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

Orange County District Attorney

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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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

federal reserve

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


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

Paul Ryan

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


IE Business Daily

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

U.S. Supreme Court


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

Keystone Pipeline Oklahoma

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


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


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

U.S. Capitol

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

Mitch McConnell

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


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

Social Security Card

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


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

Debt Limit

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

Lee Terry, Bill Shuster, Kevin McCarthy

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

John Boehner

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


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


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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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

federal reserve

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

Barack Obama

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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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


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


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?


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

National Security Agency

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

Hillary Clinton

Spencer Platt/Getty Images

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)

By David Lightman
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
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; 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

Barack Obama+Hillary Clinton

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 speaks to an attorney in his courtroom in superior court in Santa Ana. ///ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:   JudgeGoethal – 06/19/15 – MARK RIGHTMIRE, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER

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.

Related stories

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

Barack Obama

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


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


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


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


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

U.S. Supreme Court

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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Debra J. Saunders

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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Janet Yellen

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


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

National Journal

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


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

U.S. House of Representatives

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.

Moreno Valley seal

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.

Marcelo Co

Marcelo Co, 64, was sentenced Monday to 60 months in federal prison. (Riverside County Sheriff’s Department)

By Paloma Esquivel
June 1, 2015

Former Moreno Valley City Councilman Marcelo Co was sentenced Monday to 60 months in federal prison for accepting a $2.36-million cash bribe from an undercover agent.

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Politico: Dennis Hastert charges cast light on 2013 lawsuit


Was this was tipped off the feds?

By Josh Gerstein
5/29/15 – 9:22 PM EDT

How did federal authorities get onto Dennis Hastert?

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Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals

By Julia Preston
May 26, 2015

A federal appeals court on Tuesday denied the Obama administration’s request to lift a hold on the president’s executive actions on immigration, which would have granted protection from deportation as well as work permits to millions of immigrants in the country illegally.

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Michael Peevey

Investigators are looking into whether former PUC President Michael Peevey made deals with PG&E illegally. (Photo: Jeff Chiu / Associated Press 2014)

By Jaxon Van Derbeken
May 21, 2015
Updated: May 21, 2015 – 8:11pm

Investigators are looking into whether former PUC President Michael Peevey made deals with PG&E illegally.

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U.S. Attorney - Los Angeles

Acting U.S. Atty. Stephanie Yonekura speaks at a news conference Thursday on the indictment of former Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

By Cindy Chang, Joel Rubin and Richard Winton
May 14, 2015

What began more than four years ago as a federal investigation into brutality and corruption by deputies in L.A. County jails reached the highest echelons of the Sheriff’s Department on Thursday, with two top officials indicted on charges of orchestrating an elaborate scheme to thwart the FBI.

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Los Angeles County Mens Central jail

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)

By Shelby Grad
May 14, 2015

The widening scandal at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has at its center a top-secret operation that federal prosecutors said amounted to an outrageous case of obstruction of justice.

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Lou Desmond

Thursday, May 14, 2015 – 04:00 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Ryan Hagen joins to program to discuss San Bernardino’s plan to exit bankruptcy. The only problem, they are releasing it at 5:00, then locking the doors to city hall until Monday morning. Also, Lou will cover the local headlines from the Inland Empire.

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Paul Tanaka

Former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka.

By Jack Leonard and Richard Winton
May 13, 2015

Federal authorities are expected to announce indictments Thursday against former Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka and a retired sheriff’s captain in the ongoing investigation into excessive force and corruption in the county’s jails, according to sources familiar with the probe.

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Lee Baca

To then-Sheriff Leroy ‘Lee’ Baca, it was a sucker punch and a betrayal by the FBI, his longtime partner in catching crooks.

By Lisa Bartley
Friday, May 08, 2015 – 11:00PM

To then-Sheriff Leroy “Lee” Baca, it was a sucker punch and a betrayal by the FBI, his longtime partner in catching crooks. Federal investigators deliberately kept Baca in the dark as they set up a sting on the sheriff’s turf — Men’s Central Jail in downtown Los Angeles.

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CNBC: Social Security: It’s even worse than you think

Social Security Card

The Social Security Trust Fund will start bleeding money in 5 years.


Tom Anderson
May 9, 2015

The Social Security Administration projects that its trust funds will be depleted by 2033—not an optimistic forecast. But it may be even bleaker than that.

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Mobile phone simulating call to German Chancellor Merkel next to a tablet showing the logo of NSA is seen in picture illustration taken in Frankfurt

A federal appeals court panel ruling declares the NSA’s phone data collection program illegal.

By David Lauter, David S. Cloud and Lisa Mascaro
May 7, 2015

The National Security Agency does not have legal authority to secretly collect and store data on all U.S. telephone calls, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday, calling the highly classified surveillance program “an unprecedented contraction of the privacy expectations of all Americans.”

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Lou Desmond

Thursday, May 7, 2015 – 05:00 p.m.

Tonight on the show, Ralph Rossum, pocket constitutional scholar, joins the program to discuss todays ruling that the NSA phone data collection in bulk is illegal. Is the program necessary for security, or a huge government overreach?

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InlandPolitics: FBI launches formal Sheriff’s Department probe

SBSO Sheriff

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 – 11:00 a.m.

Last week San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officials were disseminating an interesting spin in the Francis Pusok beating case.

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InlandPolitics: Clinton problems worsen

Smoke and Mirrors

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 – 09:30 a.m.

Former Secretary of State and Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton is rapidly becoming the GOP dream opponent.

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The Sun: Momentum for Inland Empire corruption cases still strong

FBI Logo

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 04/26/15 – 8:07 PM PDT |

The FBI just can’t seem to stay out of the Inland Empire.

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Raids in Beaumont carried out almost two years after similar action in Moreno Valley, where investigation is still ongoing.

It began with early-morning knocks at the homes of city officials and business offices as federal and local agents served search warrants as part of a public corruption investigation.

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


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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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

452nd Air Mobility Wing

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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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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