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  • Find Yourself in the Shadow

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    1 Sep 2015 | 2:39 pm
    To find that which was lost is cause for celebration.  To find yourself, your real self, is a mind-blowing experience which starts a transdimensional transition into subsequent transformation. Is the self you know really the self you are?  Are you conscious of the stark realization that you must first know yourself before you can begin to know others? Find yourself. Upon your arrival to this
  • 1 wounded in shootout between mourners, rival gang at South L.A. funeral

    L.A. Now - Los Angeles Times
    Veronica Rocha
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:18 pm
    A man was critically wounded Wednesday outside a funeral home after mourners, who were gathered for a service in South Los Angeles, exchanged gunfire with members of a rival gang, police said.
  • California lawmakers pass sweeping ivory ban to curb elephant poaching

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    <p class="bylinejb">By Jessica Calefati<br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation"><a href='mailto:jcalefati@bayareanewsgroup.com'>jcalefati@bayareanewsgroup.com</a><br /></p><p class="normalparagraphstyle">
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:12 pm
    California made it illegal to sell ivory in 1977, but state law still permits the sale of older ivory imported more than four decades ago. If signed into law, Assembly Bill 96 would close that loophole and deter more poaching, says Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego.
  • L.A. sees deadliest August since 2007 with 39 homicides

    Recent stories from The Homicide Report
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:31 pm
    After remaining relatively flat for much of the year, the number of people killed in Los Angeles surged in August, leaving police scrambling to rein in the violence. Through Saturday, the city recorded a nearly 7% increase in homicides — which amounts to 12 more killings — since the start of the year, compared with the same time period in 2014, according to LAPD data. Thirty-nine people were killed in L.A. last month, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said, making it the deadliest August the city has seen since 2007, when 41 people were killed. Read the full report by Kate Mather and…
  • San Jose: A week after inmate dies in jail, investigation continues

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    <p class="bylinejb">By Robert Salonga, Tracey Kaplan and Tracy Seipel<br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation">Mercury News<br /></p><p class="bylinecopyright">
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:39 pm
    The investigation into the apparent beating death of a mentally ill inmate entered its seventh day as the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office neared a decision on whether to recommend that criminal charges be filed against three correctional officers who had restrained him.
 
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    Recent stories from The Homicide Report

  • L.A. sees deadliest August since 2007 with 39 homicides

    2 Sep 2015 | 5:31 pm
    After remaining relatively flat for much of the year, the number of people killed in Los Angeles surged in August, leaving police scrambling to rein in the violence. Through Saturday, the city recorded a nearly 7% increase in homicides — which amounts to 12 more killings — since the start of the year, compared with the same time period in 2014, according to LAPD data. Thirty-nine people were killed in L.A. last month, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said, making it the deadliest August the city has seen since 2007, when 41 people were killed. Read the full report by Kate Mather and…
  • Ernest Ramos, 25

    1 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    Ernest Ramos, a 25-year-old Latino male, died Tuesday, Sept. 1, after being shot in Commerce, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.
  • Jascent-Jamal Lee Warren, 26

    30 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Jascent-Jamal Lee Warren, a 26-year-old black man, was shot and killed Sunday, Aug. 30, in the 300 block of Ocean Front Walk in Venice, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.Officers responded to a call of shots fired in the area and were directed by witnesses to two men who had been shot, LAPD Officer Norma Eisenman said. Warren was pronounced dead at 2:35 a.m. at the scene, according to coroner’s records.Another man in his 40s who was wounded was taken to a hospital, where he is in stable condition. Police said that both shooting victims were involved in a dispute when…
  • 'He was supposed to be safe here,' mother says of son who was gunned down outside Palms home

    29 Aug 2015 | 4:01 pm
    When Cynthia Gibson heard five gunshots outside her Palms apartment Wednesday night, she immediately thought of her son. Gibson and her husband bolted outside to find James Jackson, 30, motionless on an outdoor stairwell. “I just fell down and rolled on the ground,” Gibson said while lingering next to the spot where witnesses say the gunman opened fire. “He was at home. He was supposed to be safe here. Nothing like this happens over here.” That night, Jackson was visiting a neighbor in his apartment complex in the 3100 block of Canfield Avenue. He received a phone call and stepped…
  • Trevon Oneal Lark, 33

    29 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Trevon Oneal Lark, a 33-year-old black man, was shot and killed Saturday, Aug. 29, near West 84th Street and South Broadway in Florence, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.About 12:55 a.m., police responded to a call of a shooting and found Lark on the sidewalk near a parked sedan, LAPD Det. Dave Garrido said.  Lark was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. Police believe that Lark may have been shot at another location, then driven to the spot where police found him. Anyone with information is asked to call the Criminal Gang Homicide Division at (323) 786-5113.
 
