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‘Ex-Gay’ Therapy Banned in California

Same-sex marriage is still not legal in California, but the Golden State took a positive step for gay rights over the weekend when it became the first in the U.S. to ban a controversial form of therapy that seeks to change the sexual orientation of children and teens.

Posted on Oct 1, 2012 READ MORE



Drone Topic Not Detected During Election

Even though drones are killing more civilians in Pakistan than terrorist leaders, they play no role in the U.S. presidential campaigns; California passes a bill legalizing self-driving cars; meanwhile, millionaires like Mitt Romney perpetuate the rags-to-riches tale by denying their roots. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 27, 2012 READ MORE



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California OKs Same-Day Voter Registration, as Long as It’s Not Today

With the signature of Gov. Jerry Brown secured, California became the 11th state to allow voters to register on Election Day. Just not this Election Day. Or the next one, if officials can’t launch a statewide database that is part of the deal and not expected to be ready until 2015.

Posted on Sep 25, 2012 READ MORE



Obama the ‘Clear Favorite,’ Clinton Aide Goes Rogue, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including one state increasing access to birth control, Rick Perry’s poor debate performances explained and a funny “Saturday Night Live” parody of undecided voters.

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 READ MORE


Magic Carpet Ride

Taking a page right out of “Star Wars,” California-based aerospace manufacturer Aerofex has released video showing a kind of “hover bike” maneuvering through the desert in scenes that resemble Luke Skywalker’s dashes through the Tatooine wilderness on his X-34 Landspeeder.

Posted on Aug 23, 2012 READ MORE



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L.A. Sued Over Ban on Medical Pot Dispensaries

The battle between the city of Los Angeles and medical marijuana advocates is intensifying again after a group representing hundreds of pot shop owners and patients sued the city in an effort to overturn a ban on dispensaries.

Posted on Aug 20, 2012 READ MORE



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L.A. Moves to Ban Marijuana All Over Again

The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to ban all medical marijuana dispensaries in the city. A fig leaf provision designed to honor California’s 16-year-old legalization of marijuana for medical use would allow patients and caregivers to grow a small amount of their own supply.

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 READ MORE



More Secret Romney Documents, GOP Senator on Gun Control, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including some bad news for the California Republican Party and a Mitt Romney ballad you won’t want to miss.

Posted on Jul 23, 2012 READ MORE


American History the Tea Party Doesn’t Like to Talk About

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: E.J. Dionne Jr. on our “Divided Political Heart.” Also on the show: California’s new mortgage law, the Declaration of Internet Freedom and the secret lives of Russian spies.

Posted on Jul 8, 2012 READ MORE



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E.J. Dionne: American History the Tea Party Doesn’t Like to Talk About

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: E.J. Dionne Jr. on our “Divided Political Heart.” Also on the show: California’s new mortgage law, the Declaration of Internet Freedom and the secret lives of Russian spies.

Posted on Jul 8, 2012 READ MORE



GOP Congressman Quits, Romney VP Guessing Game and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Herman Cain’s alleged former mistress speaking out and Rep. Joe Walsh facing off with a CNN anchor over his disparaging remarks about military veteran Tammy Duckworth.

Posted on Jul 6, 2012 READ MORE



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Stockton Goes Bankrupt

Stockton, Calif., a city of nearly 300,000, is slated to become the largest U.S. city ever to file for bankruptcy after the City Council approved a new budget that calls for defaulting on debt payments and slashing millions in pay and benefits for employees and retirees.

Posted on Jun 27, 2012 READ MORE


We’re Not Greece

If the United States were still governed under the Articles of Confederation, might California be in the position of Greece, Spain or Italy?

Posted on Jun 20, 2012 READ MORE



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Layoffs of Public Workers Harm Recovery

Although the private sector has made meager employment gains since the beginning of the long climb out of the recession, government jobs are disappearing at an accelerating rate.

Posted on Jun 20, 2012 READ MORE



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Feds Target Medical Marijuana Despite Increased Popular Support

Despite the public’s increased support for the legalization of medical marijuana, the Department of Justice has renewed its crackdown, this time targeting the landlords of dispensaries under laws allowing the feds to seize the assets of traffickers.

Posted on Jun 15, 2012 READ MORE


California Tries a New Way

As it has many times over more than a century, the Golden State again tried to reform its politics.

Posted on Jun 15, 2012 READ MORE



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Wisconsin Exit Poll Surprise, Romney Email Hack and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Wisconsin exit polls, President Obama’s position on the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy and the slap heard ’round the Badger State.

Posted on Jun 6, 2012 READ MORE



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Recall Elections, Proposition 8 Moves Closer to Supreme Court and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the Wisconsin recall election, the next step in the battle to legalize same-sex marriage in California and Bill O’Reilly’s election prediction.

