Gov. Jerry Brown’s January budget proposal is just around the corner, and it’s the event every lawmaker, lobbyist and chief financial officer in your life will be talking about over the holidays. Want to join them? Here are five things to watch
California voters overwhelmingly backed a 2008 ballot initiative giving more space to egg-laying hens. But weeks away from implementation, the specifics of what the law requires continue to be a matter of dispute and the outlook for enforcement is cloudy.
The Legislature’s nonpartisan fiscal analyst suggests ways that California could craft a state version of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit. The move would help low-income Californians, but cost the state $400 million to roughly $1 billion
The massive water diversion tunnels proposed in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta have undergone another significant design change: State officials now plan to eliminate giant pumps at the three Sacramento River intakes.
The hackers who hit Sony Pictures Entertainment days before Thanksgiving crippled the network, stole gigabytes of data and spilled into public view unreleased films and reams of private and sometimes embarrassing executive emails.
The Pentagon said Saturday that four Afghans from the Guantanamo Bay detention center have been returned to their home country in what U.S. officials are citing as a sign of their confidence in new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
In July 2004, despite growing internal concerns about the CIA's brutal interrogation methods, senior members of George W. Bush's national security team gave the agency permission to employ the harsh tactics against an al-Qaida facilitator the agency suspected was linked to a plot to disrupt the upcoming presidential election.
Tempering his historic Cuba policy shift with a dose of realism, President Barack Obama said Friday that change may not come quickly to the communist island. He suggested Congress will keep the U.S. economic embargo in place until lawmakers can gauge the pace of progress in the "hermetically sealed society."
In an almost annual ritual, Congress has passed a last-minute package of temporary tax breaks, sparing millions of businesses and individuals from unwanted tax increases just weeks before start of filing season.
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