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With SB50 shelved, what should California do about the housing shortage?

Senate Bill 50 from Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, has been shelved for the year. Last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee put the contentious proposal on hold, with Wiener vowing to continue building support for it. The complex proposal, which has drawn unusual coalitions in support and opposition, seeks to enable greater housing development by overriding local zoning decisions under specified conditions in order to permit the development of more apartments near transit hubs and job ...
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The California Senate is Not Ready to Expand the Consumer Right of Action

Christina Kroll Senate Bill 561’s smooth sail through the California legislature came to an end on Thursday, May 16.  On the eve of the deadline for all fiscal committees to hear and report on the bills introduced in their house, the Senate Appropriations committee decided to hold the bill. Meaning, SB 561 will not pass out of the Senate this session. Notably, the controversial bill was a proposed CCPA amendment that threatened to expand the Act’s private right of action by allowing consumers to...
Tags: Law, California, Senate, Senate Appropriations Committee, Amendment, California Senate, CCPA, Data Privacy Laws, Privacy Law, California Law, California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (“CCPA”, Consumer Right of Action, Senate Bill 561, Christina Kroll Senate Bill

Barr Continues Doing Trump’s Bidding By ‘Investigating The Investigators’

Attorney General William Barr is loyally carrying out President Donald Trump’s pet project, leaning hard into the President’s tweeted screams to “investigate the investigators” who he believes launched the Russia probe to undermine his candidacy. In a clip of an interview with Fox News, Barr said he was probing if “government officials abused their power and put their thumb on the scale.” “I’ve been trying to get answers to the questions and I’ve found that a lot of the answers have been inad...
Tags: News, Russia, Spying, Senate Appropriations Committee, Donald Trump, Trump, Barr, William Barr, Russia Probe, Bill Barr, Kate Riga, Fox News Barr, Barr Continues Doing Trump

Controversial housing bill that challenges single-family zoning is dead for the year

A controversial housing bill that would have made sweeping changes to California’s zoning rules won’t advance this year, after lawmakers decided Thursday to hold the measure’s next vote until 2020. If passed, Senate Bill 50 would allow fourplexes in neighborhoods zoned for single-family homes, and force cities to approve taller, denser apartment buildings near transit stops and in “job-rich” communities. But moments before the bill was set to undergo a key vote in the Senate Appropriations Commi...
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GOP senator says key issues unresolved on disaster aid bill: 'next week is very pivotal'

A day after bipartisan Senate leaders gave upbeat assessments on the state of talks over a multibillion-dollar disaster relief bill, the Republican chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee acknowledged there are still key unresolved issues, including whether President Donald Trump would sign the emerging deal.
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Aides’ Tactics For Handling Impulsive POTUS? Ignore Trump Twitter Announcements

In a White House run by President Trump, short attention spans are just part of the daily routine. Aides and lawmakers left to clean up the ashes of Trump’s impulsive policy announcements bank on the President forgetting his latest Twitter directive before they actually have to do the work to implement it, according to new reporting in the Atlantic. For example, at the end of March, the president announced he would be cutting off aide to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador as a means of deter...
Tags: Twitter, News, Congress, White House, Fbi, Chicago, Atlantic, United States, House, Senate Appropriations Committee, State Department, Nancy Pelosi, El Salvador, Donald Trump, Justice Department, Trump

CIA Joins Barr in Investigating Origins of Trump Campaign Surveillance

Attorney General William Barr has enlisted the help of the CIA to investigate whether the FBI's surveillance of the Trump campaign was motivated by partisan bias, CNN reported Tuesday.CIA director Gina Haspel, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, and FBI director Chris Wray are all participating in the investigation, which Barr first announced publicly during a congressional hearing last month.The Wall Street Journal reported Monday evening that Barr has tapped Connecticut U.S. attor...
Tags: News, Russia, Cnn, Fbi, Connecticut, Senate Appropriations Committee, Cia, Trump, Barr, Robert Mueller, John Durham, Carter Page, Gina Haspel, William Barr, National Intelligence Dan Coats, Chris Wray

