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Saturday
Dec172016

POLITICS (National, International): 2016 presidential election, Russia-Putin-Trump/CIA, FBI: "FBI backs CIA findings that Russia tried to help Trump with election"; "FBI in agreement with CIA that Russia aimed to help Trup win White House"; "CIA director assures staff: Intel agencies similar in hacking assessment"; also, "Obama: Trump's victory threatens America's core" .... 

***2016 presidential election, Russia-Putin-Trump/CIA, FBI....

* POLITICO:  "FBI backs CIA findings that Russia tried to help Trump win election"

* Washington Post:  "FBI in agreement with CIA that Russia aimed to help Trump win White House"

* CNN:  "CIA director assures staff: Intel agencies similar in hacking assessment"

* USA Today:  "FBI accepts CIA conclusion that Russians hacked to help Trump"

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* POLITICO:  "Obama: Trump's victory threatens America's core" - "In his final end-of-the-year news conference, the president warns of a Republican Party aligned with Russia."

Saturday
Dec172016

POLITICS (National): 2016 presidential election, election results, Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey interview: "Michelle Obama: 'We're feeling what not having hope feels like'" ....

***2016 presidential election, election results, Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey interview....

* POLITICO:  "Michelle Obama: 'We're feeling what not having hope feels like'" - From POLITICO:

President Barack Obama’s administration achieved the platform he ran for president on: hope, according to first lady Michelle Obama, who implied that many Americans no longer have that hope as President-elect Donald Trump transitions into the White House. “We feel the difference now. See, now, we’re feeling what not having hope feels like, you know,” the first lady told Oprah Winfrey in an interview excerpt broadcast Friday on “CBS This Morning.”

 

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“Hope is necessary. It’s a necessary concept,” the first lady said. “And Barack didn’t just talk about hope because he thought it was just a nice slogan to get votes. I mean, he and I and so many believe that if you — what else do you have if you don’t have hope? What do you give your kids if you can’t give them hope?”

Michelle Obama tore into Trump on the stump campaigning for Clinton, emerging as the most potent surrogate for the Democratic nominee and sparking calls for her to run for office — although President Obama has insisted that his wife won’t run for office. She appeared to do the same in her interview with Winfrey, suggesting the nation will no longer have a grownup in the Oval Office once the current first family leaves but never mentioning the nation's 45th president by name ................

Saturday
Dec172016

SACRAMENTO: "The Voters Speak, The Legislature Interprets -- Not Always Correctly"; "California assemblyman worries free expression under threat on college campuses"; "State unveils new laws aimed at dealing with housing shortage"; "Legalization is opening doors for new marijuana enterprises. Are we about to see a pot gold rush?" ....

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

* Fox & Hounds (Joel Fox):  "The Voters Speak, The Legislature Interprets -- Not Always Correctly"

* Sacramento Bee:  "California assemblyman worries free expression under threat on college campuses"

* East Bay Times:  "State unveils new laws aimed at dealing with housing shortage" - "Now easier for homeowners to add in-law type units on property"

* Los Angeles Times (Robin Abcarian):  "Legalization is opening doors for new marijuana enterprises. Are we about to see a pot gold rush?"

Saturday
Dec172016

POLITICS (National, International): 2016 presidential election, Russia hacking? U.S. response?: "Obama says election cyberattack came from 'highest levels' of the Russian government and vows retaliation"; "Obama points figner at Putin for hacks during U.S. election"; Obama Plames Putin for Cyber Attacks on U.S. Election"; "Obama, rapping Putin, says U.S. could strike back on cyber" ....

Saturday
Dec172016

POLITICS/BUSINESS/URBAN AFFAIRS: Employment/ unemployment, new jobs/jobs lost?: "Calfornia coastal counties add jobs in November whilel rural areas continue to suffer" ....  

* Los Angeles Times:  "California coastal counties add jobs in November while rural areas continue to suffer" - From the LAT:

Helped by a surprising rise in manufacturing, California employers added 13,600 jobs in November and nudged the state unemployment rate down to 5.3%, according to data released Friday. The state unemployment rate had held steady for four months at 5.5% before November, according to the California Employment Development Department. The nation’s jobless rate fell to 4.6% last month.

Industries that did especially well in November include . . . . . . . .

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The largest decrease came in the leisure and hospitality sector, which recorded a loss of 10,900 jobs.

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...[T] the jobs picture in California remains uneven, with several rural inland and northern communities continuing to suffer .................