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Beaumont

By Doug Saunders, The Sun
and Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/22/15, 9:55 AM PDT |

BEAUMONT >> Federal and Riverside County authorities on Wednesday raided City Hall and three other locations across the Inland Empire in an investigation into the city’s long-standing business relationship with a local consulting firm, law enforcement and city officials said.

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DOJ

By Paloma Esquivel and Richard Winton
April 19, 2015

Before he found himself being beaten earlier this month by San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies in view of a hovering news helicopter, Francis Pusok and law enforcement had clashed more than once.

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Daily Bulletin: March Air Reserve Base is snubbed in new tanker effort

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The Air Force on Wednesday announced that March ARB was not named as a candidate base for the first Air Force Reserve-led KC-46A Pegasus location.

By Jim Steinberg, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 04/17/15 – 9:29 PM PDT |

RIVERSIDE >> Supporters of March Air Reserve Base near here expressed shock that it wasn’t among those chosen for the new generation of refueling tankers.

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U.S. Capitol

By Jim Puzzanghera
April 17, 2015

Despite optimistic talk from Democrats and Republicans about overhauling the tax code, General Electric Co. recently showed that corporate executives aren’t holding their breath for a bipartisan deal any time soon.

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InlandPolitics: Sheriff incident has long media shelf life

Media Buzz

Sunday, April 12, 2015 – 10:30 a.m.

Thursdays beating of suspect Francis Pusok by deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department isn’t going away anytime soon.

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InlandPolitics: ACLU: Lack of confidence in District Attorney

Confidence concept.

Sunday, April 12, 2015 – 10:00 a.m.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has a problem with San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos.

It was bound to happen sooner or later!

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ACLU

By Doug Saunders, The Sun
Posted: 04/11/15 – 2:37 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> A spokesman for the Southern California chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union says a federal investigation into the county Sheriff’s Department has been too long in coming.

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InlandPolitics: Sheriff assault ripples far and wide

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Saturday, April 11, 2015 – 01:00 p.m.

Ripples from the epicenter of a videotaped assault on an unarmed High Desert man, who fled from Deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, are expanding at an ever increasing rate.

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InlandPolitics: FBI to investigate High Desert use of force incident

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Friday, April 10, 2015 – 03:45 P.M.

As expected, the U.S. Department of Justice has entered into Thursday’s tape recorded use of force incident caught on tape by Los Angeles-based KNBC-TV 4, involving San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies, who appear to use excessive force in the apprehension of a suspect after a long pursuit involving an automobile and horseback.

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Contra Costa Times: House members tell DOJ to back off on marijuana

Medical Marijuana

By Josh Richman
Wednesday, April 8th, 2015 at 5:32 pm

A bipartisan pair of California House members are insisting that the Justice Department back off from prosecutions of medical marijuana patients and providers in states with medical marijuana laws – as Congress mandated in a recent spending bill.

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Barack Obama

President Obama returns to the Oval Office from the Rose Garden on Thursday after announcing a breakthrough in nuclear talks with Iran. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

By Dan Balz, Chief Correspondent
April 4, 2015 at 2:35 PM

It is perhaps only an accident of history that three of the key actors in the diplomatic efforts to deny Iran a nuclear bomb are the 2004, 2008, 2012 and probable 2016 Democratic presidential nominees. But their intertwined ambitions provide a dramatic backdrop to the unfolding and unfinished story.

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InlandPolitics: Obama throws Israel under the bus

Throwing Israel Under the Bus

Saturday, April 4, 201 – 12:00 p.m.

It’s all in the name of securing a arms deal with Iran. Or any other deal for that matter.

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InlandPolitics: Another sordid case of misconduct

California Lawyer

Saturday, April 4, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

A reader forwarded a link to an exhaustive article, published in California Lawyer magazine, discussing alleged misconduct by the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California and the California Attorney General, in a civil case stemming from the costly 2007 Moonlight Fire in Plumas County.

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The Washington Post: A ‘mission accomplished’ moment?

