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The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department’s Men’s Central Jail facility in Los Angeles is shown. The FBI enlisted Anthony Brown, an inmate in the Men’s Central Jail, to collect information on allegedly abusive and corrupt deputies. (Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press)

Shelby Grad and Richard Winton
February 10, 2016

At the center of the FBI’s investigation into abuses at the Los Angeles County Jail was a top-secret program known as Operation Pandora’s Box.

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Los Angeles Times: Ex-L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca pleads guilty in jail scandal

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Retired Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, center, leaves the federal courthouse in downtown Los Angeles after pleading guilty Wednesday to lying to federal investigators. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Joel Rubin, Cindy Chang and Harriet Ryan
February 10, 2016

Retired Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca pleaded guilty Wednesday to lying to federal investigators, a stunning reversal for the longtime law enforcement leader who for years insisted he played no role in the misconduct that tarnished his agency.

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USA TODAY: Supreme Court will rule on President Obama’s immigration plan

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Richard Wolf
USA TODAY
January 19, 2016 – 9:57 a.m. EST

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will give President Obama a final shot at implementing his plan to shield more than 4 million undocumented immigrants from deportation.

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Los Angeles Times: Feds set 2018 deadline for new ID requirements

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Starting Jan. 22, 2018, travelers with licenses issued by states that have yet to comply with the new ID standards won’t be allowed to board a domestic flight in the U.S. unless they have an alternative form of identification. Above, TSA personnel at the Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington. (JEWEL SAMAD / AFP/Getty Images)

Hugo Martin
January 8, 2016

More than a decade after Congress called for tougher standards for state identification cards and driver’s licenses, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced deadlines for states to comply with the new regulations.

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Los Angeles Daily News: Obama measures wouldn’t have kept guns from mass shooters

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By Michael R. Sisak, Associated Press
Posted: 01/05/16 – 3:25 PM PST |

The gun control measures a tearful President Barack Obama announced Tuesday would not have prevented the slaughter of 20 first-graders at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut; 14 county workers at a holiday party in San Bernardino, California; or a dozen moviegoers in Aurora, Colorado.

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Politico: More than 1,200 Clinton emails now deemed classified

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Hillary Clinton has stressed that she did not send any classified information. | Getty

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Politico

By Rachael Bade and Josh Gerstein
Published: 12/31/15 – 11:46 AM EST
Updated: 12/31/15 – 06:54 PM EST

  • The agency also falls short of its court-ordered goal of releasing 43,000 pages of the former secretary of state’s emails by the end of the year.

More than 1,200 emails from Hillary Clinton’s private server during her time at the State Department have now been deemed classified, after the agency publicly released its eighth batch of the messages late Thursday.

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Joel Rubin
December 26, 2015

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department already was engulfed in a jail brutality scandal when a prosecutor in the district attorney’s office examined the beating of Gabriel Carrillo.

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Air Force One

Sarah Parvini, Paloma Esquivel, Laura J. Nelson and Anh Do
December 18, 2015

It has become a sobering pattern of his presidency: Air Force One touches down in a heartbroken town and President Obama rushes toward the grief. He meets moms and dads, fiancés and friends — the newest members of a club no one would choose to join, Americans whose loved ones died in a mass shooting.

On Friday evening, it was San Bernardino’s turn.

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California Money

By Christine Mai-Duc
December 18, 2015

The sweeping budget deal — a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill — tackles a number of policy areas, including making some $650 billion in tax breaks permanent, adopting new cybersecurity rules and repealing a decades-old ban on crude oil exports.

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Paul Ryan

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) on Capitol Hill. (J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)

Lisa Mascaro
December 17, 2015

By approving a massive package of tax breaks Thursday, House Republicans — who have made deficit-slashing the holy grail of their majority — just piled on nearly $650 billion in red ink.

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Los Angeles Times: Obama will travel to San Bernardino to mourn victims of massacre

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President Obama speaks on Islamic State in the Pentagon briefing room on Dec. 14. (Olivier Douliery / Getty Images)

Michael A. Memoli
December 16, 2015

President Obama will travel to San Bernardino on Friday to join in mourning the 14 victims of the Dec. 2 mass shooting that he has called an act of terrorism, the White House said Wednesday.

