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 Contested Transcript Of San Diego Attorney Cory Briggs' Wife Released
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 California Bill Seeks To Prevent Surprise Medical Bills
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 Gasoline is California's Life Blood
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 Shouldn't California Have the Best Roads By Now?
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 Legislators grill CPUC officials over PG&E e-mails

SACRAMENTO — State legislators grilled the new president of the California Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday about what one senator called an erosion of confidence in the agency over whether its officials have cooperated too closely with ... »Read

In this article: Ben Hueso, Michael R. Peevey, state budget
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 Water conservation weakening as California drought worsens

California is heading into the fourth summer of a historic drought, but when it comes to conserving water, its urban residents are going backward. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Peter H. Gleick, water
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 California lawmakers took less free travel in 2014

California lawmakers traveled to Maui, Chile, El Salvador, Israel, Canada and China last year. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Rob Bonta, Jerry Brown
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 University of California to cap out-of-state enrollment at Berkeley, UCLA

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - The University of California will cap enrollment of out-of-state students at its most popular campuses next year amid criticism of the paucity of spots available for California residents, UC President Janet Napolitano ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown, Legislature
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 Van Hollen Senate Run Would Scramble Race to Succeed Pelosi

The Maryland lawmaker is viewed by some Democrats as Pelosi's preferred heir. »Read

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Nancy Pelosi
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 Why Netanyahu speech has inflamed such passions on Capitol Hill

Tuesday's speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu exposed the gulf between two fundamentally different worldviews in Congress. An effort to bridge that divide has begun, but will be fraught with difficulty. »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Nancy Pelosi
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 Napolitano will cap UC enrollment unless state pays up

Competition for California students hoping to enroll at the University of California next fall just got tougher: UC President Janet Napolitano said Tuesday she will cap enrollment at current levels unless the state increases UC’s funding by $218 ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown
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 Today's congressional odds and ends

DELTA NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA: The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta would become a National Hertiage Area, to be managed by the Delta Protection Commission, under companion bills introduced Tuesday by U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Rep. John ... »Read

In this article: Mark DeSaulnier, Dianne Feinstein, John Garamendi, Zoe Lofgren, Doris O. Matsui, Jerry McNerney, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, Mike Thompson, water
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 Bibi's speech is the Dems' box canyon

After Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress Tuesday, the House minority leader sent out a press release informing the media, “I was near tears throughout the prime minister’s speech — saddened by the insult to the ... »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, George W. Bush, Dianne Feinstein, John F. Kerry, Nancy Pelosi
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 5,000 Balboa Park Explorer Passes To Be Given To Underserved Families

The passes, provided by the museums and 75 individuals, are worth about $1 million. »Read

In this article: Kevin Faulconer, Todd Gloria
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 Pete Stark's son launches campaign for elected office

Former Congressman Pete Stark's has launched his first campaign for public office at age 19. »Read

In this article: Fortney Pete Stark, Eric Swalwell
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 Non-resident enrollment to be capped at California campuses

Non-resident enrollment will be capped at the University of California's Berkeley and Los Angeles campuses next year to address concerns that California students are being displaced. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown
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 Non-resident enrollment to be capped at CA campuses

Non-resident enrollment will be capped at the University of California's Berkeley and Los Angeles campuses next year to address concerns that California students are being displaced, but the system also does not plan to admit more residents to any ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Jerry Brown
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 Pelosi, Democrats furious over Netanyahu 'condescension'

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi politely stood and clapped when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu entered the House chamber for his long-awaited, and highly controversial, speech to Congress. The longer he spoke, the less enthusiastic ... »Read

In this article: Joe Biden, Dick Cheney, Nancy Pelosi, Brad Sherman
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 3 families intertwined in politics

As Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom begins his run for the governorship in 2018, the decades-long, three-way relationship among the Newsom, Getty and Brown families is a factor. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Jerry Brown, Kamala Harris, Gavin Newsom
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 Bill would add U.S. protections for delta

The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, 700 square miles stretching from Vallejo on San Pablo Bay Bay to Sacramento and Stockton, would get added federal protection for its historical and environmental assets under legislation introduced Tuesday by ... »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, John Garamendi, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, water
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 High-stakes clash at high court over health law subsidies

Insurance coverage for millions of people is riding on the latest politically charged Supreme Court clash over President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Erwin Chemerinsky, Barack Obama, John Roberts
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 Pete Stark's son is running for elected office

