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Is billionaire Tom Steyer serious about impeaching Trump or just building his brand?

Billionaire and environmental activist Tom Steyer has been coy about whether he plans to challenge U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein next year. But on Friday he committed to running at least one political campaign: impeaching President Trump.

Well, not a political campaign exactly, since impeachment is not something that can be decided by a vote of the people.

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Does a kid in a pro-Trump shirt make a classroom unsafe?

When he was running for president, Donald Trump alarmed 1st Amendment enthusiasts when he threatened to “open up our libel laws.”

It was a pretty hollow threat. For one thing, libel laws are enacted at the state level; the primary way the president can affect libel law is through his appointments to the Supreme Court, which ensures that libel lawsuits comport with the Constitution.

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Are your kids becoming smartphone junkies? They probably learned it watching you

News flash: Kids age 8 and under are spending way more time using mobile media than just six years ago. A new report from the nonprofit family media watchdog Common Sense Media says our youngest kids are spending nearly 10 times as much time with their eyes glued to screens than they did in 2011. Back then, the study says, the 8-and-under crowd spent only about five minutes a day on tech devices.

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Trump and Sessions are still telling different stories about Comey

Early Wednesday morning, President Trump tweeted: “As it has turned out, James Comey lied and leaked and totally protected Hillary Clinton. He was the best thing that ever happened to her!”

That was an awkward prelude to testimony later in the day by Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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At last, a real challenger for Dianne Feinstein's Senate seat

Now it’s a race.

With California Senate leader Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) now officially a candidate for the U.S. Senate, incumbent Dianne Feinstein has a serious challenger for the first time in more than two decades.

Not since her 1994 race against Arianna Huffington’s then-husband Michael (remember him?) has Feinstein had to really worry about winning a campaign — and maybe not even then.

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We've been revealing a lot about ourselves as a society lately. It's not pretty

The allegations that Harvey Weinstein is a sexual predator revealed something that was not really secret, just something that was not talked about enough and not sufficiently addressed — men abusing or harassing women, from corporate executive suites to passing comments on a sidewalk.

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