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Janet Yellen

Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet L. Yellen removes her glasses as she testifies on Capitol Hill on Feb. 25. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press)

Jim Puzzanghera
December 16, 2015

The Federal Reserve on Wednesday raised its benchmark short-term interest rate for the first time in 9 1/2 years, providing a long-awaited vote of confidence for the recovery from the Great Recession by beginning to remove the last of the central bank’s extraordinary steps to boost economic growth.

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Politico: 2,200 pages, $1.8 trillion, dead of night

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Congress released more than 2,200 pages of legislation in the dead of night. | AP

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Politico

What’s really in the year-end tax and spending bill?

By Bernie Becker
12/16/15 – 04:24 PM EST

Congress released more than 2,200 pages of legislation in the dead of night — containing $1.1 trillion in spending, about $680 billion in tax cuts and a string of other policy changes.

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Roll Call: Winners and Losers in the Omnibus and Tax Bills

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By Roll Call Staff
Posted on Dec. 16 at 10:52 a.m.

Both Democrats and Republicans won a few and lost a few in the $1.1 trillion spending bill and package of tax extensions that congressional negotiators agreed on late Tuesday.

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Paul Ryan

House Speaker Paul Ryan announces the bipartisan budget agreement on Wednesday. (Michael Reynolds / European Pressphoto Agency)

Michael Hiltzik
December 16, 2015

When Congress legislates at night and in haste, you can be sure mischief is being done. Sure enough, the budget deal announced late Tuesday by House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.), takes an ax to efforts to limit the torrent of big money into politics.

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Martin Shkreli

32-year-old suspected of plundering Retrophin to pay debts. (Martin Shkreli – Photographer: Francesco Nazardo)

Bloomberg Business

By Christie Smythe and Keri Geiger | December 17, 2015

Martin Shkreli, the boyish drug company entrepreneur, who rocketed to infamy by jacking up the price of a life-saving pill from $13.50 to $750, was arrested by federal agents at his Manhattan home early Thursday morning on securities fraud related to a firm he founded.

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Visa

By Matt Apuzzo, Michale S. Schmidt and Julia Preston
December 12, 2015

WASHINGTON — Tashfeen Malik, who with her husband carried out the massacre in San Bernardino, Calif., passed three background checks by American immigration officials as she moved to the United States from Pakistan. None uncovered what Ms. Malik had made little effort to hide — that she talked openly on social media about her views on violent jihad.

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Richard A. Serrano and Teresa Watanabe
December 12, 2015

As FBI divers continue to paddle the murky waters of a lake in San Bernardino, the federal investigation into the massacre at a county health department gathering is reaching a critical juncture: With whom were the two shooters in contact?

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Associated Press (AP): Analysis: Obama offers reassurance, little policy in speech

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By Kathleen Hennessey
Associated Press
Dec 7, 2915 – 8:49 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — There were no new policy prescriptions, no fresh military strategies and no timelines. When President Barack Obama seized the spotlight for a rare prime time address Sunday night, he came with one major message: It’s going to be OK.

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Homegrown Terrorism

By Peter Baker and Eric Schmitt
December 5, 2015

WASHINGTON — The day before Thanksgiving, President Obama reassured Americans there was “no specific and credible intelligence indicating a plot on the homeland.” Seven days later came an explosion of gunfire and the deadliest terrorist attack in America since Sept. 11, 2001.

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Union Democrat (AP): FBI: California shooting investigated as act of terrorism

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AP California News
By Amanda lee Myers and Tami Abdollah
Dec 4, 2015 – 3:55 PM EST

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — The FBI announced Friday that it is investigating the mass shooting in Southern California as an act of terrorism, while a U.S. law enforcement official revealed that the woman who helped her husband carry out the attack had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group and its leader on Facebook under an alias.

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Los Angeles Times: Yellen signals rate hike is coming later this month

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Don Lee
December 2, 2015

Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet L. Yellen, saying the U.S. economy has come a long way since the Great Recession, gave clear signals Wednesday that the central bank was likely to raise interest rates this month.

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Politico: Tax deal swelling into $800 billion blowout

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By Brian Faler
12/02/15 – 05:37 PM EST

  • Budget hawks cry foul as Democratic and GOP wish lists find their way into a developing year-end bargain on tax breaks.

Congress is eyeing a year-end budget-busting tax cut blowout.

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The Hill: Obstacles imperil budget deal

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By Alexander Bolton – 11/25/15 06:01 AM EST

Congressional leaders face several hurdles to getting a budget deal done by the Dec. 11 deadline, including a fight over health funding that is holding up the omnibus spending package.