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree: Former Rep. Pete Stark’s college-age son has launched a campaign for elected office. Fortney “Fish” Stark announced Tuesday on Facebook that he’s running for the Ward 1 seat on the Board of Alders ... »Read

In this article: Fortney Pete Stark, Eric Swalwell
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 The GOP's Lost Agenda

House Republicans fear that their dysfunction has made even the most basic legislative tasks impossible. »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, No Child Left Behind, Senate Democrats
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 House passes 'clean' homeland security funding

About a third House Republicans joined with Democrats on Tuesday to pass legislation fully funding the Department of Homeland Security through this year’s end. Some more conservative Republicans opposed the move, refusing to vote for a bill that ... »Read

In this article: Jeff Denham, Anna G. Eshoo, Sam Farr, Kevin McCarthy, Eric Swalwell
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 SoCal Lawmaker, Rabbi Hail Speech From Israeli PM Netanyahu

A U.S. Congressman from Orange County and a prominent Southland rabbi were both on Capitol Hill Tuesday for a controversial speech from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the Iran nuclear talks. »Read

In this article: Karen Bass, Lois Capps, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Ed Royce
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 John Mocker, Capitol's top education finance guru, dies at 73

John Mockler, who was a top education finance expert in and around the California Capitol for decades, and who wrote Proposition 98, the state’s landmark school finance law, dies at age 73. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Proposition 13, Willie Brown, California Teachers Association, Gray Davis, Greg Lucas, John Mockler, Joe Nunez, Proposition 98, state budget
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 Villaraigosa Buys $2.5M Home In Hollywood Hills

Antonio Villaraigosa turned his back on Washington and now he's headed for the Hollywood Hills. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Eric Garcetti, Antonio Villaraigosa
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 Supreme Court could throw redistricting back to Legislature

California’s redistricting reforms could be revoked by the U.S. Supreme Court for congressional races in a case involving similar reforms in Arizona. State legislative races would not be affected, only »Read

In this article: Legislature, Proposition 11, Proposition 20, Loretta Sanchez
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 Contra Costa supervisors OK 7 percent raise, create salary committee

After a referendum led to them ditch their controversial 33 percent raises, Contra Costa County supervisors on Tuesday voted to give themselves 7 percent raises and created a committee to determine how such salary increases should be made in the ... »Read

In this article: John Gioia, Mary Piepho, referendum
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 Netanyahu's speech elicits praise, frustration from Congress members

For a speech about which there was much controversy among Democrats, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s first applause line was reserved for an unlikely recipient: Harry Reid, the top Senate Democrat, whom he praised for a quick recovery from a ... »Read

In this article: Dick Cheney, Newt Gingrich, Jared Huffman, Nancy Pelosi, Brad Sherman
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 University of California may add eleventh campus

A state assemblyman has proposed that the University of California build an eleventh campus that will focus on science and technology. »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Mike Gatto
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 Four California legislative leaders report $48,000 in gifts

California lawmakers reported Tuesday that they accepted tens of thousands of dollars in gifts last year, including concert and sports tickets, golf games, expensive dinners and overseas trips. »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Kevin De Leon, greenhouse gas, Robert Huff, Legislature, Kristin Olsen
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 Netanyahu Address Lives Up to Controversial Expectations

In January, when Speaker John A. Boehner invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before Congress, it caused the type of controversy and media attention normally reserved for a declaration of war, not a speech that's little more ... »Read

In this article: Dick Cheney, Newt Gingrich, Darrell Issa, Dennis Kucinich , Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 Netanyahu Address Lives Up to Controversial Expectations (Video)

In January, when Speaker John A. Boehner invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before Congress, it caused the type of controversy and media attention normally reserved for a declaration of war, not a speech that's little more ... »Read

In this article: Dick Cheney, Newt Gingrich, Darrell Issa, Dennis Kucinich , Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 Netanyahu Speech Lives Up to Controversial Expectations (Video)

In January, when Speaker John A. Boehner invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before Congress, it caused the type of controversy and media attention normally reserved for a declaration of war, not a speech that's little more ... »Read

In this article: Dick Cheney, Newt Gingrich, Darrell Issa, Dennis Kucinich , Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 Reaction to Netanyahu Speech Divides Along Partisan Lines

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before Congress Tuesday was exactly what he said he didn’t intend it to be: political. While many of his points brought both Democrats and Republicans to their feet — “This ... »Read

In this article: Newt Gingrich, Mark Kirk, Nancy Pelosi, Brad Sherman
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 Dems: Bibi speech was an 'insult' to America, Obama

