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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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The Surprising Reason Europe Came Together Against Putin

The Surprising Reason Europe Came Together Against Putin

Since Feb. 24, when Russia launched its all-out invasion of Ukraine, we’ve heard from many quarters that Europe is united as never before. “Fifteen years ago, during the financial crisis, it took us years to find lasting solutions,” said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in her State of the European Union address to the European Parliament on Sept. 14. “But this year, as soon as Russian troops crossed the border into Ukraine, our response was united, determined and…

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U.S. downs Chinese spy balloon off Carolinas coast

U.S. downs Chinese spy balloon off Carolinas coast

At President Joe Biden’s direction, a U.S. fighter jet downed a Chinese surveillance balloon off the coast of the Carolinas on Saturday. The F-22 stealth fighter jet assigned to U.S. Northern Command successfully brought down the craft that sparked national security concerns and a rift with China as it drifted across the continental United States this week. Biden had told the military earlier this week to shoot down the balloon, but the Pentagon recommended they wait until it was safe…

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Biden brought down a Chinese spy balloon. But he hasn’t tanked bilateral ties

Biden brought down a Chinese spy balloon. But he hasn’t tanked bilateral ties

President Joe Biden’s decision to shoot down a Chinese surveillance balloon on Saturday is a blow to a U.S.-China relationship that has been spiraling downward for years. But it is not necessarily a death blow. U.S.-China ties have already weathered years of Beijing’s saber-rattling across the Taiwan Strait, its military installations on disputed islands in the South China Sea and high-tech espionage. Beijing has in turn accused the U.S. of a Cold War mentality and of seeking to suppress China…

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The State Where the GOP Would Rather Lose Than Change

The State Where the GOP Would Rather Lose Than Change

PHOENIX — In a megachurch where the Arizona Republican Party met over the weekend to chart its course following heavy losses in the midterms, a package of resolutions was up for consideration, including one to censure Republican officials involved in running past elections. The question on the floor was how. Stepping to the microphone in the sanctuary, a man who introduced himself as a combat Vietnam veteran suggested that the way the party censures politicians — a punishment previously slapped…

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DNC votes to shake up presidential primary calendar

DNC votes to shake up presidential primary calendar

Members of the Democratic National Committee overwhelmingly approved a dramatic shakeup of the party’s presidential nominating calendar Saturday morning, reordering what states will vote first in primaries and upending a century of political tradition. The new calendar — recommended by President Joe Biden and his advisers and approved by a majority vote of the DNC — elevates South Carolina to the first-place position in the primary calendar on Feb. 3, replacing the Iowa caucuses, which held the coveted perch for…

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