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THE Nooner for January 5, 2018

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
Trump Administration Targets Recreational Pot, Placing Thousands Of Marijuana Businesses In California At Risk
Evan Halper, Joseph Tanfani, Patrick McGreevy @
latimes.com
Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions is rescinding the longstanding federal policy permitting states to legalize recreational pot, placing thousands of marijuana businesses in California and other states operating legally under state law at risk to federal raids and seizures.

2018 Denham Challengers Rile Up Valley Democrats | The Sacramento Bee
Angela Hart @
sacbee.com
The go-to source for news on California policy and politics

Former Supervisor Angela Alioto Is First Official Candidate For Sf Mayor - San Francisco Chronicle
sfchronicle.com
San Francisco attorney and former Supervisor Angela Alioto became the city’s first official candidate for mayor Thursday, after registering her candidacy paperwork with the Department of Elections.

California's Jeff Denham Making Bid To Lead Powerful House Transportation And Infrastructure Committee
Sarah D. Wire @
latimes.com
Central Valley Rep. Jeff Denham is being more open about his desire to lead the powerful House Transportation and Infrastructure Commit...

FBI Launches New Clinton Foundation Investigation | Thehill
John Solomon @
thehill.com
The Justice Department has launched a new inquiry into whether the Clinton Foundation engaged in any pay-to-play politics or other illegal activities while Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton GOP lawmakers cite new allegations of political bias in FBI Top intel Dem: Trump Jr. refused to answer questions about Trump Tower discussions with father MORE served as secretary of State, law enforcement officials and a witness tells The Hill.

Ap Source: Trump Had Lawyer Urge Ag Against Russia Recusal | The Sacramento Bee
ERIC TUCKER @
sacbee.com
President Donald Trump directed his White House counsel to tell Attorney General Jeff Sessions to not recuse himself from the Justice Department's investigation into potential ties between Russia and the Trump campaign, according to a person familiar with the matter.

California Prepares For Legal And Political Battles After Sessions Takes Tougher Enforcement Stand On Marijuana
Patrick McGreevy @
latimes.com
Days after California began issuing licenses for marijuana sales, state leaders were preparing Thursday for possible political and lega...

Pregnant Inmates Are Abused In Santa Rita Jail, Women Charge In Lawsuit - San Francisco Chronicle
sfchronicle.com
Six women, formerly or currently incarcerated at Alameda County’s Santa Rita Jail, have charged in a legal complaint filed Thursday morning that pregnant women are abused and discriminated against in the Dublin jail.

Luck Of The Draw Helps Republicans Hold Virginia House | The Sacramento Bee
ALAN SUDERMAN @
sacbee.com
Virginia Republicans cheered Thursday when their candidate won a state House of Delegates race by luck of the draw, having his name chosen first out of ceramic bowl.

Sdg&e Wants Another Shot At Billing Customers $379m For 2007 Wildfires - The San Diego Union-tribune
Rob Nikolewski @
sandiegouniontribune.com
Electric vehicles and hybrids are among the 400 makes and models on display at this year's San Diego International Auto Show.

California Officials Blast Trump's Oil-drilling Proposal As Dangerous And Unneeded
Tony Barboza @
latimes.com
Local resistance could make it difficult for federal officials to make good on their plans. California controls coastal waters out to 3 miles from the shoreline but has no jurisdiction beyond that. The state could, however, block new drilling proposals indirectly by rejecting pipelines and other infrastructure needed to transport oil to the shore, which requires state approval.

'This is further proof of President Trumpâ
DAVID SIDERS @

Democrats are convinced the president is singling out the biggest blue state for punishment.

In Case You Missed It: Senator Moorlach's Op-ed: Will governor propose to spend or save California's additional tax revenues?
cssrc.us
Excerpted op-ed:

San Francisco Terror Suspect Planned To Funnel People Onto Pier 39 To Shoot Them, FBI Alleges
Alene Tchekmedyian @
latimes.com
Everitt Aaron Jameson had a plan: He would travel to a remote campground in the mountains, where he would build explosives out of PVC pipe, gunpowder and nails.

Hundreds Attend Funeral For Sisters From West Sacramento Allegedly Killed By Father | The Sacramento Bee
Stephen Magagnini @
sacbee.com
By Stephen Magagnini

Bike Advocates Put Their Bodies On The Line To Protect Riders - San Francisco Chronicle
sfchronicle.com
On a dark December night, with a chilly breeze blowing from the west, a dozen bicyclists parked their rides on the sidewalks of Market Street at Octavia Street, pulled bright-yellow T-shirts over their work apparel and grabbed glow sticks and signs.