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Happy humpday! I hope that you had a wonderful holiday and that 2018 goes out like a lamb for you. The federal shutdown is in its fourth day with no end in sight. A chilly week ahead but no rain forecasted until next Friday.
CA GOP: LAT columnist Patt Morrison talks to GOP consultant Mike Madrid about his new year resolutions for the California Republican Party.
NEW LAWS: For the Bee, Andrew Sheeler looks at some of the new laws taking effect in California on January 1.
YOUNG GUNS: Daniel Longhorne reports on California's youngest mayor--Tara Campbell of Yorba Linda. She is Communications Director for OC Supervisor Andrew Do.
HOME ON THE RANGE: For CALmatters, Laurel Rosenhall writes that Colusa County is getting ready to welcome Jerry Brown, the governor who never earned the votes of county residents.
Speaking of the ranch, Dan Morain got a tour of Jerry's man cave on the ranch which the governor still calls a barn. Jerry talks to Morain about his accomplishments.
Also at CALmatters, Dan Walters pens a four-part recap of the Brown legacy. Walters arrived at the Sacramento Union at the same time as Brown in 1975.
MORE and #CAKEDAY after the jump...
2020: For CNN, Noonerite Democratic political consultant Dave Jacobson writes up the challenges for the Democratic Party in 2020.
"As we barrel ahead toward 2020, one thing is clear -- Democrats must move beyond their current position as the anti-Trump party and reach a consensus message and comprehensive platform. As such, the primary contest will be nothing short of a battle of ideas, as candidates fight for the heart and soul of the Democratic Party. The best platform to stage this battle? Debates. Lots and lots of them."
SANTA JERRY: In his batch of 143 pardons and 131 commutations on Christmas Eve, Jerry Brown pardoned two Californians who lost homes in the Camp Fire. He also pardoned the mayor of Oroville who, with two others, killed a man in 1993 over a drug debt. In converting his sentence to 25-years-to-life, John Manning is eligible for parole now. Here is the complete list.
For the Bee, Jayson Chesler provides a 360-degree view of the governor's mansion this holiday season.
LA-LA LAND: In the Times, Gustavo Arellano looks at the possible teachers strike in Los Angeles scheduled for January 10:
"We’re talking about a potentially weeks-long shutdown of the second-largest school district in the United States. The ramifications of such an event would disrupt L.A. like nothing since Carmageddon. It’ll be such a distraction that most people won’t care about the details as to why teachers have resorted to such measures, which just happen to matter for our collective future — how we can best educate kids, keep great teachers and pay for it all.
How did we get to this point of apathy? Easy: It’s everyone’s fault."
Only in LA can a strike by teachers be compared to a traffic jam.
"If UTLA goes out on a protracted strike, on the other hand, we’ll either collectively shrug or shake our fists at them instead of raising them. Good luck in presenting your case to frazzled parents and frustrated Angelenos, teachers, because you’re going to need it."
DAM IT: Hannah Frey writes in the Times that the planned raising of the Shasta Dam might not happen if environmental groups succeed in getting a federal judge to intervene on behalf of the Shasta salamander. The project is funded by a combination of federal government and the mighty Westlands Water District.
“Westlands was on a mission from God to finish this project,” said Ron Stork, a senior policy analyst with Friends of the River. “The Trump administration has let Reclamation staff and leaders express their inner reclamation after being repressed for so many years — ‘We can go out there and build some dams and who cares if it’s illegal.’ ”
SHORT-TERM RENTALS: In the Bee, Ryan Sabalow reports that a federal judge has blocked the South Lake Tahoe limits on Airbnb-type rentals, finding that the voter-approved ordinance is an unconstitutional taking of private property. The temporary restraining order blocks the laws implementation for 30 days.
"In three years, the initiative will ban all short-term vacation rentals in neighborhoods outside downtown South Lake Tahoe."
Measure T’s backers said restrictions were necessary because hordes of short-term renters were clogging parking lots and city streets and holding raucous parties at all hours."
NIMBY...of course the city thrives on tourists. With 6,976 voters the measure passed by 58 votes.
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Governor Gray Davis, Jonathan Lyens and Gary Patton!
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Trump Lawyers, Citing Shutdown, Ask Court For Delay In Emoluments Case - Politico
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Lawyers for President Donald Trump are invoking the government shutdown to seek a delay in a court case over claims that Trump is illegally profiting from business his Washington hotel does with foreign countries.
With Outsize Influence, Black Voters Are Ready to Make Themselves Heard
Black voters, disappointed by 2016, are carefully scrutinizing potential Democratic presidential candidates.
Brown seeks Obama meeting as he considers presidential run
The Ohio senator is calling Democrats in early primary states, collecting staff resumes and touting his political record as he considers 2020.
Border Agency Investigating Conditions In Mexican Migrant Facilities In Wake Of Boy's Death - Politico
DHS is seeking to examine health conditions at Mexican migrant facilities, the official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen will soon be visiting installations south of the border. | Paul Ratje/AFP/Getty Images
Can the president be indicted? Let’s see what the Greeks had to say about the rule of law.
Even Aesop waded into the discussion.
POLITICO Playbook: Shutdown standoff continues
And another migrant child dies in U.S. government custody.
The campaign to confirm a diplomatic novice to Americaâ
Less than two years ago, Heather Nauert was conducting interviews on âÂÂFox and Friends.âÂÂ Now, sheâÂÂs preparing to navigate the worldâÂÂs raging geopolitical issues.
Trump Administration To Appeal Asylum Ruling - Politico
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Wh Economic Adviser Reassures On Powell, Mnuchin Job Security - Politico
The public backing of Powell and Mnuchin comes after the Treasury chief made a call to CEOs of major banks on Sunday, just two days before Christmas, to discuss the stability of the financial market.
Ginsburg Discharged From Hospital After Surgery - Politico
Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, already a two-time cancer survivor, had two growths excised from her left lung last week. | J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo
Cbp Orders Medical Checks After Second Child’s Death - Politico
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Felipe was taken with his father to a hospital in Alamogordo, New Mexico, where he was diagnosed with a common cold, according to the timeline.
Trump received â
Daughters of a deceased podiatrist told the New York Times that their father helped the man who would become president avoid being drafted for military service.
Federal workforce starts to feel pinch of prolonged shutdown
But President Donald Trump and congressional leaders aren't even talking.
Arms Sales to Saudis Leave American Fingerprints on Yemenâ
Errant Saudi-led airstrikes have killed more than 4,000 civilians, upending the U.S. policy of selling weapons with the expectation that they will rarely be used.
The Worst Political Predictions of 2018
Spoiler alert: Everyone was wrongâÂÂagain.
The shutdown could hurt Trumpâ
The shutdown's impact on women at risk of domestic violence is not going unnoticed.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, released from hospital after lung cancer surgery
The Supreme Court justice is recuperating at home before court is in session again Jan. 7.
The two favors that may have helped Trump avoid the Vietnam War
Thanks to a family friend at Wharton and, reportedly, a doctor in Queens, Trump was never drafted.
Girl who called Trump says she believes in Santa
'Ideological soulmates': How a China skeptic sold Trump on a trade war
Robert Lighthizer went to the White House in 2017 to lay out his rationale for confronting Beijing. Now, he is in charge of executing it.
Did a Queens Podiatrist Help Donald Trump Avoid Vietnam?
Dr. Larry Braunstein rented his office from the Trumps. Relatives say he was central to a diagnosis that got the 22-year-old Mr. Trump a medical exemption.
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The disaster agency promised to hire more people and improve training after 2017. It failed to meet its targets for both.