The U.S. Senate GOP's health care bill, negotiated in secret, could have a major impact on California.
From the Chronicle's CATHERINE HO: "Senate Republicans’ health care bill to replace the Affordable Care Act, released Thursday, would lead to millions of Californians losing health coverage, paying more for insurance or seeing their benefits scaled back, according to health policy experts."
Sacramento Bee's BOB SHALLIT: "Allen Warren is thinking small when it comes to housing affordability."
"The Sacramento city councilman and residential real estate developer is planning to build a new housing community in his north-area district featuring 50 “tiny homes” – detached dwellings ranging from 240 to 500 square feet with prices starting at just over $100,000."
"This will be one of the most affordable new housing communities in California,” Warren said of the project that he’s tentatively calling Tiny Town."
And a new possible RICO development for Donald Trump: Is he tied to an Italian-American, Russian-American mafia money laundering scheme valued at $40 million? Maybe not, but it makes a good headline.
Bloomberg's TIMOTHY L. O'BRIEN: "The special counsel’s investigation of the White House has come more sharply into focus."
"Robert Mueller is examining whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice when he fired James Comey as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Washington Post recently reported. As we've heard for months now, there is also a probe of possible collusion between Trump's campaign team and the Kremlin to tilt the 2016 election in the president's favor."
"But the Justice Department inquiry led by Mueller now has added flavors. The Post noted that the investigation also includes "suspicious financial activity" involving "Russian operatives." The New York Times was more specific in its account, saying that Mueller is looking at whether Trump associates laundered financial payoffs from Russian officials by channeling them through offshore accounts."
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UC Riverside has seen a sharp rise in the graduation rates of its African-American students.
LA Times' TERESA WATANABE: "The graduates wore traditional caps and gowns, but they didn't sit quietly awaiting their diplomas or form a solemn processional to the strains of “Pomp and Circumstance."
"They strutted, showcasing dance moves to a rap beat. They cheered Nigerian and Abyssinian dance troupes. They got to their feet for a rousing spoken word performance. They whooped as speaker after speaker reminded them of what they’d just accomplished."
"The statistics were against you, but you prevailed and I am so, so proud of you,” Sharee Hughes of the school’s African Student Programs told them."
California AG Xavier Becerra has added 4 more states to the state's anti-LGBTQ state travel ban list, bringing the total to 8 states.
The Chronicle's MICHAEL BODLEY: "Decrying a “scourge of discrimination” against LGBT individuals in four states, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra on Thursday doubled the number of states subject to California’s state-sponsored travel ban."
"Speaking in San Francisco, Becerra increased the number of states that California state employees cannot travel to on official government business from four to eight."