Let's Make a Deal

By Juliet Eilperin and Greg Jaffe
April 2, 2015 at 8:14 PM

President Obama, who for months had been battered, second-guessed and openly defied, had come to the Rose Garden to make his case to the American people.

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The New York Times: Senate Approves Budget of G.O.P. Wishes in All-Night Session

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By Jonathan Weisman
March 27, 2015

WASHINGTON — Emerging from an all-night session that contained more exhaustion than drama, Senate Republicans squeaked through a budget blueprint Friday morning that would repeal the Affordable Care Act, fundamentally remake federal health care for the poor and elderly, and push the federal deficit toward zero over the next decade.

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Lou Desmond

Thursday, March 26, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

Tonight on the Lou Desmond & Company Show, Adrian Moore of the Reason Foundation joins Lou to discuss Bowe Bergdahl, who was charged with desertion yesterday. Moore spent a decade in the military. Hear what he has to say about the matter.

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New York Post: Israel: Beware of Obama

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US President Barack Obama listens to a question during a town hall meeting at Nashua High School North February 2, 2010 in Nashua, New Hampshire. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

By Michael Goodwin
March 22, 2015 | 12:23am

First he comes for the banks and health care, uses the IRS to go after critics, politicizes the Justice Department, spies on journalists, tries to curb religious freedom, slashes the military, throws open the borders, doubles the debt and nationalizes the Internet.

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Kevin McCarthy

Photo by John Shinkle (Politico)

Politico

By Katie Glueck
3/22/15 – 11:47 AM EDT

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Sunday defended a move by House Republicans to urge Hillary Clinton to turn over her private email server to an independent third party for investigation.

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U.S. House of Representatives

By Josh Hicks
March 19, 2015 at 8:16 PM

A correction to the House Republican budget released this week could mean far deeper cuts for federal employees than the original document suggested, further alarming government workers and their unions already upset about hits they have taken in recent years.

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Reuters: Obama jokes about Clinton email, knocks Republicans at dinner

Reuters

By Roberta Rampton and Jeff Mason
Sun Mar 15, 2015 – 12:09am EDT

Washington —

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama took aim at his Republican opponents and his gaffe-prone vice president on Saturday in a satirical speech that included a roast of his former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over her recent problems with email.

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Debt Limit

By Jim Puzzanghera
March 13, 2015

The Treasury Department has started taking steps to extend the federal government’s borrowing ability as the U.S. hits its debt limit again Monday, Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew told lawmakers Friday.

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Hillary Clinton

Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton speaks to the media March 10 about recent allegations of an improperly used e-mail account during her tenure at the State Department. (Yana Paskova/Getty Images)

Dan Balz

Dan Balz
By Dan Balz, Chief correspondent
March 10, 2015 at 5:39 PM

Hillary Rodham Clinton sought to quash the controversy over her use of a personal e-mail account as secretary of state with a strategy that can be reduced to two words: “Trust me.” It is one of the biggest issues that will confront many Americans if and when she asks them to vote for her for president in 2016.

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Washington Post: Obama blasts Walker over Wisconsin’s right-to-work law

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signs a right-to-work bill into law Monday in Brown Deer, Wis. (AP Photo/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Mike De Sisti)

By Philip Rucker
March 9, 2015 at 9:22 PM

President Obama, in a rare move that inserted himself directly into Republican presidential politics, issued a statement Monday night sharply criticizing Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker for signing a right-to-work bill into law that marks a major blow to organized labor.

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Washington Times: Obamacare premiums to significantly spike: CBO

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President Obama speaks at the White House in Washington on March 1, 2013. (Associated Press)

By Stephen Dinan – The Washington Times
Updated: 11:33 a.m. on Monday, March 9, 2015

Obamacare exchange customers could see a significant spike in their premiums over the next few years as insurers face pressures from both the government and the marketplace, the Congressional Budget Office said Monday in a new analysis finding Obamacare is both cheaper and less comprehensive than predicted.

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Gerrymandering

By Phil Willon and Melanie Mason
March 8, 2015

A U.S. Supreme Court case that could force California to redraw its congressional districts has stirred up fears of a return to partisan gerrymandering, a divisive process that has been criticized for both cementing and crushing political careers.

