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How Ann Coulter wowed GOP faithful in Modesto. Why police were left smiling.

Conservative firebrand Ann Coulter’s Friday evening speech at Modesto Centre Plaza in Modesto, California, drew hundreds of GOP faithful as well as dozens of demonstrators but there was no violence and no arrests.

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Trump’s major accomplishment after 100 days: He’s still controlling the conversation

In 100 days in the White House, President Donald Trump has seen his share of ups and downs on a host of domestic and foreign policy issues, from illegal immigration to Syria, taxes to China and everything in between. Whether you’re one of Trump’s supporters or part of the so-called resistance, everyone can agree on this: The brash, Twitter-friendly reality-TV star turned commander in chief has managed to get everyone wondering what he will do next.

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California just took a step to block Trump’s efforts on offshore oil drilling

In response to President Donald Trump’s latest executive order aimed at expanding offshore oil drilling in federal waters and opening up other areas to new oil and gas exploration, state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara, is proposing new legislation to block Trump’s efforts. Once amended next week, Senate Bill 188 will prohibit the State Lands Commission from approving any new leases in state waters for the building of new pipelines or other infrastructure needed for new or expanded oil and gas development, such as piers and wharves.

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California attorney general takes on Big Oil in lawsuit against Trump administration

State Attorney General Xavier Becerra, and New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas filed a lawsuit Wednesday, April 27, 2017, against the Department of the Interior, which is responsible for management and conservation on federal lands. It alleges the department and a division within it, the Office of Natural Resources, illegally postponed a rule that requires energy companies to pay states royalties on oil, gas and coal extracted from federal and Native American lands.

Dan Walters

Can California become a player in presidential nominations?

California politicians hope the fifth time will be the charm on moving California’s presidential primary earlier in the year and making the state more relevant to choosing presidential nominees. However, past efforts have failed and there’s no reason to believe this one will be any more successful.

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Rendon supportive, but cautious on single-payer health plan

Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon on Wednesday April 26, 2017, suggested the timing may be off to approve single-payer health care in California, a system he supports.
Angela Hart ahart@sacbee.com
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Rendon supportive, but cautious on single-payer health plan

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Caltrans Workers Memorial 2017

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White House unveils President Trump's tax reform plan