House passes $19 billion disaster aid bill over Trump opposition

By ANDREW TAYLOR WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Friday passed a $19 billion disaster aid bill that would deliver long-sought relief to farmers, victims of hurricanes and floods, and rebuild southern military bases, as Democrats try to dislodge the legislation from a Senate logjam over aid to hurricane-slammed Puerto Rico. The measure passed by a 257-150 vote over the opposition of most Republicans, who said it should also include the Trump administration’s $4.5 billion request for stepped up hum...
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Pence Hops On Barr’s ‘Spying’ Train: We Need To ‘Get To The Bottom’ Of This

As usual, Vice President Mike Pence parroted the party line Friday, saying that he finds the FBI’s efforts to determine wither Russia was using the Trump campaign to interfere in the election — termed “spying” by Attorney General William Barr — “very troubling.” “We’ve got to get to the bottom of how all this started,” he told Fox News’ Sandra Smith. “The American people have a right to know how this investigation even began.” “And as the attorney general said when he testified before Congres...
Tags: News, Congress, Russia, Spying, Fbi, Senate Appropriations Committee, Donald Trump, Trump, Mike Pence, Barr, William Barr, Kate Riga, TV Clip, Fox News Sandra Smith

Barr And ‘People In The Department’ Looking Into US ‘Spying’ On Trump Camp

Attorney General Bill Barr said Wednesday that he had “people in the department helping me” examine intelligence actions in 2016 related to the Trump campaign. Barr’s revelation came during a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee, in response to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), who asked if Barr had tasked staff “to look into whether spying by the FBI and other agencies on the Trump campaign was properly predicated, and can Congress expect a formal report on your findings?” Barr confirmed that...
Tags: News, Congress, US, Spying, Fbi, Chuck Grassley, Senate Appropriations Committee, House Intelligence Committee, Donald Trump, Trump, Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen Chuck Grassley R IA, Grassley, Adam Schiff, Barr, Trump Camp

United States: DOJ To Accept Cole Memorandum For Now - Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

At a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on the FY 2020 budget request for the DOJ, Attorney General William Barr described the current state of interaction between state and federal law with respect to marijuana.
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Controversial housing bill to move forward after compromise

A controversial housing bill that could bring taller buildings to certain California neighborhoods cleared its second hurdle Wednesday, scoring a 5-0 committee vote after several changes designed to make it more palatable to its many opponents. Senate Bill 50 gathered the votes it needed to pass out of the state Senate Governance and Finance Committee, but the bill looks different now than when it was first introduced by Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco. SB 50 would override local zoning rules...
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Consumer group says 66% of stores — names you know — refused to accept empty cans and bottles for recycling

Recycling just keeps getting harder to do. As neighborhood recycling centers close, consumers may turn to supermarkets, drug and convenience stores to redeem their plastic and glass bottles and aluminum cans for their cash value. However, a consumer group found that even though the state recycling agency lists some 3,800 stores as buyback locations, many may not be aware they are supposed to accept empties and return deposits. Some are flat out refusing. In a targeted audit of about 50 stores...
Tags: News, California, Environment, Court, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Senate Appropriations Committee, Consumer Watchdog, Southern California, Aliso Canyon, Santa Monica, Vons, South Bay, Allen, UCI

Scarborough Savages Barr As ‘Political Hack,’ ‘Sleaziest AG Since John Mitchell’

Former Republican congressman-turned cable news host Joe Scarborough savaged Attorney General William Barr on MSBNC’s “Morning Joe” on Thursday morning, less than an hour before Barr is scheduled to hold a press conference on the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. Scarborough called Barr a “political hack,” rather than a “respected legal mind” and warned journalists and Americans that Barr’s presser could likely devolve into another platform to “put forward a conspiracy theor...
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This Week: Barr Goes Full Trump On FBI ‘Spying,’ Testifies About Mueller Report

Bill Barr was in the hot seat this week. In back-to-back Capitol Hill hearings, lawmakers grilled the Attorney General on his handling of the (very) long-awaited Mueller report. First came the House Appropriations Committee hearing, where Barr testified that he had no intention of submitting the full, unredacted report to Congress or of asking a court to authorize the release of grand jury materials. Barr also said Mueller specifically declined to review the March 24 letter he put out absolvi...
Tags: UK, New York, News, Congress, Russia, Ukraine, Fbi, Senate Appropriations Committee, Capitol Hill, Julian Assange, Justice Department, Chelsea Manning, Trump, Democratic, Allegra Kirkland, Assange

Comey Knocks Barr’s ‘Spying’ Claim: I ‘Don’t Know What He’s Talking About’

