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Well, happy Saturday! Dodgers won the first game against the Giants 4-2. Tonight's first pitch is at 6:10. USC plays Cal at 12:10 p.m.

BREACH: Yesterday, the U.S. State Department told state officials that Russia entities sought to break into election systems of several states, report Jim Miller and Greg Gordon for the Bee.

“Today, my office was informed for the first time by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that ‘Russian cyber actors’ ‘scanned’ California’s internet-facing systems in 2016,” [Secretary of State Alex] Padilla said in a statement. “Our office actively monitors scanning activity as part of our routine cybersecurity protocols. We have no information or evidence that our systems have been breached in any way or that any voter information was compromised.

HEALTH: Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom gave wholehearted support for single-payer heath care, report Christopher Cadelago and Angela Hart in the Bee. The speech was the California Nurses Association's convention, which has endorsed him.

“There’s no reason to wait around on universal health care and single-payer in California,” Newsom said to thunderous applause from thousands of nurses who endorsed him in next year’s governor’s race. “It’s time to move (Senate Bill) 562 along. It’s time to get it out of committee. It’s time to move it along the legislative track. It’s time to do that now. We don’t need to wait for the governor’s race. We don’t need even to wait another year.”

UNHEALTHY: The latest effort to repeal and replace Obamacare could cost the state $138.8 billion, reports John Myers for the Times. "Healthcare advisors to Gov. Jerry Brown believe the latest effort on Capitol Hill to repeal the Affordable Care Act would blow a monstrous hole in the state budget, slashing federal health funds by $138.8-billion over a seven-year period."

...still cheaper than SB 562...

GASSY: Supporters of the initiative won their lawsuit alleging that the Attorney General's office provided a misleading title and summary for the initiative, reports Patrick McGreevy. The judge will be rewriting it.

HAPPY FAMILY: The MercNews's Katy Murphy writes that the California Legislature is getting more family friendly.

CLIMATE: The OCR looks at what California would look like if it were carbon-neutral.

CA48 (Huntington Beach): The Register's Martin Wisckol profiles Rohrabacher-challenger Libertarian Brandon Reiser.

THE 415: During his stop in San Francisco yesterday, Bernie Sanders visited City College of San Francisco to applaud the passage of a tax measure that will provide free college education for students. Sanders also spoke to the California Nurses Association convention to an adoring crowd.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Rebecca Faith Barrett, Dan Borenstein, Assemblymember Adam Gray, Kara Bush Grossglauser, Paul Hegyi, Khaim Morton, and Dan Weintraub!



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'we Will Have Universal Healthcare In The State Of California,' Gavin Newsom Promises Single-payer Advocates
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Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has made his most explicit endorsement yet of a controversial single-payer healthcare proposal that has roiled De...

Former Obama Aide Buffy Wicks Runs For Ca Assembly | The Sacramento Bee
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In Sf, Sanders Praises Mccain For Taking Stand Against GOP Health Care Bill - San Francisco Chronicle
Sen. Bernie Sanders barnstormed friendly progressive audiences Friday in San Francisco to build support for his Medicare-for-all proposal, saying it wasn’t enough just to play defense against “horrific” Republican health care plans.

L.A. Teachers Union Calls For Embattled Ex-president Ref Rodriguez To Leave School Board
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The L.A. teachers union becomes the first organization to call for embattled Board of Education member Ref Rodriguez to resign in wake of felony charges. The union had never been an ally.

San Francisco Crowd Chants "run, Bernie, Run" | The Sacramento Bee
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Lebron Calls Trump A 'bum' After He Disinvites Warriors To White House - Sfgate
Even though LeBron James is one of Golden's State's fiercest rivals on the court, the Cavs star came to the defense of the team that bested him twice in the NBA Finals after President Trump

Dhs Notifies States That Russian Hackers Targeted During Election - Politico
Democratic lawmakers have pressed DHS for months to tell states if they were targeted as part of what intelligence officials said was a Kremlin-ordered campaign to undermine the 2016 U.S. elections. | Getty

Trump Laces Into McCain Over His Opposition to Health Care Bill

President Trump said Senator John McCain had let his state down and been deceived by Democrats into abandoning a promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Former Orange County Court Clerk Is Sentenced To Prison For Taking Bribes In Ticket-fixing Scandal
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A former court clerk was sentenced to 11 years in prison for taking bribes in exchange for helping motorists resolve tickets

Trump: White House invitation to Warriors is â
President Trump tweeted Saturday that an invitation to a reluctant Golden State Warriors to visit the White House to celebrate their NBA championship had been “withdrawn.” “Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!” Trump tweeted shortly before 6 a.m. PDT. The White House was not known to have formally invited the Warriors, and the team has said its players were considering what to do if an invitation were forthcoming. On Friday, Warriors General Manager Bob Myers said, “It deserves a proper forum” and “some honest discourse.

Trump admonishes McCain over opposition to latest health-care push

Trump tweets pressure Republican senators who are opposed or leaning against the Cassidy-Graham health-care proposal.

In San Francisco, Bernie Sanders Plays Two Roles: Obamacare Defender And Single-payer Advocate
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Colonies Bribery Case Ends With All Charges Dismissed Against Last Defendant Jim Erwin – San Bernardino Sun
SAN BERNARDINO >> The judge in the San Bernardino County Colonies corruption case on Friday dismissed all charges against the only remaining defendant, Jim Erwin, after prosecutors announced they did not want to retry the case.

Trump Campaigning For Strange Doubts Moore Can Win A General Election - Politico

At Alabama Rally, Trump Toggles Between Republican Loyalists

The president lent his support to Alabama’s incumbent senator in a Republican runoff campaign, but risked alienating core anti-establishment voters.

Carson Breaks With Trump, Backs Moore For Alabama Senate Seat - Politico
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson made a dramatic break with President Donald Trump on Friday, announcing his support for former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore in Alabama's Senate race.

Bay Area political events: Free Speech Week, Indivisible meeting
Political events in the Bay Area Sunday Indivisible Marin: Mill Valley Mayor Jessica Jackson Sloan, also a human rights attorney, discusses criminal justice reform in California and nationally. Indivisible Marin’s meeting is from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin, 240 Channing Way, San Rafael. Free Speech Week: Conservative-themed speeches at UC Berkeley, beginning at noon and 5 p.m. Sunday on the steps of Sproul Hall.