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The effort to declare Armenian massacres a “genocide”

Posted April 21, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Armenian community march during Armenian Genocide Commemorative March at Little Armenia, Hollywood on April 24, 2011 in Los Angeles. Photo by Hayk Shalunts via Flickr/CC

The White House says President Obama will not use the word “genocide” on Friday, when he commemorates the 100th anniversary of the massacre of more than a million Armenians at the hands of Ottoman Turks.
Armenian-American groups are expressing anger over today’s announcement.
Congressman Adam Schiff – whose district includes the largest population of Armenians in America – said today he’s “deeply disappointed” in Obama’s decision.
“We …

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Two-year colleges get ready to offer 4-year degrees

Posted January 20, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Updated: Jan. 20 3:29 pm
Dozens of California community colleges have been selected to be among the first in the state to offer four-year degrees.
The bachelor degree programs are slated to begin in the fall of 2017 – and they’re designed to help close an education gap that some believe could threaten the Golden State’s economic future.
Thirty-four of the state’s 112 community colleges applied to the …

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President Obama reflects, looks ahead in NPR interview

Posted December 29, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
NPR's Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep interviews President Barak Obama in the Oval Office on Thursday, December 17, 2014. Photo: Kainaz Amaria/NPR

The president sat down with NPR’s Morning Edition Host Steve Inskeep to talk about issues affecting Americans across the country, and to reflect on what he’s accomplished and what to expect in the final two years of his presidency on issues like immigration and the economy.
Responding to the ongoing tension between police departments and black communities across the country following the death of Eric Garner in New …

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Watch live: President Obama’s year-end press conference

Posted December 19, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
President Barack Obama boards Marine One at Joint Base Andrews, Md., en route to the White House following a trip to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in Lakehurst, N.J., Dec. 15, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama is expected to deliver his year-end press conference at 10:30 am PT. He is expected to take questions on a wide range of issues affecting us all: Cuba, the Sony hack and threats from North Korea, immigration reform, ISIS, and Obamacare.
The president last faced reporters the day after the mid-term elections, after Democrats faced a series of losses.
Watch here:

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Photos: Getting coverage at a pop-up Obamacare center

Posted November 21, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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If California has a capital of Obamacare enrollment, you’ll find it at a Los Angeles mall next to a Sears, on the second floor of 3650 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
This is the office of Crenshaw Health Partners, in the heart of the Crenshaw district. As the second open enrollment period under Obamacare gets underway, you’ll be seeing pictures of people signing up for …

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Watch: President Obama takes executive action on immigration

Posted November 20, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
President Barack Obama addresses the White House Forum on Health Reform, Thursday, March 5, 2009  (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Obama will address the nation this evening to announce that he will be taking executive action on immigration reform.  There are currently more than 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United Staes, and analysts say the new proposal may allow five million immigrants to stay legally and obtain work permits.

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President Obama responds to the election

Posted November 5, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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President Obama will speak at 2:50 pm ET to respond to results from Tuesday’s election, in which wins for the Republican Party means a shift in power for the Congress.
Here’s a transcript of the president responding to what he says was a “good night” for Republicans.

California Elections, Politics »

How politicians spend and fundraise in California

Posted October 21, 2014 by | 3 Comments | ]
President Obama in Silicon Valley. Photo via Flickr/ Steve Jurvetson/ CC

Political spending in California is not as high as in states with more contentious races, but party leaders still see the state as a place for some serious fundraising.
In the lead-up to the November elections, an estimated $8.2 million has been spent on political ads in California. That’s not a lot compared to states facing more heated races. Florida, Texas, Illinois and Pennsylvania have …

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Are Californians beginning to sour on President Obama?

Posted September 2, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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President Barack Obama’s approval ratings have sunk to a record low in California.
The Golden State has been a consistent source of support for Obama ever since he first ran for the first White House. But a new Field Poll finds that only 45 percent of voters in the state hold a favorable view of Obama’s job performance right now. That’s a five percent drop …

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Tracing Points: 5 immigration stories you missed this week

Posted April 25, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
Devi Ramirez, 26, has been involved with Aztec dancing since she was 16 years old. (Photo: Devi Ramirez)

 Each week, we put you on the map with immigration and transnational culture stories you might have missed throughout the week. And if you’ve come across any articles worth mentioning, write to us sonic.trace@kcrw.org or tweet us @SonicTrace_KCRW.
President Obama may step in, if Congress doesn’t
While immigration reform legislation isn’t going anywhere, President Obama’s administration may unveil new policy changes to provide relief to some undocumented …

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Marijuana backers back away from California, for now

Posted February 18, 2014 by | 3 Comments | ]
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A national coalition that led the push for legalizing recreational marijuana in Colorado and Washington has decided to hold off on a similar ballot measure in California this year. Instead, the coalition will wait until 2016 to try to qualify its initiative. Two other groups are gathering signatures in an effort to get legalization measures on this ballot this year. But neither of those …

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WATCH: Obama’s State of the Union Address

Posted January 28, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
President Obama delivered his State of the Union address Tuesday night to a joint session of the United States Congress.