Posted on Jun 5, 2012 READ MORE



‘Sesame Street’ Songs Used to Torture Inmates

To make inmates in Guantanamo Bay divulge information, guards play “Sesame Street” songs; studies are attempting to show that people can suffer from a clinical addiction to Facebook; meanwhile, the Catholic Church is looking into the Girl Scouts for their ties to organizations that promote safe sex. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jun 4, 2012 READ MORE



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Bluefin Tuna Carry Radiation Across the Pacific

Small amounts of radioactive cesium were detected in samples of bluefin tuna caught off the coast of California last summer, just five months after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster in Japan, a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Journal reports.

Posted on May 29, 2012 READ MORE



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Portraits of His People: A Tribute to Willie Middlebrook

Willie Middlebrook’s untimely death at the age of 54 on May 4 brought an end to the work of one of the finest and most socially conscious artists of our times.

Posted on May 22, 2012 READ MORE



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California Committing Educational Suicide

A Public Policy Institute of California report shows that amid soaring tuition costs and diminishing state government support for higher education, large numbers of students are surrendering the quest for a four-year degree because they simply can’t afford it.

Posted on May 12, 2012 READ MORE


Bill Moyers: Life on the Border

Bill Moyers begins his latest show by saying, “There is no stretch of territory in the world quite like the borderlands between the United States and Mexico. ... ” And he’s right.

Posted on May 7, 2012 READ MORE



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Ernest Callenbach: Last Words to an America in Decline

Ernest Callenbach, author of the beloved 1975 utopian novel “Ecotopia,” died of cancer last month at the age of 83. Days later, a sort of farewell detailing his hopes for the world he left behind was discovered on his computer.

Posted on May 7, 2012 READ MORE



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Fewer Mexicans Entering U.S., More Leaving

Mexican immigration to the United States has slowed after four decades of the largest rush of migrants from a single country in American history and may even be declining, a report by the Pew Hispanic Center says.

Posted on Apr 24, 2012 READ MORE



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Californians Will Decide in November Whether to Abolish the Death Penalty

Californians headed to the polls to elect our next president will have another big decision to make: Should the state abolish capital punishment and commute all death sentences to life in prison?

Posted on Apr 23, 2012 READ MORE


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Appeals Court Declares Prop. 8 Unconstitutional

Here’s some real progress and some good news: On Tuesday, a federal appeals court in San Francisco decided, in a 2-1 ruling, that California’s infamous Proposition 8, the same-sex marriage ban approved by voters in 2008, was unconstitutional. Now, on to the Supreme Court.

Posted on Feb 7, 2012 READ MORE



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California and the Rapture-Ready Candidacy of Newt Gingrich

California may be a blue state in terms of voting patterns, but it’s very involved in red state politics, if you consider the role of evangelical voters.

Posted on Jan 19, 2012 READ MORE



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California: How Heartless Can You Get?

California Gov. Jerry Brown has suggested steep cuts to social programs that benefit parents and children on the verge of homelessness. Brown is hoping to close a $9.2 billion hole in the budget (and drum up support for tax hikes) by asking the state’s most desperate families to do without.

Posted on Jan 19, 2012 READ MORE



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Accused Serial Killer Returned From Iraq ‘Totally Changed’

Friends tell the Los Angeles Times that Itzcoatl “Izzy” Ocampo returned from Iraq a changed man. The ex-Marine from Orange County, Calif., is accused of killing four homeless men, each stabbed more than 40 times. “He’s a veteran who did not get the help he needed,” said a fellow Marine, adding that she had trusted Ocampo with her life.

Posted on Jan 17, 2012 READ MORE


‘Democracy Now!’: The Fight Against Citizens United

As Campaign 2012 marches inexorably onward, we might pause to consider the game-changing impact upon the ritual of campaigning that the Supreme Court’s notorious Citizens United decision of two years ago is bound to have.

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 READ MORE



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FDA Tells Volunteer Sperm Donor to Zip It

As of late last year, a Fremont, Calif., man had donated his sperm 328 times to would-be parents who found him on the Internet. The Food and Drug Administration has told the donor, whose self-described “service to help the community” has produced 14 children, to stop.

Posted on Dec 19, 2011 READ MORE



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Occupy Movement Invades West Coast Ports

Protesters successfully shut down some operations in three major ports spanning the Western United States on Monday. Coordinated action in Washington, Oregon and California was designed to interfere with commerce, bolster the spirits of the evicted and—why not?—inconvenience Goldman Sachs.

Posted on Dec 13, 2011 READ MORE


America, Meet the Mouth of John Burton

California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton has a certain way of talking that is familiar and even entertaining to those who know him, but “The Daily Show” seemed genuinely shocked to discover a politician who doesn’t give a shit about our Victorian sensibilities.

