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OC Register Owner Launching New LA Newspaper

Freedom Communications, owner of the Orange County Register, is launching a new daily newspaper in Los Angeles. The new daily's publisher, Aaron Kushner, tells the OC Register, "We are going to bring our fabulous brand of local journalism and political perspective to a very large market." Apr 15, 2014 2:29 PM PT

Hashtag Confusion at the White House

The White House has been concurrently running two campaigns dealing with wages. The first is an effort to raise the minimum wage. There's a dedicated page on the White House site for that effort headlined "Raise the Wage." The White House has been using the hashtag "#RaiseTheWage" on Twitter. Here's a recent example: Apr 14, 2014 2:29 PM PT

Maryland Grocery Store Limiting Itself to 49 Full-Time Employees

Snider's grocery store is a family owned store in Maryland. Over the weekend WBFF Baltimore reported that the Snider's owners are avoiding future Obamacare taxes by keeping their total number of full-time employees to forty-nine. Apr 14, 2014 9:02 AM PT

Medicare Data Release: Some Docs Make Millions

Dr. Minh Nguyen is an Oncologist working in Newport Beach, California, a wealthy area of Orange County. This week Dr. Nguyen began getting calls from reporters after CMS released a list of Medicare payments showing he was paid $11 million in 2012, making him the #1 payee in California. Apr 12, 2014 10:29 AM PT

Occupy Wall Street's Last Battle

On March 17, 2012, Occupy Wall Street activists celebrated the six month anniversary of their protest movement by attempting to re-occupy Zuccotti Park. A scuffle with police took place that night which eventually led to a trial about to take place in New York. It is, in a sense, the last battle of Occupy Wall Street, one that encapsulates the troubled movement's internal contradictions and inevitable downfall. Apr 11, 2014 12:09 PM PT

Kathleen Sebelius Has Resigned as Head of HHS

Kathleen Sebelius is resigning as Secretary of Health and Human Services, bringing to an end six contentious months during which the President's biggest policy achievement, the Affordable Care Act, became a political albatross for Democrats. Apr 10, 2014 4:28 PM PT

Fracking Moratorium Advances in California Senate

A bill designed to place a moratorium on all fracking activity in California was approved by a State Senate Committee Tuesday. Sen. Holly Mitchell of Los Angeles, who introduced SB1132, was quoted by the Los Angeles Times: "Many believe it is polluting the air and water and endangering wildlife and public health." Several members of the the L.A. city council have also tried to link fracking to earthquakes. Apr 10, 2014 12:26 PM PT

Asian-American/Tea Party Coalition Could Change California Politics

Last month, a collection of Asian-Americans groups, which one University of California professor compares to the Tea Party, helped defeat a bill designed to revive affirmative action in California's college admissions. Now the Republican Party is hoping to capitalize on this unexpected break with Democrats. Apr 9, 2014 11:53 AM PT

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