Netanyahu's address to Congress did little to move Democrats toward his position. »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Dick Cheney, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans, Brad Sherman
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 Decrying 'insult,' some Democrats seethe after Netanyahu address

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was met with rounds of applause and repeated standing ovations Tuesday while addressing a joint meeting of Congress but make no mistake: Democrats were by no means joining in the acclaim.Read full article ... »Read

In this article: Dick Cheney, Dianne Feinstein, John Lewis, Nancy Pelosi
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 Economist: Chargers Leaving San Diego Would Make A Minimal Impact

Sports economist Michael Leeds says San Diego's economy would not take a hit if the Chargers move to Los Angeles. »Read

In this article: Mark Fabiani, Kevin Faulconer
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 Economist: Chargers Leaving San Diego Would Make Minimal Impact

Sports economist Michael Leeds says San Diego's economy would not take a hit if the Chargers move to Los Angeles. »Read

In this article: Mark Fabiani, Kevin Faulconer
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 Berkeley finds it's not easy imposing soda tax

The city of Berkeley, Calif., is finding it’s not so easy imposing a soda tax. Since the tax’s Jan. 1 imposition, retailers find it’s a burden changing prices for just »Read

In this article: Legislature, William W. Monning, water, Pete Wilson
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 California lawmakers show wide discrepancy in missed votes

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy had the best attendance record among the members of the California delegation in the last session of Congress. He missed only one vote out of 1,204 cast. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Amerish Bera, Barbara Boxer, Julia Brownley, John Campbell, Dianne Feinstein, Kevin McCarthy, Gary G. Miller, Gloria Negrete McLeod, Senate Democrats, Eric Swalwell, Mark Takano, David G. Valadao
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 CaliMeXina or Bust, Cabrones!

Learning to love our Latin-Asian-Pacific future, by Gustavo Arellano. »Read
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 Transcript: Netanyahu Speech to Congress

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to Congress Tuesday about the emerging nuclear deal with Iran. Here is the full transcript: NETANYAHU: Thank you.(APPLAUSE) Thank you… (APPLAUSE) … Speaker of the House John Boehner, ... »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 Netanyahu and Obama Agree: Global Warming Is a Huge Threat

Today Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed Congress on Iran's nuclear ambitions, at the invitation of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). The speech has caused a considerable flap, with Democrats criticizing it as an unprecedented ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, global warming, Barack Obama, renewable energy, water
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 The complete transcript of Netanyahu's address to Congress

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is addressing a joint meeting of Congress; here is a complete transcript of his remarks.NETANYAHU: Thank you.(APPLAUSE)Read full article >> »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 SCOTUS redistricting decision may come down to Kennedy

The Supreme Court yesterday heard arguments in an Arizona redistricting case that likely has big repercussions for California. The case, Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, challenges Arizonas voter-approved ... »Read

In this article: Anthony York, John Myers, Marc Levine, Legislature, global warming, California Republican Party
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 Voters Head To The Polls To Decide On LA City Council Seats, Fracking

Voters headed to the polls Tuesday to decide from among 30 candidates vying for City Council seats and other races, including whether to support a proposed oil-drilling project in the city. »Read

In this article: Jose Huizar, Gloria Molina
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 Live Blog and Video: Netanyahu Delivers Speech to Congress

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to speak to Congress Tuesday morning. In his remarks, he is expected to urge lawmakers to thwart one of President Barack Obama’s top foreign-policy initiatives: a potential nuclear deal with Iran. »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Newt Gingrich, Kevin McCarthy, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi
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 Senate Committee to grill PUC president

California lawmakers are wading into an unfolding scandal at the Public Utilities Commission. »Read

In this article: Ben Hueso, Michael R. Peevey
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 Supreme Court Opens The Door To A Democratic Gerrymander

Has the United States Supreme Court just given California Democrats the right to gerrymander California’s congressional districts to their hearts’ delight?  That’s the most likely conclusion from the oral arguments in a case involving the ... »Read

In this article: Toni Atkins, Amerish Bera, Julia Brownley, Jim Costa, Susan Davis, Kevin De Leon, Jeff Denham, John Garamendi, Stephen T. Knight, Legislature, Doris O. Matsui, Kevin McCarthy, Devin Nunes, Nancy Pelosi, Scott Peters, Raul Ruiz, Rudy Salas, Juan Vargas
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 Shouldn't California Have the Best Roads By Now?

