Democrats Quieter About Migrant Children Detention

House Democrats led angry efforts to denounce the Trump administration’s treatment of migrant children. With the issue bedeviling President Biden, they are voicing worries privately.

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Biden Administration Restores Rights for Transgender Patients

Officials invited people subject to health care discrimination to file complaints. But formal rule-making will be needed before a Trump-era policy can be fully reversed.

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Rob Bonta Is Named Attorney General in California

Gov. Gavin Newsom has appointed Mr. Bonta, an East Bay assemblyman, to fill the remaining term of Xavier Becerra, who became the U.S. Health and Human Services secretary last week.

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Menthol Cigarettes Kill Many Black People. A Ban May Finally Be Near.

Advocates are hoping that President Biden will soon come out in favor of banning mint-flavored cigarettes and other tobacco products.

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Culture Wars Leave Biden Posts in Department of Health and Human Services Vacant

Fights over President Biden’s nominees to lead the Department of Health and Human Services have centered on transgender policies, abortion and contraception coverage.

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U.S. Health Agency Jobs Go Unfilled

Fights over President Biden’s nominees to lead the Department of Health and Human Services have centered on transgender policies, abortion and contraception coverage.

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California Sues Nursing Home Chain, Saying It Manipulated Ratings System

The lawsuit, filed by the state attorney general and other prosecutors, accuses Brookdale Senior Living of gaming Medicare’s ubiquitous star-rating system.

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California Sues Brookdale Senior Living, the Nursing Home Operator

The lawsuit, filed by the state attorney general and other prosecutors, accuses Brookdale Senior Living of gaming Medicare’s ubiquitous star-rating system.

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California Wins Court Victory for Its Net Neutrality Law

A federal judge’s ruling can allow the state to go ahead with its law while a lawsuit works its way through the courts.

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With Biden Behind on Confirmations, Senators Are Overloaded With Hearings

Senators pressed through hours of backlogged confirmation hearings on Tuesday as pressure intensified to get the president’s cabinet picks through the process.

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Former T.S.A. Agent Convicted of Tricking Woman Into Showing Her Breasts

Johnathon Lomeli was sentenced to 60 days in jail after he pleaded no contest to false imprisonment of a woman during a security screening at Los Angeles International Airport in June 2019.

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Becerra Supports ‘Medicare for All,’ and Could Help States Get There

Waivers can expand health care offerings without need for congressional approval, but the challenge will be how to pay for them.

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Xavier Becerra’s Move to the Biden Administration

Wednesday: A closer look at the attorney general’s ascension. Also: “Best Of” lists in 2020.

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Coronavirus in California: More Stay-at-Home Orders Imposed

Tuesday: Yes, it seems, but experts say now is not the time to “play the blame game.” Also: More on Xavier Becerra’s ascendancy.

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Xavier Becerra, Surprise Pick to Run H.H.S., Is ‘the Latino Joe Biden’

Mr. Becerra was the first in his family to go to college. As attorney general of California, he took on the Trump administration on nearly every front. But can he take on the pandemic?

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California, Vaccines, Georgia: Your Monday Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

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Xavier Becerra Brings Environmental Justice to Forefront

Joseph R. Biden, Jr.’s choice to run the Department of Health and Human Services is the first state attorney general to create an environmental justice bureau.

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Biden Picks Xavier Becerra to Lead Health and Human Services

The selection of Mr. Becerra, the California attorney general, is a surprise. If confirmed, he will face a daunting challenge in leading the department at a critical moment in the pandemic.

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One Seat, Competing Pressures as Newsom Considers Senate Pick

Alex Padilla, California’s secretary of state, has emerged as the front-runner to succeed Kamala Harris. But Gov. Gavin Newsom appears to be in no rush to make his choice.

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California’s Ban on High-Capacity Magazines Violates the Second Amendment, Court Rules

Supporters of tougher gun laws called the ruling a dangerous infringement on the ability of states to protect their residents from mass shootings.

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Federal Court Rules California’s Ban on High-Capacity Magazines Violates 2nd Amendment

Supporters of tougher gun laws called the ruling a dangerous infringement on the ability of states to protect their residents from mass shootings.

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Who Would Replace Kamala Harris in the Senate for California? Let the Jockeying Begin

As the Democratic vice-presidential nominee hits the campaign trail, a race to replace her kicks off.

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Murder Charges Over Stillbirth in California Set Off Heated Legal Battle

Can women be prosecuted for murder after a stillbirth? The case of Chelsea Becker in Kings County hinges on the courts’ interpretation of a small subsection in the state’s penal code.

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Sutter Health’s Request to Delay $575 Million Settlement Is Denied

The large California hospital system wanted to postpone an agreement reached in a state antitrust case, as coronavirus cases rise.

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Trump Administration Asks Supreme Court to Strike Down Affordable Care Act

If successful, the move would permanently end the health insurance program popularly known as Obamacare and wipe out coverage for as many as 23 million Americans.

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States Sue to Block Trump From Weakening Fuel Economy Rules

At stake in the lawsuit is the single biggest effort by the United States to fight the climate crisis.

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California Sues Uber and Lyft, Claiming Workers Are Misclassified

The ride-hailing companies are accused of defying a new state law that says gig workers should be treated as employees.

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