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PG&E wants to boost revenue by $2.7 billion, pushing up bills -- Pacific Gas and Electric Co. on Tuesday asked state regulators for permission to collect an extra $2.7 billion from its customers over the course of three years, using the money for technology upgrades and improved disaster response. David R. Baker in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 9/1/15

California assisted death bill passes first Assembly committee -- A contentious proposal that would allow doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to terminally ill patients cleared its first hurdle on Tuesday, advancing from a special Assembly health committee by a bipartisan vote of 10-2. Alexei Koseff in the Sacramento Bee -- 9/1/15

Senate approves 'Right-to-Try Act' for seriously ill -- The state Senate on Tuesday approved a bill that would allow makers of experimental drugs to make them available to Californians with life-threatening diseases. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times -- 9/1/15

Doctors' group opposes changes to proposed aid-in-dying bill -- A second attempt to pass an aid-in-dying bill goes before a key legislative committee Tuesday, but it already has suffered a setback as the California Medical Assn. is warning it will oppose the measure if proposed amendments are added. Patrick McGreevy in the Los Angeles Times -- 9/1/15

Big hike in executive pay at nonprofit Blue Shield draws state scrutiny -- Nonprofit insurer Blue Shield of California boosted executive compensation by $24 million in 2012 — a 64% jump over the previous year — according to a confidential state audit reviewed by The Times. Chad Terhune in the Los Angeles Times -- 9/1/15

USOC names Los Angeles the official U.S. bidder for the 2024 Summer Olympics -- The U.S. Olympic Committee finalized its selection on Tuesday, moments after the Los Angeles City Council authorized Mayor Eric Garcetti to pursue the bid, according to a source close to the situation who was not authorized to speak publicly. David Wharton in the Los Angeles Times Michael Blood Associated Press Alejandro Lazo in the Wall Street Journal$ Ian Lovett in the New York Times$ -- 9/1/15

Bills Would Ban California Employers From Asking Certain Questions -- Employers in California would lose the ability to ask job applicants their salary history and job status under separate bills passed by the California Senate Tuesday. Chris Nichols Capital Public Radio -- 9/1/15

Santa Clara County has nation’s strongest job market — by far -- Over the 12 months that ended in July, total payroll employment in Santa Clara County increased 6.2 percent, by far the fastest pace of job growth in the United States, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. George Avalos in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 9/1/15

Recast tax break for TV and film lures ‘VEEP,’ other shows to California -- In its first months, California’s expanded film and TV production tax credit has prompted producers of four out-of-state TV shows to decamp for the Golden State, according to the state’s film office. Jim Miller in the Sacramento Bee -- 9/1/15

DA files charges against 3 deputies in Francis Pusok beating -- District Attorney Mike Ramos announced today that criminal charges were filed against three sheriff’s deputies involved in the videotaped beating of Francis Jared Pusok in April in the High Desert. Joe Nelson in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 9/1/15

Farmers: Trump 'terrible for agriculture' -- Even before real-estate mogul Donald Trump called undocumented immigrants "rapists and murderers" who "have to go," California contractor Carlos Castañeda was having difficulty hiring enough workers to pick celery and squash. Bill Tomson Politico -- 9/1/15

CNN changes debate criteria, clearing path for Fiorina -- CNN announced on Tuesday that it has changed the criteria for its upcoming debate, making space for Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina on the primetime stage. Hadas Gold and Steven Shepard Politico -- 9/1/15

How Carly Fiorina earned a spot on the big stage at the GOP debate -- The organizers of the next Republican presidential debate have announced changes to debate criteria that mean former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina will join the rest of the top-tier candidates on the main stage at the Reagan Library on Sept. 16. Karen Tumulty in the Washington Post -- 9/1/15

Drought Puts California Water Rights in Crosshairs for Reform -- Some experts believe California's antiquated regulation of water rights is ripe for reform; farmers worry it would come at their expense. Gary Pitzer Water Deeply -- 9/1/15

Chad Mayes tapped to lead California Assembly Republicans -- California Assembly Republicans chose first-term Assemblyman Chad Mayes, R-Yucca Valley, to be their next leader in a closed-door vote Tuesday. Jeremy B. White in the Sacramento Bee Melanie Mason in the Los Angeles Times -- 9/1/15

