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November 19, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - Rep. Trey Radel, a first-term Republican from Florida, faces arraignment in a Washington court Wednesday morning after being charged with possession of a controlled substance, according to court documents. Radel was arrested on Oct. 29 on a charge of cocaine possession, according to Politico, which first reported the story. Radel could face 180 days in jail and a possible fine of $1,000 if convicted. In a statement released after the news broke, Radel 39 and a former radio talk show host from Fort Myers, said his struggle with alcoholism “led to an extremely irresponsible choice,” and that he would seek counseling.
November 13, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
Manny Pacquiao resides at the intersection of life, death, misery and showtime. He is a professional boxer. His country, the Philippines, is a mess. He is also a high-ranking government official, one of 289 members of the country's 16th Congress. He is a national sports hero who prides himself on also being an accountable public servant. The common phrase that refers to an impossible situation - "being between a rock and a hard place" - was made for this. When the Typhoon Haiyan roared through the middle of the Philippines a week ago, killing thousands and turning cities and countrysides into fields of debris and desperation, Pacquiao was 466 miles away from the center of it all, the city of Tacloban.
November 4, 2013 | By Morgan Little
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Mike Michaud (D-Maine) announced he's gay in an Op-Ed article published by Maine newspapers Monday, making him the seventh openly gay member of Congress. The five-term representative, currently running for governor, said that he was prompted to speak out by “whisper campaigns” alleging that he was gay. “Allow me to save them the trouble with a simple, honest answer. 'Yes I am. But why should it matter?'” Michaud wrote. “That may seem like a big announcement to some people.
November 1, 2013
Karin Higa Expert in Asian American art Karin Higa, 47, a specialist in Asian American art who worked for nearly a decade and a half as a curator at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, died Tuesday at her home in L.A., said Russell Ferguson, her husband. Ferguson, a professor in the art department at UCLA, said his wife had been diagnosed with cancer in February. Higa worked as a curator at the Japanese American National Museum from 1992 to 2006, rising to the rank of senior curator of art. She had recently been named a curator for the Hammer Museum's "Made in L.A. " Biennial for 2014 but was forced to step down because of her illness.
October 23, 2013 | By Jean Merl
Best-selling author Marianne Williamson isn't wasting any time hitting the campaign trail since her announcement Sunday that she will challenge veteran Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Beverly Hills) next year. The self-described "thought leader" will be at the Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in Redondo Beach on Thursday evening.  It will be her first political appearance since announcing her candidacy. Williamson, a former Democrat, said she will run as an independent in the largely affluent, coastal 33rd Congressional District, which runs from Beverly Hills and Malibu to the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
October 10, 2013 | By Cathleen Decker
Jeff Denham is not one of the Republican members of Congress most seriously threatened in 2014. The Modesto-area representative isn't even the most threatened Republican in California. But a liberal group working on behalf of President Obama and other Democrats is going after him anyway, airing ads that blame him for the “tea party shutdown” of the federal government that could “devastate middle-class families” like those in his district. The ad airing in the Sacramento media market says Denham shut down the government - as if he were solely responsible--“putting hundreds of thousands of Americans out of work, putting critical benefits for veterans, seniors and the disabled at risk, denying cancer treatment for kids,” among other things.
October 3, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
What is it with Republicans and women? During an interview about Obamacare and the government's partial shutdown, a GOP congressman told a cable news anchorwoman that she was beautiful, but wrong. It wasn't exactly the kind of comment that a lawmaker would say to a male news anchor. Rep. Todd Rokita, of Indiana, had a confrontation with CNN's Carol Costello during the Thursday interview and told her: “Carol, you're beautiful but you need to be honest as well.” The video confrontation has made the rounds of some websites.
September 18, 2013 | Patt Morrison
To strike Syria or not - for Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon (R-Santa Clarita), that wasn't exactly the question. In the Wall Street Journal, he said he couldn't even consider U.S. military intervention unless the military budget was liberated from the sequester. McKeon has represented his rock-ribbed GOP district, in north L.A. County and Ventura County, since 1993. His campaigns have benefited from the district's aerospace and defense industries. He chairs the Armed Services Committee. And the nascent diplomatic deal to "sequester" Bashar Assad's chemical weapons?
August 14, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum
BAKERSFIELD - More than a thousand immigration activists marched on Bakersfield on Wednesday in one of a series of protests around the nation this summer in favor of an immigration overhaul. The march, which triggered a counter-protest by groups that oppose more lenient immigration laws, targeted U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield). Organizers are seeking to persuade McCarthy, the third-most powerful Republican in the House of Representatives, to support legislation that would allow the 11 million immigrants here illegally to apply for citizenship.
July 25, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall
A Republican congressman who represents the northern Mojave Desert has asked the federal government to launch a full-fledged environmental review of Cadiz Inc.'s proposed groundwater pumping project. The request by U.S. Rep. Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley) joins a similar one made last year by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), making a rare show of bipartisan unity on a publics lands issue. In a June letter to U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell that was released Thursday by the National Parks Conservation Assn., Cook echoed  opponent concerns about Cadiz's plans to pump groundwater from beneath its holdings in the eastern Mojave and sell the water to urban Southern California.
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