kasich has a large to-do list after his 2nd-place showing in New Hampshire

He needs to build a political network in many states almost from scratch, and he could use a cash infusion. »Read

In this article: Carly Fiorina, John Weaver
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 Christie, Fiorina drop bid for GOP presidential nomination

Christie, Fiorina drop bid for GOP presidential nomination [...] Tuesday’s result appeared to be the final blow for a candidate whose campaign saw glimmers of hope at times, but had trouble from the get-go raising money and building support in a ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee
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 Feinstein water plan could permit more pumping for farmers

WASHINGTON — Amid record-high farm revenue and record-low salmon counts in California’s historic drought, Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced legislation Wednesday that would make it easier to move more water from rivers to farms in the San Joaquin ... »Read

In this article: Johnny Amaral, Barbara Boxer, Drought, Dianne Feinstein, John Garamendi, Jared Huffman, water
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 As Intraparty Divisions Fade, New Hampshire Gears Up for Next Competitive Race

Presidential campaign signs are piling up at New Hampshire’s transfer stations (more colloquially known as dumps), their temporary place of rest until called up for their next mission — a deployment to Massachusetts’ or Maine’s ... »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Kathy Sullivan, Ryan Williams
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 Powerful casino tribes raise concerns with California fantasy sports bill

The Morongo and San Manuel bands question the legislation’s fairnessTribes say daily fantasy sports games are illegalAssembly Bill 1437 swept through the Assembly last month … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Adam Gray, Legislature, Marc Levine, Steven R. Maviglio
Bills: AB 1437,
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 California lawmakers propose 15 percent marijuana sales tax

“Now that there is a long overdue regulatory framework put into place, it’s time to help fund the areas that are most affected by the cultivation - those communities that have long been paying the price of the negative effects of cultivation ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Legislature, George Runner, water
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 Ferguson is defiant again in deal with Justice Department

Defiance has often defined Ferguson in the 18 months since a police officer fatally shot Michael Brown and provoked an examination of how poor people and minorities are treated in the St. Louis suburb. Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice ... »Read

In this article: Mike Brown, Loretta Lynch
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 California has at least 5 would-be governors: Dan Walters

By Dan WaltersThe 2016 political campaign season has scarcely begun, so of course it's time to begin noodling about 2018 -- and particularly the governorship that Jerry Brown will finally relinquish.Five Democrats -- all middle-aged men, ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, John Chiang, Kevin Faulconer, Gavin Newsom, Thomas F. Steyer, Antonio Villaraigosa, Dan Walters, Steve Westly
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 Justice Department suing Ferguson, Missouri

The U.S. Justice Department is filing a lawsuit against the city of Ferguson, Missouri, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Wednesday. »Read

In this article: Mike Brown, Loretta Lynch
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 Could California's 16-year-olds be casting ballots?

Bill would allow high-schoolers to vote in school board contestsResearch shows they are ready, author arguesConcern about empowering uninformed adolescents … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Kim Alexander, Jon Fleischman, Lorena Gonzalez, Legislature
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 California Editorial Roundup

Feb. 9 … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Michael Florio, Mike Gatto, Legislature, Carol Liu, Kevin Mullin, Fran Pavley, Michael R. Peevey
Bills: SB 62, SB 915, SB 933,
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 Kim Davis and the Kentucky compromise: a way forward for Evangelical officials?

A federal judge has approved the Rowan County clerk's decision to remove her name from all marriage licenses to avoid appearing to personally sanction same-sex marriages. »Read

In this article: Kim Davis, Same-sex marriage
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 Kasich's NH showing could be tough to convert into more wins

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) -- Republican presidential contender John Kasich spent time and money winning over New Hampshire voters.... »Read

In this article: Matt David, John Weaver
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 Charter school groups complain to LAUSD, then score some new schools

After formally complaining that the Los Angeles Unified School District is treating them with increasing unfairness, charter school operators caught a few breaks at Tuesday's school board meeting. The Board of Education did reject one proposal for a ... »Read

In this article: Monica Garcia, Los Angeles Unified School District
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 Fiorina ends her Republican presidential campaign

The former Hewlett-Packard CEO made early gains but was outspent and lost momentum. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina, John McCain, Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney
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 Carly Fiorina suspends campaign for president

Carly Fiorina is ending her Republican presidential bid, the former Hewlett-Packard CEO announced on Facebook Wednesday. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Hillary Clinton, Carly Fiorina
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 Carly Fiorina Suspends 2016 Presidential Campaign

Fiorina announced today she's suspending her campaign. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Carly Fiorina, Get REAL
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