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  • Vote 'yes' on Prop. 48 for off-reservation casino

    California voters have generally supported Indian gaming, which has served, among other things, as an economic lifeline for Native Americans living in poverty. But what happens when a tribe can't reasonably put a casino on its reservation? Should tribes in remote or environmentally sensitive areas be allowed to develop casinos off their reservations? That question is at the heart of Proposition 48 on the November ballot. But like many debates over Indian gaming, the issue is much more nuanced than the ballot measure would suggest.
  • Our endangered environment [Commentary]

    Our endangered environment [Commentary]
    Americans received some welcome news last week about the state of their environment. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced that the Delmarva fox squirrel has recovered sufficiently to be removed from the federal Threatened and Endangered Species list....

    Misconduct at Justice Department isn't always prosecuted

    WASHINGTON Dozens of Justice Department officials, ranging from FBI special agents and prison wardens to high-level federal prosecutors, have escaped prosecution or firing in recent years despite findings of misconduct by the department's own internal...

    Expect Napa quake to rattle D.C. efforts on seismic alerts

    WASHINGTON The Napa County earthquake will have political aftershocks on Capitol Hill. The big question is how long they'll last. Prompted by California's weekend temblor, lawmakers are renewing their push for earthquake warning programs. The most recent...

    California waits on Congress for action or � more than likely � inaction

    WASHINGTON Congress is returning to plenty of unfinished California business. Then, it will soon depart again, leaving most of the Golden State goals still unmet. One California lawmaker hoped this 113th Congress would authorize grants for an Altamont...