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  • Feds to resume leasing for fracking in California

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will resume issuing oil and gas leases next year for federal lands in California after a new study found limited environmental impacts from fracking and other enhanced drilling techniques, the agency said Thursday. The move will end a halt...

  • Assembly approves statewide ban on plastic bags

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers passed a key hurdle Thursday in imposing the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. The state Assembly approved SB270 on a 44-29 vote after rejecting the bill earlier in the week. It now heads to the Senate, where it must be...

  • Bill would crack down on paparazzi drones

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A bill headed to Gov. Jerry Brown would crack down on paparazzi deploying drones as they chase celebrities. The state Assembly passed AB2304 Thursday on a 72-0 vote. The legislation by Democratic Assemblyman Ed Chau of Monterey Park would make drone operators liable...

  • Prosecutors will not charge California mom accused of assaulting boy over alleged bullying

    SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors will not charge California mom accused of assaulting boy over alleged bullying.

  • Hillary Clinton returns to San Francisco Bay Area

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hillary Clinton is back in the San Francisco Bay Area. The former first lady, senator and secretary of state is scheduled to speak Thursday morning at a technology conference in San Francisco. The conference is sponsored by Santa Clara-based Nexenta Systems, a software...

  • Body found in Lakewood freeway drainage well

    LAKEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Sheriff's homicide detectives are investigating the discovery of a body in a drainage well on a Los Angeles County freeway. City News Service reports Caltrans workers doing maintenance early Thursday found the badly decomposed body along the center divider of the 605...

  • 5 problems with California's 'affirmative consent' bill

    In the rush to advance legislation to combat sexual assault on college campuses, California lawmakers have cast aside the due process rights of the accused.

  • California sets ride-sharing insurance standards

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Drivers providing services for ride-sharing companies such as Lyft and Uber would have to carry a minimum level of insurance under a compromise the state Senate approved Wednesday. Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Concord, said her AB2293 will ensure that drivers buy...

  • Lawmakers approve groundwater management bill

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Amid a third year of drought, state lawmakers began pushing legislation Wednesday that would begin to regulate groundwater for the first time in California history. The Senate passed AB1739 on a 26-11 vote, returning it to the Assembly. The bill by Assemblyman Roger...

  • Judge won't stop water for Klamath salmon

    A federal judge Wednesday denied a request by irrigation suppliers in California's Central Valley to stop emergency water releases intended to help salmon hundreds of miles away in the Klamath Basin survive the drought. U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O'Neill in Fresno, California, denied the...

  • California lawmakers push new Hollywood tax credit

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown reached a bipartisan deal with state lawmakers Wednesday on a proposal to expand California's tax credit for Hollywood film productions, offering $330 million a year in credits to producers through a competitive bidding process. The tax credit program...

  • Southern Californian pleads guilty in $7M scam

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Southern California man has pleaded guilty to helping bilk investors out of nearly $7 million through a Ponzi scheme. Federal prosecutors say William Ison entered the plea to a conspiracy charge Wednesday in San Diego federal court and faces up to five years in prison....

  • Ban on 'gay panic defense' heads to governor

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Defendants could not escape murder charges by claiming they panicked when they discovered someone was gay or transgender under a bill headed to Gov. Jerry Brown. The state Assembly approved AB2501 on a 50-10 vote Wednesday. Current law allows murder charges to be...

  • Bill seeks to protect foreign-born workers

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Contractors hiring foreign-born laborers in California would have to meet new requirements under a bill heading to Gov. Jerry Brown. SB477 primarily protects nurses, home health workers, researchers and tech-sector workers. Farmworkers are protected under a separate...

  • Smuggling boat with 20 aboard seized off Oceanside

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Authorities have captured a boat that apparently was trying to smuggle 20 people into the U.S. from Mexico. The Border Patrol says an aircraft spotted the 30-foot panga boat before dawn on Tuesday about 30 miles off the coast of Del Mar in San Diego County. The boat finally...



From the Weekly Standard

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    Say what you will about Barack Obama, but his approach to the Middle East has been ruthlessly consistent.  He was elected on the promise to end America’s involvement in the post-9/11 wars in Iraq...

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  • McConnell Aide Resigns As Ron Paul Scandal Develops

    Just before the start of the Labor Day holiday weekend, the reelection campaign for Mitch McConnell of Kentucky announced its campaign manager, Jesse Benton, was resigning. Benton was leaving the...

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