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At Least 1 Death, Hundreds of Illnesses Blamed on Record U.S. Heat Wave

The Western part of the United States is in the throes of a record-setting heat wave that is expected to continue through the week, with temperatures forecast to hit the 120s in some areas.

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Proposition 8 Backers Petition to Stop Gay Marriage in California

Thanks to the Supreme Court’s decision in Hollingsworth v. Perry, California’s Proposition 8 ballot initiative that barred same-sex marriage in the state is no more. But the measure’s supporters are once again up in arms after the Golden State resumed allowing gay couples to wed Friday. (UPDATED)

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Wendy Davis Hailed as Hero, Frank Rich Slams David Gregory, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including reaction from the winners after the Supreme Court’s DOMA and Proposition 8 rulings and results of the Massachusetts Senate special election.

Posted on Jun 26, 2013 READ MORE



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Gay Marriage Rulings: Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA, Denies Proposition 8 Backers’ Appeal

On Wednesday morning, the Supreme Court issued decisions on a pair of landmark same-sex marriage cases, striking down the Defense of Marriage Act while ruling the proponents of California’s Proposition 8 lacked standing to argue the case in federal courts.

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L.A. Pot Dispensary Crackdown

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Santa Monica Shootings: Gun Violence Happens Everywhere

A rampage that left five people dead, including the suspected gunman, in the wealthy, liberal, seaside paradise of Santa Monica, Calif., reminds us that guns and killers are everywhere in America.

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Darrell Issa’s Gut

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Warren Shows Up McConnell, California Fights Back Against Wal-Mart, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including former RNC Chairman Michael Steele weighs a political comeback and Rep. Darrell Issa gets some pushback from his own party after calling the White House’s spokesman a “paid liar.”

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Voter Turnout in L.A.

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California Man Sues Officers He Says Nearly Beat Him to Death

A California man who nearly died after an incident in which he said he asked two Highway Patrol officers to read a traffic ticket they had issued him has filed a lawsuit against them and the state.

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Jerry Brown: California’s Mystery Man

In a time when America’s politicians strive to be everywoman and everyman, Brown goes his own way.

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Video Allegedly Shows Police Beating David Silva to Death

After allegedly beating 33-year-old David Sal Silva to death last week, Kern County, Calif., officers reportedly confiscated cellphones from multiple witnesses containing videos of the incident. One piece of footage they apparently weren’t able to take away, however, is a grainy black and white surveillance video that shows parts of the encounter.

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Officers Reportedly Beat California Man to Death as He Begs for His Life

A defense attorney says a number of witnesses caught the beating on cellphone cameras, but those phones were seized by deputies before an arrest warrant was served.

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Farmworkers Fired After Fleeing Blaze

Fifteen agricultural workers in Oxnard, Calif., lost their jobs after they sought shelter to escape the ash and smoke-filled air from a raging wildfire last week. The strawberry pickers said they left because the smoke interfered with their ability to breathe.

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Printed Weapons? Not In My State

Guns produced using 3-D printers have found an opponent in state Sen. Leland Yee, who plans to introduce legislation that would ban in California the use of the do-it-yourself technology to create firearms.

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A Law to Nullify the NDAA?

A state bill sponsored by Republican Tim Donnelly would guarantee Californians protection from the threat of indefinite detention made possible by the National Defense Authorization Act.

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Are California Prisons Punishing Inmates Based on Race?

In several men’s prisons across California, colored signs hang above cell doors: blue for black inmates, white for white, red, green or pink for Hispanic, yellow for everyone else. On any given day, the color of a sign could mean the difference between an inmate exercising in the prison yard or being confined to his cell.

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I’m a Republican, Not an Idiot

Pioneering Lancaster, Calif., Mayor R. Rex Parris wants his city to generate more power from renewable energy than it consumes. In fact, he wants the dusty, desert town to be the solar power capital of the universe. And he’s a Republican.

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Post-Argument Recap: Prop. 8 and DOMA Are Going Down

Nevertheless, the Supreme Court’s likely rulings on the issue of gay marriage will not be complete victories for those who support allowing same-sex couples to wed. 

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Creating PACs and Then Spending Their Money

Although many watchdog organizations track how political committees raise money, few look at how the money is ultimately disbursed. PACs can spend their money as they want and often devote some of it to fundraising, but most spend the bulk of contributions on efforts clearly aimed at electing specific candidates.

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How California Turned Its Own Sequester Into Higher Taxes and Economic Growth

If President Obama follows the example of Gov. Jerry Brown in California, he can use devastating budget cuts to deal conservatives a crushing blow, argues David Sirota.

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Make My Day: Legalize Gay Marriage, Eastwood Says

The man who has played the good, the bad and the ugly both in Hollywood and American politics has come out in favor of same-sex marriage as he added his name to a legal brief calling on the Supreme Court to strike down a ban on such unions.

