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California Dems prepare for fierce Senate battle

California Dems prepare for fierce Senate battle

California Democrats are bracing for an ugly family feud. Sen. Dianne Feinstein hasn’t indicated her plans yet, but California Democratic Reps. Katie Porter and Adam Schiff have already announced their bids for her seat, up in 2024. And Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) is expected to enter the fray any day now. The draw is too tempting for senior Democrats to pass up — if the 89-year-old Feinstein retires, as expected, it opens a spot that her successor could likely hold…

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Flexing his wins and eyeing a 2nd term, Biden will lay out contrasts with GOP in State of the Union

Flexing his wins and eyeing a 2nd term, Biden will lay out contrasts with GOP in State of the Union

President Joe Biden is planning to use his second State of the Union address to paint the broad strokes of a likely campaign ahead, contrasting his notion of steady leadership with the newly elected, likely chaotic Republican House. Privately, aides are hoping the GOP lawmakers in attendance will help him achieve the contrast. The president will command his biggest audience of the year for Tuesday night’s address to Congress when, aides said, he will extend his hand across the aisle…

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Biden admin offers to brief Trump officials on past Chinese spy balloon incursions

Biden admin offers to brief Trump officials on past Chinese spy balloon incursions

The Biden administration is willing to brief former Trump officials on newly discovered intelligence that China sent spy balloons into U.S. airspace during their time in charge. The offer, described by senior Biden administration officials on Sunday night, comes as former President Donald Trump and senior members of his national security team say they were never briefed on such an incursion by a Beijing-sent aircraft. “This information was discovered after the prior administration left. The intelligence community is prepared to…

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Teen overdose deaths lead California schools to stock reversal drug

Teen overdose deaths lead California schools to stock reversal drug

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — When a student at a Sacramento high school collapsed in an apparent overdose last fall, staff were able to render immediate first aid, administering a newly stocked dose of the opioid reversal drug naloxone. “The results were pretty immediate,” said Victoria Flores, a health administrator with the Sacramento Unified School District. “The individual’s life was saved.” Such incidents, though relatively rare, are behind a new push in California to not just stock school campuses with naloxone, sold…

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Dianne Feinstein’s extremely awkward, very uncomfortable exit from the political stage

Dianne Feinstein’s extremely awkward, very uncomfortable exit from the political stage

LOS ANGELES — Several of her House colleagues are already running for her Senate seat. She isn’t raising real money. And it’s so widely assumed that Sen. Dianne Feinstein is on her way out that Nancy Pelosi, the former House speaker, felt free this week to publicly endorse a would-be successor — if Feinstein retires. An extreme awkwardness has fallen over California political circles, where virtually everyone is acting as if Feinstein is done, but without her explicitly saying so….

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