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Thank you, Capitol community women for using your voices to create a serious re-think about the Capitol culture and beyond.

Thank you, media, for covering stories that have been very uncomfortable.

Thank you, Governor Brown and legislative leaders for your fiscal restraint to create a $9.9 billion reserve and an expected increase of $2.5 billion ongoing for K-12 schools and community colleges (and likely $650m in one-time funds) projected for next year, according to the Legislative Analyst.

Thank you, Governor Brown for being a shadow president on the issue of climate change. We can debate the science, but as our parents taught us, turn out the light.

Thank you, Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op for being open this morning so I could get slices of pumpkin and marionberry pies.

Thank you, Mexico, for giving us domesticated turkeys. You never have turkey unless mole negro is poured over it.

Thank you, all those who have come before us to create the greatest nation that the world has ever seen.

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Republicans Push Hard On GOP Tax Plan, But Voters Just Aren't That Into It
Lisa Mascaro @
President Trump is promoting the bill as a Christmas present for the American people, and a group aligned with House Speaker Paul D. Ryan has spent $20 million so far on ads and outreach in communities across the nation. Senate Leader Mitch McConnell is set to fast-track the bill through the chamber next week.

Here Are The Five Officials Who Will Decide The Controversial Changes To Net Neutrality Rules
Jim Puzzanghera @
The head of the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday released his detailed proposal to repeal net neutrality rules for online traffic, setting the stage for a vote next month.

California Moves To Block National Park Fee Increases | The Sacramento Bee
Angela Hart @
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Regulators Fined Utility For Not Reporting Meeting, Then Argued It Was Legally Permissible - The San Diego Union-tribune
Jeff McDonald @
The City of San Diego helped build a $2-million public restroom, after years of rejecting calls for toilets to address unsanitary conditions downtown.

Uber Hacking Cover-up Triggers Government Probes - San Francisco Chronicle
Fallout from Uber’s massive data breach could include legal actions against the ride-hailing company over its yearlong cover-up.

In L.A.'s Misguided War On Blight, An Unpainted Fence Could Cost You $660
Steve Lopez @
Atwater residents get notices of crazy fines

California Attorney General Bashes Idea To Raise Entry Fees For Yosemite And Other National Parks
Jazmine Ulloa @
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Sacramento's Run For The Hungry Is Nation's Largest Turkey Trot | The Sacramento Bee
Anita Chabria And Ellen Garrison @
By Anita Chabria And Ellen Garrison

Sf Moves To Ready The Embarcadero For Earthquakes, Sea Level Rise - San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco is stepping up efforts to remake the Embarcadero in light of two very different threats, the ever-present danger of earthquakes and the long-term likelihood of sea level rise.

Roy Moore, Putin and Those Trump Chooses to Believe
The New York Times @

President Trump came out in defense of Mr. Moore, the Republican Senate candidate from Alabama. But when it’s not in his political interests, the benefit of the doubt might shift.

Thanksgiving Meal Introduces UC Riverside International Students To Country, Each Other – Press Enterprise
They’re thousands of miles from home, separated from nearly everyone they know.

Ethics lawyer says Conyers mistreated her during her years on Capitol Hill

As a young lawyer, Melanie Sloan complained about the congressman’s behavior, but no one listened.

Thanksgiving Help For The Homeless: 'we Haven't Seen Numbers Like This Since The Great Depression'
City News Service @
Thanksgiving meals will be served to thousands of homeless and near-homeless individuals today on Skid Row and in Pasadena and Canoga Park amid calls for donations and volunteers for the rest of the year.

Roy Moore's communications director resigns

Roy Moore's communications director John Rogers has resigned from the Senate candidate's campaign.

Union Square construction zone dresses up for the holidays
For the past three holiday seasons, San Francisco has transformed the Central Subway construction zone on two blocks of Stockton Street just south of Union Square into a shoppers’ respite. Construction stops, holes are fenced off and dirt is covered with fake grass. Benches, tables, food trucks and carolers take the place of jackhammers. Winter Walk, as it’s officially known, has become a holiday tradition. An estimated 750,000 visitors stopped by in 2016. On Saturday, the newish tradition returns — for what may be the last time.

Philly Mayor Calls Trump 'a Bully' And 'punk' Over Curbed Immigration Protections - Politico

The acting secretary of Homeland Security, Elaine Duke, facing a Thanksgiving deadline, declined to renew the protective status of the immigrants, who may now remain in the U.S. until July 2019 but could face deportation thereafter.

Black Friday Is Fading As People Find Alternatives
Black Friday, Holidays, Parks, Regional, Retail

Trump's Thanksgiving Message To Troops: 'we’re Really Winning' - Politico

President Donald Trump thanks members of the U.S. military via video teleconference from his golf club in Mar-a-Lago on Thanksgiving day. | Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images