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Voice of OC: Legal Heavyweights Call for Federal Probe of Orange County DA

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By Rex Dalton
November 18, 2015 at 2:00 PM

A coalition of national legal authorities is calling for a federal investigation of the Orange County District Attorney and Sheriff’s Department for alleged systemic violations of defendants’ rights involving jail informants.

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ObamaCare

Health insurer UnitedHealth cut its earnings forecast, citing hits it expects to take from public insurance exchanges.

Chad Terhune
November 19, 2015

Industry giant UnitedHealth has warned it may quit selling Obamacare coverage across the country, raising questions about an expansion in California.

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Paul Ryan

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) with Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill. (Win McNamee / Getty Images)

Lisa Mascaro
November 19, 2015

Tapping into heightened security fears after the Paris terrorist attacks, House Republicans — joined by many Democrats — rebuffed President Obama on Thursday and overwhelmingly approved legislation that would in effect halt the resettlement of refugees from Syria and Iraq to the U.S.

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Los Angeles Times: Fed policymakers edge closer to December rate hike, minutes show

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Jim Puzzanghera
November 18, 2015

Most Federal Reserve policymakers believe next month could be the right time to nudge up a key interest rate for the first time in nearly a decade, according to minutes of their last meeting.

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The Fiscal Times: Obamacare Enrollees Are Reeling from High Deductibles

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The Fiscal Times

By Eric Pianin
November 16, 2015

First, the administration revealed that enrollments for Obamacare next year will barely hit 10 million, far below previous projections.

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Bloomberg Politics: Ryan Favors Legal Status for Immigrants Trump Wants to Send Home

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Representative Paul Ryan leaves a House Republican Conference meeting on Oct. 21, 2015, at the Capitol in Washington. (Photographer: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Kasia Klimasinska
November 15, 2015 — 4:00 PM PST

House Speaker Paul Ryan said he supports allowing undocumented immigrants to remain in the U.S. without gaining citizenship, and that he doesn’t believe mass deportation, an idea promoted by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, is feasible.

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Inland Empire Business Daily: Immigration Reform: A Eulogy

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By Inland Empire Business Daily
November 14, 2015

Nine months ago Political Whispers declared immigration reform dead. President Obama’s executive amnesty was the final nail in the coffin that ended any ability for a compromise in this congress or future congresses.

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Politico: Obama administration will take immigration fight to Supreme Court

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Politico

By Josh Gerstein and Seung Min Kim
11/10/15 – 11:55 AM EST
Updated: 11/10/15 – 05:27 PM EST

The Obama administration will ask the Supreme Court to allow President Barack Obama to proceed with a round of executive actions to make it easier for millions of undocumented immigrants to live and work in the U.S., the Justice Department said Tuesday.

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Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals

David G. Savage, Brian Bennett and Molly Hennessy-Fiske
October 9, 2015

A federal appeals court dealt a severe and possibly fatal blow Monday to President Obama’s executive actions to allow up to 5 million immigrants living illegally in the United States to stay and obtain work permits.

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Los Angeles Times: Obama says he is rejecting the controversial Keystone oil pipeline

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The Obama administration will deny the federal permit for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, officials say.

Christi Parsons and Paul Richter
November 6, 2015

President Obama announced Friday that he was rejecting the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline project because it wouldn’t serve U.S. interests, dismissing its potential economic benefits as insignificant over time as he sought to close a long-running chapter in the political fight over global warming.

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Los Angeles Times: Fight over Pacific trade agreement begins

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Don Lee
November 5, 2015

The long-anticipated release Thursday of the sweeping Pacific Rim trade agreement text set off an intense public battle over its pros and cons that probably will rage until Congress issues its own verdict next year.

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U.S. Secret Service

By Carol D. Leonnig
November 5, 2015 at 1:22 PM

Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ben Carson will be getting Secret Service details within days, a move authorized by Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson.

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Daily Press: SCLA runway to get major upgrade after $6M grant

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By Staff Reports

Posted Nov. 2, 2015 at 11:24 AM
Updated Nov 2, 2015 at 11:25 AM

Southern California Logistics Airport was awarded a $6 million grant by the Federal Aviation Administration last month to rehabilitate nearly 1.8 million square feet of asphalt pavement with full-strength pavement and approximately 200,000 square feet of asphalt shoulders, as well as replace all runway markings removed during the construction.

