Tag: Newsom, Gavin

Providence Officials Approve Overdose Prevention Center

More than two years ago, Rhode Island became the first state in the nation to authorize overdose prevention centers, facilities where people would be allowed to use illicit drugs under professional supervision. On Thursday, the Providence City Council approved the establishment of what will be the state’s first so-called safe injection site. Minnesota is the […]

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The Best Sentences of 2023

Over recent days, I took on a daunting task — but a delightful one. I reviewed all the passages of prose featured in the For the Love of Sentences section of my Times Opinion newsletter in 2023 and tried to determine the best of the best. And there’s no doing that, at least not objectively, […]

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Retail Group Retracts Startling Claim About ‘Organized’ Shoplifting

A national lobbying group has retracted its startling estimate that “organized retail crime” was responsible for nearly half the $94.5 billion in store merchandise that disappeared in 2021, a figure that helped amplify claims that the United States was experiencing a nationwide wave of shoplifting. The group, the National Retail Federation, edited that claim last […]

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California Faces $68 Billion Deficit Amid Steep Revenue Decline

California is facing a $68 billion budget deficit, the state’s nonpartisan fiscal analyst announced on Thursday, signaling a “serious” financial challenge for the Democratic-led government heading into an election year. The Legislative Analyst’s Office said a revenue decline this year “similar to those seen during the Great Recession and dot‑com bust” was largely responsible for […]

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Talk About Abortion, Don’t Talk About Trump: Governors Give Biden Advice

America’s Democratic governors brag about booming local economies, preside over ribbon-cuttings of projects paid for with new federal legislation and have successfully framed themselves as defenders of abortion rights and democracy. Almost all of them are far more popular in their home states than the Democratic president they hope to re-elect next year. While President […]

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Ron DeSantis and Gavin Newsom’s Fox News Debate Was a Contest With No Prize

Thursday’s made-for-TV exhibition match between Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida and Gov. Gavin Newsom of California was not, despite its name, a debate. Oh, there was “debating,” or the cable-news version: Sniping, insults, cross-talk and the delivery of packaged attacks between the red and blue leaders of states known for their oranges. But “The Great […]

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What a Petty Pair DeSantis and Newsom Made

It’s remarkable how fixated Ron DeSantis and Gavin Newsom have been on each other. It’s weird. These two opposite-party governors from opposite coasts of the country have been sparring — repeatedly, haughtily, naughtily — for more than two years. If their debate on Thursday night had been the climactic scene in a Hollywood rom-com, Newsom […]

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DeSantis-Newsom Debate: What We Learned and Key Takeaways

For an hour and a half on Thursday night, Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida and Gov. Gavin Newsom of California shouted at and interrupted each other, trying to leave an impression on Fox News viewers beyond the din of their slugfest. The debate in Alpharetta, Ga., was a chance for Mr. DeSantis to hold the […]

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DeSantis to Debate Newsom at a Tenuous Time in His 2024 Campaign

Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida is accustomed to crushing Democrats in his home state. He romped to a re-election victory last year over a weak Democratic opponent, as Republicans also picked up supermajorities in the State Legislature. Since he became governor, Republican voter registration numbers have surged statewide, leapfrogging those of Democrats, who traditionally held […]

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DeSantis-Newsom Debate: What to Watch for at Tonight’s Showdown

Call it the “Debate Me Please” showdown. Ron DeSantis of Florida, 45, and Gavin Newsom of California, 56, two relatively youthful governors adept at seeking — and finding — the spotlight, will square off at 9 p.m. Eastern on Thursday in a nationally televised debate in Alpharetta, Ga., in suburban Atlanta. Both pleaded for this […]

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Before the DeSantis-Newsom Debate, Let’s Look at Their Economic Records

I’ll be glued to the TV on Thursday for the debate between Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida and Gov. Gavin Newsom of California on Fox News. (Not a plug.) It will pit a conservative Republican against a liberal Democrat, a one-time outfielder for Yale against a one-time pitcher for Santa Clara University, a fighter against […]

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When Is the DeSantis-Newsom Debate and How to Watch

Fox News will host a 90-minute debate between Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida and Gov. Gavin Newsom of California, starting at 9 p.m. Eastern time on Thursday. The unusual event, between a Republican presidential candidate and a high-profile Democratic governor who has been a surrogate for the Biden administration, will be moderated by Sean Hannity, […]

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Gavin Newsom, Set to Debate Ron DeSantis, Wants Fox News Viewers to Hear Him Out

Gavin Newsom has a scant history of tough debates over his two decades as governor and lieutenant governor of California and mayor of San Francisco. But he is nevertheless unusually prepared for his nationally televised face-off on Thursday with Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida: Over the past few months, Mr. Newsom has lived through something […]

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Surprise! Los Angeles Freeway to Reopen Next Week, Newsom Says.

A major section of a freeway in Los Angeles that was shut down because of fire damage is expected to reopen no later than Tuesday — far earlier than officials had originally estimated and before the full onslaught of holiday traffic. The fire, which exploded in the early morning hours of Nov. 11, damaged more […]

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With I-10 Closed by Fire Damage, Los Angeles Drivers Find Ways to Cope

In a city of sprawl, the 10 freeway is a main character, running across the belly of Los Angeles and offering a straight shot from downtown to the Pacific Ocean — with a hazy glimpse of the Hollywood sign along the way. It also serves as a central artery for commuters making their way to […]

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Could a Prominent Democrat Really Challenge Biden? It’s Unlikely.