Lawmaker introduces last-minute bill to eliminate kangaroo products ban -- The kangaroo ban has been the subject of recent legislative intrigue; an animal rights activist submitted a complaint to the state ethics agency last week alleging the Australian government did not properly disclose its lobbying activity in its efforts to roll back the ban. Melanie Mason in the Los Angeles Times John Myers KQED -- 9/1/15

California kangaroo bill shines light on Australian government -- Late-surfacing legislation allowing California to continue importing kangaroo products has illuminated the Australian government’s role in trying to influence California policy. Jeremy B. White in the Sacramento Bee -- 9/1/15

California to end unlimited isolation for most gang leaders -- California agreed Tuesday to end its unlimited isolation of imprisoned gang leaders, restricting a practice that once kept hundreds of inmates in notorious segregation units for a decade or longer. Don Thompson Associated Press Paige St. John in the Los Angeles Times -- 9/1/15

Clinton, under pressure, returning to Bay Area for fundraising -- Hillary Rodham Clinton, under the dual pressures of scrutiny about using her private e-mail served while secretary of state and the potential entry of Vice President Joe Biden into the 2016 presidential race, will return to the Bay Area later this month to shore up support and raise campaign money. Carla Marinucci in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 9/1/15

Quinn: Donald Trump At War -- Now that Donald Trump has the Republican presidential nomination sewn up, it is time to look at how he would approach important matters of policy such as the military. With Mr. Trump this is a problem, because although hawkish today he is a classic Vietnam- era draft dodger. Tony Quinn Fox & Hounds -- 9/1/15

Uber loses round in legal battle with drivers -- A federal judge Tuesday dealt a blow to Uber's efforts to neutralize a major legal challenge to its business model, finding that a lawsuit against the growing ride-booking company can proceed as a class action on behalf of most California drivers who have worked for the Bay Area outfit since 2009. Howard Mintz in the San Jose Mercury$ Carolyn Said in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 9/1/15

Sacramento International Airport signs agreement to allow Uber to serve travelers -- The agreement goes into effect at 1 p.m. Tuesday and applies only to Uber drivers. Other ride-sharing companies, such as Lyft and Sidecar, have not signed agreements with airport officials. Bill Lindelof and Tony Bizjak in the Sacramento Bee -- 9/1/15

Sacramento Regional Technology Alliance (SARTA) is folding -- SARTA announced Tuesday that its board of directors voted a day earlier to go out of business after 14 years. Howard Bubb, the group’s chief executive, said SARTA will wind down operations over the next few weeks. Dale Kasler in the Sacramento Bee -- 9/1/15

Unintended consequences of conserving water: leaky pipes, less revenue, bad odors -- Sanitation districts are yanking tree roots out of manholes and stepping up maintenance on their pipes to prevent corrosion and the spread of odors. And when people use less potable water, officials say, there's less wastewater available to recycle. Matt Stevens in the Los Angeles Times -- 9/1/15

Review: 'Man in the Machine,' a blistering indictment of Steve Jobs -- Jobs, usually revered as the Silicon Valley genius who transformed our lives with beautifully designed technology, gets raked over the coals and is revealed to be a despotic high-tech titan willing to throw anyone under the bus, even his own baby daughter, in his quest for power. Karen D'Souza in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 9/1/15

Critical Mass window smasher was wearing T-shirt advocating non-violence -- Police in San Francisco continued to search Tuesday for a Critical Mass cyclist who smashed a Zipcar driver’s window with a metal U-lock on Friday while wearing a T-shirt reading “Non-violence is our strength.” Evan Sernoffsky in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 9/1/15

Saunders: Big Apple versus Big Toilet -- Why is New York so much cleaner than San Francisco? It’s a question you hear all the time, even as some New Yorkers swear that Mayor Bill De Blasio’s lighter approach to law enforcement has undone some of the gains made under former Mayors Rudy Giuliani and Mike Bloomberg. Debra J. Saunders in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 9/1/15

Greenhut: Should only military kids get a choice? -- Thanks to California’s powerful teachers’ unions, many efforts to reform public schools – beyond providing more funding — have gone nowhere. Proposals to increase school competition are nonstarters, and Assembly Republicans’ package of bills that largely promote teacher accountability was mostly dead on arrival. Steven Greenhut in the San Diego Union-Tribune$ -- 9/1/15