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SacBee (AP): Lew tells Congress of emergency measures to avoid debt limit

Debt Limit

By Martin Crutsinger
AP Economics Writer
03/06/2015 – 4:41 PM

WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew told Congress on Friday that he will start using the package of emergency measures he has used in the past to keep the federal government from going over the debt limit next week.

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Golden Globes Nominations

Actor Kevin Spacey portrays President Frank Underwood in the highly popular Netflix series “House of Cards”. (AP Photo/Netflix, Nathaniel E. Bell)

By Rick Newman
March 5, 2015

Frank Underwood, the fictional president played by Kevin Spacey on the Netflix series “House of Cards,” is a murderous villain who’s more Machiavellian than any real president in recent history.

He’s also a model of political courage, compared with modern politicians.

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Hillary Clinton

After e-mail revelations, some Democrats are dodging questions more than offering Clinton cover. (Kris Connor/Getty Images)

By Rachel Roubein and Lauren Fox
March 4, 2015

Everyone in Washington is talking about Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal e-mail account during her four years as secretary of State and her homebrew computer server. Everyone, that is, except for many Senate Democrats.

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The Lou Desmond & Company Show: The Affordable Care Act & SCOTUS

Lou Desmond

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 – 04:30 p.m.

Tonight on The Lou Desmond & Company Show, Executive Director of Pacific Legal Foundation’s D.C. Center and Constitutional Senior Fellow Todd Gaziano joins Lou to discuss the Supreme Court’s oral arguments that took place earlier today.

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Politico: John Boehner ends stalemate

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He bucks conservatives to pass a ‘clean’ Homeland Security funding bill. M.Scott Mahaskey/POLITICO)

By Lauren French, Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan
3/3/15 8:57 AM EST
Updated 3/3/15 5:01 PM EST

The House approved a nine-month funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security Tuesday, breaking a lengthy stalemate over President Barack Obama’s immigration policies that exacerbated the rift between Speaker John Boehner and the conservative wing of his conference.

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Democrats could use the rules to force a clean funding bill through the House, unless the GOP decides to stop them.

By Daniel Newhauser
March 2, 2015

House Republican leaders still don’t seem to have a plan to avoid a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security at the end of the week. But they may have an escape hatch—one that could technically keep the department open without GOP fingerprints, but might infuriate conservatives in the process.

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U.S. House of Representatives

By Lisa Mascaro
March 1, 2015

House Republican leaders flooded the Sunday TV talk shows, seeking to battle widespread criticism after an internal revolt by the party’s most conservative wing nearly cut off funding Friday for the agencies that protect the nation’s borders, ports, airports and other key areas.

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SacBee (AP): GOP leaders are struggling to show they really are in charge

By ERICA WERNER, Associated Press
02/28/2015 – 4:54 AM

WASHINGTON —

Two months into full Republican control of Congress, GOP leaders are struggling to demonstrate they really are in charge.

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U.S. Department of Treasury

By Philip Klein | February 26, 2015 | 6:11 am

The U.S. Treasury Department has rebuffed a request by House Ways and Means Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R- Wis., to explain $3 billion in payments that were made to health insurers even though Congress never authorized the spending through annual appropriations.

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Money

By Anna Gorman, Kaiser Health News
February 26, 2015

Roberta and Curtis Campbell typically look forward to tax time. Most years, they receive a refund – a little extra cash to pay off credit card bills.

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Mitch McConnell

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) talks about efforts to end a standoff over funding for the Homeland Security Department. (Mandel Ngan / AFP-Getty Images)

By Christi Parsons and Lisa Mascaro
February 25, 2015

Senate leaders moved toward a deal Wednesday to avoid a shutdown of the Homeland Security Department, sidestepping a fight over immigration policy, as President Obama declared his administration would curtail deportations of immigrants in the country illegally despite losing a court fight on the issue this month.

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The Hill

By Mike Lillis
02/25/15 – 09:42 PM EST

Participating in a town hall-style immigration forum in Miami, the president said a recent ruling against his new immigration policies by a federal judge in Texas was wrongly decided and promised to use all his legal options to ensure the new programs are ultimately adopted.

