‘Welcome back, Officer Peralez’: San Jose councilman rejoins police force

var _ndnq = _ndnq || []; _ndnq.push([’embed’]); SAN JOSE — They are just three words. But Councilman Raul Peralez hasn’t heard them in nearly a decade. “Congratulations, Officer Peralez.” Those words, uttered by San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia on Monday, stirred deep emotions and marked the start of a new journey for the downtown councilman and ex-cop. Peralez on Monday rejoined the police force as a reserve, three years after resigning to serve as a councilman. “I missed being an officer,” Peralez said Monday, after taking his oath and getting a new badge. “I missed that role, the camaraderie, the connection that you have as an officer with the… Read More

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“I have decided,” Trump says of Iran deal — before big talks

NEW YORK — “I have decided,” President Donald Trump declared Wednesday, announcing he’d reached a verdict on the Iran nuclear deal’s future even as top U.S. and Iranian officials headed into their highest-level talks of his presidency. Iran’s leader, meanwhile, lashed out at “ignorant, absurd and hateful rhetoric” in response to Trump’s blistering attack at the U.N. The jabbing between Trump and Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani set the stage for a contentious meeting of the nuclear accord’s parties. Trump has sent strong signals that he could walk away from the seven-nation agreement, which would potentially lead to new U.S. sanctions on Iran and its international trading partners. The Iranians, in… Read More

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Obama: GOP’s efforts to repeal health care “aggravating”

NEW YORK — Former President Barack Obama on Wednesday called repeated Republican efforts to repeal his signature health care law “aggravating” as he urged people not to be discouraged by unsteady progress as they work on pressing global issues. Speaking at a summit hosted by billionaires Bill and Melinda Gates to coincide with the United Nations General Assembly, the Democrat said the real problems facing the world “can’t discourage any of us from the belief that individually and collectively, we can make a difference.” He alluded to some of his own frustrations, including the battle over the Affordable Health Care Act. Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate are again pushing… Read More

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Michael Bennet drops bill to eliminate the debt ceiling

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado joined two of his Democratic colleagues on Wednesday in introducing legislation that would end partisan fights over the debt ceiling with one easy step — by simply getting rid of it. The legislation has little chance of passage in the Republican-controlled Senate, and it is sure to draw criticism from fiscal hawks, who view the debt ceiling as a brake on federal spending. But Bennet argued the debt ceiling has done little to reduce the federal budget and instead creates “manufactured crises” every time Congress has to increase the amount the U.S. Treasury can borrow. “Eliminating the debt limit would be a… Read More

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Right-wing group says Steve Bannon, Ann Coulter to speak next week at UC Berkeley

BERKELEY – Steve Bannon, the Breitbart News executive and former top adviser to President Donald Trump who is credited with being the architect of his election upset last year, will speak at UC Berkeley next Wednesday afternoon, a student group has told the university, a Cal spokesman said today. His appearance, which has been rumored for weeks, is expected to set off wide protests in the city , where violent clashes between right- and left-wing groups have occurred since March. While still officially unconfirmed, the school is preparing for the “eventuality” that Bannon, as well as right-wing firebrand Ann Coulter, will speak from the steps of Sproul Hall at 5… Read More

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Senate Republicans say they’ll push ahead with plan to repeal Obamacare

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell intends to bring up a GOP health care bill on the Senate floor next week. That’s according to McConnell’s spokesman, David Popp. The legislation by Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana would repeal central elements of former President Barack Obama’s health care law. State would get block grants instead. Republicans must vote on the bill by the end of next week or lose access to special budget rules that prevent Democrats from filibustering. McConnell has been short of votes for the legislation and it remains unclear if he has the votes in hand to pass the measure. Popp’s statement said:… Read More

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