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Happy Saturday! The Nooner is not affected by the federal government shutdown. The good news is that the national parks remain open. The bad news is that the bathrooms aren't. That's a crappy situation.
I'm told by the Nooner Hamster Crew that today is Super Saturday, when everybody goes shopping. I think it's a perfect day to be Souper Saturday with a nice soup. My birthday this week was particularly wonderful with a tom yum hot pot made by a longtime friend and Noonerite. Thank you, KimChi.
Yesterday, the Commission on Judicial Appointments gave the A-OKAY to the appointment by Jerry Brown of Joshua Groban to the Supreme Court of California. The commission is made up with the chief justice of the Supreme Court of California, the Attorney General, and the most presiding justice of the Courts of Appeal.
No, Josh is not the guy who sings... But he's a great guy.
THE TRANSITION: Governor-elect Gavin Newsom is keeping Keely Bosler as Director of the Department of Finance reports Phil Willon in the Times. Bosler assumed the role in August when Michael Cohen left.
A NEW YEAR, A NEW WAGE: In the Bee, Andrew Sheeler reports on the increase in California's minimum wage that takes effect January 1.
"In the new year, employers with 25 or fewer employees will be required to pay a minimum of $11 an hour, while employers who have 26 or more employees must pay $12 an hour. The federal minimum wage is $7.25, which the state supersedes because it is higher.
This marks the third step in a five-year plan to gradually increase the minimum rate of pay statewide; the increases began in January 2017 and will end in January 2023. California’s adoption of a phased-in $15 hourly wage was hailed as a triumph by the Fight For 15 movement, which advocates for a higher minimum wage at both the state and federal levels."
23 California cities have higher minimum wages, with Emeryville the highest--$15.69 for companies with 56 or more employees.
CDP: The California Democratic Party's Compliance Review Committee has ordered the regional director over the AD02 caucus meeting in January to add a second location. I wrote about the issue on December 11. The district spans from Santa Rosa to the Oregon border, and the initial plan was to have one caucus on January 12 at 10am in Santa Rosa, or about 5 hours from the north part of the district. After many complaints, regional director Debra Broner has added one the same day in Crescent City. Of course, the Humboldt County folks aren't happy as there are far more registered Democrats in Eureka than Del Norte County and they had a planned location.
DMV: As if the Department of Motor Vehicles already had a horrible year, it has been told by the federal Department of Homeland Security that the millions of REAL ID-compliant new drivers licenses aren't considered valid as the agency was only requiring one form of residence verification. The Bee's Sophia Bollag reports "The development means Californians who got those Real IDs will need to provide a second form of documentation to prove their residency when their ID comes up for renewal. DMV spokesman Armando Botello said the federal government told the DMV during phone conversations about the issue that it would still accept IDs that didn’t meet the requirement in the meantime."
More and #CAKEDAY after the jump...
LA-LA LAND: In the LAT, Howard Blume writes up the push by United Teachers of Los Angeles to cap the number of charter schools authorized by LA Unified. "In its 69 pages of demands to the school district, the union representing Los Angeles teachers barely touches on charter schools. But as they prepare for an announced strike on Jan. 10, union leaders are making the growth of these schools a focus to rally members and raise public awareness of what they see as an existential threat."
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Ross Sevy!
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Live Briefing: Updates on the Looming Government Shutdown: Deadline Dealmaking on Capitol Hill
If lawmakers are unable to reach a deal by midnight, the government will partly shut down for the third time this year.
As Shutdown Begins, Lawmakers Grasp for a Way Out
Senate Democrats said they would never accede to President TrumpâÂÂs demand for $5 billion for a border wall, and the White House offered no early indication that the president would accept less.
Politico Playbook: Shutdown: Day One - Politico
Vice President Mike Pence, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and incoming White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney depart Capitol Hill on Friday night without a bill that would pay for President Donald Trump's border wall and avert a partial government shutdown. | Alex Brandon/AP Photo
On Capitol Hill, a Fittingly Chaotic End to a Tumultuous Year
On Wednesday, lawmakers thought they would get out of town by the end of the week with the government funded until February. President Trump changed their plans.
