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LATimes: Business groups cheer Obama’s move to normalize Cuba relations

Cuba

General Motors could eventually export vehicles to Cuba, a nation filled with aging relics. (Ernesto Mastrascusa, EPA)

By Andrew Khouri
December 17, 2014

President Obama’s decision to start normalizing relations with Cuba gives American business a fresh opportunity on an island once known as a travel hub for the U.S. jet set.

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Inflation

By Jim Puzzanghera
December 17, 2014

Plunging gasoline costs led to the largest drop in consumer prices in six years last month and added another complication for Federal Reserve policymakers as they try to determine when to start raising interest rates.

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federal reserve

By Jim Puzzanghera,
December 17, 2014

The American economic outlook, bolstered by robust job growth and a sharp drop in gasoline prices, was boosted a little more with the Federal Reserve’s signal that it would take as long as three years to raise interests to once-normal levels.

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U.S. Capitol

By Ed O’Keefe and Sean Sullivan
December 16, 2014 at 10:51 PM

The least-productive Congress in modern history drew to an abrupt close late Tuesday as the U.S. Senate extended dozens of expired tax breaks but failed to renew a federally backed terrorism insurance program supported by big businesses and major sports leagues.

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Medical Marijuana

Under a provision in the spending bill passed by Congress over the weekend, states where medical marijuana is legal would no longer need to worry about federal drug agents raiding retail operations. Agents would be prohibited from doing so.

By Evan Halper
December 16, 2014

‘The first time in decades that the federal government has curtailed its oppressive prohibition of marijuana’

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WashPost: Obama braces for immigration battle with GOP

Barack Obama

President Obama’s executive action to shield up to 4 million more immigrants from deportation could build up goodwill with Latinos ahead of an expected immigration battle with the GOP. (Michael Reynolds/European Pressphoto Agency)

By David Nakamura
December 15, 2014 at 3:58 PM

President Obama is bracing for a political and legal battle with Republicans next year over his executive actions on immigration, but as he seeks to rally support against the anticipated assault, a lingering frustration among some Latinos could mean renewed pressure on him to do even more to protect illegal immigrants.

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WashPost: In Washington, political dysfunction and grim outlooks are the new normal

U.S. Capitol

The U.S. Capitol Building is reflected in the Senate reflecting pool while undergoing repairs in Washington on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

By Dan Balz
December 13, 2014 at 2:06 PM

The November elections brought significant changes to Washington and to many states. What they did not produce was any greater sense of optimism on the part of the public about the state of American politics. If anything, they produced the opposite.

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Bloomberg/Businessweek: Verizon’s New, Encrypted Calling App Plays Nice With the NSA

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Verizon’s New, Encrypted Calling App Plays Nice With the NSA

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By Joshua Brustein
December 11, 2014

Verizon is the latest big company to enter the post-Snowden market for secure communication, and it’s doing so with an encryption standard that comes with a way for law enforcement to access ostensibly secure phone conversations.

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SacBee: Opinion: Once again, water plan stalemated

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
12/11/2014 7:19 PM

As the most severe winter storm in at least a half-decade bore down on California on Tuesday, 3,000 miles away in Washington, the House voted, largely along party lines, for a California drought relief bill.

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marijuana-leaf

Some tribes see marijuana sales as a potential source of revenue, similar to cigarette sales and casino gambling, which have brought a financial boon to reservations across the country.

By Timothy M. Phelps
December 11, 2014

The Justice Department will generally not try to enforce federal marijuana laws on Native American reservations.

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U.S. Capitol

Congressional action could mean that more than 1 million Americans could see part of their monthly pension checks evaporate.

By Evan Halper
December 11, 2014

More than 1 million Americans who were promised secure, predictable retirement income probably will see part of their monthly benefit checks evaporate as Congress moves to stabilize some private pension systems veering toward insolvency.

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WashPost: What’s in the spending bill? We skim it so you don’t have to

Federal Omnibus Spending Bill 2014-15

A copy of the fiscal 2014 spending bill is arranged for a photograph in Washington Jan. 14. (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

By Ed O’Keefe
December 10, 2014 at 10:30 AM

{This item has been updated and revised.}

The $1.01 trillion spending bill unveiled late Tuesday will keep most of the federal government funded through next September — and it’s packed with hundreds of policy instructions, known on Capitol Hill as “riders,” that will upset or excite Democrats, Republicans and various special interest groups.

