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CONGRESS | Trade fight looms as Congress returns (Politico)
East Bay Reps. Barbara Lee and Eric Swalwell opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

DROUGHT | California’s Cycles of Drought (The New York Times)
Burgeoning buzzword: megadrought.

SD7 | Will the ‘real Democrat’ please stand up? (Contra Costa Times)
Answer: I am standing up.

HEALTH CARE | Sutter Health East Bay Rehab Center for Adolescents Faces Possible Closure (East Bay Express)
Sutter Health and other non-profit heath care organizations are suppose to provide “community benefits.” Is this one?

EDUCATION | State lawmakers take aim at U.C. brass’ lofty salaries (San Francisco Chronicle)
Case in point: UCLA basketball coach Steve Alford takes home a state-funded $2.6 million salary.  

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