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Brown vetoes bill banning semi-automatic rifles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have banned future sales of most semi-automatic rifles that accept detachable magazines, part of a firearms package approved by state lawmakers in […]

10/11/2013

From left, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and others stand on the Senate steps on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, during a news conference on the ongoing budget battle. President Barack Obama was making plans to talk with Republican lawmakers at the White House in the coming days as pressure builds on both sides to resolve their deadlock over the federal debt limit and the partial government shutdown.  (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Shutdown-Default: All quiet on compromise front

WASHINGTON (AP) — Its approval ratings scraping bottom, Congress took no discernible steps Wednesday to end the nine-day partial government shutdown or to head off a threatened default by the national Treasury. Instead, the House […]

10/09/2013

Andrea Bentley, with the American Federation of Government Employees, protests the government shutdown outside the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Poll: No heroes in shutdown, GOP gets most blame

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and lawmakers must rise above their incessant bickering and do more to end the partial government shutdown, according to a poll Wednesday that places the brunt of the blame […]

10/09/2013

Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho is interviewed by The Associated Press in Boise, Idaho. (AP Photo/John Miller, File)

Politically safe lawmakers see no shutdown urgency

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government shutdown could last for many days or even weeks because politically safe lawmakers in both parties feel little pressure to compromise. Heavily gerrymandered districts make many House Democrats and Republicans […]

10/03/2013

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Day 3: the government shutdown continues

Analysts say if Speaker John Boehner would bring a clean continuing resolution to the House floor, it would pass, and the government would re-open. But he has refused to do that, instead continuing his push […]

10/03/2013

People take pictures in front of the steps of the closed Lincoln Memorial, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, in Washington. The museums that draw millions of visitors to the National Mall closed their doors Tuesday, memorials were barricaded and trash will go uncollected in the nation's most-visited national park due to the first government shutdown in 17 years.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Stop being so stupid, voters tweet to Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — The roiling debate over the U.S. government shutdown is extending to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as fed-up Americans turn to social media to register their disgust with federal lawmakers for shutting down […]

10/02/2013

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Day 2 of the government shutdown

Some 800,000 government workers are enduring their first full day of no pay after they were sent home on furlough yesterday. And Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill are signaling that it may be weeks […]

10/02/2013

Sebastian Ramirez, 27, of Austin, Texas, hikes out of the Bright Angel Trail in Grand Canyon National Park, Tuesday afternoon. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle)

Dems, GOP trade blame for government shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — First slowed, then stalled by political gridlock, the vast machinery of government clanged into partial shutdown mode on Tuesday and President Barack Obama warned the longer it goes “the more families will […]

10/01/2013

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., left, follows Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., right, the Democratic Policy Committee chairman, after a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, after blaming conservative Republicans for holding up a stopgap spending bill to keep the government running. Senate passage of the spending bill — stripped of the "Obamacare" provision — was expected no later than Saturday.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate seeks to reverse law on engineered crops

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate is seeking to reverse a controversial law that allows farmers to harvest genetically modified crops even when the crops are caught up in legal battles. The law, passed as part […]

09/27/2013

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Lawmakers extend carpool perk for clean vehicles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The state Senate has approved two bills designed to encourage motorists to buy low-polluting vehicles. Both extend existing programs that allow solo drivers to use carpool lanes as an incentive. SB286 […]

09/05/2013

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Legislation would protect Calif. transit money

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown and Democrats in the state Assembly have drafted legislation they hope will help California keep about $1.6 billion in federal transportation money after the state scaled back some […]

09/04/2013

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Senate OKs bill barring high-cost school bonds

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Lawmakers are sending Gov. Jerry Brown legislation intended to prevent school districts from selling high-cost bonds that rack up massive interest costs and cannot be paid off until they mature. The […]

09/03/2013

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