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Aug172017

POLITICS (National): President Donald Trump, temper? stubbornness?: "'He is stubborn and doesn't realize how bad this is getting'" ....

***President Donald Trump, temper? stubbornness?

* POLITICO (Nancy Cook, Josh Dawsey):  "'He is stubborn and doesn't realize how bad this is getting'" - "The Charlottesville furor is the latest example of the chaos that can result from Trump's temper and refusal to back down." - From POLITICO:

President Donald Trump’s decision to double down on his argument that “both sides” were to blame for the violent clashes at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, was driven in part by his own anger — and his disdain for being told what to do.

Trump’s temper has been a constant force in this eight-month-old White House. He’s made policy decisions after becoming irritated with staffers and has escalated fights in the past few weeks with everyone from the Senate majority leader to the volatile dictator of North Korea. The controversy over his response to the Charlottesville violence was no different. Agitated about being pressured by aides to clarify his first public statement, Trump unexpectedly unwound the damage control of the prior two days by assigning blame to the “alt-left” and calling some of the white supremacist protesters “very fine people.”

“In some ways, Trump would rather have people calling him racist than say he backed down the minute he was wrong,” one adviser to the White House said on Wednesday about Charlottesville. “This may turn into the biggest mess of his presidency because he is stubborn and doesn't realize how bad this is getting.”

For Trump, anger serves as a way to ..................

Thursday
Aug172017

POLITICS/MEDIA: Tech industry, white supremacists, Internet access?: "Neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer accused of defamation by radio host, as it's 'complete banned from the Internet'"; "PayPay escalates the tech industry's war on white supremacy"; "Now Russia blocks Neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer"; "Internet Firms Shift Stance, Move to Exile White Supremacists" ....

Thursday
Aug172017

POLITICS/ENVIRONMENT: Settlement, federal case vs. Modesto-area farmer who plowed wetlands: "Northern California farmer who plowed wetlands is fined $1.1 million"; "Settlement reached in federal case of Modesto-area farmer fined $2.8 million for plowing his field"; "$1.1 million penalty for Californian who plowed wetlands" ....

***Settlement, federal case vs. Modesto-area farmer who plowed wetlands....

* Los Angeles Times:  "Northern California farmer who plowed wetlands is fined $1.1 million"

* Sacramento Bee:  "Settlement reached in federal case of Modesto-area farmer fined $2.8 million for plowing his field"

* San Francisco Chronicle (AP):  "$1.1 million penalty for Californian who plowed wetlands"

Thursday
Aug172017

SACRAMENTO: Fair Political Practices Commission, "Democrat gets break on campaign finance rule"; environment, climate change, "California climate deal could net big bucks for polluters"; elections, possible ballot measures, "Billions in new spending for housing, water, parks and more could be on the 2018 ballot" ....

***Various items relating to doings in and/or around the Capitol....

* Sacramento Bee:  "Democrat gets break on campaign finance rule"

* Los Angeles Times (Liam Dillon):  "Billions in new spending for housing, water, parks and more could be on the 2018 ballot"

* CALmatters (Julie Cart, Laurel Rosenhall):  "California climate deal could net big bucks for polluters"

Thursday
Aug172017

MISCELLANEOUS: Guacomole? Avocado toast?: "Warning to avocado lovers: a California shortfall may send prices soaring" .... 

***Guacomole? Avocado toast??

* Los Angeles Times:  "Warning to avocado lovers: a California shortfall may send prices soaring" - From the LAT:

Avocados could soon be fetching a lot more green. A shortfall in production in California, the leading U.S. avocado grower, has kicked up wholesale prices in recent weeks — which means you may soon be paying more for fresh guacamole and avocado toast.

A wholesale box of 60 avocados currently costs about $80, or $1.33 per avocado, said Jim Boyce, owner of Produce Express, a produce supplier in the Sacramento area. “Normally at this time in August we’re typically in the high 40s to high 50s” in terms of a box’s wholesale dollar price, or about 81 cents to 98 cents apiece, Boyce said. “It’s very abnormal this time of year.”

The production shortfall is blamed in good part on severe heat in California growing regions during the summer last year, when the avocados that are currently being harvested were still maturing. That was on top of the long drought that affected the state and, when the heavy rains finally arrived in the winter, it was too late.

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Some California growers also have been selling their land to reap larger profits than they can earn by farming, which has contributed to the production shortfall, Boyce said.

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Meanwhile, the fruit’s popularity is growing ................