To listen to the President’s sixth State of the Union address live and NPR analysis, click here.
Facing a deeply divided Congress and waning job approval ratings, President Barack Obama will declare 2014 his “year of action” Tuesday evening and reassert his willingness to use executive orders to push his agenda during his much-anticipated State of the Union address.
“We’re not just going to be waiting for legislation …

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Serial scammer Barry Minkow fleeced his own flock

Posted January 23, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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One of Southern California’s most notorious fraudsters has been convicted again, this time for stealing $3 million from a San Diego church congregation where he served as a pastor. Barry Minkow – who’s already serving time in a federal lockup for securities fraud – is facing five years in prison in the church case. Minkow achieved fame as a teenager in the 1980s when …

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Majority of California voters favor legalizing marijuana

Posted December 11, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]
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Californians’ attitudes about marijuana use are mellowing out. A new Field Poll finds that fir the first time, a majority of California voters – 55 percent – favor legalization of recreational pot. Younger voters are far more likely to approve of legalization than those over 65. And political affiliations were also important in the poll: Two-thirds of Democrats and independent voters favor legalization, while …

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A new sheriff in town for L.A. Sheriff’s Department

Posted November 27, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]
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One of the lead prosecutors in the Bell corruption case will head a new agency responsible for overseeing the Sheriff’s Department. Deputy D.A. Max Huntsman is a veteran prosecutor who has experience in police misconduct cases. The creation of an inspector general’s office was one of the main recommendations of a citizen’s commission that looked into abuses committed by deputies in the L.A. jail …

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Pockets full: Obama prepares to wrap up L.A. visit

Posted November 26, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]
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President Obama is attending one last fundraiser before heading to DreamWorks Animation to push his economic agenda as he wraps up a short but busy trip to Los Angeles. Last night, the president’s motorcade tied traffic in knots on some Westside streets. Today it’s Hancock Park and Glendale raises cash for Democrats at the home of “Friends” producer Marta Kaufman and then heads east. …

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Courts faulted for not keeping guns from mentally ill

Posted October 30, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Many courts in California fail to report the mentally ill to justice officials, undermining efforts to take guns away from potentially dangerous owners. State law requires that courts tell the Justice Department when they make certain mental health determinations. That can put people on a list prohibiting them from buying firearms .But a new state audit finds that many courts are not aware of …

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Environmentalists file suit over Ballona nature center; LAUSD deputy chief rips School Board; Dodgers’ drive

Posted September 16, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Ballona Wetlands. Environmentalists suing a state agency to stop a nature center? It sounds odd, but that’s the scenario playing out over a proposed educational facility in the Ballona Wetlands near Marine del Rey.
The Annenberg Foundation wants to build a $50 million interpretative nature center in what is known as Area C of the 600-acre Ballona Wetlands. The philanthropic organization says the center would …

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Fire season in full gear as blaze near Yosemite rages; Closing in on DWP deal; Hastings family sought rehab

Posted August 21, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]
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Fire season. A storm that worked its way up the state this week triggered nearly 29-thousand lightning strikes and sparked up to 150 wildfires. Most of those fires have been put out – but an earlier blaze burning on the western edge of Yosemite is now threatening thousands of homes.
Cal Fire says it has responded to more than 4,700 fires since January. That’s about …

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Leonard: Novelist who skewered Hollywood dies at 87; State can force feed striking prisoners; Tahoe dispute

Posted August 20, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Elmore Leonard. Crime novelist Elmore Leonard has died, two weeks after suffering a stroke.
Leonard published more than 40 novels and many were made into Hollywood films. Among them: “Get Shorty” and “3:10 to Yuma.” More recently, he served as executive producer of the TV drama series “Justified” on FX.
Leonard’s works were populated by schemers, con men and casual killers. He was noted for his …

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