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  • Bill to regulate California groundwater passes in state legislature

    Sat Aug 30 10:17:45 2014 | Source: Reuters

    SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - A package of bills aimed at regulating drought-parched California's stressed groundwater supplies were passed on Friday despite efforts by some agricultural interests to block bills in the waning days of the state legislative session.

  • California passes plastic bag ban, would be first such law in U.S

    Sat Aug 30 08:01:35 2014 | Source: Reuters

    SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - The California state legislature enacted a ban on plastic grocery bags on Friday near the end of its two-year session, a measure that if signed into law would become the first of its kind in America.
  • Oil train regulation passes in California

    Sat Aug 30 04:31:44 2014 | Source: Reuters

    SANFRANCISO (Reuters) - California lawmakers on Friday passed legislation requiring railroad companies to tell emergency officials when crude oil trains will chug through the state.
  • Bill to reform California's near-solitary prison units dies

    Sat Aug 30 01:18:08 2014 | Source: Reuters

    SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - A bill aimed at easing some conditions for inmates in near-solitary confinement in California prisons has died in the state legislature amid concerns that Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, who has held a tough line on prison issues, would veto it.

  • Obama unloads on Republicans, sees 'cynical genius'

    Sat Aug 30 00:52:21 2014 | Source: Reuters

    NEWPORT R.I. (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.
  • Obama: Media makes you think ‘world is falling apart’

    Fri Aug 29 18:02:45 2014 | Source: The Hill

    Obama said social media and the news are partly to blame for the public's worries.
  • Blacks Must Confront Reality

    Fri Aug 29 08:39:12 2014 | Source: Real Clear Politics

    Walter Williams, Townhall
    Though racial discrimination exists, it is nowhere near the barrier it once was. The relevant question is: How much of what we see today can be explained by racial discrimination? This is an important question because if we conclude that racial discrimination is the major cause of black problems when it isn't, then effective solutions will be elusive forever. To begin to get a handle on the answer, let's pull up a few historical facts about black Americans.
  • Racism Is Real. The "Conversation" Isn't.

    Fri Aug 29 08:38:41 2014 | Source: Real Clear Politics

    Francis Wilkinson, Bloomberg
    The shooting and subsequent rioting in Ferguson, Missouri, like the killing of Trayvon Martin or countless incidents before it, will not produce a "national conversation" on race. If Americans can elect a black man president without ever having such a conversation -- we've done so twice -- we're not about to have one over the umpteenth violent death of a young lower-class black male.
  • A Dark Obsession With Vigilante Justice

    Fri Aug 29 08:38:07 2014 | Source: Real Clear Politics

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Time
    Our belief that the government wants to help us achieve fairness is lower than ever—leading to fantasies of lawless revenge
  • She Was the Wrong Kind of Christian

    Fri Aug 29 08:37:00 2014 | Source: Real Clear Politics

    Rod Dreher, American Conservative
    But Vanderbilt kicked her Christian organization, the Graduate Christian Fellowship, off of campus. Why? Because they wouldn’t drop the requirement that people who lead the group actually endorse the group’s constitutive principles. That is, they expected their leaders to agree with the group’s statement of doctrine and purpose.

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