Posted on Dec 6, 2011 READ MORE



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How Students Landed on the Front Lines of Class War

University students, who face tuition hikes and state cuts to public education, find themselves victimized by the same neoliberal agenda that has created the current economic crisis, and which profoundly endangers democratic values.

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 READ MORE



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The Battle for Gay Marriage Plods On

The sponsors of Proposition 8 and other contested laws are entitled to defend such measures when the state refuses to do so, the California Supreme Court declared Thursday afternoon. The ruling could push the long argument over same-sex marriage—which has wearied its proponents and adversaries—to the desks of federal judges, including those on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Posted on Nov 17, 2011 READ MORE



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To Protest Foreclosures, San Jose Priest Divests $3 Million From Bank of America

Father Eduardo Samaniego, the Jesuit pastor of Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in San Jose, Calif., protested foreclosures by Bank of America against those in his flock and beyond by moving $3 million of his parish’s funds to a local credit union. (more)

Posted on Nov 17, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Ric Francis

Obama Administration’s War on Pot in California

The U.S. attorneys who have declared war on California’s medical marijuana industry remind me of the prohibition agents in the HBO show “Boardwalk Empire.”

Posted on Nov 13, 2011 READ MORE


‘Outed’ Oakland Cop Supports Occupy Movement, Criticizes Police

Although his cover was blown in a video circulated last month, Oakland cop Fred Shavies says in this interview that he didn’t see his job as “infiltrating” the Occupy Oakland movement—at least not in a bad way. He does criticize his fellow officers, though, in terms of ... (more)

Posted on Nov 11, 2011 READ MORE



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California County to Charge Prisoners for Jail Stay

In one part of Southern California, if you do the crime, there’s a chance you’ll pay both the time and the price of imprisonment. Due to a measure passed Tuesday by Riverside County’s board of supervisors, county jail inmates deemed able will be forced to pay $142.42 per day during their stay in the clink. (more)

Posted on Nov 10, 2011 READ MORE



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California Refuses to Accept Obama’s Banking Sellout

There is no three-strikes law for crooked bankers, who usually get off with a fine and a promise not to do it again, and again and again.

Posted on Nov 10, 2011 READ MORE



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American Decline Is Crushing the Middle Class

Only 21 percent of all respondents in a new poll think the lives of their children will be better than their own.

Posted on Nov 2, 2011 READ MORE



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On Edge of Paradise, Coachella Workers Live in Grim Conditions

Arsenic-tainted water, raw sewage that backs up into the shower and other horrors make one end of Avenue 54, where residents of the eastern Coachella Valley’s roughly 125 illegal trailer park sites make their home, a place of grim housekeeping.

Posted on Nov 2, 2011 READ MORE



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Portraits of Misery in Coachella

For those who live there, life at the wrong end of Avenue 54 in Southern California’s eastern Coachella Valley is a hot, rotting hell. As you head east, the “Bermuda shorts, putting greens and picture-window champagne dinners” found in abundance near the Arnold Palmer Golf Course give way to … (more)

Posted on Oct 29, 2011 READ MORE



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California Medical Assn. Says Pot Should Be Legal

With the Obama administration threatening to seize medicinal marijuana dispensaries in the state, the California Medical Association voted Friday to support the decriminalization of marijuana. The association, the state’s largest physician organization, originally opposed California’s 15-year-old medical marijuana initiative. (more)

Posted on Oct 17, 2011 READ MORE



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Brown Signs California Dream Act Into Law

Gov. Jerry Brown announced Saturday that he has signed the California Dream Act, making state financial aid available to undocumented immigrants who choose to attend California universities and community colleges. (more)

Posted on Oct 8, 2011 READ MORE



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Grocery Workers Struggle Despite L.A. Union Victory

A new union contract has been hailed as a “win-win,” but a closer look at the agreement shows that it fails to provide decent wages and benefits for most grocery workers.

Posted on Oct 4, 2011 READ MORE



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This Billionaire Likes to Tinker With Government

The Wall Street Journal recently profiled Nicolas Berggruen, a billionaire who has apparently become fascinated with political gridlock and enamored with the smoke-filled room. What makes Berggruen interesting is his ability to summon personalities such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Joseph Stiglitz, Tony Blair and Condoleezza Rice. (more)

Posted on Oct 2, 2011 READ MORE



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Amazon Wins Tax Break, California Wins Jobs

Amazon.com struck a deal with California on online sales taxes Friday, agreeing to create thousands of jobs in exchange for a one-year reprieve from collecting state sales taxes. (more)

Posted on Sep 24, 2011 READ MORE


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