Former FBI Director James Comey called Attorney General William Barr’s suggestion that “spying” on President Trump’s campaign may have occurred at the outset of the Russia probe “concerning,” especially if Barr considers “court ordered electronic surveillance” to be “spying.” “I really don’t know what he’s talking about when he talks about spying on the campaign,” Comey said Thursday. “It”s concerning because the FBI and the Department of Justice conduct court-ordered electronic surveillance....
Tags: News, Russia, Spying, Fbi, Senate Appropriations Committee, Department Of Justice, James Comey, Trump, Comey, Barr, William Barr, Russia Probe, Nicole Lafond, Comey Knocks Barr

Barr ‘Spying’ Comment Is Direct Attack On The Counterintel Ops He Oversees

After two-plus years of Donald Trump’s presidency, senior U.S. officials going after the FBI can feel like just another Wednesday. But former counterintelligence officials were still struck by Attorney General Bill Barr’s suggestion this week that FBI leaders intentionally spied on Trump’s 2016 campaign. As attorney general, Barr has ultimate authority over the bureau, which, in turn, leads U.S. counterintelligence operations. “He as the attorney general, he’s the boss of bosses. He’s the boss...
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Top Dems Question Barr’s ‘Independence’ After Senate Hearing

Top Democrats in Congress are more concerned than ever about Attorney General Bill Barr’s handling of special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report. In a Thursday letter renewing their call to receive the full, unredacted document, the lawmakers pointed to Barr’s misleading claim that the FBI was “spying” on the Trump campaign as the latest latest evidence that the Attorney General is trying to protect the President. “We would be remiss not to express profound concern about your comments befo...
Tags: News, Congress, Russia, Fbi, Democrats, House, Bill Clinton, Senate Appropriations Committee, Nancy Pelosi, Department Of Justice, Senate Intelligence Committee, Starr, Trump, Allegra Kirkland, Richard Nixon, Chuck Schumer

Clapper Believes Barr Used The Term ‘Spying’ During Hearing ‘Deliberately’

Former DNI James Clapper said Thursday that he believes Attorney General William Barr “deliberately” used the term “spying” to refer to intelligence agencies’ activities in connection with the Trump campaign in 2016. “When the attorney general — I believe he used that term deliberately, you know, he has been the attorney general before so he’s not unfamiliar with all this, I thought it was quite stunning,” Clapper told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota. Clapper has been involved in the “spygate” debacle ...
Tags: News, Russia, Cnn, Spying, Senate Appropriations Committee, James Clapper, Trump, Clapper, Barr, William Barr, Bill Barr, Kate Riga, Alisyn Camerota Clapper

US government 'spied' on Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign, attorney general says

Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign was spied on by the US government, the country’s attorney general said on Wednesday, as he vowed to investigate whether rules were broken in the process.  William Barr, who took up the job in February, said he would look at how the FBI and US intelligence agencies set up the Trump-Russia probe before the 2016 presidential election.  “Spying did occur”, Mr Barr said during a hearing on Capitol Hill, noting at another point that “spying on a political campaign...
Tags: News, Washington, Russia, US, Fbi, Senate Appropriations Committee, Capitol Hill, House Intelligence Committee, Donald Trump, Cambridge University, Doj, Trump, Adam Schiff, Mueller, Barr, Schiff

"Attorney General William Barr has assembled a team to review controversial counterintelligence decisions made by Justice Department and FBI officials..."

"... including actions taken during the probe of the Trump campaign in the summer of 2016," Bloomberg reports."I am reviewing the conduct of the investigation and trying to get my arms around all the aspects of the counterintelligence investigation that was conducted during the summer of 2016." Barr told [the Democratic-controlled House Appropriations subcommittee] on Tuesday.Barr’s inquiry is separate from a long-running investigation by the Justice Department’s inspector general...Asked about ...
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Housing bill to ease zoning rules near transit and jobs advances

A closely watched proposal that would allow apartment buildings to be built near public transportation hubs and job centers throughout California — regardless of local zoning rules — cleared its first hurdle late Tuesday afternoon. Senate Bill 50 marks the second attempt by state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, to boost the state’s scarce housing supply by loosening strict zoning rules and relaxing off-street parking requirements near bus stops and train stations. The proposal also applies t...
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12 Republicans Cross Trump As Senate Votes To Repeal Emergency Declaration