California Policy & Politics This Morning  

Democratic hopes for California tax increases hinge on GOP votes -- As the first year of the session winds down with transportation and health care among the issues on the table, whether lawmakers move to boost revenues is among the most intriguing questions on the docket. Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee -- 9/1/15

California’s Katrina Is Coming -- Most of the state’s water is drawn from the Delta, protected by levees that pretty much amount to mounds of dirt, even when compared to infrastructure that infamously failed New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. Hurricanes don’t hit NorCal, but these levees are alarmingly susceptible to disaster. If enough were to breach—in an earthquake perhaps, or severe El Niño storm—sea water from San Francisco Bay could rush in, tainting the water supply serving two-thirds of the state. Nick Stockton WIRED -- 9/1/15

Kathryn Steinle’s parents to file legal claims against San Francisco, feds -- The parents of a woman shot to death in July by a man who was facing possible deportation intend to file legal claims against San Francisco and federal officials in connection with her killing, representatives of the family said Monday. Jaxon Van Derbeken in the San Francisco Chronicle Katie Nelson in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 9/1/15

Road Repair Deal At Capitol Still Elusive As Time Draws Short -- Halfway through the California Legislature's final month of work, lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown appear no closer to a deal on transportation funding than when they first returned from summer recess two weeks ago. Ben Adler Capital Public Radio -- 9/1/15

Gov. Jerry Brown creates cybersecurity center -- Gov. Jerry Brown signed an executive order Monday to bolster California’s preparedness for cyber-attacks which could disrupt the Golden State’s economy and infrastructure or violate residents’ privacy and lead to identity theft. Josh Richman Political Blotter -- 9/1/15

Democrats Have Lots of Ideas on Spending Cap and Trade Cash -- Having money to spend isn’t exactly a problem in Sacramento. But when there’s cash, there are competing priorities — as evidenced by the 2015 battle over where to spend cash from California’s growing cap and trade fund. Marisa Lagos KQED -- 9/1/15

Adwatch: Oil interests mislead about vehicle monitoring -- The California Drivers Alliance, a group funded by the Western States Petroleum Association, is running a TV ad opposing Senate Bill 350, which would require the state to reduce petroleum use in motor vehicles by 50 percent and increase the proportion of electricity derived from renewable sources such as wind and solar. David Siders in the Sacramento Bee -- 9/1/15

Skelton: Lawmakers squabble over reducing gas consumption -- Rebellion and chaos are dominating the climax of this year's legislative session. Seems like nothing and no one is safe. George Skelton in the Los Angeles Times -- 9/1/15

Halle Berry, Catholic bishops voice support for California climate bills -- California Democrats are calling on supporters in Hollywood and the Catholic Church as they push for climate change bills in the final two weeks of the legislative session. Chris Megerian in the Los Angeles Times -- 9/1/15

Halle Berry joins Capitol climate change lobbying team -- California Democrats’ public relations push to pass sweeping climate change legislation has enlisted businesses, religious authorities - and now a healthy dose of celebrity. Jeremy B. White and Alexei Koseff in the Sacramento Bee -- 9/1/15

Walters: Half-baked carbon bill given rush -- Why the big rush to pass Senate Bill 350? We’re in the final fortnight of the legislative session and Gov. Jerry Brown and Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León are trying to nail down enough votes to “decarbonize” California in the next 15 years. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee -- 9/1/15

Catholic officials find inspiration for assisted death opposition in Pope’s encyclical -- With his priority climate legislation on the ropes in the Assembly, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León has repeatedly pointed to the recent papal encyclical as a cause for action. Alexei Koseff in the Sacramento Bee -- 9/1/15

Los Angeles poised to vote on 2024 Olympic plan -- A month after Boston's bid for the 2024 Olympic Games collapsed, Los Angeles appears on the verge of stepping in as the replacement U.S. candidate. Michael Blood Associated Press -- 9/1/15

Some services back, but more San Quentin prisoners may have disease -- San Quentin State Prison began restoring some services Monday after six prisoners tested positive last week for Legionnaires’ disease. At the same time, roughly 20 more inmates were placed under observation for the potentially deadly respiratory illness, officials said. Kale Williams in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 9/1/15

