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Wednesday
Oct112017

POLITICS (National): Donald Trump presidency, various reports: "Trump touts economic development bill 'which nobody knows about'"; "Zinke's travels: Ski resort and Alaskan steakhouse"; "'He's better than this,' says Thomas Barrack, Trump's loyal whisperer"; also, commentary (Op-Ed: Frank Bruni), "To Serve Is to Slobber" .... 

***Donald Trump presidency, various reports....

* Los Angeles Times (Jim Puzzanghera):  "Trump touts economic development bill 'which nobody knows about'"

* Washington Post (Michael Kranish):  "'He's better than this,' says Thomas Barrack, Trump's loyal whisperer"

* POLITICO (Esther Wheldon, Ben Lefebvre):  "Zinke's travels: Ski resort and Alaskan steakhouse" - "Two newly revealed political fundraising appearances by the Interior secretary add to questions about Trump Cabinet members' taxpayer-funded trips."

***ALSO:

* New York Times (Op-Ed: Frank Bruni): "To Serve Is to Slobber"

Wednesday
Oct112017

POLITICS (National): President Donald Trump, various reports: "For Trump, the Realty Show Has Never Ended"; "Trump unleashes himself from would-be handlers, lashing out mornings, nights and weekends"; commentary (Eugene Robinson), "Trump has more than three years left in his term. What are we going to do?"; also, "Feds won't confirm Comey assurances to Trump on Russia probe" ....

***President Donald Trump, various reports....

* New York Times (Peter Baker):  "For Trump, the Reality Show Has Never Ended"

* Los Anglees Times (Noah Bierman, Cathleen Decker, Brian Bennett):  "Trump unleashes himself from would-be handlers, lashing out mornings, nights and weekends"   

* Washington Post (Op-Ed: Eugene Robinson):  "Trump has more than three years left in his term. What are we going to do?"

***ALSO:

* POLITICO (Josh Gersten):  "Feds won't confirm Comey assurances to Trump on Russia probe"

Wednesday
Oct112017

SACRAMENTO: SB 17, "Why are your prescription drugs so expensive? Californians may find out"; California Water/Fix, "Southern California water agency approves pitching in $4.3 billion for massive delta tunnels project"; SD 29, "California State Senator Newman recall effort uncertain as deadline for rescinding signatures passes" ....

Wednesday
Oct112017

POLITICS (State, Local/Los Angeles): Land use/ development, environmental lawsuits?: "A key change to a major state environmental law again misses a deadline" ....

***Land use/development, environmental lawsuits?

* Los Angeles Times (Liam Dillon):  "A key change to a major state environmental law again misses a deadline" - From the LAT:

California lawmakers keep passing bills to ease the burden of environmental lawsuits against big developments. And they keep ignoring the fact that the deadline they set for the end of the litigation is never met.

Starting in 2011, state legislators have allowed projects with a price tag of at least $100 million that meet a host of environmental and labor standards to get speedier trials under the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA, the state’s primary law governing development. Under the law, which was renewed for the third time this year, any CEQA litigation against such projects is supposed to be wrapped up within nine months. Lawmakers supporting the measures have argued that these developments are too important to the state’s economy to wait.

But one project is now waiting longer than it should: a Frank Gehry-designed, mixed-use development at 8150 Sunset Blvd. in Los Angeles. Neighborhood activists sued over the project, arguing that its environmental review was insufficient and questioning plans to demolish a midcentury modern bank building on the site. The nine-month deadline expired earlier this month. The case, however, remains in the California 2nd District Court of Appeal. Both sides are asking appellate court judges to overturn parts of the trial court’s ruling.

This isn't the only time a case has taken more than nine months to be resolved. In fact, the deadline never has been met .................

Wednesday
Oct112017

POLITICS (National, State/Alabama): U.S. Senate election, Alabama, Roy Moore, Foundation for Moral Law, compensation?: "Undisclosed deal guaranteed Roy Moore $180,000 a year for part-time work at charity" ....  

***U.S. Senate election, Alabama, Roy Moore, Foundation for Moral Law, compensation?

* Washington Post (Steven Boburg, Robert O'Harrow, Jr.):  "Undisclosed deal guaranteed Roy Moore $180,000 a year for part-time work at charity" - From the WP:

Former Alabama judge Roy Moore, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, once said publicly that he did not take a “regular salary” from the small charity he founded to promote Christian values because he did not want to be a financial burden. But privately, Moore had arranged to receive a salary of $180,000 a year for part-time work at the Foundation for Moral Law, internal charity documents show. He collected more than $1 million as president from 2007 to 2012, compensation that far surpassed what the group disclosed in its public tax filings most of those years.

When the charity couldn’t afford the full amount, Moore in 2012 was given a promissory note for back pay eventually worth $540,000 or an equal stake of the charity’s most valuable asset, a historic building in Montgomery, Ala., mortgage records show. He holds that note even now, a charity official said.

A Washington Post review of public and internal charity documents found that errors and gaps in the group’s federal tax filings obscured until now the compensation paid to Moore, whose defeat last month of President Trump’s choice for Republican nominee in the Senate race will likely embolden far-right challengers to the party’s mainstream incumbents. Moore is the front-runner in the race to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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An Internal Revenue Service audit of the Foundation for Moral Law’s 2013 finances, provided by the charity, concluded that ..................