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  • Lawmakers have competing ideas about expanding Yosemite

    WASHINGTON Two veteran California lawmakers are at loggerheads over how to expand Yosemite National Park. A House Republican and House Democrat now have competing bills folding nearly 1,600 acres in Mariposa County into the park's boundaries. They...
  • Next Senate leader Kevin de León wants Brown to rethink bullet train

    Gov. Jerry Brown must be saved from himself, says the next state Senate leader. He needs to be talked out of starting the bullet train in the Central Valley boonies. "I don't think it makes sense to lay down track in the middle of nowhere," asserts Sen....
  • Hmong vets suffer setback in quest for burial at U.S. cemeteries

    Hmong vets suffer setback in quest for burial at U.S. cemeteries
    WASHINGTON — For years, they have sought to heal what they call a lingering wound from the Vietnam War era. Hmong veterans — who fought in the CIA-backed secret war in Laos in the 1960s and '70s — have tried to obtain the right to be...
  • Lawmakers, Armenians urge U.S. to investigate attack on Syrian city

    Lawmakers, Armenians urge U.S. to investigate attack on Syrian city
    WASHINGTON – For Rep. Anna G. Eshoo, the attack on a Syrian town that is home to descendants of the Armenian genocide was a painful reminder of the past. "I can’t help but think, 'Here we are again,'" said Eshoo, whose grandparents...
  • Seven California Democrats vote for GOP healthcare bill

    Seven California Democrats vote for GOP healthcare bill
    WASHINGTON — Seven California Democrats broke with the majority of their party and President Obama on Friday to support Republican-sponsored legislation that would allow insurance companies to continue to offer health plans next year even if they...
  • In parched Central Valley, a message of aid and a warning from Obama

    In parched Central Valley, a message of aid and a warning from Obama
    FIREBAUGH, Calif. — Standing Friday afternoon on cracked, parched earth where melons would usually grow, President Obama brought both a message of aid and an ominous warning to drought-stricken California as he outlined more than $160 million in...
  • Republicans seek to tap California drought for a political edge

    WASHINGTON — Beleaguered and outnumbered, California Republicans think they may have found a crucial ally — drought. Up and down the state's increasingly dry Central Valley, Republicans have pounded away at the argument that Democratic...
  • California delegation split over taking pay during shutdown

    WASHINGTON -- When it comes to the question of whether lawmakers should accept their pay during the federal government shutdown, California’s congressional delegation is, as usual, divided. Some Democrats and Republicans are forgoing their...
  • Which comes first: California's egg rule, or everyone else's?

    WASHINGTON — Congress this year will deal with a host of profound issues: A confrontation over raising the nation's debt limit. Budget battles that will determine whether more cuts are made in government services. And the most ambitious attempt to...
  • A vanishing breed: Blue Dogs

     
    The House's shift to the right came partly at the expense of the Democrats most likely to vote with them. The Blue Dog Coalition lost almost half of the 47 members who were seeking reelection -- 22 have been declared......
  • Endeavour’s Monday launch attempt drawing fewer glamourati

     
    When NASA next attempts to launch space shuttle Endeavour  on its final mission Monday morning, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will be at Kennedy Space Center to watch her husband, shuttle commander Mark Kelly, but President Barack Obama and his family won'...