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New Treasury Secretary Confirmed, Palin Claims Feds ‘Stockpiling Bullets,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including California voters make an about-face on marijuana legalization and an Illinois lawmaker offers an interesting comparison on gun control.

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Additional Prominent Republicans Backing Gay Marriage

This week, dozens of influential conservatives will submit a legal brief asking the Supreme Court to strike down Proposition 8, the California ballot initiative passed in 2008 that outlawed same-sex marriage in the state, and all other similar bans.

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Rand Paul Gives Money to Treasury, McCain Gets Heckled at Town Hall, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a prominent Republican’s endorsement of same-sex marriage and the fight over the looming sequester heats up on Twitter.

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Bankrupt California

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Perry Pursues California Companies

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Christopher Dorner Manhunt May Be Over (Video)

Investigators believe that it was fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner who barricaded himself in a cabin, engaged officers in an intense gunfight and was unable to escape before the building burned down.

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry: California Is ‘Looking at Our Backside’

The Texas governor who made a fool of himself in the 2012 presidential race has come to the Golden State trying to steal businesses and jobs.

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Desperate L.A. Offers $1 Million Bounty for Accused Cop Killer

A week after former police officer Christopher Dorner is alleged to have begun killing those people he reportedly views as his enemies, authorities in Southern California—and even Charlie Sheen—are doing everything they can to bring the elusive man out of the shadows.

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Obama to Set Deportation Record

By 2014, the Obama administration will have deported more people than were expelled from 1892 to 1997; a majority of Californians believe that increasing the number of guidance counselors in schools would be more beneficial for safety than adding armed police officers; and while some see the fall of print journalism as a tragedy, others see it as an opportunity. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Can You Drive in the Carpool Lane If You’re Sitting Next to a Corporation?

If corporations are people, then they should count toward the carpool lane, argues Jonathan Frieman of San Rafael, Calif. The cop who ticketed Frieman didn’t buy it, but Frieman is of course really looking for an opportunity to challenge the judiciary’s plainly absurd rulings on corporate personhood.

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The Problem With ‘Public-Private Partnerships’

When a plan to construct the first modern privatized highway in the United States did little to ease congestion, blocked residents from making further improvements and cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars, Californians had the opportunity to learn a lesson about the folly of privatizing transportation projects.

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Court Rules Woman Technically Not Raped Because of Marital Status

A California appeals court has decided that an 18-year-old woman technically wasn’t raped by a man who had sex with her while she was asleep because he was pretending to be her boyfriend. But if the woman had been married and the man had been impersonating her husband? The court acknowledged the outcome would have been different.

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Mushrooms Kill Four People in California

Consider this a public service announcement: In the state of California alone, from 2009 to 2010, 1,700 people suffered from what the BBC calls “mushroom-related illnesses.” Sadly, people sometimes die, as has just happened at a Northern California retirement home, from mistakenly eating poisonous mushrooms that resemble the edible variety.

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San Francisco Bans Public Nudity

The city’s public officials have a simple message to residents and visitors: “Keep your clothes on!”

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Ancient American Petroglyphs Desecrated by Thieves

At least six 3,500-year-old rock carvings from California’s Volcanic Tableland have been stolen, vandalized or destroyed. Thieves may expect a few thousand dollars for their haul—a pittance compared with the historic and spiritual value of the ancient petroglyphs.

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The Land of Milk and Honey Once More

The big news from the last election is that California, home to 12 percent of Americans and the world’s eighth-largest economy, is a model of rational political thought.

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First Openly Gay Minority Elected to Congress

Mark Takano, a Democrat, has made history by winning his election in California’s new 41st Congressional District.

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Raul Ruiz Defeats Longtime GOP Rep. Mary Bono Mack

The Democrat scored a major upset victory Tuesday night in California’s 36th Congressional District, handing Bono Mack her first loss in her 14-year political career.

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California’s Food Fight: To Label or Not to Label GMOs

Of the 11 initiatives before the 2012 California electorate, one drawing perhaps the most attention is Proposition 37, on the labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.

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Student-Run ‘Fantasy Slut League’ Uncovered at California High School

In a letter sent to parents Friday, Piedmont High School Principal Rich Kitchens wrote that the league was set up by a group of the school’s varsity athletes, who would secretly “draft” female students and then get points for engaging in sexual activity with them.

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Why Have Gas Prices Skyrocketed in California?

Here’s some not-so-good news for motorists in the Golden State at the beginning of the workweek: Gas prices in California have soared to record levels, rising 50 cents in the span of seven days. But relief may soon be on the way.

Posted on Oct 8, 2012 READ MORE



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Back to $chool

It was the greatest education system the world had ever seen, accessible and affordable, a door with a welcome mat into the ivory tower, an invitation to a better life. Then California politicians bled it dry.

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