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Evan Halper

Evan Halper writes about a broad range of policy issues out of Washington D.C., with particular emphasis on how Washington regulates, agitates and very often miscalculates in its dealings with California. Before heading east, he was the Los Angeles Times bureau chief in Sacramento, where he spent a decade untangling California’s epic budget mess and political dysfunction.
Trump administration abandons crackdown on legal marijuana

The Trump administration is abandoning a Justice Department threat to crack down on recreational marijuana in states where it is legal, a move that could enable cannabis businesses in California and other states that have legalized pot to operate without fear of federal raids and prosecution.Pres...

Trump's EPA argues more people will die in car accidents unless California fuel rules are weakened

The Trump administration is embracing a curious argument as it builds it case against Obama era car fuel economy rules: It says they kill people. Climate change deniers have long pushed the theory. Now Trump's EPA is trying to use it for leverage in its intensifying confrontation with California.

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