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THE Nooner for March 24, 2017

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It's Friday. You made it! This evening, many of you will be tuning in to CBS to watch #3 UCLA against #2 Kentucky. Go Bruins! Oh, and of course, way to go Ducks! Bruins-Ducks in the Final Four would be awesome. I have my Oregon sweatshirt. I need to get a UCLA hat!

As expected, Paul Ryan is using the Willie L. Brown, Jr. clock, as the promised Thursday vote on repeal/replace has yet to occur. From my contacts, things keep getting worse on the Hill as staff (and their constituents) finally get their hands on the latest version that eliminates mandatory benefits for maternity, pediatric, mental health and addiction recovery. Not exactly a good headline for someone running for re-election to the House next year.

Meanwhile, yesterday, the California Charter Schools Association had an opportunity with three guber wannabes to talk schools, reports Angela Hart in the Bee. John Chiang, Delaine Eastin and Antonio Villaraigosa, showed up at the Sacramento forum, with Villaraigosa speaking closest to the charters' talking points.

THE THIRD ACT? The LAT's John Myers is spending time in the 202 to follow Jerry Brown. Today, he looks at whether Jerry Brown's next act after two stints as governor is the No Nukes officer in chief. 

The Bee's Adam Ashton dives into the Department of Finance's audit of the Board of Equalization, and it ain't pretty (mostly on Jerome Horton).






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Could Gov. Jerry Brown Be The New Face Of An Anti-nukes Campaign? He's Thinking About It
John Myers @
From his perch on the board of a nonprofit organization that examines nuclear issues, Gov. Jerry Brown says he's thinking about leading a public campaign to fight against nukes.

Legislators Want Billions In Bonds But Need Jerry Brown's OK | The Sacramento Bee
Dan Walters @
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UC Is Moving Forward With Mexican Initiative, Regardless Of Trump Actions
Teresa Watanabe @
University of California President Janet Napolitano says UC remains committed to collaboration with Mexico even if some of it, such as climate change research, is at risk under President Trump.

Can President Trump come through on his health care promises?

In a setback for the president, a vote on the GOP health care overhaul plan was delayed Thursday. How does it affect Trump's promises to voters? The Post's Mike DeBonis explains the politics, and we talk to Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) about what's next.

Political events in the Bay Area: â
Political events in the Bay Area: ‘dark money,’ health care Political events Rallies and protest events are a part of political life in the Bay Area. The California Clean Money Campaign hosts a summit on how to get “dark money” out of politics. Hosted by Mayor Renee Morgan with Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, state Sen. Steve Glazer, Assemblywoman Catharine Baker and Contra Costa County Supervisor Candace Andersen. The event is from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building, 400 Hartz Ave. Contact Nat Rojanasathira, assistant to the town manager, at (925) 314-3328 or for more information. Health demonstration: A protest in support of the Affordable Care Act will be held from noon to 1 p.m. at the Federal Building, 90 Seventh St. in San Francisco. Hosted by Unity in Diversity to celebrate the Bay Area’s diversity and address the uptick in hate crimes nationally. Anti-Trump meetings: A general assembly to discuss strategy and develop plans to resist the Trump administration. Rally: A rally and walk supporting equality, hosted by the Feminist Majority. Occupy Sonoma County asks, “Is Global Climate Disruption Happening to Us or for Us?” The event is free and will focus on how people affect climate change. Demonstration: A call for Sen. Dianne Feinstein not to strike compromises with President Trump’s administration. Political discussion: Panel talk on sanctuary cities, as well as stories of immigration challenges. Women’s event: A happy hour and panel discussion featuring female entrepreneurs, Nevertheless, She Persisted: The Asian Pacific Islander Wellness Center will host a free community-wide event to commemorate Transgender Day of Visibility.

Gov. Jerry Brown Laments 'poisoned' Nature Of Talks To Avoid Nuclear War
John Myers @
Gov. Jerry Brown said the politics over nuclear warfare have become "poisoned" as he searches for ways to take a larger role in the deb...