73 San Quentin inmates with Legionnaires' disease symptoms -- State corrections department spokeswoman Dana Simas said Monday the 73 inmates are under observation for Legionnaires' disease but have not been diagnosed. They are being treated at San Quentin's on-site medical unit. Associated Press -- 9/1/15

Settlement nears in litigation over California's use of solitary confinement -- California, which once led the nation in putting prisoners in solitary confinement, is poised to end the practice of decades-long isolation. Paige St. John in the Los Angeles Times -- 9/1/15

Wrongfully convicted man gets no state money — would have been out of work anyway, court sways -- The reason: Based on his history, the court said, Holmes wouldn’t have held a job or made any legitimate wages if he hadn’t been in prison, so he suffered no “pecuniary injury,” or financial harm, from his wrongful imprisonment. And if that wasn’t enough, the court said his daughter must reimburse the state for its costs in defending the case. Bob Egelko in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 9/1/15

Garcetti says housing all homeless vets won't happen this year -- Mayor Eric Garcetti has backed off his pledge to get every homeless veteran off city streets by the end of this year, his spokeswoman said Monday. The item is in the Los Angeles Times -- 9/1/15

Human trafficking: Count of victims underscores San Francisco’s challenges -- San Francisco’s first effort to document the scope of human trafficking in the city identified nearly 300 known or suspected victims in the second half of 2014 alone and highlighted the challenge of addressing a crime in which women, men and often children are exploited in society’s shadows. Jill Tucker in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 9/1/15

Feds reduce flows out of Folsom Lake to conserve Sacramento region’s water supply -- Folsom Lake is the primary water source for Sacramento suburbs serving hundreds of thousands of customers. At noon Monday, the lake held about 196,000 acre-feet of water, or about 20 percent of its capacity. Phillip Reese in the Sacramento Bee -- 9/1/15

Judges' procedural questions hint at skepticism on California death penalty ban -- A federal appeals court, reviewing a ruling that could end California's death penalty, appeared concerned Monday that procedural requirements might prevent it from deciding whether the state system was so dysfunctional as to be unconstitutional. Maura Dolan in the Los Angeles Times -- 9/1/15

PG&E fined $50,000 for security breakdown at San Jose substation -- The California Public Utilities Commission said PG&E had failed to safely maintain its Metcalf substation, allowing burglars to breach its fence and steal $40,000 worth of equipment more than a year after someone shot up the site. Peter Fimrite in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 9/1/15

Equal Pay Bill Heads To Governor’s Desk For Promised Signature -- Legislation that supporters say will make California the nation’s leader on assuring men and women are paid the same for similar jobs has landed on the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown, who has promised to sign it into law. John Myers KQED -- 9/1/15

Lawmakers send Jerry Brown bill to ban bullhooks on elephants -- The Senate on Monday sent Gov. Jerry Brown a bill that would make California the first in the nation to ban elephant handlers from using bullhooks, a sharp-pointed implement activists say is inhumane. Dan Smith in the Sacramento Bee -- 9/1/15

State Senate OKs bills seeking equal pay, restricting drones, barring bullhooks -- Alarmed by the growing number of hobbyists sending drones into the California sky, state lawmakers are working on a series of proposals that would bar the devices from being flown over wildfires, prisons, schools and homes. Patrick McGreevy and Melanie Mason in the Los Angeles Times Alexei Koseff in the Sacramento Bee -- 9/1/15

Proposed measure would drop drinking age to 18 -- Terrance Lynn doesn’t see himself as the new patron saint of college keggers, but his proposed ballot measure to lower California’s drinking age from 21 to 18 might get him there nonetheless. Lynn, 42, of Portola Valley, sees it as a civil-rights issue. Josh Richman Political Blotter -- 9/1/15

Bob Huff moves from California Senate district to prep for next campaign -- The senator has left the district. Ahead of a campaign for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors next year, state Sen.Bob Huff moved this spring from Diamond Bar to San Dimas, putting him just inside the boundary for LA’s 5th Supervisorial District – and just outside the 29th Senate District he still represents through next November. Alexei Koseff in the Sacramento Bee -- 9/1/15

