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Obama, Congress focus on unemployment benefits
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Obama, Congress focus on unemployment benefits Katherine Hackett, an unemployed Connecticut woman who introduced Obama, called the benefits “absolutely essential” to covering her necessities, such as her mortgage and health care, as she looked for work. She said she's cut expenses and “is not just 

Mel Watt becomes new chief overseeing Fannie, Freddie
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Eulada Watt looks on in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House, January 6, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT) Watt, 68, said in a statement he was “honored” to lead the little known, but very

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The world goes Californian as Trump turns back on climate

In Sacramento, legislation that would move the state to 100 percent clean, zero-carbon electricity over the next generation moved inexorably though the Senate. So did a quieter, but nonetheless pivotal package that would insulate California from any White House attempt to roll back federal environmental standards, exploit public lands , punish whistleblowers or corrupt scientific data .

Attorney General Xavier Becerra and a battalion of state lawyers are preparing for a potential Trump challenge to the federal waiver that has allowed California to effectively set national fuel economy standards since the Nixon Administration.

Meanwhile, Gov. Jerry Brown headed for China to sell cities and provinces on California’s approach – renewable energy, ambitious goals and a cap-and-trade system for restraining greenhouse gases.

California has passed bills requiring that utilities replace coal with solar and wind power, that manufacturers make appliances more energy efficient, that automakers emit less exhaust and that the state radically cut greenhouse gas emissions. The state air resources board has set a goal of putting more than 4 million zero emission vehicles to be on the road by 2030.

After Tension With Obama, Saudia Arabia Seen as Eager to Welcome Trump

— American flags lined the streets of this Arab capital on Friday as Saudi Arabia prepared a motorcycle rally, a concert by country singer Toby Keith and lavish palace festivities organized by King Salman’s royal court to honor the arrival of the desert kingdom’s biggest potential business partner yet: President Donald Trump.

While Trump has taken heat from Muslims in the U.S. for his anti-terrorism travel ban and his overtures to Israel, here in the Gulf, the conservative Arab sheikdoms are welcoming the new administration as a return to transactional diplomacy in the Middle East.

The White House they see now is presided over by a strong leader — a model Gulf monarchs recognize from their own governing styles — and if Trump surrounds himself with business-friendly family members high in his administration, well, so do they.

Key to this weekend’s meetings with Trump and his team, as Arab leaders see it, will be identifying opportunities to do business and cut diplomacy deals.