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Emboldened Israeli Right Presses Moves to Doom 2-State Solution

But Palestinians and Israeli supporters of a two-state solution said the moves revealed the true colors of the country’s ascendant right wing.“We hope that this vote serves as a reminder for the international community that the Israeli government, with the full support of the U.S. administration, is not interested in a just and lasting peace,” Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, said Monday, adding that he would respond by revisiting the authority’s existing agreements with Israel. “Rather, its main goal is the consolidation of an apartheid regime in all of historic Palestine.”Daniel Seidemann, director of Terrestrial Jerusalem, which focuses on the Holy City’s fate in a potential two-state solution, said that “what was winked and nodded about before is now being acknowledged publicly: ‘We have no intent of sharing this land with anybody else except as a barely tolerated minority.’”Mr. Netanyahu has publicly said that he supports a two-state solution even as his government has expanded settlements on the occupied West Bank. […]

California Today: California Today: The Tax Bill’s ‘Spiraling Consequences’

Supported byU.S.California Today: The Tax Bill’s ‘Spiraling Consequences’PhotoTraffic on the Hollywood freeway.Credit Richard Vogel/Associated PressGood morning.(Want to get California Today by email? Here’s the sign-up.)As Republicans in Washington work to combine their tax bills into one, economists and tax specialists on the West Coast are adding up the ways that the changes could hurt California.Among the most publicized is the capping of the mortgage interest deduction, which could make buying a home in California even less affordable than it is now. The abolishing of deductions for state and local taxes, which could sharply raise Californians’ tax bill, is another.“I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Gonzalo Freixes, a tax expert at the U.C.L.A. […]

Lessons From Hurricane Harvey: Houston’s Struggle Is America’s Tale

‘Don’t California My Texas’Jim Blackburn, a planner, environmental lawyer and something of a lightning rod around here, has been warning for years about climate change, the decrepit state of Houston’s reservoirs and the perils of developing the Katy Prairie. He remembers escaping years ago to the prairie to bird watch. One recent morning he drove me out there along the Grand Parkway and pulled into an unfinished subdivision.A saleswoman in a model home boasted about $1 billion worth of box stores and malls being built nearby. The development, she said, adheres to county standards requiring that houses be raised above the 100-year floodplain. The woman handed Mr. Blackburn a glossy brochure and a disclaimer, which he scanned before climbing back into the car, shaking his head.Continue reading the main storyThe disclaimer explained that roads outside the development, linking it to the parkway, occupy the 10-year floodplain, meaning they would have about a 10 percent chance of flooding every year.“These days that means they’ll flood anytime you look at them funny,” Mr […]

California Today: California Today: Bay Area Athletes Clash With Trump

Supported byU.S.California Today: Bay Area Athletes Clash With TrumpPhotoAthletes connected to Bay Area teams have taken center stage in a clash with the Trump administration. From left: Bruce Maxwell of the Oakland Athletics, Colin Kaepernick, a former San Francisco 49er, and Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors.Credit From left: Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images; Denis Poroy/Associated Press; Andrew Burton for The New York TimesGood morning.(Want to get California Today by email? Here’s the sign-up.)California’s centers of power in politics, culture and business have been among the most forceful critics of the Trump administration.Now add professional sports.In an abrupt series of events over the weekend, President Trump lashed out over the national anthem protests spearheaded by Colin Kaepernick, a former San Francisco 49er, calling them grounds for firing.Mr. Trump then rescinded a White House invitation to the Golden State Warriors after Stephen Curry said publicly that he didn’t want to attend, a break from the tradition of championship teams.The Warriors organization swiftly closed ranks around Mr. Curry.“The truth is we all struggled with the idea of spending time with a man who has offended us with his words and actions time and again,” Coach Steve Kerr told Sports Illustrated.Newsletter Sign UpContinue reading the main storyCalifornia TodayThe news and stories that matter to Californians (and anyone else interested in the state). Sign up to get it by email.Thank you for subscribing.An error has occurred. […]

California Today: California Today: Suing the Trump Administration, Again and Again and Again

Supported byU.S.California Today: Suing the Trump Administration, Again and Again and AgainPhotoXavier Becerra, California’s attorney general, announced a lawsuit challenging the proposed border wall in San Diego on Wednesday. “I don’t think Donald Trump has made the transition from candidate Trump to leader Trump,” he said.Credit Hayne Palmour Iv/The San Diego Union-Tribune, via Associated PressGood morning.(Want to get California Today by email? Here’s the sign-up.)If there’s a Democratic revolt against the Trump administration, California’s attorney general is arguably one of its more important architects.Since taking the job in January, Xavier Becerra has brought dozens of legal actions against the federal government.He has challenged the travel ban, threats to federal funding, the plan to end the “dreamer” program, changes to health care and environmental policy and, just Wednesday, the proposed border wall.In an interview on Thursday, Mr […]

California Today: California Today: Mexico Has a Quake Warning System. Where is California’s?

Supported byU.S.California Today: Mexico Has a Quake Warning System. […]