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California Mandates Vaccines for Schoolchildren — LOS ANGELES - California on Tuesday became the largest state in the country to require schoolchildren to receive vaccinations unless there are medical reasons not to do so, as Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation that ended exemptions for personal or religious reasons.

'Moral Values' Carried Bush, Rove Says — ASHINGTON, Nov. 9 - President Bush's chief political adviser, Karl Rove, said Tuesday that opposition to gay marriage was one of the most powerful forces in American politics today and that politicians ignored it at their peril.

Amid Grief for Students, a Search for Answers After Balcony Collapse — LOS ANGELES - In Dublin, flags flew at half-mast. At San Francisco International Airport, the families began arriving from Ireland to retrieve the remains of their children, or visit the injured in the hospital.

California’s Water Czar, Part Empathetic Confessor and Part Friendly Scold — SACRAMENTO - Felicia Marcus peered over her desk the other day as the State Water Resources Control Board came to order in a hearing room here, bracing for another day of bad drought news. There would be warnings about die-offs of birds and fish.

Los Angeles Confronts a Spike in Homelessness Amid Prosperity — LOS ANGELES - Construction cranes dot the sky from Century City to the Sunset Strip. Once-downtrodden blocks downtown and in Venice are bustling with restaurants, coffee shops, sparkling new condominiums, theaters and office construction. The unemployment rate has dropped to almost half its double-digit high of five years ago.

Mervin Field Dies at 94; Took Political Pulse of California as Pollster — LOS ANGELES - Mervin Field was a college dropout. He had no formal training in polling or statistics. He bagged groceries while growing up in Princeton, N.J. He went to San Francisco after World War II with the unlikely goal of starting a one-man marketing research firm.

Presidential Election of 2008 — DES MOINES IT was never too hard to figure out a big part of the presidential campaign strategies of John McCain and Hillary Rodham Clinton. They sought to portray their party nominations as inevitable, and so create a stampede of support from donors, delegates, elected officials, opinion leaders and - the idea is - actual voters.

Californians Are Encouraged by Sharp Drop in Water Use — SACRAMENTO - Californians cut their water use in April by 13.5 percent over the same month two years ago, a big improvement from March and the first indication of how the state is reacting to mandatory water cutbacks imposed by Gov. Jerry Brown to deal with the region's ongoing drought.

The Stealth Governor Gets His Way — It was a few weeks after his inauguration, and the new governor of New York, George E. Pataki, was celebrating his improbable victory with a dinner for the Albany press corps at the Executive Mansion, his new home on the edge of one of Albany's less-attractive neighborhoods.

No Charges for 15 Students in Sex Case — LOS ANGELES - County prosecutors announced Wednesday that they would not bring charges against 15 Venice High School students arrested in March on sex-related accusations involving two underage girls, saying there was insufficient evidence.
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Jun 30, 2015

RT @bbellafiore: @adamnagourney No question Andrew’s gotten in BdB’s head. He’s way better at that game than BdB. Mario was great at it too, as we both know.

Jun 30, 2015

Qs on de Blasio: Strategy aside, are complaints right? Did Cuomo get inside deB's head? Can we get on-record Cuomo response, not spox tweet?

Jun 30, 2015

Answer to question of whether NY mayor-gov relations were ever worse. NO. DeBlasio scorches Cuomo in @grynbaum intvu

Jun 30, 2015

.@NickFoxNYT I was somehow in the middle of that exchange; working at USA Today at the time.

Jun 30, 2015

Christie as truth-teller "fundamentally nonsense:" More "Welcome to the race" rockets, this from NYT edit board.

Jun 30, 2015

To use the word vendetta in talking about a Cuomo is pretty epic. Lucky Mario isn't still around.…

Jun 30, 2015

Haters gotta. Not as bitter but this more public. At least de Blasio does his trashing on record unlike governor.…

Jun 29, 2015

A left moving fundraising base explain why Clinton can move to the left compared w/ 08: Key read by @nickconfessore

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