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There are many ways elected officials can respond to criticism from their local newspaper. A letter to the editor. A call to the publisher. A tweet. Or they can just ignore it.
Representative Devin Nunes, the California Republican at the center of the storm over the release of a classified memorandum challenging the F.B.I. investigation of President Trump and Russia, has come up with a response particularly fitting for our times: He has created his own news site, a curation of news from both nonpartisan and partisan sources.
It is called “The California Republican.” Some of the headlines on The Republican, the existence of which was first reported by Politico, have little to do with Mr. Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. But others provide the defense of Mr. Nunes that he may have found lacking in more conventional news media.
“There’s another memo you haven’t heard about. What’s in it?” reads one headline, referring to a memorandum written by Senators Charles E. Grassley of Iowa and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. “The Grassley-Graham memo appears to back up the now-famous Nunes memo, according to National Review.”
It’s not all-Nunes-all-the-time. Another article pointed to the latest cost overruns involving the high-speed train Gov. Jerry Brown is trying to build in California, over the objections of California Republicans, among them, Mr. Nunes.
It’s hard to fault Mr. Nunes for being unhappy with his press coverage. An editorial in The Fresno Bee, for example, referred to Mr. Nunes as “Trump’s stooge.”
Mr. Nunes’s office did not respond to a request for comment. A line at the bottom of the site reads, “Paid for by the Devin Nunes Campaign Committee.”
The new site has certainly made a splash, The Republican noted on its Facebook page: “Due to heavy traffic and an attack on our servers, you may encounter an error message when attempting to reach The Republican.”
Mr. Nunes’s decision to release the memo has also produced a flood of contributions to a Democratic challenger: Andrew Janz, a former Fresno county deputy attorney. That said, while a number of California Republicans are vulnerable to Democratic challengers, Mr. Nunes is way down the list. He was re-elected with 67 percent of the vote in 2016.California Online
(Please note: We regularly highlight articles on news sites that have limited access for nonsubscribers.)
• California businesses are caught in a bind: The state wants to shield undocumented immigrants from deportation while the Trump administration is intensifying enforcement. Employers say all the requirements are confusing. Now the state attorney general has issued new guidance. [The Wall Street Journal]
• The next recession will almost certainly land harder in California than it does in the rest of the country. Perhaps that is why Gov. Jerry Brown has been questioning how long the good economy will last. [The New York Times]
• The State Legislature unanimously passed a bill requiring high hazard dams to be inspected annually. The move came one year after spillway failures at Oroville Dam prompted evacuation orders for thousands of people. [The Chico Enterprise-Record]
• Shaun White, of Carlsbad, won his third Olympic gold medal, narrowly besting a rival in his last run of the men’s halfpipe final. [The New York Times]
• Ava DuVernay and Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles are starting a public-private partnership that would fund film industry internships for women, people of color and those from low-income households. [The New York Times]
• An Indio woman has filed a class-action lawsuit against her home city and Coachella. Both cities are accused of routinely taking residents to criminal court for exceptionally minor crimes, then making them pay for their own prosecution. [The Desert Sun]
• Stone Brewing, based in Escondido, has filed a lawsuit against the giant conglomerate that makes Keystone Lite. The reason?: New Keystone beer cans seem to hide the “key” and emphasize the “stone.” [Voice of San Diego]
• Vice Media has been sued by a former employee who says the company marginalized women and systematically discriminated against them by paying men substantially more for similar work. The employee’s lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, is seeking class-action status. [The New York Times]
• After years of losing money, Uber is inching toward profitability. [The New York Times]
• Need a ride? Hail … a bus? Sacramento Regional Transit has made mini buses available on-demand to people in Citrus Heights. [Capital Public Radio]
• A single-family home can be had in San Francisco for only $399,000. The problem? Almost the entire home will need to be rebuilt. [SFGate]
• Ben Agajanian, a California native who became known as pro football’s first career kicking specialist, died on Thursday in Cathedral City. He was 98. [The New York Times]And Finally ...
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