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LATimes: Obama’s Keystone pipeline veto opens a new chapter in his presidency

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By Christi Parsons and Kathleen Hennessey
February 24, 2015

With the quick swipe of a pen on the way from one meeting to another, President Obama unceremoniously opened a fourth chapter of his presidency Tuesday — the veto era.

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Politico: Homeland Security fight goes into crunch time

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Senate Democrats will mount their fourth filibuster on the bill Monday afternoon.

Politico

By John Bresnahan and Burgess Everett
2/22/15 – 6:17 PM EST

Late Monday afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will force the fourth vote in three weeks on a bill to fund the massive agency that protects Americans from terrorists, floods and incursions across the borders. Senate Democrats will almost certainly block it again.

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LATimes: Former state Sen. Ronald Calderon preparing for corruption trial

U.S. ordered to answer Calderon's complaint

Former state Sen. Ron Calderon (D-Montebello) was indicted last year on 24 felony charges, including accepting $88,000 in bribes. He has pleaded not guilty. (Manny Crisostomo / Sacramento Bee)

By Patrick McGreevy
February 21, 2015

A year after his indictment on federal corruption charges, former state Sen. Ronald S. Calderon awaits his day in court, working as a manager at a real estate firm and helping his attorneys sift thousands of documents that include transcripts from undercover FBI wiretaps.

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InlandPolitics: Obamacare continues to steamroll Democrats

Democrat

Saturday, February 2015 – 09:30 a.m.

It just keeps getting worse for Democrats nationally. The Obamacare steamroller was operating at full speed this week.

Where do I start?

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The Hill

By Mike Lillis
02/20/15 – 01:45 PM EST

The Obama administration will seek an emergency court order to move forward with President Obama’s executive action on immigration.

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hour-glass

By Joseph Tanfani
February 20, 2015

In his fight to help millions of immigrants living in the country illegally, President Obama’s most implacable enemy may not be House Republicans or conservative governors, but the ticking clock.

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UTSanDiego: Utility agency taps $882-an-hour lawyer

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Regulator is responding to criminal investigations of improper contact

By Jeff McDonald
Feb. 19, 2015 – 4:56 p.m.

The California Public Utilities Commission has hired one of the top criminal defense attorneys in the state to respond to investigations of improper contact between regulators and the utility companies they oversee.

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WashPost: Abolish the filibuster

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By Charles Krauthammer
Opinion Writer
February 19, 2015 at 8:12 PM

I’ve been radicalized. By Harry Reid and Barack Obama. Goodbye moderation and sweet reason. No more clinging to constitutional and procedural restraint. It’s time to go nuclear.

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The Internal Revenue Service and Treasury Department are postponing the enforcement of yet another rule tied to the president’s health care law. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

By J.D. Harrison
February 19, 2015 at 3:11 PM

One of these days, employers will experience the full effects of Obamacare — but not yet.

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Roll Call: Despite Court Injunction, DHS Shutdown Continues to Approach

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By Matt Fuller
Posted at 5:49 p.m. on Feb. 18

Two days after a Texas judge halted President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, nothing seems to have changed in the congressional showdown over funding the Department of Homeland Security.

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Politico: White House facing rocky legal road on immigration

Politico

By Josh Gerstein
2/17/15 – 8:55 PM EST

A carefully targeted lawsuit by states opposed to President Barack Obama’s immigration executive actions hit a bulls-eye Tuesday, forcing postponement of a key element of the president’s plan hours before it was to get underway.

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AP: Federal judge stalls Obama’s executive action on immigration

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Associated Press
By Juan A. Lozano
February 16, 2015

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge in Texas on Monday temporarily blocked President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, giving a coalition of 26 states time to pursue a lawsuit that aims to permanently stop the orders.

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VVDailyBulletin: Federal grand jury investigating jail

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Five lawsuits allege civil rights abuses at West Valley Detention Center

By SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Feb. 16, 2015 @ 3:02 pm
Updated Feb 16, 2015 at 5:05 PM

A federal grand jury is investigating claims of deputy misconduct at West Valley Detention Center nearly a year after the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and FBI launched separate probes into possible inmate civil rights violations at the jail.