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Paul Ryan

Newly sworn-in Speaker of the House Paul Ryan waves to colleagues after his election to the leadership position on Oct. 29. (Win McNamee / Getty Images)

David G. Savage
November 1, 2015

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Sunday he will not consider or negotiate an immigration reform bill during President Obama’s tenure, ruling out calls to revive the issue in an effort to broaden GOP appeal to Latino voters before the 2016 election.

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The Washington Post: Congressional leaders, White House reach two-year budget deal

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House Republican leaders struck a budget deal with the White House just before midnight on Oct. 26 to avert a government shutdown and forestall a debt crisis.

By Kelsey Snell
October 27, 2015 at 1:30 AM

House Republican leaders introduced legislation just before midnight on Monday, finalizing a two-year budget agreement between Congressional leaders and the White House. The introduction sets up a vote as early as Wednesday on the bipartisan budget deal which would increase military and domestic spending and avert a potentially catastrophic default in exchange for long-term spending cuts.

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Politico: Obamacare repeal hits resistance from conservatives

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Mitch McConnell can’t afford to lose any more votes. | Getty

Politico

By Seung Min Kim
10/25/15 – 05:29 PM EDT

  • McConnell is having a hard time getting a simple-majority bill through the Senate.

Senate Republicans’ carefully-laid plans to use a powerful fast-track tool to send an Obamacare repeal to President Barack Obama is running into fresh resistance, with new opposition from high-profile conservatives and bubbling concerns from moderates.

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Sarah D. Wire
October 21, 2015

The Republican members of California’s delegation are demanding a government plan to store the deluge of water that could come with El Niño this winter.

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By City News Service
Posted: 10/16/15 – 8:01 PM PDT |

LOS ANGELES >> In a case stemming from the beating of a handcuffed man at Men’s Central Jail, a sixth former member of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was indicted Friday on federal charges for allegedly participating in the cover-up of the incident.

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AP: Lower gas prices means no Social Security increase next year

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By Stephen Ohlemacher
Oct 11, 8:15 AM (ET)

WASHINGTON (AP) — For just the third time in 40 years, millions of Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees can expect no increase in benefits next year, unwelcome news for more than one-fifth of the nation’s population.

They can blame low gas prices.

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Los Angeles Times: BLM decision set backs Cadiz plan to sell Mojave groundwater

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Bettina Boxall
October 5, 2015

Cadiz Inc.’s plans to sell Mojave Desert groundwater to Southern California communities have hit a major federal roadblock.

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Barack Obama

President Barack Obama gestures as he answers question during a news conference in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

By Andrew Taylor, Associated Press
Oct. 2, 2015 | 6:11 p.m. EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Friday he won’t sign another temporary government funding bill after the current one expires Dec. 11, insisting that congressional Republicans and Democrats work out a long-term budget deal with the White House.

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Reuters: Treasury’s Lew says U.S. will hit debt ceiling around November 5

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

WASHINGTON — The federal government will hit a legal debt limit and be unable to borrow more money around Nov. 5, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said on Thursday.

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John Boehner

After 13 years, House Speaker John Boehner is set to resign.

By Mike DeBonis and Kelsey Snell
September 26, 2015 at 9:18 PM

House Speaker John A. Boehner’s stunning resignation throws the congressional agenda into disarray, with short-term hope for passing crucial items offset by the long-term fear that old battles will only be repeated.

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The Washington Post: Meet Kevin McCarthy, the potential next speaker of the House

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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield)

By Amber Phillips
September 25 at 12:48 PM

Today is John Boehner’s day. Tomorrow could very much belong to Kevin McCarthy.

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Politico: Behind Boehner’s decision to call it quits

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A long session with his top aide, 45 minutes in solitude, and an escape to Trattoria Alberto’s on Capitol Hill.

Politico

By Jake Sherman , Anna Palmer and John Bresnahan
09/25/15 – 07:28 PM EDT

Mike Sommers was the only one John Boehner trusted with the news.

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The Sun: San Bernardino airport to get $1.3 million face-lift

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By Jim Steinberg, The Sun
Posted: 09/24/15 – 4:41 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> With air traffic increasing dramatically, the Federal Aviation Administration has awarded San Bernardino International Airport a $1.3 million federal grant to improve its taxiway.

