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Appeals court upholds California ‘sanctuary state’ bill

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A US appeals court on Thursday upheld a California “sanctuary state” bill that blocks state and local law enforcement from working with federal immigration authorities.

The three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, headquartered in San Francisco, unanimously ruled to uphold Senate Bill 54, which prohibits police and sheriffs from collaborating with immigration authorities.

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“SB 54 may well frustrate the federal government’s immigration enforcement efforts,” said Judge Milan Smith in the ruling.

“California has the right, pursuant to the anti-commandeering rule, to refrain from assisting with federal efforts,” he added, referring to the 10th amendment of the US constitution, which says that powers not delegated to the federal government are given to the states or the people.

The decision upheld a July 2018 ruling appealed by the administration of US President Donald Trump.

The richest and most populous US state — a Democratic stronghold where Latinos are the biggest demographic — California is locked in a legal and political battle with the federal government, particularly on immigration and environmental issues.

Trump recently spoke of the possibility of transferring migrants detained after crossing the US-Mexico border to so-called sanctuary cities, such as Los Angeles.

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WATCH: Saturday Night Live airs Christmas special — that’s just one giant dig at the Electoral College

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NBC's "Saturday Night Live" aired an opening skit that was just one giant attack on the electoral college.

A snowman introduced the segment, saying that we could look in on the holiday table conversation thanks to hacked Nest cams.

The skit featured a house in San Francisco, California, a second in Charleston, South Carolina and a third in Atlanta, Georgia.

Each dinner table debated impeachment, and the differences between President Donald Trump and his predecessor, President Barack Obama.

But then the snowman said that none of their votes matter.

"They'll debate the issues all year long, but then it all comes down to 1,000 people in Wisconsin who won't even think about the election until the morning of," the snowman said. "And that's the magic of the Electoral College."

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Georgia mayor being recalled for racism resigns from office: report

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Hoschton Mayor Theresa Kenerly resigned in a special city council meeting held on Saturday, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported Saturday.

"The resignation came just days after Councilman Jim Cleveland resigned saying he‘d rather leave office on his own terms than face voters in a recall election next month," the newspaper reported. "Both resignations follow an AJC investigation launched seven months ago into claims that an African American candidate for city administrator was sidetracked by Mayor Theresa Kenerly because of his race."

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Nine 2020 Democrats unite to demand DNC Chair Tom Perez scrap debate rules: report

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The Democratic National Committee is facing a revolt for the party's 2020 presidential candidates for its restrictive debate rules.

"Nine Democratic presidential candidates, including the party's front-runners, are urging the Democratic National Committee to toss out the current polling and fundraising rules used to determine who appears in televised debates and reopen the exchanges to better reflect the historic diversity of the current field. The candidates say the rules exclude diverse candidates in the field from participating," CBS News reported Saturday evening.

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