Candidates For California Governor Debate Charter Schools | The Sacramento Bee
Angela Hart @
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Senate Votes To Kill Privacy Rules Meant To Protect People's Sensitive Data From Their Internet Providers
Jim Puzzanghera @
The Senate voted Thursday to overturn tough new privacy rules for Internet service providers, using a rare procedure to invalidate restrictions that cable and wireless companies strongly opposed.

Trump on pending health care vote: 'We'll see what happens'

President Trump responded to questions about pending GOP health care legislation on March 24, saying, “We'll see what happens,” adding that House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) should retain his post even if the bill fails.

Sacramento County Sheriff Adds Mental Health Beds To Jail | The Sacramento Bee
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Trump Delivers Ultimatum In Move To Pass Health Care Bill - San Francisco Chronicle
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., joined at rear by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., speaks to reporters about the pending GOP health care bill following lunch with Vice President Mike Pence, Tuesday, March 21, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Jerry Brown Wants Action On Nuclear Dangers | The Sacramento Bee
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Trump On Health Care Vote: ‘we’ll Have To See What Happens’ - Politico
No Democrats are expected to support the bill, called the American Health Care Act, and it has also divided congressional Republicans. It has come under attack from conservatives in the House Freedom Caucus for not repealing enough elements of Obamacare, while moderates have raised concerns that it is too harsh.

Twitter Reacts To Pence's Female-free Photo Of Caucus Discussing Women's Health Care - Sfgate
A photograph tweeted out by Vice President Michael Pence depicting the Freedom Caucus discussing health care for men and women drew quick criticism for the fact that the meeting's attendees appeared to include no women or people of color.

Can Trump keep his health care promises and close a deal with Congress?

President Trump sold himself as a dealmaker in the 2016 campaign, calling himself an expert negotiator. But he also made a lot of promises about health care that conflict with the current GOP bill. Can the author of “The Art of the Deal” close this deal with Congress?

House Opens Debate Ahead of Vote on Health Bill
The Republican legislation, called the American Health Care Act, would, in a rare step, roll back a major social welfare program — with a vote set for Friday afternoon.

Dodgers Tv Standoff Lives On As At&t, Justice Settle Lawsuit
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The U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday settled its lawsuit with AT&T, but the government stopped short of requiring carriage of SportsNet LA.

Poll: Jobs, Regulations, Taxes And Trains :: Fox&hounds
The issues of jobs and the economy have long been the top items of concern for Californians of all stripes. Improving the business climate and creating more jobs would go a long way to bolstering other areas of concern for voters including providing enough revenue to carry out government services and reducing the need for larger government programs when people have jobs.

White House Gets Out Ahead Of Health Care Blame Game: ‘we Can’t Make People Vote’ - Politico
Pressed multiple times on whether President Donald Trump would accept responsibility if the first major test of his presidency results in defeat, White House press secretary Sean Spicer demurred. | Getty

California's Doctors In Congress Both Laid Out Their Objections To The Healthcare Bill In Videos Today
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Damage, Design Flaws In Oroville Dam Spillway Point To Lengthy Repairs, Consultants Say | The Sacramento Bee
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Trump Slams House Freedom Caucus Ahead Of Repeal Vote - Politico
While the president delivered his social media messages publicly, they seemed aimed squarely at the collection of House Republicans who have said they oppose the repeal-and-replace legislation. A vote on the measure originally scheduled for Thursday was postponed once it became clear that members of the Freedom Caucus, many of whom oppose the bill because it does not go far enough in undoing Obamacare, were not appeased by last minute concessions.

Trump's First 100 Days: Can he close the deal on health care?

Republicans will try again to get a vote on health care, but do they have enough support?

White House: Health Care Vote Still On - Politico
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer speaks during a briefing in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on March 24. | Getty