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CNN

By Eugene Scott, CNN
Saturday, September 19, 2015 | Updated 12:01 PM ET,

  • Trump did not dispute the man’s claims made at a town hall event this week
  • “Am I morally obligated to defend the president every time somebody says something bad or controversial about him? I don’t think so!” he tweeted

Washington (CNN) — Donald Trump on Saturday said it is not his job to correct supporters’ claims about the President, defending his decision not to take issue with a man who disparaged Muslims and said President Barack Obama is not an American.

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Los Angeles Times: Fed declines to raise interest rate amid global market turmoil

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By Jim Puzzanghera and Don Lee
September 17, 2015

Cautious Federal Reserve policymakers on Thursday held a key interest rate at near zero, opting to wait longer to remove the unprecedented easy-money stimulus to determine whether recent global financial market volatility has slowed the U.S. economy.

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Los Angeles Times: Judge allows unusual House GOP lawsuit against president to proceed

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President Obama speaks at Macomb Community College in Warren, Mich. on Wednesday. A federal judge has ruled that congressional Republicans have legal standing to sue his administration over spending related to the Affordable Care Act. (Mandel Ngan / AFP / Getty Images)

By David G. Savage
September 9, 2015

House Republicans won the opening round in a lawsuit against President Obama over their claim that his administration spent money for health insurers under the Affordable Care Act without receiving needed approval by Congress.

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GOP

The strategy has never worked for the GOP’s right flank, but they’re going down the same path anyway.

Russell Berman
September 9, 2015

Conservatives in Congress are mounting what will likely be a futile fight to defund Planned Parenthood, even if it means shutting down the entire federal government.

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InlandPolitics: Another winning issue for Trump: Veterans and the military

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015 – 09:30 a.m.

GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump has been a master at selecting his campaign theme issues.

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Hillary Clinton

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s work-related emails from when she was secretary of state are slowly being released by the State Department. Credit Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press

By Michael S. Schmid
September 7, 2015

WASHINGTON — A special intelligence review of two emails that Hillary Rodham Clinton received as secretary of state on her personal account — including one about North Korea’s nuclear weapons program — has endorsed a finding by the inspector general for the intelligence agencies that the emails contained highly classified information when Mrs. Clinton received them, senior intelligence officials said.

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InlandPolitics: Settlements reached in Redlands investment theft

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Saturday, September 5, 2015 – 11:30 a.m.

Settlements have been reached with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over the mismanagement and plundering of accounts held at a now-defunct Redlands-based investment advisory firm.

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InlandPolitics: Will Justice Department be satisfied in handling of beating case?

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Friday, September 4, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

This week the San Bernardino County District Attorney announced the filing of charges against three out of ten suspended sheriff’s deputies involved in the apprehension and assault on Francis Pusok.

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Hillary Clinton

Federal officials have known since May that Hillary Rodham Clinton’s State Department email included classified information, according to a report Thursday night by McClatchy News. (Associated Press)

By John Solomon – The Washington Times
Sunday, August 16, 2015

While media coverage has focused on a half-dozen of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s personal emails containing sensitive intelligence, the total number of her private emails identified by an ongoing State Department review as having contained classified data has ballooned to 60, officials told The Washington Times.

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The New York Times: AT&T Helped U.S. Spy on Internet on a Vast Scale

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The National Security Agency’s headquarters in Fort Meade, Md. The agency has gotten access to billions of emails with the cooperation of AT&T. (Credit: Saul Loeb/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images)

By Julia Angwin, Charlie Savage, Jeff Larson, Henrik Moltke, Laura Poitras and James Risen
August 15, 2015

The National Security Agency’s ability to spy on vast quantities of Internet traffic passing through the United States has relied on its extraordinary, decades-long partnership with a single company: the telecom giant AT&T.

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Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to the reporters at United Nations headquarters, Tuesday, March 10, 2015.  Clinton conceded that she should have used a government email to conduct business as secretary of state, saying her decision was simply a matter of "convenience." (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Hillary Clinton has repeatedly denied sending or receiving classified material on the personal e-mail account she used while secretary of state. Here are two instances. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

By Carol D. Leonnig, Karen Tumulty and Rosalind S. Helderman
August 14, 2015 at 4:51 PM

Late last month, Hillary Rodham Clinton stood before a line of television cameras at a rural Iowa campaign stop to deny reports that she had sent sensitive information over her private e-mail system.

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The Daily Beast: The Spy Satellite Secrets in Hillary’s Emails

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John R. Schindler
08.12.15 – 4:50 PM ET

These weren’t just ordinary secrets found in Clinton’s private server, but some of the most classified material the U.S. government has.