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Politico

The president is losing ground as terrorist incidents mount.

By Jennifer Shutt
2/16/15 – 5:45 PM EST

A new poll from CNN/ORC shows 57 percent of Americans do not approve of the way President Barack Obama is handling the country’s military action against ISIL.

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InlandPolitics: Democrats complain about Obamacare penalties

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Monday, February 16, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

It looks as if Congressional Democrats have figured out what we’ve been saying here for over a year.

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Michael Peevey

Michael Peevey, president of the state Public Utilities Commission listens to the speakers at the California Public Utilities Commission meeting, Thursday January 27, 2011, in San Francisco, Calif. (Photo: Lacy Atkins / The Chronicle / SFC)

By Jaxon Van Derbeken
Monday, February 16, 2015 – Updated 9:07 am

A Pacific Gas and Electric Co. executive exploited former state Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey’s intense interest in a Kern County alternative-energy project in making a backroom deal to win favorable treatment for the company, newly released e-mails show.

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WashPost: McConnell, after his no-shutdowns pledge, quickly finds himself boxed in

Mitch McConnell

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., joined by Sens. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), John Thune (R-S.D.) and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, talks to the media on Tuesday. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

By Paul Kane
February 13, 2015 at 3:00 AM

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, less than six weeks into unified GOP rule on Capitol Hill, is on the verge of seeing his most adamant pledge go up in smoke.

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Politico: House sends Keystone bill to White House doom

Politico

The measure doesn’t appear to have enough votes to survive a presidential veto.

By Elana Schor
2/11/15 – 5:39 PM EST – Updated 2/11/15 – 9:14 PM EST

The House easily passed a bill on Wednesday that would allow construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, setting up President Barack Obama to issue the third veto of his presidency.

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Politico

Democrats would fold if Homeland Security shuts down, some House and Senate Republicans argue.

By Manu Raju and Jake Sherman
2/11/15 – 8:14 PM EST – Updated 2/12/15 8:17 AM EST

A faction of House and Senate conservatives is pushing Republican leaders to take the battle over the Homeland Security Department to the brink, arguing the party would win the public relations war with Democrats if a standoff over immigration led to a shutdown of the agency.

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InlandPolitics: Not a good week for San Bernardino County

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 – 03:00 p.m.

It’s safe to say last week wasn’t a good week for San Bernardino County Government.

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InlandPolitics: New Obamacare taxes just beginning

ObamaCare

Monday, February 9, 2015 – 09:00 a.m.

First it was the “If you like your plan you can keep it” debacle.

Now everyone is just starting to get the second dose of Obamacare.

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InlandPolitics: Barack Obama and Terrosim

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Sunday, February 8, 2015 – 12:00 p.m.

A little humor, sent from a reader, that drives home a valid point.

How can you fight something when you won’t acknowledge what it is?

The Fiscal Times

The Fiscal Times
By Yuval Rosenberg
February 6, 2015 1:15 PM

The U.S. job market is, to use a technical term, really hot.

January saw non-farm payrolls jump by a better-than-expected 257,000, and data revisions lifted the totals for the prior two months by 147,000 more. Over the last three months, the economy added more than a million jobs, the strongest pace of labor market growth since 1997.

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Gallup

Wednesday, 04 Feb 2015 – 11:04 PM
By Cathy Burke

The 5.6 percent unemployment rate being trumpeted by the White House, Wall Street and the media is a “big lie,” the head of the Gallup polling firm says.

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SFChronicle: Eric Holder’s sorry sense of justice

Debra J. Saunders

Opinion
By Debra J. Saunders
Saturday, February 7, 2015 – Updated 3:43 pm

Thursday morning’s “Building community trust” roundtable discussion in Oakland with Attorney General Eric Holder, local law enforcement, elected officials and community leaders was designed to “build trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.” After brief remarks, Holder and company dismissed the press corps.

