Our do-nothing Congress has a chance to get something vital accomplished before going on yet another vacation. At long last, a bipartisan deal emerged Monday to start fixing the scandalous health care system for veterans.

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License plate readers are checking your car against hit lists of vehicles associated with crimes.
Israeli-Palestinian conflict is now part of wider struggle in Arab world.
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Amid the tragedy and fear of the wildfire in El Dorado and Amador counties, which has so far scorched about 4,000 acres and displaced more than 1,200 people, Californians of all ages and stripes demonstrated what’s right with this country. Needing no formal organization, neighbors reached out to neighbors, as we do time and time again in moments of crisis.
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There’s no question that California is facing one of the worst droughts in its history. As a state that uses more water than we have available – even in “wet” years – there are some critical decisions we need to make about how to move forward.
In recent decisions, the conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court has made clear its view that corporations are people, with all the attendant rights. They are entitled to free speech, which in their case means spending lots of money to bend the political process to their ends. They are entitled to religious beliefs, including those that mean denying benefits to their workers. Up next, the right to bear arms?
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The U.S. attorney’s office in San Francisco on Friday announced new charges against Sen. Leland Yee, accusing the San Francisco Democrat of racketeering for allegedly selling his vote on bills related to professional athletes’ ability to collect workers’ compensation payments, medical marijuana and whether to extend the California State Athletic Commission.

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When the death penalty in California is fully put out of its misery, Michael Laurence will be among its chief executioners.

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When the death penalty in California is fully put out of its misery, Michael Laurence will be among its chief executioners.

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Newspaper reporters assigned to cover state capitols have dropped by more than a third in the last 11 years, yet still account for 38 percent of statehouse reporters.

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