Should I run for president? And please pour some eggnog.
Would-be presidential candidates say they will ponder their decisions with their families over the holidays, as announcements loom in the new year.
Trump breaks with predecessors, rallies conservatives for government shutdown
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âÂÂA government shutdown should not be part of the budget negotiation any more than chemical warfare should be a part of war,âÂÂ says veteran GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander.
Trump Hints Shutdown Could Be A 'long Stay' - Politico
President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter: "Will be having lunch in White House residence with large group concerning Border Security." | Tasos Katopodis-Pool via Getty Images
Government shutdown set to drag on with no deal in sight
Hill aides in both parties are pessimistic that congressional leaders and the White House would broker a deal over the weekend to reopen the government.
Facebook suspends five accounts, including social media researcher, for misleading tactics in Alabama election
Facebook has suspended Jonathon Morgan, the chief executive of a top social-media research firm, after reports that he and others engaged in an operation to spread disinformation during the special election in Alabama last year.
Violence Against Women Act to expire with government shutdown
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The landmark 1994 law and funding for programs to help victims of sexual assault, domestic abuse and stalking had received several short-term extensions.
Reliable Allies Refuse to Defend a President Content With Chaos
Buffeted by a drop in the markets, fallout over his troop pullout and a looming shutdown, the president is forced to test the idea that he is his own best spokesman.
The odds are still very small that the Senate would remove Trump from office
the time he resigned, only about a quarter of the country approved of his job performance. While half of Republicans still di @
Opinions of Trump among Republicans haven't budged -- nor has control of the Senate.
Supreme Court Rejects Trump Plea To Enforce Asylum Ban - Politico
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The court's order Friday leaves in place lower court rulings that blocked President Donald Trump's proclamation in November automatically denying asylum to people who enter the country from Mexico without going through official border crossings. | Eric Thayer/Getty Images
5 Ways A Partial Government Shutdown Would Inflict Pain - Politico
A shutdown would hit departments including Agriculture, Transportation and HUD and agencies like the EPA, IRS and FDA. | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images
Conservative pundits are being credited for Trump's reluctance to sign a funding bill without money for his proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall.
Trump silent on Russian efforts to influence African Americans, millennials and other left-leaning groups
President Trump continues to take a soft line on Russian election interference.
The president's posture on illegal immigration has had a chilling effect on legal migrant flows.
Trump Stokes Fears in Pre-Shutdown Video, Declaring â
The president, in an angry message urging Senate Democrats to approve money for border security, says, âÂÂWe donâÂÂt want people coming in that arenâÂÂt supposed to be here.âÂÂ
Trump Policy Gyrations Threaten Fragile Republican Coalition
With his willingness to force a government shutdown and his sudden decision to withdraw troops from Syria, the president is straining links to mainstream G.O.P. governance.
From Parks to Airports, How a Shutdown Would Affect Federal Agencies
Federal bureaucrats have become adept at blunting the effect of shutdowns on federal services, but this monthâÂÂs bitter and unpredictable fight over a border wall could be different.
Fact Check of the Day: In Tweetstorm, Trump Bends Truth on Foreign Policy and the Border Wall
With a government shutdown looming and after the resignation of his defense secretary, President Trump posted inaccurate and contradictory claims about the border wall, Ronald Reagan, China and Russia and the Islamic State.
The Wall and the Shutdown, Explained
President TrumpâÂÂs demand that Congress provide money to build a wall along the Southern border threatens to shut down portions of the government. HereâÂÂs why.
On Politics: The Biggest Stories of the Week
ItâÂÂs been a busy week in American politics. Here are some of the stories you might have missed.
What Happens When the Government Shuts Down?
ItâÂÂs official: The federal government is partially shut down. So how does this happen and who is affected?
A Government Shutdown Would Affect Hundreds of Thousands of Workers, Plus Holiday Travelers. Tell Us Your Story
Help us better understand how a looming federal government shutdown in the United States would affect you, your family and your holiday plans.