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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
Gov. Jerry Brown Endorses Sen. Dianne Feinstein For Reelection
Sarah D. Wire @
latimes.com
Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday endorsed Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s reelection bid.

Mcconnell Open To Votes To Slash Spending - Politico

The Balanced Budget Amendment faces even steeper hurdles, requiring 67 senators in support. The House is expected to vote on the constitutional amendment on Thursday, and McConnell hinted that a Senate vote is not far off.

Delaine Eastin Calls On Rivals In California Governor's Race To Pledge Pay Equity And Gender Parity In Hiring
Seema Mehta @
latimes.com
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Delaine Eastin marked Pay Equity Day on Tuesday by challenging her rivals in the race to pledge to hire equal numbers of men and women in their staffs and to pay them equally if elected.

Protesters For Hire? Sacramento Sheriff Provides No Evidence For Inflammatory Claim | Politifact California
subject @
politifact.com
Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones claimed "paid protesters" fueled the conflict with law enforcement after a recent vigil and demonstration for Stephon Clark, a 22-year-old shot and killed by police.

Ca Bill Adds Second Monthly Payday For State Workers | The Sacramento Bee
Adam Ashton @
sacbee.com
Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

State Attorney General, Environmental Group To Appeal Decision On Trump's Border Wall - The San Diego Union-tribune
Greg Moran @
sandiegouniontribune.com


Major California Housing Bill Narrowed Before Its First Legislative Debate
Liam Dillon @
latimes.com
Changes to Senate Bill 827 reduce height limits and lessen the footprint of its effects across the state.

Rally Against Supervisor's Meeting To Discuss Lawsuit Against California's 'sanctuary' Laws | Kpbs
Matt Hoffman @
kpbs.org
Community advocacy groups, including the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties, are urging the San Diego Board of Supervisors to not support the Trump administration's lawsuit against California's so-called sanctuary state laws.

War Crimes Court-martial Starts For Seals; Navy's Top Attorney Accused Of Unlawful Command Influence - The San Diego Union-tribune
Carl Prine @
sandiegouniontribune.com
The American military is going to fight the most powerful storm ever

Police Chiefs Blast Weber-mccarty Use Of Force Bill Ab 931 | The Sacramento Bee
Alexei Koseff @
sacbee.com
By Alexei Koseff

California Lawmakers Advance Measures To Curb Opioid Crisis - Capradio.org
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Mcclatchy Editorial Cartoons For The Week Of April 9, 2018 | The Sacramento Bee
sacbee.com


Bipartisan senators expected to release compromise special counsel bill

The joint legislation comes in the wake of President Trump’s latest tirade against special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. But it is not clear whether Republicans will put it to a floor vote.

School Board Approves A New Formula For Funding High-need Schools
Sonali Kohli @
latimes.com
Board members debated allocating at least $100 million to the highest-need campuses in Los Angeles Unified School District, as determined by a formula that takes into account community factors such as violence and health rates.

Marijuana Firm Gains Unlikely Ally: Former Speaker John Boehner - Politico

John Boehner's endorsement for a shift in federal policy on marijuana comes as the Trump administration has moved to stifle the proliferation of marijuana decriminalization and legalization. | Alex Wong/Getty Images

L.A. Lawmakers Back New Regulations On Airbnb And Similar Rentals
Emily Alpert Reyes @
latimes.com


Metropolitan Water District Backs Two Delta Tunnels | The Sacramento Bee
Dale Kasler And Ryan Sabalow @
sacbee.com
By Dale Kasler And Ryan Sabalow

Trump: Our Relationship With Russia Is 'worse Now Than It Has Ever Been' - Politico

Later Wednesday morning, the president blamed the poor relationship between the two countries on the ongoing investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into possible collusion between Trump's 2016 campaign and Russia.