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Los Angeles Times

 California Senate memorializes one of its own, former state Sen. Tom Hayden
Top of the Ticket - 4:31 pm
Essential Politics: Lawmaker says California needs an estate tax if the federal version is scrapped, Sanders thanks supporters in Los Angeles Feb. 21, 2017, 4:31 p.m. This is Essential Politics, our daily look at California political and government ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Willie Brown, California Democratic Party, Liz Figueroa, Tom Hayden, Hannah-Beth Jackson, Patrick Johnston, Legislature, Los Angeles Unified School District,
 It's time for an independent commission on Russian election interference, California Rep. Eric Swalwell says
Top of the Ticket - 1:44 pm
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  »E-mail story

In this article: Devin Nunes, Eric Swalwell,
   California's voice on campaign money in Washington is packing her bags and heading home
Top of the Ticket - 11:38 am
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  »E-mail story

In this article: campaign finance, Fair Political Practices Commission, Ann Ravel,
 MMA rankings: Stipe Miocic remains atop the heavyweight division
Top of the Ticket - 9:33 am
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  »E-mail story

In this article: Jim Miller,
 A police chief's tears and anger after beloved Whittier cop killed
- 5:30 am
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  »E-mail story

In this article: George Skelton,
 Divesting pensions from the Dakota Access Pipeline might sound good, but it will hurt Californians
Top of the Ticket - 5:00 am
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  »E-mail story

In this article: CalPERS, CalSTRS, Legislature,
Bills: AB 20,
 #  With this Congress, the Endangered Species Act itself might be endangered
Editorial - 4:00 am
Elections have consequences, as the saying goes, and here’s another one arising from conservative Republicans taking complete control of the federal government: The Endangered Species Act, which played a significant role in saving the bald eagle ... »Read  »E-mail story
 #  If the Justice Department ever probes Trump's alleged ties to Russia, Jeff Sessions needs to stay away
Editorial - 3:00 am
If Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with efforts by Russia to help him defeat Hillary Clinton — a nightmare scenario for which no evidence has been produced so far — it would be first and foremost a political and constitutional crisis. But ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Hillary Clinton,
 Half the candidates in L.A.'s latest congressional race have their own immigrant story. With Trump, this contest is personal
Top of the Ticket - 12:05 am
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  »E-mail story

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Jimmy Gomez,

Orange County Register

 #  How well is your city being governed?
Opinion - 12:00 am
How well is the city where you live, work or study being run by local government and civic leaders? Our Question of the Week for readers is written in anticipation of elections in many Southern California cities on March 7. But it applies to ... »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Let voices be heard on OCC speech scandal
Opinion - 12:00 am
Academic freedom is threatened by the very organization tasked with protecting it. Orange Coast College should reinstate Caleb O’Neil immediately. In the meantime, those in our community who value the First Amendment, intellectual curiosity and... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Shawn Steel,
   #  Ignored Oroville warning raises big quake, levee questions
Editorial - 12:00 am
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  »E-mail story

In this article: George W. Bush, Thomas D. Elias, Alex Padilla, water,
 #  Letters: Calling on your congressmen
Editorial - 12:00 am
Right to be heard Re: “Tussle over closed door ends visit to Rohrabacher’s office” [News, Feb. 15]: My wife and I and two of our friends drove to Dana Rohrabacher’s Huntington Beach office yesterday hoping to at least speak with a staffer. ... »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Dana Rohrabacher,

Sacramento Bee

 #  CPAC gathering suggests desperation to be relevant, the unwinding of core conservative principles
Opinion - 5:01 pm
Remember when conservatism meant deep thinkers and big ideas? Get over it.   Today, conservatism means get your Miley (Cyrus) on and show us your tongue, shout Trump to the … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story
 Are our softer criminal laws a factor in officer's killing?
- 4:26 pm
Polly Klaas, a 12-year-old Petaluma schoolgirl, was enjoying a slumber party with two friends in 1993 when a recently released felon, wielding a knife, entered her bedroom, tied up the … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Legislature,
 #  Jack Ohman: A quick pick-up line from Uber...
Opinion - 3:07 pm
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 #  Letters: Resisting Trump, daylight saving time, Cousins trade
Opinion - 3:05 pm
Democracy is worth the effort Re “Will Trump ‘resistance’ be futile?” (Insight, Feb. 18): Since the election, I have seen and been a part of refreshed activism, including protests, engagement … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story
 #  A necessary, but risky, move by Kings to trade Cousins
Opinion - 2:00 pm
You can’t blame the Kings front office for wanting to change the toxic culture of a team that makes as many headlines about suspensions and court dates as game-winning shots … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story
 #  McClatchy editorial cartoons for the week of February 20, 2017
Opinion - 1:02 pm
Visual views offered by cartoonists from around the McClatchy network … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Xavier Becerra, Drought, Legislature, Dan Morain, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Dan Walters,
   #  Brown should deal with California's environmental issues
Opinion - 1:00 pm
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  »E-mail story