Forty-four years ago tomorrow, the last serious primary opponent to a sitting Democratic president announced his campaign before 5,000 supporters in Boston. But that challenge by Senator Edward M. Kennedy, who ran against President Jimmy Carter for the 1980 nomination, offers little precedent for the legion of Democrats fretting about President Biden’s standing ahead of […]

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Gavin Newsom, on Climate Mission to China, Meets With Xi Jinping

Gavin Newsom, the governor of California, met with China’s leader, Xi Jinping, in Beijing on Wednesday, according to the Chinese state media, as part of an ambitious weeklong mission to negotiate climate partnerships. The two-term Democratic governor wants California to set an aggressive pace for the United States — and the world — to cut […]

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Gavin Newsom Wants to Export California’s Climate Laws to the World

Gavin Newsom, the California governor, packed his bags and his ambition Monday and flew to Chinese provinces on a weeklong mission to negotiate climate agreements. Last month, he was the only American invited to address the United Nations about climate change, where he excoriated the fossil fuel industry for what he called its decades of […]

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California’s Ban on Red Food Dye Puts FDA on the Spot

Thirty-three years after the Food and Drug Administration banned the use of Red Dye No. 3 in red lipstick and other cosmetics by linking it to cancer, California has become the first state to ban the chemical in food. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, signed a law this month that outlawed the red dye and […]

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A.I. Could Soon Need as Much Electricity as an Entire Country

OpenAI’s ChatGPT exploded onto the scene nearly a year ago, reaching an estimated 100 million users in two months and setting off an A.I. boom. Behind the scenes, the technology relies on thousands of specialized computer chips. And in the coming years, they could consume immense amounts of electricity. A peer-reviewed analysis published Tuesday lays […]

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Newsom Vetoes Bill Banning Caste Discrimination

Why It Matters: The bill reflects divisions in the state’s South Asian community and its influence as a growing demographic. The bill, known as Senate Bill 403, had driven intense debate — and divisions — within the growing South Asian community in California recently, especially in Silicon Valley, where South Asians make up a significant […]

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Once a Labor Leader, Butler Angered Unions by Consulting for Uber

In the summer of 2019, Uber, Lyft and other companies that use contract drivers faced a crisis in California. The State Legislature was poised to pass a law that would effectively require them to treat their drivers as employees, meaning the gig companies would have to pay drivers a minimum wage, cover their expenses and […]

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How Newsom’s Choice for Feinstein’s Successor Was Complicated By Two TV Interviews

The question came from out of the blue in 2021, as Gov. Gavin Newsom of California was on television, fending off a campaign to recall him. If Senator Dianne Feinstein left office before the end of her term, Joy Reid of MSNBC wanted to know, would the governor rectify a glaring gap in representation and […]

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What to Know About Laphonza Butler, Newsom’s Appointee to the Senate

Laphonza Butler, president of Emily’s List and a former labor leader, is Gov. Gavin Newsom of California’s choice to fill the Senate seat of Dianne Feinstein, who died at 90 on Thursday in Washington, D.C. The selection was announced on Sunday. Though Ms. Butler, 44, has never held elective political office, she has been a […]

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Newsom to Name Emily’s List President as Feinstein Successor

Gov. Gavin Newsom of California is expected on Monday to name Laphonza Butler, the president of Emily’s List and a former labor leader, to fill the vacancy left in the Senate by the death of Dianne Feinstein, several sources familiar with the decision confirmed on Sunday night. Ms. Butler, 44, has been a fixture in […]

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Dianne Feinstein’s Lasting Impact on Women in Office

“I was so inspired that I drove six hours to L.A. in a falling-apart Toyota and slept on somebody’s floor,” Ms. Schaaf, now 57, recalled. Decades later, after a career as a lawyer and a political aide, Ms. Schaaf won a seat on the Oakland City Council and, in 2015, became the second woman to […]

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Who Will Replace Dianne Feinstein in Her California Senate Seat?

The death of Senator Dianne Feinstein, the California Democrat, immediately turns the spotlight to an intense, ongoing three-way battle to replace her, fraught with racial, political and generational tensions over one of the most coveted positions in California and national politics. It also puts new pressure on Gov. Gavin Newsom, who will chose someone to […]

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Newsom Emerges as Biden’s Top Surrogate But Promotes Himself, Too

For much of Wednesday evening, Gavin Newsom, the Democratic governor of California, drew nearly as much attention at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley, Calif., as the Republican presidential candidates who were there for their second debate. Mr. Newsom spoke to Fox News, MSNBC and CNN. He was there before the […]

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In Rare Alliance, Democrats and Republicans Seek Legal Power to Clear Homeless Camps

Garbage, feces and needles run through the rivers in Missoula, Mont. On the streets of San Francisco, tents are so thick that sidewalks in the Tenderloin neighborhood have become “unofficial open-air public housing.” In Portland, Ore., a blaze shut down an on-ramp to the Steel Bridge for several days in March after campers tunneled through […]

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Fox News Announces a Newsom and DeSantis Debate in November

Fox News announced on Monday that it was hosting a debate in late November between Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida and Gov. Gavin Newsom of California — a highly unusual clash between two of the nation’s best known political leaders who are not running for the same office. Fox News — calling it a “a […]

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Newsom Vetoes Bill on Parental Support of Child’s Gender Identity in Custody Cases

The News Gov. Gavin Newsom of California vetoed a bill on Friday that would instruct judges presiding over custody battles in the state to take into consideration a parent’s support for a child’s gender identity when making custody and visitation decisions. Why It Matters: The veto signals a break from the governor’s stance in support […]

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