Assemblyman Chad Mayes seeking Assembly GOP leadership post -- Assembly Republicans could elect a new leader as early as Tuesday, said Assemblyman Chad Mayes, a GOP freshman from Yucca Valley who confirmed Monday that he's seeking the leadership post. Melanie Mason, Chris Megerian in the Los Angeles Times -- 9/1/15

Internal struggles at US mosques seep into secular courts -- As worshippers streamed out of the prayer hall, some beaming, clasping hands and congratulating each other on their victory, Waqar Khan was fuming. He sat on a mosque bench, absorbing his defeat. He was about to be removed as president of the Islamic Society of East Bay in Fremont, California, a suburban city in the shadow of Silicon Valley. Fariba Nawa Center for Investigative Reporting -- 9/1/15

Bayview church 'bleached,' spray-painted in racist vandalism -- Racist vandals broke into a Bayview church and went on a destructive rampage in what a church deacon calls a hate crime. Mike Moffitt in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 9/1/15

2 more Tahoe churches latest hit in string of vandalism -- Authorities investigating a string of vandalism at a half dozen churches in northern Nevada over the past five months say there were two more attacks at Lake Tahoe over the weekend, and the vandals are becoming more destructive. Associated Press -- 9/1/15

California's cash for ideas contest open to entries -- The state is offering prizes of up to $25,000 to Californians in three contests meant to improve transportation, beef up the government's environmentally sustainable practices and help prevent teenage drinking. Andrew McGall in the Contra Costa Times$ -- 9/1/15

Economy, Employers, Jobs, Unions, Pensions    

California Worker Rights Bill On Governor's Desk -- A bill on California Governor Jerry Brown’s desk would clarify that arbitration agreements are voluntary between companies and their workers -- and not a condition of getting hired. Chris Nichols Capital Public Radio -- 9/1/15

California state engineers reach contract deal with Jerry Brown -- California’s state engineers’ union said Monday that it has reached a tentative labor agreement with Gov. Jerry Brown that includes pay raises, although it declined to detail concessions it made on the administration’s signature issue – retiree health benefits. Jon Ortiz in the Sacramento Bee -- 9/1/15

UCLA study finds million-plus elderly Californians in poverty -- More than 300,000 elderly Californians are officially poor, as measured by the federal government, but their numbers triple to more than 1 million when the “hidden poor” are counted, according to a new study from UCLA’s Center for Health Policy Research. Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee Susan Abram in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 9/1/15

Confused about which online ride-hailing app to use? Here’s what you need to know -- Sacramento’s Yellow Cab Co. launched a new smartphone ride-hailing app called Curb this month in a move that goes head-to-head with competitors Uber, Lyft and Flywheel. Allen Young Sacramento Business Journal -- 9/1/15


Drought Making Some California Fruit Smaller, Tastier -- Shoppers tend to pick up the largest peach in the pile. But, Kevin Day says bigger doesn't always mean better. He's a tree fruit farm advisor with the University of California Cooperative Extension. Lesley McClurg Capital Public Radio -- 9/1/15


L.A. County prosecutors probe L.A. Unified's food services for possible violations -- Earlier this year, the district's Office of the Inspector General released a 33-page audit that found mismanagement, inappropriate spending and ethical breaches in the nation's second largest school meal operation. Teresa Watanabe in the Los Angeles Times -- 9/1/15

UC Berkeley student has measles; put in isolation -- Officials in Berkeley are warning the public to be on alert after a UC Berkeley student tested positive for measles after riding public transportation in the East Bay last week. Kale Williams in the San Francisco Chronicle Katrina Cameron in the Oakland Tribune -- 9/1/15

UC Berkeley: Fence around chancellor's residence divides opinions -- A newly installed chain-link fence marks the path an incoming permanent barrier will soon take between University House -- the landmark building where Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks resides -- and the surrounding UC Berkeley campus. George Kelly in the Contra Costa Times$ -- 9/1/15

Report: Low-income, black, disabled students miss school more often -- California’s low-income, black and disabled students are more likely to miss school frequently, which can be linked to future achievement gaps and dropout rates, according to a report released Monday. Sarah Tully EdSource -- 9/1/15

Five LAUSD high schools are forced to replace melting all-weather fields -- Five high schools that had all-weather sports fields installed by the Los Angeles Unified School District during the last five years are replacing the turf because of what a district official says are defective materials. Eric Sondheimer in the Los Angeles Times -- 9/1/15

