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California dropped its guard before it was hit with $2 billion in unemployment fraud

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Patrick McGreevy As California grapples with staggering levels of unemployment benefit fraud — $2 billion or more by one estimate — lawmakers and security experts say the state let its guard down well before the COVID-19 pandemic began in......

Congressional leaders are close to deal for coronavirus aid package

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Sarah D. Wire Congressional leaders have resolved the final major issue delaying passage of a nearly $1-trillion economic aid package to extend federal unemployment payments and forgivable loans for small businesses, and to give direct cash payments to many......

News Analysis: The pandemic helps fuel a long-shot effort to remove Gov. Gavin Newsom

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here John Myers Among the many catchphrases coined by Gov. Gavin Newsom during his livestreamed briefings about California’s COVID-19 emergency is his promise to point out “trend lines before they become headlines” — a reminder that warning signs often appear......

Despite his boasts, Trump again is no deal-maker as Congress seeks pandemic relief bill

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Eli Stokols, Sarah D. Wire As Congress’ Democratic and Republican leaders for the past week tortuously negotiated a long-awaited $900-billion coronavirus relief package, President Trump remained mostly out of sight at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, tweeting falsely......

Republicans won half of California’s U.S. House seats they lost in 2018. Here’s how

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Jennifer Haberkorn After narrowly losing a congressional seat to Democrat Gil Cisneros in 2018, Republican Young Kim focused her comeback effort on the burgeoning Asian American enclaves of Orange County. Kim, who was born in South Korea, worked with......

With punt, Supreme Court largely ends Trump census plan to exclude undocumented people

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here David G. Savage The Supreme Court on Friday put off a decision on President Trump’s plan to narrow the census count by excluding residents who are living in the country illegally. The justices by a 6-3 vote said it......

Harris was a partisan in the Senate. Now she and Biden need Republican friends

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Noah Bierman, Jennifer Haberkorn During four years in the Senate, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris used high-profile, partisan moments to propel her political career, grilling President Trump’s Cabinet secretaries over hardline immigration policies and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh over......

Former California EDD worker faked being Dianne Feinstein in scamming jobless benefits, sources say

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Anita Chabria, Patrick McGreevy Federal authorities have filed charges in two newly uncovered conspiracies to cheat California’s pandemic unemployment benefits system, including one by a former Employment Development Department employee who was able to scam more than $200,000, including......

Biden nominates Rep. Haaland to Interior, naming first Native American Cabinet member

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Anna M. Phillips President-elect Joe Biden will nominate Deb Haaland, the freshman representative from New Mexico, to lead the Interior Department, making history by selecting the first Native American to oversee the agency that manages millions of acres of......

Yes, Feinstein is the oldest U.S. senator. But she should be able to retire on her own terms

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here George Skelton California Sen. Dianne Feinstein says she hasn’t thought about retiring soon despite some assertions that the 87-year-old lawmaker should step aside because her cognitive abilities have allegedly declined. “No, I haven’t,” she told me in response to......

Fired cybersecurity official rebuts GOP claims of election fraud

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USA TODAY – For more and to sign up click here Brian Contreras The U.S. cybersecurity chief fired by President Trump last month after he pushed back on allegations of election fraud testified before Congress on Wednesday that such baseless conspiracy theories are having a “corrosive” effect on the public’s......

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