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Tom McClintock to town hall crowd: ‘I understand...You don’t like Donald Trump’

Republican Congressman Tom McClintock faced a crowd of about 500 at a town hall meeting in Mariposa, the heart of his sprawling 4th congressional district. The audience was friendlier than his last in Roseville a few weeks ago, but not much.

Dan Walters

Are our softer criminal laws a factor in officer’s killing?

The murder of Polly Klaas in 1993 created such revulsion that California adopted a tough “three strikes and you’re out” sentencing law. In recent years, criminal laws have been softened, and some authorities say that is to blame for a spike in crime rates. The slaying of Whittier police Officer Keith Boyer should spark a re-examination of those softer laws.

Nation & World

It will be difficult to bring any Russian-paid hackers to justice

The FBI-led investigation into Russia’s alleged attempt to interfere with the United States’ 2016 presidential election has resulted in no arrests or indictments. The tallest hurdle might be how to prosecute a hacker without revealing information about U.S. intelligence sources and methods that enabled investigators to build their case, especially if the hackers live abroad and out of prosecutors’ grasp.

National

Trump lawyers battling over how far they can go in new travel ban for 7 Muslim nations

A fight between the leaders at the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security could delay the release of President Donald Trump's revised ban that limits travel from seven majority-Muslim countries. The department leaders are debating over whether to again revoke the visas of some 60,000 to 100,000 people from those countries whose permission to come to the United States was reinstated after a federal judge in Seattle suspended Trump’s executive order.

Dan Walters

Once again, poll finds voters are ignorant on budget

Polling by the Public Policy Institute of California consistently shows that California adults are ignorant about how the state budget allocates money among the major spending categories, wrongly believing that prisons come first in spending when, in fact, they come in last.

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Videos

Rep. Tom McClintock town hall

Republican Congressman Tom McClintock faced a crowd of about 500 at a town hall meeting in Mariposa, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017.
Angela Hart The Sacramento Bee
Rep. Tom McClintock town hall 1:39

Rep. Tom McClintock town hall

President Trump goes face to face with the news media 1:24

President Trump goes face to face with the news media

Gov. Jerry Brown speaks at OES about asking for federal aid on dam 1:44

Gov. Jerry Brown speaks at OES about asking for federal aid on dam

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom says spillway failure a wake-up call 1:57

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom says spillway failure a wake-up call