Immigration / Border 

244 immigrants arrested in four-day sweep across Southern California -- More than 240 people were taken into federal custody last week across Southern California after a four-day sweep for immigrants in the country illegally with criminal records, authorities announced Monday. Joseph Serna, Kate Linthicum in the Los Angeles Times -- 9/1/15

Immigration: Are male detainees treated differently than women? -- Jorge Ramirez fled Honduras with his family in June, paying a smuggler to take them across the Rio Grande to seek asylum. Molly Hennessy-Fiske in the Los Angeles Times -- 9/1/15


Benicia releases revised report on Valero's crude-by-rail project -- If the crude-by-rail project is approved, Valero Benicia Refinery will be allowed to transport crude oil through Benicia via two 50-tanker car trains, rather than shipping the crude oil by boat. It will not replace the crude that is transported by pipeline. Irma Widjojo in the Contra Costa Times$ -- 9/1/15

Sacramento oil spills would be risky but rare, new report says -- Benicia city officials have concluded a proposal to transport large amounts of crude oil daily on trains through Sacramento and Northern California would create a “potentially significant” hazard to the public, but say a spill is probably only a once every few decades occurrence. Tony Bizjak in the Sacramento Bee -- 9/1/15


Google making moves to disrupt diabetes -- Instead of pricking a finger before each meal or injecting themselves with insulin, diabetics could one day use tiny gizmos to manage their disease -- testing blood sugar levels with an Internet-connected contact lens or a coin-size skin patch that transmits glucose readings to a doctor. Matt O'Brien in the San Jose Mercury$ -- 9/1/15

Also . . . 

L.A. trash agency ordered to clear backlog of illegal dumping complaints -- The Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation is being ordered to clear a backlog of tens of thousands of outstanding requests dating back to 2010 to clean up illegally dumped trash. Ben Poston, Peter Jamison in the Los Angeles Times -- 9/1/15

Skid Row neighbors keep alive the memory of their friend ‘Africa’ who was killed by police -- There is no trace of death in this spot now. It’s covered by tents. It’s been rinsed away by the once-a-week power washers that blast cigarette butts, urine, vomit, dead leaves and tattered papers into the gutters of San Pedro Street. David Montero in the Los Angeles Daily News -- 9/1/15

Critical Mass event turns ugly in the Marina District -- A YouTube video showing a tense altercation between Critical Mass cyclists and a driver in San Francisco’s Marina District, captured a man beating a woman’s Zipcar and smashing her window with a bike lock. The video was purportedly shot Friday night at 8:16 p.m. on Marina Boulevard at Lyon Street during a Critical Mass bike ride. Evan Sernoffsky in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 9/1/15

Gavin Newsom & wife expecting fourth child -- Seems like they’re trying to populate their own little “Citizenville.” Newsom, 47, and Jennifer Siebel Newsom, 41, already are the parents of Montana Tessa Newsom, who turns 6 next month; Hunter Siebel Newsom, 4; and Brooklynn Newsom, 2. Papa is running for governor in 2018. Josh Richman Political Blotter Christopher Cadelago in the Sacramento Bee -- 9/1/15

Burning Man’s Fashion Is Wild, but There Are Rules -- Glitter is a no-no. Sequins are frowned upon. Feathers were verboten, though they have still infiltrated in trims and turbans, to gnashing controversy. Sarah Maslin Nir in the New York Times$ -- 9/1/15

Lazarus: Deciphering the secret language of phone bills -- According to the Federal Communications Commission's truth-in-billing rules, all phone bills must feature "clear, non-misleading, plain language describing services for which you are being billed." So how come phone customers often can't figure out what they're being charged for? David Lazarus in the Los Angeles Times -- 9/1/15


Obama Paints Doomsday Scene of Global Warming in Alaska -- President Barack Obama is painting a doomsday scenario for the Arctic and beyond if climate change isn’t dealt with fast: entire nations submerged underwater, cities abandoned and refugees fleeing in droves as conflict breaks out across the globe. Josh Lederman Associated Press -- 9/1/15


Joe Biden and the Democratic Vacuum -- Nervous Democrats are looking for alternatives as Hillary Clinton falters. But is the V.P. the right person for the job? Molly Ball The Atlantic -- 9/1/15