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Political: Budget bill shows GOP’s new muscle

House Speaker John Boehner Holds Weekly News Conference

Speaker of the House John Boehner is pictured. | Getty

Politico

By David Rogers
12/9/14 8:41 PM EST
Updated 12/10/14 8:51 AM EST

Capping weeks of backroom talks, House Republicans filed a $1.1 trillion year-end spending bill Tuesday night — a giant package that’s both a last marker for this Congress and first step toward GOP control in the next.

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National Journal

By Billy House
December 8, 2014

As lawmakers pressed Monday to finalize the legislative language of a must-pass omnibus spending bill, labor unions and retiree groups were mobilizing to defeat what they are characterizing as a lame-duck sneak attack on the pensions of some already-retired workers.

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Politico: Mitch McConnell’s Obamacare gambit

Mitch McConnell

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell talks to local lawmakers behind closed doors during a news conference at the Warren County Courthouse in Bowling Green, Ky., Friday, June 17, 2011. McConnell is disputing the Justice Department’s defense of prosecuting terrorism suspects in Kentucky, saying the case is unique. McConnell wants the two Iraqis tried in Guantanamo Bay rather than in civilian court in Kentucky. (AP Photo/Daily News, Joe Imel)

Politico

Behind closed doors, Republicans are plotting one last tilt at the Affordable Care Act.
By Jennifer Haberkorn and Manu Raju
12/8/14 8:15 PM EST

In high-level strategy sessions on Capitol Hill, Republicans are going through reams of historical information and sitting through marathon slide show presentations, trying to figure out how to gut Obamacare through a complicated budget process that requires only a simple majority — a sign of how seriously they’re taking their best shot yet at dealing a long-term blow to the health care law.

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BloombergPolitics
An under-the-hood look at the best showing in Senate elections
by either party in 34 years.

Greg Giroux
Dec 7, 2014 3:17 PM PST

Louisiana Republican Bill Cassidy’s double-digit ousting of Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu on Saturday was, in the words of the senator-elect, an “exclamation mark” on a 2014 election that saw the Republicans win control of the Senate. With Landrieu’s departure, only half of the Senators who voted to pass the Affordable Care Act will still be in office in 2015, when the new members are sworn in.

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InlandPolitics: Make that 54! — GOP takes Louisiana Senate seat

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Sunday, December 7, 2014 – 09:25 a.m.

As expected, voters kicked U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) out of office on Saturday.

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pensions

By Michael A. Fletcher
December 3, 2014 at 9:38 PM

Congress could soon allow the benefits of current retirees to be cut as part of an agreement to address the fiscal distress confronting some of the nation’s 1,400 multi-employer pension plans.

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LATimes: John Boehner suggests leaving immigration out of 2015 budget talks

By Lisa Mascaro, Michael A. Memoli and Joseph Tanfani
December 2, 2014

Hoping to prevent a government shutdown by opponents of President Obama’s immigration plan, House Speaker John A. Boehner floated a proposal Tuesday for funding most of the government — but not the immigration agencies — through the end of the 2015 fiscal year.

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Politico: John Boehner makes sales pitch to GOP

John Boehner

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)

Votes on a year-end congressional deal hinge on Rep. Yoho.
By Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer
12/1/14 9:51 PM EST / Updated 12/2/14 10:09 AM EST

Top House Republicans agree on a two-part plan to keep the government from closing in nine days. Now comes the hard part: selling it.

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National Journal

By Billy House and Sarah Mimms
November 30, 2014

Lawmakers reconvene Monday for the final two weeks of the 113th Congress, with some Republicans clamoring to use the power of the purse to block President Obama’s executive action on immigration and Democrats warning that such a strategy could lead to another government shutdown.

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LATimes: GOP congressional majority likely to change way it crunches numbers

By Jim Puzzanghera
November 29, 2014

The incoming Republican majority in Congress is preparing to give number-crunching a controversial twist, and the new math could make it easier for the GOP to cut taxes.

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DailyCaller: Gallup: Peak Number Of Americans Delaying Medical Care Over Costs

Barack Obama

Sarah Hurtubise, Reporter
11/28/2014 – 2:48 PM

One in three Americans has put off seeking medical treatment in 2014 due to high costs, according to Gallup — the highest percentage since Gallup began asking the question in 2001.

