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Happy Cyber Monday! Sorry about the glitch over the weekend. My server has 240 gigs of disk space and was out. Damn server logs...gobble gobble. I had to contact my chief technology officer (me) to figure the problem out.

The Senate Rules Committee met this morning to strip Tony Mendoza of his chairmanship of the Senate Business, Insurance and Financial Institutions commitee. Mendoza, accused of sexual harassment, is planning to retire next year.

Quite a bit of snow in the Sierra, so I won't tell on you if you call in sick. 




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Daca Fix Fades As Congress Focuses On Budget, Taxes | The Sacramento Bee
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The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Kushner Attorney Says Senate Panel Relaxed Monday Document Deadline - Politico

Jared Kushner's attorney said the Senate Judiciary Committee scrapped a Monday deadline for President Donald Trump's son-in-law to turn over documents the panel wants for its investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Secrecy In Alleged Police Brutality Cases Erodes Trust In Sacramento Police | The Sacramento Bee
Connecting the dots on issues, people and news in the Sacramento region

How a $250 Break for Teachers Explains a House-Senate Divide on Taxes

House Republicans, seeking to clean up the tax code and expand tax rate cuts, voted to eliminate a deduction for teacher spending. The Senate bill would double it.

Designer Dna Drugs Approach A Potential Watershed Moment - The San Diego Union-tribune
Paul Sisson @
Why aren't Americans getting flu shots?

Consumer Bureau And Trump Set To Clash In Court - Politico

Leandra English, the former CFPB's director choice to serve as acting director of the controversial consumer watchdog agency, filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Washington, naming President Donald Trump and budget director Mick Mulvaney as defendants. | M. Scott Mahaskey/POLITICO

Bill Cosby Case Provides Defamation Warning For Trump, Roy Moore - San Francisco Chronicle
U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama has promised to sue the Washington Post for printing a woman’s accusation that he molested her when she was 14 and he was 32. The threat is reminiscent of presidential candidate Donald Trump’s vow last year to sue the 16 women who accused him of making unwanted sexual advances.

Sacramento Could Give Incentives To Black Entrepreneurs For Pot Businesses | The Sacramento Bee
Brad Branan @
By Brad Branan

Completely Unnecessary Spat Over Cfpb Leaves Consumers Out In The Cold
David Lazarus @
This latest completely unnecessary political crisis is the result of two competing claims to the title of acting director of the consumer agency.

Editorial: Brown Comes To Taxpayers’ Defense On Pensions – East Bay Times
With the state Supreme Court considering the most significant public employee pension case in nearly three decades, it’s reassuring to see the governor come to the defense of taxpayers.

Tunnel Rats Stay Busy Stalking Border Drug Smugglers - The San Diego Union-tribune
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Forget 'bad Deals,' It's The GOP Tax Plan That'll Make The Trade Deficit Even Worse
Doyle McManus @
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Giant Rosarito Beach Desalination Project Faces Scrutiny - The San Diego Union-tribune
Sandra Dibble @
With Tijuana and other rapidly growing coastal cities heavily dependent on the Colorado River, Baja California urgently needs to find new water sources.

Senate Tax Billâ
Jim Tankersley @

Republicans are set to rush their tax plan to the Senate floor, with a vote possible this week.

Why Conservative Headliners Are Teaming Up To Challenge Maxine Waters In Los Angeles
Sarah D. Wire @
Republican Omar Navarro is trying again to unseat Rep. Maxine Waters, but this time, he has a new set of high-profile friends. Trump confidant Roger Stone is a campaign advisor, former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio calls weekly, and far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones hosted him on his popular show.

The New Health Care: Where Is the Prevention in the Presidentâ
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It’s less costly to stop drug abuse before it starts, and there are ways to do that.

Orange County Office Buildings Sell At Record Fast Pace At Record High Prices – Orange County Register
If you’re nervous about real estate, don’t just wonder what the common house hunter is thinking — ponder the wisdom of big-dollar buyers of local office buildings.

Consumer Bureau's Deputy Director Sues To Stop Trump Appointee From Taking Temporary Control Of Agency
Jim Puzzanghera @
The battle over control of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau escalated Sunday as the deputy director sued to stop President Trump from installing his own appointee as temporary head of the agency.

Former Kelly Aide To Mount Last-minute Alabama Senate Bid Against Moore - Politico

In a Nov. 3, 2017 photo, sculptor, Tuscaloosa resident and retired Marine Col. Lee Busby checks the image of Mark Forester he sculpted outside the University of Alabama Foundry in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. | AP