California, Trump could clash over legal pot – San Francisco Chronicle

The White House put California and seven other states on notice Thursday that their efforts to end the criminalization of marijuana could soon hit a roadblock. Addressing reporters at a news conference, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said that states should expect to see “greater enforcement” of federal marijuana laws under President Trump’s Justice […]
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Federal appeals court rules 3 to 0 against Trump on travel ban – The Washington Post

In a unanimous 29-page opinion, three judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit flatly rejected the government’s argument that suspension of the order should be lifted immediately for national security reasons, and they forcefully asserted their ability to serve as a check on the president’s power. Source: Federal appeals court rules […]
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Sen. Harris’ 1st bill seeks legal counsel for refugees

California Sen. Kamala Harris’ first bill would guarantee legal counsel for refugees and other travelers blocked at U.S. ports of entry in the face of President Trump’s recent travel ban. Six U.S. Senators and a number of civil rights and immigrant rights groups support the legislation which faces a steep uphill climb with Republicans holding […]
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Op-Ed: Trump and Congress can jumpstart improvements to interstate highways in Southern California – The Orange County Register

Infrastructure funds, pension funds and private companies lament the lack of a “pipeline” of infrastructure projects in California and across the United States. That’s because 20th-century regulations and policies make public-private partnership projects more difficult, not financially feasible, or impossible. President Trump and Congress have the opportunity to remove these federal obstacles. Source: Trump and […]
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Governors send list of more than 300 infrastructure projects to Trump administration | The Tribune

The White House and members of the Trump transition team, which originally sought the project lists, but it’s unclear when the administration will announce which projects it will promote, or when. Initial investment in these projects for 2017 would be $150 billion and the Trump team would scrutinize the projects through a bipartisan commission. That […]
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California Republicans ask Trump administration to block bullet train funding – LA Times

If the administration cuts off related money for the bullet train and attempts to enforce stricter controls on existing multibillion-dollar grants, it could cause significant stress on a project that is already facing increasing costs and schedule delays. The grant in question is a key part of the $2-billion electrification project, which would convert Caltrain’s […]
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The fight’s on in 4 local districts where GOP lawmakers represent people who voted for Hillary – The Orange County Register

One strain of mixed congressional district — with GOP representatives of voters who wanted Hillary Clinton, not Donald Trump, in the White House — is particularly rare, with just 22 examples. Four of those touch Orange County. Source: The fight’s on in 4 local districts where GOP lawmakers represent people who voted for Hillary – […]
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‘There’s my Kevin’: McCarthy emerges as Trump’s trusted link to Capitol Hill – The Washington Post

McCarthy appears to be one of the few on Capitol Hill who has the absolute trust of the one Republican in Washington who matters most. Their alliance began many weeks before Trump secured the GOP nomination, at a time when most of senior Republicans on Capitol Hill were treating Trump with kid gloves. Source: ‘There’s […]
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