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Bloomberg: Obama Comes Out Swinging

Barack Obama

Hostile Climate
Nov 26, 2014 1:46 PM PST
Post-midterms Obama is ready to fight Congress on his legacy issues, including clean air.

President Barack Obama sure seems itching for a fight—or a few—with the incoming Republican Congress.

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Politico: GOP leaders uniting around plan to avoid shutdown

House Republican Leadership Address The Media After Conference Meeting

Sen. Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House John Boehner are pictured. | Getty

By Jake Sherman and John Bresnahan
11/24/14 7:29 PM EST
Updated 11/25/14 8:39 AM EST

House Republican leaders are beginning to coalesce around a strategy to avoid a government shutdown in less than a month.

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WashPost: Obama: America wants ‘that new car smell’

New Car Scent magic tree

By Danielle Paquette
November 23, 2014 at 4:48 PM

If the presidency were a car, Barack Obama would be a highway-worn Toyota Prius … or something.

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Tribune: Obama’s political legacy fading fast

Barack Obama

 Barack Obama. Photograph: Jacquelyn Martin/AP

Tribune News Service
David Lightman
November 22, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Obama legacy wasn’t supposed to unfold this way.

Barack Obama was changing the political map, pushing the Democratic Party into the South and the Mountain West. He was building a new social network that would endure long after an Obama presidency. And he was building a new Democratic coalition for a new age, with greater turnout from young and minority voters.

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Reuters: House Republicans sue over Obama’s healthcare law

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By Amanda Becker
WASHINGTON Fri Nov 21, 2014 11:27am EST

(Reuters) – Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday filed a long-anticipated lawsuit challenging the implementation of President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law over employer-based coverage and payments to insurers, according to court documents.

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Politico: House Intel Committee dismisses some Benghazi myths

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By Lauren French
11/21/14 7:24 PM EST

The House Intelligence Committee dismissed on Friday a number of the most persistent myths about the 2012 terrorist attacks at a diplomatic outpost in Benghazi.

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WashPost: Winners and losers in Obama’s immigration policy changes

Questions

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By Ed O’Keefe and Max Ehrenfreund
November 20, 2014 at 9:28 PM

President Obama unveiled a long-awaited series of changes to the nation’s immigration policies Thursday evening. While most of the details have yet to be announced, here’s a general overview of what to expect in the coming months, based on information provided by the White House:

Who’s in?

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The Hill: Networks won’t air Obama speech

The Hill

By Ben Kamisar, Jesse Byrnes and Justin Sink
11/19/14 – 06:19 PM EST

Three major networks will not air President Obama’s prime-time address Thursday outlining his executive actions on immigration.

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Politico: GOP mulls its own immigration plan

Politico

By Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer
11/18/14 – 1:08 PM EST

House and Senate Republican leaders have been privately discussing the potential of introducing targeted immigration reform bills in the coming months, according to multiple sources in both chambers.

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US-Mexico Border Fence

In this Monday, March 25, 2013 photo, Border Patrol agent Richard Gordon walks the border fence in the Boulevard area east of San Diego looking for signs that reveal movement of illegal immigrants in the rugged, mountainous terrain in Boulevard, Calif.

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
11/18/2014 1:03 PM

California still has, by far, the nation’s largest population of illegal immigrants, but it declined between 2009 and 2012, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center.

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WashPost: Obama’s potential immigration plan could enter uncharted territory

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By Karen Tumulty and Katie Zezima
November 17, 2014 at 9:47 PM

President Obama’s expected action lifting the threat of deportation from millions of undocumented immigrants, which could come as early as this week, will expand the authority of the executive branch into murky, uncharted territory.

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InlandPolitics: The gift that keeps on giving

ObamaCare

Monday, November 17, 2014 – 08:45 a.m.

Obamacare. The Gift that keeps on giving!

My last story on Obamacare isn’t even a week old and already there’s another controversy.

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InlandPolitics: Victorville SEC case has murky undercurrent

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Note: This is the first in a series of several related posts

Sunday, November 16, 2104 – 12:00 p.m.

Unsettling information pretaining to onging civil litigation involving the 2008 sale of bonds related to the construction of four large aircraft maintenance hangars at Victoville’s Southern California Logistics Airport (SCLA) has started to go public.

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Healthcare.gov

By Dan Keating and Jason Millman
November 15, 2014 at 6:59 PM

People shopping on the HealthCare.gov marketplace that reopened Saturday have more options this year than they did last year, but the options usually will be costlier.

