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Housing shortage will bite California’s economy

California’s housing crisis is hurting the state’s overall economy as employers face increasing shortages of skilled workers, especially in coastal areas where the housing squeeze is the tightest and local resistance to housing construction is the most implacable.

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‘Double jeopardy’ could factor into Trump pardons

The Supreme Court is considering whether to overrule a doctrine that enables state and federal courts to try accused criminals twice for the same crime. If the court overturns the doctrine, it could eliminate states’ abilities to prosecute Donald Trump’s associates if Trump pardons them for federal crimes.

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Cass Sunstein: When impeachment is mandatory

Suppose that within the next few months, it becomes clear that President Donald Trump has committed impeachable offenses. Does the House of Representatives have discretion to decide whether to impeach him? Or does the Constitution require it to do so?

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Noah Feldman: Is Trump a Nixon or a Clinton? Cohen’s crimes offer a guide

With Michael Cohen, Donald Trump's onetime lawyer and "fixer," sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison, it's worth asking: What will be the verdict of history on his crimes? Specifically, the felony campaign-finance violations connected to the payoffs to two women who said they had sexual affairs with the future president? Cohen said the payoffs were directed by then-candidate Trump – and the prosecutors of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York agreed.

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Commentary: The hidden cost of jewelry gifts

It is the holiday season, and people are out buying gifts for loved ones. Jewelry is always a favorite gift – last December, U.S. consumers spent $6.57 billion on jewelry. This year in the U.S., overall holiday retail sales are expected to increase.

Advice for Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom from California leaders and experts

Industry leaders and experts in education, politics and the environment gave offered this advice to Gavin Newsom on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, just a few days after he was elected California's next governor.