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New California bill would decriminalize psychedelic drugs

New California bill would decriminalize psychedelic drugs

By Anagha Srikanth  Story at a glance Efforts to end the war on drugs, including psychedelics, are gaining momentum across the United States. Oakland, Santa Cruz and the District of Columbia have all decriminalized psychedelics and Oregon recently became the first state to decriminalize all drugs. New legislation proposed by a lawmaker in California would […]

California governor says Orange County can’t reopen schools days after vote to reopen

California governor says Orange County can’t reopen schools days after vote to reopen

BY ALICIA COHN  California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) on Friday announced that some schools in the state will remain online-only in the fall rather than reopening to in-person classes. Schools that are in counties currently on the state’s coronavirus watch list do not meet Newsom’s criteria to reopen. That means that as of Friday, 80 percent of the state’s schools cannot […]

Education board in California’s Orange County votes to reopen schools without requiring masks

Education board in California’s Orange County votes to reopen schools without requiring masks

BY ZACK BUDRYK  The county Board of Education in Orange County, Calif., on Monday voted to approve school reopening recommendations that do not require masks for students or social distancing in schools. In a 4-1 vote, the board approved recommendations that include frequent hand-washing, daily temperature checks and nightly disinfection of facilities and vehicles, but did […]

Trump signs order diverting water to California farmers against state wishes

Trump signs order diverting water to California farmers against state wishes

BY REBECCA BEITSCH  President Trump on Wednesday signed an order in California to re-engineer the state’s water plans, completing a campaign promise to funnel water from the north to a thirsty agriculture industry and growing population further south. The ceremonial order comes after the Department of the Interior late last year reversed its opinion on scientific findings that […]

Trump says EPA will cite San Francisco for pollution stemming from homelessness issues

Trump says EPA will cite San Francisco for pollution stemming from homelessness issues

BY BRETT SAMUELS   ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE — President Trump on Wednesday said he expects the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to slap San Francisco with a violation notice in the coming days related to pollution associated with the city’s homeless population. Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One, Trump again took aim at Los Angeles and San Francisco over the […]

Finally, a presidential EMP order that may save American lives

Finally, a presidential EMP order that may save American lives

BY PETER PRY, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR  THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY CONTRIBUTORS ARE THEIR OWN AND NOT THE VIEW OF THE HILL The Commission to Assess the Threat from Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Attack, also known as the Congressional EMP Commission, has warned for nearly 20 years that a nuclear EMP attack, or natural EMP from a solar superstorm, […]

Reducing forest fire risks requires market incentives, free enterprise

Reducing forest fire risks requires market incentives, free enterprise

BY JONATHAN WOOD, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR  In a rare example of bipartisanship, last week the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives passed two Republican-sponsored bills to increase funding for fire-reduction projects in federal, state and private forests. Although there is heated disagreement over the causes of the recent increase in catastrophic wildfires — is it climate change, federal mismanagement or […]

Former California GOP governor George Deukmejian dies at 89

Former California GOP governor George Deukmejian dies at 89

BY MAX GREENWOOD  Former California Gov. George Deukmejian, a Republican who garnered a reputation as an advocate for law and order during his two terms in the governor’s mansion, died on Tuesday. He was 89.  Deukmejian passed away at his home in Long Beach, Calif., the Los Angeles Times reported.  In his two terms in the California governor’s […]

Ryan explains decision to dismiss House chaplain

Ryan explains decision to dismiss House chaplain

BY MELANIE ZANONA AND SCOTT WONG Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) told the House Republican Conference Friday morning that he fired Chaplain Patrick Conroy because members felt like their “pastoral needs” were not being met and not for a political reason, according to several Republicans inside the room.  Ryan told members his decision to ask Conroy to step aside had nothing to do […]

White House adviser: We have provided ‘enormous’ evidence of voter fraud

White House adviser: We have provided ‘enormous’ evidence of voter fraud

White House policy adviser Stephen Miller on Sunday insisted that the Trump administration has provided ample evidence of widespread voter fraud, an unsubstantiated claim that President Trump has said cost him the popular vote. “The White House has provided enormous evidence with respect to voter fraud, with respect to people being registered in more than […]

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