Fact Check: Has President Obama 'Depleted' The Military?

President Obama has slashed defense spending and will leave his successor with a weaker military force — or so Republican presidential candidates, led by Donald Trump, charge.THE CLAIM:"Our military is depleted," Trump said in his foreign-policy address on Wednesday, "and we're asking our generals and military leaders to worry about global warming."In the past, Trump has claimed the U.S. military under Obama has become "a disaster," and other Republicans have described it as "gutted" since...
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Even For Those Here Legally, High Stakes And Few Protections In Immigration Court

This story is part of NPR's podcast Embedded, which digs deep into the stories behind the news.Inside a Newton County, Ga., superior courtroom, Shawn stood before a judge ready to enter a guilty plea.A year earlier, police had found him with 4 ounces of marijuana, two digital scales and plastic baggies at his family home near Atlanta. His lawyer negotiated the deal to avoid the 10-year sentence Shawn could face if his case went to trial.During the 2012 hearing, the judge fired off 47...
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The brother of San Bernardino mass shooter Syed Rizwan Farook, Syed Raheel Farook, his wife, and her sister were in a Riverside federal courtroom yesterday (Thursday), after being arrested earlier in the day on charges of lying to federal investigators and marriage fraud.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem attended the court proceeding, and last night filed this report for NPR News.

KPCC's Ben Bergman was there as protestors and counter-protestors had confrontations with one another and local police, leading to arrests outside a Donald Trump rally in Costa Mesa yesterday (Thursday).

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Loud pops of gunfire have become a familiar sound in San Bernardino.  Shootings are on the rise in the beleaguered and bankrupt city, but reasons for the upswing in crime are scarce.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem reports on San Bernardino's skyrocketing homicide rate and one official's critique of the response.

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Approximately 170,000 children living in California illegally will soon gain access to health care.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

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Donald Trump is expected to speak Friday (April 29) at the California Republican Party Convention in San Francisco.  Ahead of this visit, Capital Public Radio's PolitiFact California reporter Chris Nichols examined Trump's record with the truth.

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California oil and gas regulators say better regulation could have prevented the massive Aliso Canyon gas leak near Porter Ranch.  They testified before a state Senate committee yesterday (Tuesday), as Cpaital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports.

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A bill that would take the profit out of lawsuits for violations of the ADA, or Americans with Disabilities Act, is headed to Governor Jerry Brown.  Capital Public Radio's Ed Joyce reports. 

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Five candidates in two different parties competed in the first debate for an open California U.S. Senate seat in more than two decades.  The debate was hosted in Stockton by KCRA-TV.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford sums up the two-plus hours of action last night (Monday) in 90 seconds. 

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Rising Incarceration Rate Isn't Reducing Crime, Says Report

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When I meet the captured ISIS fighter, he doesn't look much like the bombastic murderers in the propaganda videos.Ahmed Darwish, 29, is slight, hunched and shuffling in orange plastic sandals, wincing in pain as he walks into a police station in Rumeilan, northern Syria, escorted by the Kurdish fighters who captured him running away after a battle. His arms are bandaged and head is wounded: he was struck in a coalition airstrike in support of the anti-ISIS forces.It can be hard to understand...
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American Stars Jam With Cuba's Best Musicians In Havana

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