The Senate has voted to undo President Trump’s emergency declaration on the U.S.-Mexico border, the most high-profile and bipartisan rebuke of Trump’s presidency. Every Senate Democrat and a dozen Republicans joined together Thursday to pass a resolution disapproving of Trump’s attempts to seize money Congress appropriated for other purposes to build his wall. The final vote was 59-41. A number of senior Republicans who hadn’t voted against Trump on any previous major legislation broke with th...
Tags: News, Congress, Mexico, Senate, Mitt Romney, Senate Appropriations Committee, Dc, Donald Trump, Trump, Senate GOP, Roger Wicker, Sen Thom Tillis, Martha McSally, Border Wall, 2020 Elections, Sen Roy Blunt R MO

Hyde-Smith Introduces Legislation To Combat Growing Threat Of Chronic Wasting Disease

Bill Authorizes Additional Resources for State CWD Management & Surveillance Efforts, Establishes Unified Response Framework. Hyde-Smith Introduces Legislation To Combat Growing Threat Of Chronic Wasting Disease WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) today introduced legislation to establish a unified response framework for combating the threat of chronic wasting disease (CWD), a growing epidemic threatening white-tailed deer populations in Mississippi and at least 24 oth...
Tags: Mississippi, Guns, Washington, Agriculture, Senate Appropriations Committee, U S Department of Agriculture, Senate Agriculture Committee, Mississippi State University, Cindy Hyde-Smith, Conservation News, Hunting News, Chronic Wasting Disease, Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries, Hyde Smith, Parks MDWFP, MDWFP

Democrat-led House passes bill blocking Trump’s national emergency declaration on border wall

Democrats ignored a veto threat and rammed legislation through the House Tuesday that would stymie President Donald Trump’s bid for billions of extra dollars for his border wall, escalating a clash over whether he was abusing his powers to advance his paramount campaign pledge. The House’s 245-182 vote to block Trump’s national emergency declaration throws the political hot potato to the Republican-run Senate, where there were already enough GOP defections to edge it to the cusp of passage. Vice...
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Oklahoma Constitutional Carry Getting Close to Passage

Opinion Oklahoma Constitutional Carry Getting Close to Passage Arizona -( -Oklahoma Constitutional Carry, in the form of HB2597, is moving forward. Here is part of the changes in the statutes. The Constitutional Carry law will remove the provisions of law that make it illegal to carry guns and knives for ordinary legal purposes. A. It Notwithstanding any other provision of law, it shall be unlawful for any person to carry upon or about his or her person, or in a purse or ot...
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Trump Will Sign Bill. No One Wants Another Shutdown, Sen. Leahy Says

Rachel Martin talks to Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee and one of four negotiators of the bipartisan border security compromise measure.
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Republican senators praise spending deal as path to Trump border request

Republican Senate leaders on Tuesday praised a spending agreement reached with Democrats to avert a government shutdown this week, calling it a step toward border security measures sought by President Donald Trump. Republicans acknowledged the deal fell short of elements Trump had demanded, saying they made concessions, but got some too."It's not everything the president hoped to get, but I think it's a good step in the right direction," Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters a...
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Trump says he’s not thrilled with GOP-backed border deal

By ANDREW TAYLOR and ALAN FRAM WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Tuesday he’s “unhappy” with a hard-won agreement to prevent a new government shutdown and finance construction of more barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border, but he didn’t say he wouldn’t sign the measure. GOP congressional leaders swung behind the proposed deal, selling it as a necessary compromise. Trump said he doesn’t believe there will be a shutdown, which could have hit hundreds of thousands of federal workers again th...
Tags: Texas, News, Congress, Washington, Mexico, Senate, White House, Immigration, Uncategorized, Sport, Soccer, Democrats, Gop, House, Mitch McConnell, Senate Appropriations Committee

Negotiators Say They Have Tentative Agreement To Avoid Another Shutdown

The bipartisan group negotiating to avoid another shutdown announced on Monday night that it had the broad outlines of a border security agreement to do so. The top Democrats and Republicans on the House and Senate appropriations committees came out of a long Monday evening meeting to say they think they’ve reached a deal “in principle” to fully fund the government, which is set to run out of funds on Friday at midnight. But they declined to discuss any details of the agreement, which would fu...
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