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Politico: President Obama on immigration: Why wait?

Barack Obama

President Barack Obama talks on a conference call from the Oval Office. | Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

Politico

Post-election events help clarify internal White House debate on timing.
By Seung Min Kim and Carrie Budoff Brown
11/14/14 7:11 PM EST

An internal debate over the timing of President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration has raged for months, with White House officials gaming out options to minimize the collateral damage yet failing to reach consensus on the best moment to act before their year-end deadline.

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NationalJournal: Activists React Cautiously to Obama Immigration Plans

National Journal

Executive action, strongly opposed by the GOP, would help as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants
By Rachel Roubein
November 13, 2014

President Obama will reportedly launch an executive action plan in the coming days to help as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants, granting them work authorization and temporary relief from deportation.

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LATimes: FBI ranks Irvine as safest big city in U.S. for 10th year in a row

Irvine Seal

For the 10th straight year, Irvine was ranked by the FBI as the safest U.S. city with a population of more than 100,000.

By Jeremiah Dobruck
November 11, 2014

The lowest violent-crime rate in city history last year netted Irvine its 10th straight title as the safest big city in the nation, officials announced this week.

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InlandPolitics: Obamacare — Round Two!

ObamaCare

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 – 11:00 a.m.

Over a year ago we correctly said the Affordable care Act (ACA), otherwise known as Obamacare, would single-handedly undermine Democrat chances in the 2014 midterm elections. The pocketbook issue was raised by every Republican candidate in every contested U.S. Senate race, and it worked. Democrats were routed at the polls.

Now brace for round number two!

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WSJ: Opinion: A Message Sent to a Grudging President

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At the post-election White House news conference, Nov. 5. Reuters

Peggy Noonan

By Peggy Noonan
Updated – Nov. 7, 2014 7:02 p.m. ET

The drubbin’, thumpin’, poundin’ was a two-part wave, a significant Republican rise in the U.S. Senate and a Democratic collapse in the governorships.

It was one of those nights neither party ever forgets.

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Obama Post Election Meeting

The House Majority Leader says it would be difficult for the GOP and President Obama to work together if he follows through with his plans to take executive action on immigration. (AP)

By Ed O’Keefe
November 7, 2014 at 7:28 PM

President Obama firmly rejected advice from top congressional Republicans on Friday that he delay his promised executive action on immigration reform, dismissing calls from critics inside and outside his party to allow Congress to debate the issue next year.

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ObamaCare

The court to rule on on whether low- and middle-income Americans may receive subsidies in two-thirds of the states to make insurance more affordable. (Associated Press)

Court ot rule on healthcare law again
By David G. Savage
November 7, 2014

The Supreme Court will decide the fate of President Obama’s healthcare law yet again, this time ruling on whether low- and middle-income Americans may receive subsidies in two-thirds of the states to make insurance more affordable.

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LATimes: Obama, McConnell speak of cooperation, but conflict is apparent

Barack Obama

At a news conference Wednesday, President Obama deflected suggestions that he bore personal responsibility for Democrats’ defeat in the midterm elections. (Mark Wilson / Getty Images)

By Christi Parsons and David Lauter
November 6, 2014

President Obama and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell talked of cooperation Wednesday in the aftermath of the huge GOP election victory, but the two sides prepared for renewed conflict on issues that have dominated the campaign and national debate for the last two years.

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Politico: How the Democrats lost the Senate

Bush Meets With Senators On Immigration Bill

Harry Reid and Barack Obama are pictured. | Getty

Politico

By EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE, MANU RAJU and JOHN BRESNAHAN
11/5/14 9:02 AM EST – Updated: 11/5/14 1:07 PM EST

At a late October lunch, President Barack Obama looked across the table at Sen. Chuck Schumer. Wasn’t there anywhere else he could go to campaign?

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014 – 08:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 5, 2014 – 09:55 a.m.

Note: Post was modified to reflect a GOP pickup in the state of Alaska.

It wasn’t just a wave. It was a tidal wave.

The country sent President Barack Obama and his Democrat Party a strong message on Tuesday.

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RollCall: Obama Approval Rating Drops Again in Gallup Poll (Updated)

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By Steven Dennis
Nov. 2, 2014

Updated 7:20 p.m. | With two days before election day, the Gallup poll has the President Barack Obama approval rating approaching the worst of his presidency.