If high taxes guaranteed results, then California should have some of the best roads in the nation. For years we’ve had one of the highest gas taxes, yet our freeways consistently receive failing grades. It makes no sense unless you admit that ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, global warming, George Runner
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 Gordon Fowler and "Community-Linked Entrepreneurship" in California

The Indian Wells Valley Annual Economic Outlook Conference was held last Thursday in the high desert city of Ridgecrest (pop. 27,616) Kern County. This is the 28th year of the conference, and it was unusually well attended with over 400 ... »Read
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 Gasoline is California's Life Blood

The Field Poll reports that for the first time in seven years more California voters believe the state is moving in the right direction (50%) than feel it is on the wrong track (41%). Those living in coastal California are much more likely to have a ... »Read

In this article: Board of Equalization, Field Poll, Legislature, George Runner
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 California Bill Seeks To Prevent Surprise Medical Bills

A new measure in the California Assembly would prevent hospital patients from getting “surprise” medical bills from out-of-network doctors. »Read

In this article: Rob Bonta, Anthony Wright
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 Contested Transcript Of San Diego Attorney Cory Briggs' Wife Released

The lawyer for Cory Briggs’ wife released the document Monday, saying she had no objection. It shows she was associated with her husband’s law firm for the past 20 years while also working for a consulting firm that did business with local ... »Read

In this article: Bob Filner, Jan Goldsmith
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 Centrist New Democrats Want Bigger Role in Party's Message

Members of the New Democrat Coalition have struggled for years to make their centrist message heard in the larger, and distinctly more left-leaning, House Democratic Caucus. »Read

In this article: campaign finance, minimum wage, Nancy Pelosi, unemployment insurance
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 After hours: Asian Resources Inc. Lunar New Year celebration

Asian Resources held the annual Lunar New Year dinner and fundraiser on Feb. 26 at Happy Garden Restaurant in Sacramento. Asian Resources Inc., a nonprofit community-based organization, helps underserved communities, including providing social ... »Read

In this article: Cassandra Jennings, Kevin Johnson
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 READ IN: First Pitch Edition

Sign up for Read In today and get all the political news you need delivered right to your inbox!A1: Today's top stories.-- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint session of Congress this morning, after telling AIPAC on Monday he ... »Read

In this article: Jerry Brown, Lois Capps, Hillary Clinton, John Lewis, Senate Democrats
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 The Times' L.A. city election ballot endorsements

Voters in Los Angeles head to the polls Tuesday to answer a crucial question for local democracy: Should the city and the Los Angeles Unified School District, in an effort to increase voter participation, move their elections from March and May of ... »Read

In this article: Tamar Galatzan, Andra Hoffman, Sydney Kamlager, Paul Krekorian, Los Angeles Unified School District, Gloria Molina, Scott Svonkin, Herb Wesson
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 It was long past time for state GOP to recognize gay fundraising group

The biggest surprise from the California Republican convention Sunday was not the party's decision to formally recognize the Log Cabin Republicans; it was that it hadn't done so already. »Read

In this article: Carl DeMaio, Scott Peters
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 Netanyahu speech elicits controversy and high demand for tickets

Several dozen congressional Democrats won’t be attending Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress on Tuesday. Many more are doing so reluctantly, they say. »Read

In this article: Dianne Feinstein, Newt Gingrich, Nancy Pelosi
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 Obamacare case: All eyes on 2 justices

The keys to the case are expected to be John Roberts and Anthony Kennedy. »Read

In this article: Rick Hasen, John McDonough, John Roberts
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 Clinton's thin shield

The slow launch of her campaign means she's largely defenseless amid a spate of rough stories. »Read

In this article: Hillary Clinton, Chris Lehane, Loretta Lynch
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 Ex-mayor Villaraigosa heads to Hollywood Hills with new home

Antonio Villariagosa turned his back on Washington and now he's headed for the Hollywood Hills. … Click to Continue » »Read

In this article: Barbara Boxer, Eric Garcetti
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 Take Five: Rep. Mark Takai

It's time again for Take Five, when HOH talks with a member of Congress about topics relatively unrelated to legislative work. »Read

In this article: Ted W. Lieu, Mark Takano
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 Homeland funding appears on track minus immigration add-ons

After a weeks-long political struggle, legislation to fund the Homeland Security Department is headed back to the House without restrictions conservatives demanded on President Barack Obama's immigration policies. Even so, it stands a good chance of ... »Read

In this article: Kevin McCarthy, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Senate Democrats
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