In this article: California Democratic Party,
 #  What is the answer to a country that is decelerating, detaching, losing hope, getting sadder?
Opinion - 12:57 pm
Most of us came of age in the last half of the 20th century and had our perceptions of “normal” formed in that era. It was, all things considered, an … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Trump's travel order must make room for Laith Hammoudi and people like him
Opinion - 12:30 pm
In the years since the U.S. invaded Iraq, Laith Hammoudi risked his life to helped deliver the truth to millions of readers of this newspaper and others in the McClatchy … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story
   #  Grow California manufacturing to lead on climate change
Opinion - 12:30 pm
Climate change is a high priority for Gov. Jerry Brown and many other state leaders, and an effective way to move forward in this fight is to promote energy-efficient economic … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: technical education,
 #  Trump makes smart move for national security adviser
Opinion - 12:14 pm
For those looking for good news on the foreign-policy front under President Donald Trump, his selection of Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as national security adviser should be very welcome.   … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story
 Rep. Tom McClintock holding two more town halls after raucous Roseville event
- 6:00 am
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  »E-mail story

In this article: Tom McClintock, Holly Mitchell,
   #  McClintock will meet voters. Other Republicans? Not so much
Opinion - 5:31 am
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  »E-mail story

In this article: Legislature, Kevin McCarty, Devin Nunes, Dan Walters,
 #  Opinion: Trump's diplomatic style is all about personal connections
Opinion - 3:04 am
While much of the news — real or fake — out of Washington in recent days has focused on domestic issues, President Trump has been methodically touching base with a … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: George W. Bush,
 #  Chris Erskine: L.A. is showing its 'ginormous heart'
Opinion - 12:00 am
Amid the emotional chaos, there are signs of normalcy. The little guy got mint toothpaste in his eye the other morning, which seems to defy all the usual rules of … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Curbing the easy fix of psychiatric meds for seniors
Opinion - 12:00 am
The following editorial appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Monday, Feb. 20: With many communities still struggling to manage the opioid epidemic, the last thing the nation needs is a … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story
 #  A better remedy for climate change: Less government and less pollution
Opinion - 12:00 am
The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune on Monday, Feb. 20: The baking of planet Earth is proceeding without interruption. Last year was the hottest year on record, according … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: George W. Bush,
 #  It's hard enough being a refugee in America
Opinion - 12:00 am
The following editorial appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Monday, Feb. 20: President Donald Trump and his team have had to do a good deal of explaining in court … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Rex Huppke: Bathroom bills won't keep transgender equality from the workplace
Opinion - 12:00 am
What will you do when transgender equality comes to your workplace? To understand why I ask that, consider some recent news. The National Football League released a statement that stirred … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Ana Veciana-Suarez: Will reading teach teen vandals empathy?
Opinion - 12:00 am
Amidst the chaos in Washington and the ricocheting anger around the country, the following item should supply most of us - book-lovers especially - with a level of comfort that … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story
 #  Obamacare has staying power
Opinion - Feb. 20, 5:05 pm
WASHINGTON – What’s the holdup, House Republicans? During the Obama administration, you passed literally dozens of bills to repeal all or part of the Affordable Care Act – knowing that … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: Barack Obama,
 #  A leader of free world who doesn't mention freedom
Opinion - Feb. 20, 5:04 pm
“Well, I preach the Church without Christ,” says a vivid Flannery O’Connor character named Hazel Motes. “I’m member and preacher to that church where the blind don’t see and the … Click to Continue »Read  »E-mail story

In this article: George W. Bush, Barack Obama,

San Francisco Chronicle

 Bay Area political events: Pro-immigration rally, town hall
- 1:37 pm
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  »E-mail story

In this article: Mark DeSaulnier, Anna Eshoo,