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InlandPolitics: Is Clinton circling the drain?

Hillary Clinton

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 – 09:30 a.m.

We’ve been saying for some time now that the Obama Administration is gutting the campaign of Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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Los Angeles County Sheriff

By Cindy Chang and Joel Rubin
August 5, 2015

Capping years of scandal, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has agreed to federal oversight of its jail system in an effort to end abuse of inmates by sheriff’s deputies and to improve chronically poor treatment of mentally ill inmates.

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MIAMI FL JULY 31: Former First Lady and Secretary Of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a campaign stop at Florida International University on July 31, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Uri Schanker/WireImage)

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August 5, 2015 | 7:26pm

The FBI investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s unsecured email account is not just a fact-finding venture — it’s a criminal probe, sources told The Post on Wednesday.

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The Sacramento Bee: Trump and Sanders surge, Congress stalls, voters seethe

Donald Trump

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to an overflow crowd following a rally and picnic, Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Oskaloosa, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Politics
By David Lightman
dlightman@mcclatchydc.com
July 31, 2015

  • No final action on budget, highways, debt ceiling
  • House plans no votes until Sept. 8
  • Trump, Sanders draw big crowds with fix-Washington message

WASHINGTON — In this summer of political gloom, the drumbeat from the American heartland to Washington has been relentless: Fix the economy. Fix the immigration system. Talk to each other.

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Hillary Clinton

Newly released emails from Hillary Clinton’s private server include 41 messages now marked CLASSIFIED by State Department inspectors

By David Martosko
US Political Editor For Dailymail.com
Published: 31 July 2015 | Updated: 31 July 2015 – 18:51 EST

  • One message summarized a meeting with top State Department deputies and assistant secretaries that included talk about embassy security
  • Others dealt with Russia, Myanmar, Afghanistan, Georgia, Honduras and other diplomatic flare-up locations
  • Clinton has claimed she never sent classified materials in her private email that was housed on her own personal home-brew upstate New York server
  • Document-dump included more than 1,300 Clinton emails; DailyMail.com found 41 that were partially or wholly classified before their release

The second installment of emails from Hillary Clinton’s private home-brew server, released Friday by the State Department, includes 41 messages that reviewers determined contained classified material.

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InlandPolitics: Leaked memo hits Clinton hard

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Monday, July 27, 2015 – 08:00 a.m.

A few months ago we discussed how plausible it was for the Obama Administration to move to put a knife into Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Well it may actually be happening.

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Judge Thomas Goethals handed the case to the California Attorney General’s Office, which is appealing on the grounds that the sheriff’s department — which oversees the jails and snitches — committed misconduct, not the district attorney’s office. (Mark Rightmire / File Photo)

By Tony Saavedra / Staff Writer
July 22, 2015
Updated July 23, 2015 10:32 a.m.

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The U.S. Department of Justice is looking at the jailhouse informant scandal in Orange County, a move that could lead to a federal takeover of the District Attorney’s Office.

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The Washington Post: Worse than we could have imagined

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President Barack Obama answers questions about the Iran nuclear deal during a news conference in Washington, Wednesday, July 15, 2015. (Susan Walsh/AP)

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By Charles Krauthammer, Opinion Writer
July 16, 2015

When you write a column, as did I two weeks ago, headlined “The worst agreement in U.S. diplomatic history,” you don’t expect to revisit the issue. We had hit bottom. Or so I thought. Then on Tuesday the final terms of the Iranian nuclear deal were published. I was wrong.

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Politico: Kevin McCarthy has raised $9 million this year

Kevin McCarthy

U.S. House Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) after a leadership election at a House Republican Conference meeting June 19, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington. | Getty

Politico

By Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan
7/14/15 – 5:25 AM EDT

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has raised $9 million for Republicans since the beginning of the year, a hefty haul for the No. 2 Republican, according to an aide.

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Politico: Obama immigration orders likely headed for new legal setback

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By Seung Min Kim
7/10/15 – 8:23 PM EDT

President Barack Obama appears likely to lose – again – in the protracted legal fight over his executive actions on immigration.

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Los Angeles Times: Here’s how Fed rate hike would pinch borrowers

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By Tom Petruno
July 4, 2015

The last six years of extraordinarily low interest rates have been all about rewarding borrowers at the expense of savers. But that is probably coming to an end.