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DOJ

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 02/04/15, 6:05 PM PST

A federal grand jury has been convened and is hearing testimony related to an FBI investigation into the alleged Taser gun torture of inmates at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga, an attorney said Wednesday.

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Campaigns

By Sean Sullivan
February 3, 2015 at 8:28 PM

Congressional Republicans on Tuesday continued their assault on President Obama’s signature accomplishments and his ambitious budget proposal. But they faced stiff resistance from Democrats.

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InlandPolitics: GOP needs to find right candidate in 2016

ObamaCare

Saturday, January 31, 2015 – 01:00 p.m.

We’ve said it here many times.

If there’s one group who can routinely shoot itself in the head, it’s the GOP.

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Politico: Barack Obama threatens to veto attacks on his immigration policy

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He also took aim at Republican arguments that a lapse in DHS funding would not be ‘the end of the world.’

By Lauren French
1/29/15 8:50 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA — President Barack Obama vowed to House Democrats on Thursday night that he would “happily” veto any legislation that would “compound” the country’s immigration problems — posing yet another challenge to Republican efforts to pass a Homeland Security spending bill by next month’s deadline.

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LATimes: Fed keeps key rate near zero, will stay ‘patient’ on raising it

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By Jim Puzzanghera
January 27, 2015

Federal Reserve policymakers kept their benchmark interest rate near zero and reiterated a plan to be patient about future hikes, even though they issued a more upbeat assessment of the U.S. economy.

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IEBusinessDaily: Technology Flusters Government’s Tax Obsession

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By IE Business Daily
Saturday January 24, 2015

Online and phone based applications are creating hysteria for local, state and federal government agencies and bureaucrats.

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SFChronicle: Obama croons: ‘I did it my way’

Debra J. Saunders

By Debra J. Saunders
Updated 5:41 pm, Wednesday, January 21, 2015

As President Obama delivered his State of the Union speech Tuesday night, I saw all of 2015 flash before my eyes. It was a smart speech that wisely stuck to “middle-class” values and was shrewdly short on details. I saw another year of the president not compromising. For Republicans, it was Ground Hog Day — an endless loop of the president talking up bipartisanship without practicing it.

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LADailyNews: Obama in State of the Union: Tax wealthy, help middle class

"President Obama Delivers State Of The Union Address"

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 20: U.S. President Barack Obama waves before giving his State of the Union speech before members of Congress in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol January 20, 2015 in Washington, DC. Obama was expected to lay out a broad agenda to address income inequality, making it easier for Americans to afford college education, and child care. (Photo by Mandel Ngan-Pool/Getty Images)

By Julie Pace, AP White House Correspondent
Posted: 01/20/15, 7:28 PM PST | Updated: 28 secs ago

WASHINGTON >> Refusing to bend to the new Republican Congress, President Barack Obama unveiled Tuesday night an ambitious State of the Union agenda steeped in Democratic priorities, including tax increases on the wealthy, education and child care help for the middle class and a torrent of veto threats for the GOP’s own plans.

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Barack Obama

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 – 10:00 a.m.

Some, not all ears, will be tuned to Tuesday night’s State of the Union address by President Barack Obama.

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The Hill: Obama’s approval rating at 18-month high

The Hill

By Justin Sink – 01/19/15 08:45 AM EST

President Obama will head into Tuesday’s State of the Union with his highest job approval numbers in 18 months, according to a new poll released Monday by The Washington Post and ABC News.

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Reuters: Middle class decline looms over final years of Obama presidency

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U.S. President Barack Obama faces a joint news conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron (Not Pictured) following their meeting at the White House in Washington January 16, 2015. (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

Reuters
By Howard Schneider
DALTON, Georgia – Sun Jan 18, 2015 1:40pm EST

(Reuters) – Barack Obama enters the final two years of his presidency with a blemish on his legacy that looks impossible to erase: the decline of the middle class he has promised to rescue.

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The PE: Charles Krauthammer: Obama: Charlie who?