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WashPost: Election Day looking like a referendum on competence

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By Charles Krauthammer, Opinion writer
October 30 at 7:29 PM

Is this election really about nothing? Democrats might like to think so, but it’s not.

First, like all U.S. elections, it’s about the economy. The effect of the weakest recovery in two generations is reflected in President Obama’s 13-point underwater ratings for his handling of the economy.

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LATimes: Federal Reserve votes to end bond-buying stimulus program

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By Jim Puzzanghera
October 29, 2014

Federal Reserve policymakers voted Wednesday to end the central bank’s controversial bond-buying stimulus program, determining the economy is strong enough to remove the unprecedented support.

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NYTimes: Report Reveals Wider Tracking of Mail in U.S.

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By RON NIXON
OCT. 27, 2014

WASHINGTON — In a rare public accounting of its mass surveillance program, the United States Postal Service reported that it approved nearly 50,000 requests last year from law enforcement agencies and its own internal inspection unit to secretly monitor the mail of Americans for use in criminal and national security investigations.

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Politico: White House ponders life with a Republican Senate

Politico

By EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE | 10/27/14 5:02 AM EDT

Nervous that Democrats could lose control of the Senate, the White House is already discussing how to cut deals with a Republican majority.

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Sheriff

By Greg Cappis, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 10/22/14, 8:46 PM PDT |

RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> Four sheriff’s deputies who work at West Valley Detention Center have been placed on paid leave as part of an internal investigation into potential mistreatment of inmates at the county jail, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

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WashPost: Ebola presents health, political challenges for Obama

Barack Obama

By Juliet Eilperin
October 16, 2014 – at 10:46 PM

President Obama has canceled campaign trips, convened high-level meetings with his top security and health advisers, and consulted with seven heads of state around the globe in an effort to contain the spread of Ebola. All in the past two days.

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RollCall: Record Disapproval for Obama in Gallup Poll

Barack Obama

Obama hasn’t had a Gallup approval rating over 50 percent since before his State of the Union address in 2013. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

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By Steven Dennis
Posted at 8:57 p.m. on Oct. 11

Updated 10:15 p.m. | President Barack Obama lodged his worst-ever disapproval Saturday in the Gallup tracking poll — another ominous sign for Democrats scrambling on defense ahead of the midterm elections less than a month away.

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InlandPolitics: Why are people so shocked over “Inbred Inland Empire” label ?

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Saturday, October 4, 2014 – 05:30 p.m.

I had to roll my eyes over all the outrage arising from the revelation that an official for Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) referred to the Inland Empire as the “Inbred Inland Empire”.

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WashPost: A campaign about nothing is still about Obama

Dan Balz

By Dan Balz, Chief correspondent
October 4, 2014 at 4:32 PM

It has become commonplace to describe the midterm political contests as the Seinfeld election — a campaign about nothing. In fact, that’s not correct. This is an election that is still very much about how people view President Obama.

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Ontario-Airport

Published: Oct. 2, 2014 – Updated: 3:45 p.m.

Rep. Ken Calvert has appealed to Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Michael Huerta’s Inland roots in a complaint letter about a Los Angeles airport official’s comment about the “inbred Inland Empire.”

To read story by Richard K. De Atley in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

By David Lightman
McClatchy Washington Bureau
October 2, 2014

WASHINGTON — Most Americans view the country moving in the wrong direction and don’t see their financial futures getting better anytime soon, attitudes likely to make it harder for Democrats to do well this fall, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll.

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By Kevin Drawbaugh and Richard Cowan
WASHINGTON Thu Oct 2, 2014 6:14pm EDT

(Reuters) – A new math for tax policy is attracting fresh attention in Washington as polls suggest that Republicans could capture full control of the U.S. Congress next month.

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The Hill: GOP casts Clinton as third term for Obama

Hillary Clinton

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The Hill

By Amie Parnes – 09/30/14 06:00 AM EDT

Republicans are working hard to define a Hillary Clinton presidency as a third term for President Obama’s White House.