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InlandPolitics: Supreme Court does GOP a huge favor

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Sunday, June 28, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

Set aside all the hubbub.

The Supreme Court of the United States did the Republican Party a huge favor this week.

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By Debra J. Saunders
Friday, June 26, 2015 – Updated 2:12 pm

The GOP-majority Supreme Court saved President Obama’s bacon Thursday with a political ruling that papered over his signature Affordable Care Act. Writing for the majority in the 6-3 King vs. Burwell decision, Chief Justice John Roberts noted that the 900-page law was written behind closed doors with little debate or amendment, and thus was “inartfully drafted.” It was the court’s obligation, he wrote, to translate bill language limiting the government subsidies to enrollees in “an exchange established by the state” to also cover federal exchanges.

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Los Angeles County Sheriff

By Joel Rubin
June 25, 2015

Three Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were convicted Wednesday of beating a handcuffed man bloody and then lying to cover up the abuse.

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Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet L. Yellen speaks in May at the Institute for New Economic Thinking Conference on Finance and Security at the International Monetary Fund in Washington. (Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press)

By Jim Puzzanghera
June 17, 2015

Federal Reserve policymakers on Wednesday kept the central bank’s benchmark short-term interest rate near zero, opting against the first increase since 2006 after determining the economy still isn’t strong enough to handle it.

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Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase and four other banks are still not meeting standards in handling troubled mortgage borrowers, federal bank regulators say. (Julie Jacobson / Associated Press)

By E. Scott Reckard
June 17, 2015

Four years after pledging to clean up wide-ranging foreclosure abuses, Wells Fargo & Co., JPMorgan Chase & Co. and four other banks still aren’t complying with customer-service standards imposed by a federal regulator.

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Los Angeles Times: Higher home loan rates are likely as Fed rate hike looms

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By Jim Puzzanghera and Andrew Khouri
June 14, 2015

In moving from London at the beginning of the year, Rose-Linn Jensen would have preferred to spend a year getting familiar with the Los Angeles area before buying a home.

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Orange County Superior Court

The probe allegedly centers on a court employee suspected of falsifying records to benefit defendants, recording dismissals where there were none, reducing charges and, in at least one case, making it appear a defendant served jail time.

By Tony Saavedra and Kelly Puente / Staff Writers
June 12, 2015
Updated June 13, 2015 – 8:16 a.m.

The FBI and county prosecutors are investigating fake plea deals and forgeries recorded in hundreds of DUI and misdemeanor traffic cases at Orange County Superior Court.

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National Journal: The Next Budget Conflict Has Begun

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The dispute over defense vs. domestic funds means spending bills will pile up until September. What happens then?

By Fawn Johnson
June 7, 2015

The message from Senate Democrats this week will go like this: Serious talks should begin now on avoiding a government shutdown. Why force us to carry out our threat of blocking all spending bills until we hit September, the last few days of the fiscal year, to come up with a panicked back-against-the-wall solution? We all know that’s where we’re heading.

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The Sun: Ex-Inland Empire FBI agent pleads not guilty to corruption

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By Doug Saunders, The Sun
Posted: 06/05/15 – 8:49 PM PDT |

A former FBI agent indicted on several corruption charges alleging he stole over $100,000 in money from drug seizures has pleaded not guilty.

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Contra Costa Times: Marijuana reform advocates win 3 of 4 in House

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By Josh Richman
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 at 12:44 pm

Marijuana reform advocates won three of four battles in the House on Wednesday, as lawmakers approved amendments that forbid federal interference in state laws allowing medical use of marijuana and marijuana-based oils or industrial hemp uses.

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Case Closed

Organizers say the removal of the mayor and a councilwoman were justified.

Published: June 2, 2015 – Updated: 10:08 p.m.

Two former Moreno Valley City Council members blamed a political corruption investigation for their removal from office, saying they were the targets of false allegations.

To read story by Imran Ghori in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

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In April 2013, searches were conducted in the homes of Moreno Valley’s four City Council members, a real estate broker with political connections and the corporate office of Skechers warehouse developer Highland Fairview.

Published: June 1, 2015 – Updated: 10:59 p.m.

After two years under investigation by authorities and suspicion by constituents, the people whose homes and offices were raided during a public corruption probe in Moreno Valley felt vindicated Monday by the disclosure that no criminal charges would be filed.

To read story by Brian Rokos and David Danelski in The Press-Enterprise, click here.