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By Charles Krauthammer, Opinion writer
January 15, 2015

On Sunday, at the great Paris rally, the whole world was Charlie. By Tuesday, the veneer of solidarity was exposed as tissue thin. It began dissolving as soon as the real, remaining Charlie Hebdo put out its post-massacre issue featuring a Muhammad cover that, as the New York Times put it, “reignited the debate pitting free speech against religious sensitivities.”

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LATimes: Is pot as bad as LSD? Heroin? Judge to rule on 1970 law

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By Maura Dolan
January 14, 2015

A Sacramento federal judge prepares to decide whether to downgrade marijuana, but ruling’s reach is limited

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Politico: Barack Obama’s French kiss-off

Barack Obama

The president’s decision to skip the Paris march raises eyebrows.

By Edward-Isaac Dovere
1/11/15 – 6:26 PM EST

Barack Obama n’est pas Charlie — or at least, he wasn’t this weekend.

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LATimes: Sheriff’s Dept. higher-ups now appear to be targets in jails inquiry

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Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca in 2011; a grand jury is now hearing testimony about the actions of Baca and Paul Tanaka, his top aide at the time, as they reacted to discovery of a cellphone provided to a county jail inmate by the FBI. (Al Seib, Los Angeles Times)

By Cindy Chang
January 11, 2015

It seems that federal prosecutors are after the “big fish” in L.A. County Jail obstruction-of-justice inquiry

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NationalJournal: Obama Wants Free Community College. Where’s the Money?

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By Fawn Johnson
January 8, 2015

President Obama wants to provide free tuition at community colleges, a proposal that could benefit as many as 9 million students, according to a White House outline of the plan released Thursday.

There is one big caveat in the proposal — there is no plan to fund it, other than to ask Congress for the money.

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federal reserve

The Fed said it earned a record $98.7 billion in profit in 2014.

By Jim Puzzanghera
January 10, 2015

The Federal Reserve said Friday it made a record $98.7 billion in profits last year, mostly from interest on the more than $4 trillion in bonds it has purchased since 2008 to stimulate the economy.

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KQED: Why Obamacare Means One of the Most Complicated Tax Seasons Ever

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This is the first year people without health insurance could face big penalties. (Getty Images)

January 8, 2015 | 11:40 AM
By April Dembosky

Most days in early January, tax preparation offices are dead. Most people won’t get their W-2 or other tax documents until later this month.

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VVDailyPress: Depositions nearing in Victorville’s SEC case

Victorville

Long list of former, current officials expected to be called

SHEA JOHNSON
STAFF WRITER
Posted Jan. 7, 2015 @ 8:34 pm
Updated at 8:37 PM

VICTORVILLE — Depositions are expected to get underway next week, nearly two years after the Securities and Exchange Commission accused the city of Victorville, its airport authority and others of dramatically inflating the combined valuation of four airport hangars in a 2008 municipal bond offering.

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Politico: House GOP plots immigration strategy

U.S. Capitol

Republicans could make their first moves as early as next week.

By Seung Min Kim
1/7/15 8:14 PM EST

House Republicans are ready to fire the opening salvo in the war over President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

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Politico: Obama’s year of the veto

US President Barack Obama speaks after t

President Barack Obama is pictured. | Getty

President opposes first legislative move by GOP-controlled Congress.
By Edward-Isaac Dovere and Burgess Everett
1/6/15 8:51 PM EST

President Barack Obama’s Keystone veto threat Tuesday was the opening gambit in his fight with the new Republican majorities in Congress looking to derail his post-midterm momentum.

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WashPost: New Senate majority leader’s main goal for GOP: Don’t be scary

Mitch McConnell

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., talks about his agenda for a GOP-controlled Congress during an interview Dec. 17 in Washington. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

Politics
By Paul Kane
January 4 at 7:26 PM

Mitch McConnell has an unusual admonition for the new Republican majority as it takes over the Senate this week: Don’t be “scary.”

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DailyBulletin: Southern California hospitals face federal cuts due to penalties

Pay Cut

By Susan Abram, Los Angeles Daily News
Posted: 01/03/15, 5:01 PM PST |

Dozens of hospitals across Southern California will see their federal reimbursements reduced this year for not meeting standards to keep Medicare patients safe and infection free.

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