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Reuters: New documents show legal basis for NSA surveillance programs

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 mobile phone simulating a call to German Chancellor Angela Merkel next to a tablet computer showing the logo of the United States’ National Security Agency (NSA) is seen in this multiple exposure picture illustration taken in Frankfurt October 28, 2013. (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach)

By Nate Raymond and Aruna Viswanatha
NEW YORK/WASHINGTON Mon Sep 29, 2014 3:38pm EDT

(Reuters) – Documents released by the U.S. government show it views an executive order issued in 1981 as the basis of most of the National Security Agency’s surveillance activities, the American Civil Liberties Union said on Monday.

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The White House

The Secret Service is under scrutiny after a man scaled the White House fence and made it all the way into the East Room.

Sept. 22, 2014 Security is heightened around the White House following Friday’s breach. Omar Jose Gonzalez, 42, appeared before a judge on one charge of unlawfully entering a restricted building or grounds while carrying a deadly or dangerous weapon. (Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post)

Politics

By Carol D. Leonnig
September 29 at 4:22 PM

The man who jumped the White House fence this month and sprinted through the front door made it much farther into the building than previously known, overpowering one Secret Service officer and running through much of the main floor, according to three people familiar with the incident.

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NYTimes: Signaling Post-Snowden Era, New iPhone Locks Out N.S.A.

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By DAVID E. SANGER and BRIAN X. CHEN
SEPT. 26, 2014

WASHINGTON — Devoted customers of Apple products these days worry about whether the new iPhone 6 will bend in their jean pockets. The National Security Agency and the nation’s law enforcement agencies have a different concern: that the smartphone is the first of a post-Snowden generation of equipment that will disrupt their investigative abilities.

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Politico: Why Holder Quit

Eric Holder

Politics
The backstory of how Obama lost his ‘heat shield.’
By GLENN THRUSH
September 25, 2014

It’s oddly fitting that Attorney General Eric Holder – a stubbornly independent career prosecutor ridiculed by Barack Obama’s advisers for having lousy political instincts— would nail his dismount.

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Politico: Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton: It’s complicated

Politico

By MAGGIE HABERMAN | 9/23/14 7:12 PM EDT Updated: 9/24/14 12:32 AM EDT

Just over a year ago at the request of the White House, Hillary Clinton worked the phones with about a half-dozen senators, trying to sell Congress on authorizing military strikes against Syria. Weeks later, at the Clinton Global Initiative, the former secretary of state defended President Barack Obama against Republican efforts to defund his health care overhaul.

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Politico: Democrats turn on Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Debbie Wasserman Schultz

The party has lost confidence in her as a unifying leader and a party spokesperson.

Politico

By EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE | 9/17/14 5:46 PM EDT Updated: 9/20/14 3:59 PM EDT

Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is in a behind-the-scenes struggle with the White House, congressional Democrats and Washington insiders who have lost confidence in her as both a unifying leader and reliable party spokesperson at a time when they need her most.

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SacBee: Feds give green light to California immigrant licenses

By Jeremy B. White
jwhite@sacbee.com
Published: Friday, Sep. 19, 2014 – 8:46 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Sep. 19, 2014 – 9:31 pm

Removing a stop sign for immigrants who live in California illegally but hope to become legal drivers, federal officials have signed off on the design of licenses for foreign-born residents.

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NYTimes: Republicans Switch Firm Handling Obama Suit

Legal

Politics
By ASHLEY PARKER
SEPT. 19, 2014

WASHINGTON — House Republicans on Friday replaced the firm handling their lawsuit against President Obama after the lawyer representing them pulled out over what was said to be political backlash among his colleagues at the firm, Baker Hostetler.

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NYTimes: Obama Faulted in Terror Fight, New Poll Finds

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By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS and DALIA SUSSMAN
SEPT. 17, 2014

For the first time in his presidency, more Americans disapprove of President Obama’s handling of terrorism than approve of it, as discontent about his management of foreign affairs and the fight against Sunni militants in Iraq and Syria weighs on an anxious and conflicted public, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News Poll.

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The Hill: House approves $1T spending bill

The Hill

By Rebecca Shabad – 09/17/14 05:35 PM EDT

The House on Wednesday approved a $1 trillion stopgap-spending bill to keep the government funded through December 11.

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NationalJournal: Obama Wants to Talk About the Economy. Is Anyone Listening?

Barack Obama

President Obama has found his economic message drowned out by events abroad. (Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

The White House didn’t plan to spend the summer consumed by foreign policy.
By George E. Condon Jr.
September 14, 2014

White House hopes for the summer were sky-high as plans were made for a messaging blitz the administration hoped would buoy struggling Democratic candidates across the country. But now, after yet another week dominated by foreign policy messes, missiles, and mayhem, President Obama has been reduced to looking for new ways to slip his preferred message into any openings he can find—even if it doesn’t seem to fit.

