Will Curiel’s case be a DACA test for Trump?

April 21, 2017

(CNN)A distinguished federal judge who most Americans only know of as the target of Donald Trump’s bigotry when he was still a candidate for president has returned to the public spotlight — and not by choice. Judge Gonzalo Curiel, a judge in the southern district of California, has been assigned to hear the case of a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient who alleges that he was improperly deported by immigration authorities. Juan Manuel Montes, 23, says that he …

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Ann Coulter isn’t letting Berkeley off easy for messing with her speech

April 21, 2017

(CNN)The showdown continued Thursday between the University of California, Berkeley, and Ann Coulter over if and when the conservative firebrand will speak at the famously progressive school. Citing safety concerns, administrators on Wednesday postponed Coulter’s scheduled April 27 appearance, saying it needed more time to find a “suitable venue.” But Coulter was not having it. In a Twitter rampage and a Fox News appearance, she accused the school of canceling the event and …

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Ann Coulter vows to speak at UC Berkeley after school calls off event

April 20, 2017

(CNN)Conservative commentator Ann Coulter vowed to proceed with a scheduled speaking event at the University of California, Berkeley, despite the school’s decision to call it off. In a letter to Berkeley College Republicans, who organized the event, Vice Chancellors Scott Biddy and Stephen Sutton said campus police were unable to find a “suitable venue” for the April 27 event. “Unfortunately, UCPD determined that, given currently active security threats, it is not …

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Deported to Mexico: Who is the US kicking out?

April 18, 2017

Mexico City (CNN)Maria Perez hasn’t seen her grandson since he was a little boy. On her cell phone she keeps a video of that day. It shows 8-year-old Eduardo Hernandez hugging her goodbye. Now Hernandez is 21 and walking through the frosted glass doors at Mexico City’s international airport. …

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Sarah Paulson is itching for a ‘Feud’ of her own after playing Geraldine Page

April 17, 2017

… It was Bette who became a friend to Olivia, first, says the actress. Olivia had a touch of royalty. She was an ex-pat; she had an exotic air she was born in Tokyo, but she lived here. She started doing Shakespeare in upstate California; she was certainly not found having a popsicle at the diner. Her name alone de Havilland! SEE ALSO: ‘Feud: Bette and Joan’ is about so much more than Hollywood’s most infamous catfight Bette saw that she was more than a pretty face very early …

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Ted Lieu, Congressman and Twitter King, is beating Trump at his own dumb game

April 16, 2017

Image: J. Terrill/AP/REX/Shutterstock It’s depressing to admit, but let’s do it anyway: there are few politicians in the world more skilled at manipulating Twitter than President Trump. So over the past few months, 48-year-old Congressman Ted Lieu (D-California) has decided to try and master the platform, slowly emerging as the President’s most adept social media opponent. It might seem like an embarrassing game to play after all, world leaders don’t historically …

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Rep. McClintock’s town hall gets personal

April 9, 2017

(CNN)Republican Rep. Tom McClintock faced jeers, boos and shouts of “do your job” at a town hall meeting in his California district Saturday, but one thing the crowd liked was his stance on Syria — precisely because he criticized President Donald Trump’s decision to strike an air base in that country on Thursday. “I think that this President does need to be held to the letter of the Constitution,” McClintock told the crowd. “I believe his attack on …

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The only 4 things you need to know about Trump and Russia

April 1, 2017

… that the Obama administration ordered surveillance of any kind — phone “tapp” or otherwise — at Trump Tower. In subsequent testimony, delivered under oath to the House Intelligence Committee, Comey very publicly dismisses the allegations. “I have no information that supports those tweets,” he told the committee. The hearing where Comey testified was presided over by Rep. Devin Nunes, a California Republican who worked on Trump’s transition team. Nunes …

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Kelly says DHS won’t separate families at the border

March 30, 2017

… “frustration” but others called “positive.” Kelly also said he intends to hold a conference this spring on improving conditions in Central America, and discussed the status of deferred action recipients in the wide-ranging meeting. In response to a question from California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Kelly said that DHS wouldn’t be separating mothers and children at the border unless there was an extenuating reason, such as illness, according to several Democrats who …

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Hillary Clinton makes most political remarks since losing election

March 29, 2017

(CNN)Hillary Clinton took the stage at a diversity conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, making her most political comments since losing the 2016 presidential election. “There is no place I’d rather be than here with you,” Clinton said, before adding: “Other than the White House.” During her keynote address at the annual conference hosted by the Professional BusinessWomen of California, Clinton spoke largely about women’s equality and peppered in criticism …

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Russia fight threatens intel panel’s work

March 29, 2017

Washington (CNN)Thelatest round ofpoliticalfinger-pointing over the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russia’s meddling in the US elections isthreatening to undermine the bipartisan committee’s work. Chairman Devin Nunesof California and ranking Democrat Adam Schiff, alsoof California, on Friday held dueling news conferences for the second time this week. At his event, Nunes announced he was postponing next week’s public hearing on the Russia …

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$27,000 melons? Unwrapping the high price of Japan’s luxury fruit habit

March 23, 2017

(CNN)It looks like a jewelry shop with its high-end exterior. But a peek inside the sparkling glass display cases at any of Sembikiya‘s Tokyo outlets reveals expensive treasures of a surprising kind. From heart-shaped watermelons to “Ruby Roman” grapes, which are the size of a ping pong ball, this retailer specializes in selling mouth-watering produce at eye-watering prices. Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH …

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GOP lawmaker: Obamacare replacement ‘not in a form that I approve of’

March 12, 2017

Washington (CNN)California Rep. Darrell Issa faced an often critical crowd at his town hall meeting Saturday over his position on repealing the Affordable Care Act. The California Republican declined to say how he’d vote on the Republican plan to repeal the law, unveiled earlier this week, but acknowledged that the plan needs fixing. Asked by a woman attending the meeting in Oceanside, California, how he would vote on the GOP legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare, President …

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At 7, this boy runs a company and saves for college

March 10, 2017

(CNN)It’s never too early to start a business. When he was 3 years old, Ryan Hickman visited the rePlanet recycling center in California, and found his life’s mission. The next day, as he greeted his dad, Damion, at their San Juan Capistrano driveway, he pointed down the street and made an announcement: “My new business! I’m going to pick up all the cans and bottles from everyone in the neighborhood.” Hickman, a graphic designer and no more than an …

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Trump wants a $1 trillion investment in roads and bridges. Will more drilling help?

March 3, 2017

… California could throw up significant legalhurdles for offshore leasingin some Pacific waters, especially if drilling could threaten tourism or their ecology, Ori said. “It’s not very likely that in the next five to 10 years, that you would get through all the court battles, get all the infrastructure built, and start bringing stuff to market and make money,” he added. And simply opening new lands alone may not be enough. In 2015, Obama opened parts of the Arctic Ocean for …

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