Friday, May 20, 2016

The Big Issue Californians Are Not Hearing About This Election Year



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By Bill Boyarsky — While most voters’ attention is on the presidential primary and national-level races, it’s the legislative election that matters to the most powerful political force in the Golden State—big business.
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By Sonali Kolhatkar — Despite recent claims that U.S.-Saudi relations are strained, close ties between the two countries count for far more than uncovering what really happened on Sept. 11, 2001.
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She was only 14 when her mother decided that Nasima’s best hope for a future meant leaving her home, her family and everything she knew to make a grueling trek to Europe.
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Although the state is ahead of the curve on renewable energy, Saturday’s rally in Los Angeles was a reminder to politicians that there’s far to go before we “Break Free” of our dependence on coal, oil and gas.
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And Verizon’s CEO makes even more than that.
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Across the country, state legislatures are working to make municipal attempts to leverage public spending for local job creation illegal.
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Very high temperatures will affect some of the world’s least-developed countries before touching the richer nations that are more responsible for climate change.
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By Juan Cole — Iraqi forces have taken Rutba in al-Anbar province, nearly 200 miles west of the provincial capital, Ramadi, which is also now in government hands (though much of its population is displaced).
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By Kasia Anderson — Anthony Weiner’s career may have imploded, but his personal and professional disasters provided the basis for what might be the most unnervingly canny treatment to date of America’s celebrity-mad political culture.
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By Carrie Rickey — “Maggie’s Plan” marks Rebecca Miller’s rowdy comedic debut, and it’s so sharp about modern dating and mating that you could dice an onion with it.
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In the 1964 talk, the human rights activist stressed the importance of voting to achieve equality for African-Americans, but he warned that violence would be necessary if politicians failed to bring about justice.
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“[The] interview didn’t seem to be about journalism or the Republican party or even the election,” says the befuddled “Daily Show” host.
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