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WashPost: Support for Obama plummets among younger Americans

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By Sebastian Payne
September 9, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Obama’s support among younger Americans has dropped again, matching his all-time low, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. The president now has a 43 percent approval rating among adults 18-29, which is nearly half of what it was at the beginning of his presidency.

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Politico: House GOP offers stopgap funding

Politico

By DAVID ROGERS | 9/9/14 8:38 PM EDT Updated: 9/9/14 9:12 PM EDT

House Republicans rolled out a stopgap spending bill to keep the government funded through Dec. 11 but also reshaping the budget landscape in a manner that tilts toward the GOP if it should win control of the Senate in November.

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The Hill: Dems do damage control on immigration

The Hill

By Mike Lillis – 09/08/14 05:29 PM EDT

Democrats are in damage-control mode in the wake of the White House decision to postpone executive action on immigration until after November’s elections.

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Barack Obama

By Aaron Blake
September 9, 2014 at 6:00 AM

A majority of Americans and even many Democrats consider President Obama’s tenure to be a “failure,” according to a new poll from the Washington Post and ABC News.

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Barack Obama

Despite a promise to act on immigration policy by the end of summer, President Obama has decided to delay taking action on the issue until after the November congressional elections.

By David Nakamura and Ed O’Keefe
September 6, 2014 at 8:07 PM

President Obama will postpone action on his promise to remake federal immigration policies through executive authority until after the midterm elections in November, the White House announced Saturday, acquiescing to Democrats’ fears that such a move would damage their prospects for maintaining control of the U.S. Senate.

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The PE: FIELD POLL: Obama’s rating among state voters hits new low

Field Poll

Published: Sept. 3, 2014 Updated: 9:25 p.m.

President Barack Obama has hit a new low in job performance rating among California voters, reflecting his falling popularity among some of his strongest constituencies, according to a new Field Poll.

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Healthcare.gov

The hack is not expected to affect the start of the second enrollment period.

By BRETT NORMAN | 9/4/14 5:00 PM EDT Updated: 9/4/14 8:36 PM EDT

The HealthCare.gov insurance portal succumbed to a cyberattack this summer, the government said Thursday, prompting an eruption of GOP finger-pointing and demands for hearings into the administration’s security policies for the site, where millions of Americas have registered to purchase insurance.

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SacBee: Field Poll: Obama’s popularity dives to record low in California

Field Poll

By Alexei Koseff
akoseff@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Sep. 2, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Sep. 2, 2014 – 9:10 am

President Barack Obama’s approval ratings have fallen to a record low in California, with nearly as many voters now disapproving of the job Obama is doing as approving.

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money

By Matea Gold
September 2, 2014 at 12:00 AM

Andrew Sabin gave Republicans so much money in 2012 that he accidentally went over a limit on how much individuals could donate to federal candidates and party committees.

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KQED: People Found Ineligible for Obamacare Coverage Must Repay Subsidies

Hand Out

August 29, 2014 | 12:03 PM | By state of health
By Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News

Consumers getting government subsidies for health insurance who are later found ineligible for those payments will owe the government, but not necessarily the full amount, according to the Treasury Department.

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Reuters: Obama unloads on Republicans, sees ‘cynical genius’

NEWPORT R.I. Fri Aug 29, 2014 8:52pm EDT

(Reuters) – Obama, raising money for Democratic candidates as Republicans aim to take over the Senate in the fall, on Friday blamed some Republicans for a calculated effort to undermine faith in government by opposing policy compromises.

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WashPost: House plans to spend up to $350,000 on Obama suit

U.S. House of Representatives

Post Politics
By Sebastian Payne
August 25, 2014 at 5:59 PM

House Republicans will pay up to $350,000 to sue President Obama, according to a contract Chair of the House Administration Committee Candice Miller (R-Mich.) signed Monday with Washington legal firm BakerHostetler.

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WashPost: Why so many Americans hate politics

I Hate Politics

By Dan Balz, Chief correspondent
August 23, 2014 at 11:00 PM

In a time of political polarization, one thing still unites left, right and center: the disdain people have for Washington, their elected leaders and the political system.

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