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Leon Panetta. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Interview: Monterey’s Leon Panetta On Public Service, Bin Laden, Congress Inaction

After spending 16 years in congress, along with stints as director of the Office of Management and Budget, White House Chief of Staff, CIA Director, and – most recently – Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta says it has been “a hell of a ride, as they say, for the son of Italian immigrants.”

04/02/2013

California High-Speed Rail

High-Speed Rail’s Cost Estimates Get Good Grades From Accountability Office

The federal Government Accountability Office is giving generally good grades to the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s business plan to build a $68 billion bullet train.

03/29/2013

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Local Lawmakers Urge Congress To Track Hate Crimes Against Sikhs, Hindus And Arab-Americans

A bipartisan group of 109 members of Congress signed a letter on Wednesday urging that the FBI add new categories in its tracking of hate crimes.

03/28/2013

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) stands next to a display of assault weapons during a news conference January 24, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Sen. Feinstein Calls NRA ‘An Institution Of Gun Manufacturers’

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who’s leading the push to restore an assault weapon ban, acknowledged on Sunday that the effort faces tough odds to pass Congress and she blamed the nation’s largest gun-rights group.

01/28/2013

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) stands next to a display of assault weapons during a news conference January 24, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Feinstein, Democrats Reintroduce Assault Weapon Ban

Congressional Democrats are reintroducing legislation to ban assault weapons but the measure faces long odds even after last month’s mass school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

01/24/2013

Capitol Hill

Opinion: New Beginnings

This New Year ushers in a new Congress and a large Freshman class. Here’s hoping that new faces create needed change on the Hill.

01/04/2013

Peter King

Opinion: A Terrible End To A Terrible Congress

Congress refused to vote for relief for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. The first Republican President famously said “a house divided against itself cannot stand.” The same holds true for the Republican Party today.

01/04/2013

U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, DC (Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images)

Bay Area Legislators Help Pass Fiscal Cliff Deal

Although not everyone was happy about the deal, including lawmakers in the Bay Area, Congress has approved a proposal that staves off the fiscal cliff.

01/02/2013

Nancy Pelosi Makes Statement On The Passing Of Adam Yauch

Congress Passes Fiscal Cliff Compromise With Help From Pelosi, Boehner

House Democrats, led by minority leader Nancy Pelosi voted by an overwhelming 172-16 for the agreement, which was crafted over the weekend by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Vice President Joe Biden.

01/02/2013

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) arrives for a news conference to introduce 37 of the newly-elected House Democratic Members at the U.S. Capitol November 13, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Pelosi Calls For Action On Superstorm Sandy Relief Aid After Boehner Abandons Vote

Democratic House minority leader Nancy Pelosi joined New York-area lawmakers in disgust after learning the House Republican leadership decided to allow the current term of Congress to end without holding a vote on aid for victims of Superstorm Sandy.

01/02/2013

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