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California Grapples with New ‘Sanctuary City Definition

Several California jurisdictions that are challenging President Donald Trump’s executive order blocking federal funding from being allocated to state and local government that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration law are facing a new definition of “sanctuary city.”

Trump Saudi Arabia speech (Evan Vucci / Associated Press)

Trump, Unlike Obama, Addressed ‘Islamic Terror’ Directly

Unlike Obama, who attempted to appease Islamic resentment of the West by admitting America’s faults, Trump’s speech in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Sunday emphasized terrorism and challenged the Arab and Muslim world to foster peace by “honestly confronting the problem of Islamic extremism, and the Islamists, and Islamic terror of all kinds.”

Jerry Brown minimum wage $15 (Frederic J. Brown / AFP / Getty)

Jerry Brown: California Taxpayers are ‘Freeloaders’

California Governor Jerry Brown referred to taxpayers as “freeloaders” last week for objecting to his new gas tax and car fee hikes. “The freeloaders — I’ve had enough of them … They have a president that doesn’t tell the truth and they’re following suit,” he said.

Was DNC Hack an Inside Job After All?

Pending further evidence, the idea that the DNC hack was an inside job is still just a conspiracy theory — but no crazier than the idea that Russia colluded with Donald Trump, for which no evidence has emerged.

Columnist: Watch How Jerry Brown Spends, Not What He Says

Columnist George Skelton of the Los Angeles Times makes an interesting observation about California Governor Jerry Brown and his new budget: while the governor talks “like a skinflint, a penny-pinching scold,” his spending priorities are liberal, and even radical.