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THE Nooner for December 22, 2017

It's noon. It's time for a break. Here's what people are reading on aroundthecapitol.com today:

TOP HEADLINES ON AROUNDTHECAPITOL.COM AS OF 12:00PM
Majority Of California Voteres Support Gas Tax Repeal | The Sacramento Bee
Angela Hart @
sacbee.com
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

How Issa Could Benefit From Bucking The GOP On Tax Bill - The San Diego Union-tribune
Michael Smolens @
sandiegouniontribune.com
Congressional Republicans and President Donald Trump got their tax overhaul bill passed while Issa voted against it, saying he did so in the interests of his constituents. It also happens to be in the interest of his political survival.

Newsom, Feinstein Continue To Lead In Gubernatorial And Senate Contests
Seema Mehta @
latimes.com
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With Tax Vote, California's House Republicans Take A 2018 Gamble | The Sacramento Bee
Emily Cadei @
sacbee.com
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Poll Finds Low Recognition Of California Senate, Gubernatorial Candidates - Capradio.org
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With Deduction Evaporating, More California Homeowners Pay Property Taxes Early - San Francisco Chronicle
sfchronicle.com
Spurred by changes in federal tax law that will hit high-tax states like California hard, more Bay Area homeowners are rushing to pay their property taxes early, according to local officials.

Ap Poll: Sexual Misconduct Allegations Voted Top News Story | The Sacramento Bee
DAVID CRARY @
sacbee.com
The wave of sexual misconduct allegations that toppled Hollywood power brokers, politicians, media icons and many others was the top news story of 2017, according to The Associated Press' annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors.

Nearly 9 Million Enroll In Healthcare.gov, Surpassing Expectations - Politico

Enrollment in 2018 health plans is on track to potentially match the 12 million who signed up last year, according to new Trump administration figures. | Alex Brandon/AP Photo

Deported Veteran Returns Home After Governor's Pardon - The San Diego Union-tribune
Kate Morrissey @
sandiegouniontribune.com
Sergii Pyvovarenko fled after he was kidnapped and tortured by the Right Sector, a far-right nationalist group.

California Warns Nestle About Millions Of Gallons Of Water Drawn From San Bernardino National Forest
Associated Press @
latimes.com
Nestle, which sells Arrowhead bottled water, may have to stop taking millions of gallons of water from Southern California's San Bernardino National Forest because state regulators concluded it lacks valid permits.

More Than 20 Undocumented Teens Ordered Released After Feds Fail To Prove Gang Affiliation | The Sacramento Bee
Stephen Magagnini @
sacbee.com
Covering crime, police and courts in the Sacramento region

As Congress Grapples With Spending Bill, Pelosi Shoots Back At Trump - San Francisco Chronicle
sfchronicle.com
WASHINGTON — After President Trump attempted to pin blame on Democrats on Thursday for a looming government shutdown, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi announced she had breaking news.

Trump signs tax bill into law

President Trump signed $1.5 trillion tax bill into law on Dec. 22 in the Oval Office.

Why Tom Mcclintock Changed His Tax Vote | The Sacramento Bee
sacbee.com
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Right and Left React to the Passage of the G.O.P. Tax Cut
ANNA DUBENKO @

Writers from across the political spectrum on the Republican tax cut plan that passed the House and Senate and is awaiting President Trump’s signature.

Giant Drugmaker Settles With California And Other States For $13.5 Million | The Sacramento Bee
Cathie Anderson @
sacbee.com
By Cathie Anderson

Trump Official Sought To Block Abortion For A 17-year-old Rape Victim
David G. Savage @
latimes.com
The government for many years has not provided or paid for abortions. Under Lloyd, the Office of Refugee Resettlement, which oversees the detention centers for immigrant minors, has gone a step further and decreed that pregnant teenagers who are held in detention may not leave the facilities to see a doctor for an abortion without his personal approval.

Trump Signs Sweeping Tax Bill, a Major Legislative Victory for the President
MICHAEL TACKETT and EILEEN SULLIVAN @

The bill was the most significant overhaul of America’s tax system in decades.

California's Former Top Cop Forms Marijuana Distribution Firm In New Age Of Legalization
Patrick McGreevy @
latimes.com
Former California Atty. Gen. Bill Lockyer is going from enforcing laws against marijuana to legally distributing the drug under the sta...

Nerdcast: Tax Day - Politico
POLITICO STAFF @

President Donald Trump celebrates a victory on tax reform with congressional leaders at the White House on Wednesday. | AP Photo