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California Capitol Update – April 3, 2014

In This Issue Legislative Update Bill of the Week Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Contraceptive Mandate Cases Did You Know? News Clips and Articles City on the Hill Legislative Update Last week several bills were considered in the Assembly to address truancy in public schools including AB 1643, AB 1672, and AB 2141. These […]

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The University of Virginia is still reeling after the high profile murder of a student followed by a Rolling Stone article on an alleged gang rape on campus. In September, sophomore Hannah Graham disappeared. Weeks later, searchers discovered her body in a field outside of Charlottesville. Then in November, Rolling Stone magazine […]

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What Did Ben Carson Pray for in Jerusalem?

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Opportunity Fund a Hand Up for Small Businesses

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Duggar Dad Says Petition Won’t Stop His Show

Jim Bob Duggar says a push to have his family’s television show taken off the air won’t succeed and the controversy has only made them stronger. An online petition calling on TLC to cancel “19 Kids and Counting” garnered 180,000 signatures. But more than 200,000 people have signed a counter petition in support of the […]

New York to Ban Fracking, Citing Health Concerns

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What Lawsuit May Mean for Obama Immigration Order

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Putin: Economic Woes Price of Russian Sovereignty

President Vladimir Putin is blasting the West for Russia’s economic downfall, saying it’s trying to subdue and disarm the nation. During his annual press conference Thursday, the Russian leader acknowledged the negative impact of Western sanctions over Russia’s role in Ukraine – mainly the drop in oil prices. “If the situation develops unfavorably, we will […]

Netanyahu Accuses Europe of ‘Appeasing Terrorists’

JERUSALEM, Israel –  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Europe is falling into the trap of appeasing terrorists by pressuring Israel. “Today we witnessed a series of examples of European naivety, and may I add, hypocrisy,” the Israeli leader said. Those examples include the following: The European court removed Hamas from its list of terrorist […]

Some Hail US-Cuba Deal. Others, Not So Much…

President Barack Obama’s move to restore a relationship between the United States and Cuba is being met with mixed reactions. In a televised White House statement Wednesday, the president announced steps to re-establish a U.S. embassy in Havana, restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba broken in 1961. “We want to see greater freedom, great real prosperity, […]

Brutal Winter Looms for Iraq Refugees, Until…

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