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  • San Jose: A week after inmate dies in jail, investigation continues

    <p class="bylinejb">By Robert Salonga, Tracey Kaplan and Tracy Seipel<br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation">Mercury News<br /></p><p class="bylinecopyright">
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:39 pm
    The investigation into the apparent beating death of a mentally ill inmate entered its seventh day as the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office neared a decision on whether to recommend that criminal charges be filed against three correctional officers who had restrained him.
  • San Jose joins forces with seven other cities to raise minimum wage

    <p class="bylinejb">By Ramona Giwargis<br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation"><a href='mailto:rgiwargis@mercurynews.com'>rgiwargis@mercurynews.com</a><br /></p><p class="bylinecopyright">
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:09 pm
    The mayors of seven Bay Area cities will join Mayor Sam Liccardo on Thursday to announce an unprecedented joint venture to raise the minimum wage across the valley in a regional effort to close the growing gap between the rich and the poor in Silicon Valley.
  • Trial date set in Sierra LaMar murder case

    <p class="bylinejb">By Katie Nelson<br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation"><a href='mailto:knelson@mercurynews.com'>knelson@mercurynews.com</a><br /></p><p class="bylinecopyright">
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:41 pm
    An April 25, 2016 trial date has been set in the case that rocked the Bay Area after a Morgan Hill teen vanished on her way to school and was never found.
  • San Jose: Third suspect arrested in Lundy Avenue homicide

    <p class="bylinejb">By Katie Nelson<br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation"><a href='mailto:knelson@mercurynews.com'>knelson@mercurynews.com</a><br /></p><p class="bylinecopyright">
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:38 pm
    The third suspect wanted in connection with a homicide last month on Lundy Avenue was arrested Thursday, police said.
  • San Jose: Family reeling from killing of second relative in three years

    <p class="bylinejb">By Mark Gomez<br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation"><a href='mailto:mgomez@mercurynews.com'>mgomez@mercurynews.com</a><br /></p><p class="bylinecopyright">
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:33 pm
    Three years ago after Maribel Jimenez's family mourned after she and her husband were gunned down by a former boyfriend as one of her three children watched, her brother was shot and killed near a youth center in East San Jose.
 
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  • Pension fund CalSTRS weighs shift to safety

    Dean Starkman, Melody Petersen
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:16 pm
    NEW YORK - The California State Teachers' Retirement System, the nation's second-largest public pension system, is considering a new strategy that would shift up to 12% of its $191-billion portfolio into safer investments, such as long-term Treasury bonds.
  • Mardy Fish limps off into the sunset at U.S. Open

    Bill Dwyre
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:08 pm
    The long and tortuous road that has characterized the tennis career of Mardy Fish ended here Wednesday at the U.S. Open with a long and tortuous match.
  • Live updates: China struts its military might

    2 Sep 2015 | 6:00 pm
    China is marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Asia with a massive parade featuring tanks, aircraft and thousands of goose-stepping soldiers. Chinese leaders say the spectacle is intended to remember the country's contributions to the war and uphold peace. But the extravagant...
  • Burglary suspect leads high-speed chase, then vanishes into a storm drain

    Veronica Rocha
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:57 pm
    A burglary suspect who led deputies on a pursuit from Diamond Bar to Pico Rivera early Wednesday afternoon drove onto a rugged dirt road, ditched his vehicle and ran into a wash under a heavy canopy of trees.
  • Caltrans proposes wildlife overpass on 101 Freeway

    Martha Groves
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:51 pm
    Mountain lions, bobcats and other wildlife would have less chance of becoming roadkill if the state adopts a plan to build a landscaped bridge over the 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills, supporters of the proposal said Wednesday.
 
 
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    this tasty life | san diego food blog

  • manna bbq

    mary
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:30 am
    I had a hankering for some Korean BBQ recently and decided it was finally time to go and check out Manna BBQ in Mira Mesa. Manna BBQ took over the old Pizza Hut restaurant in Mira Mesa, across the street from the Target. Pizza Hut moved into a smaller location in the adjacent lot so you don’t have to mourn their loss (heh heh). We went to Manna BBQ on a Saturday evening and only had to wait a few minutes for a table. I’ve never had a desire to go to the location on Convoy because of the lack of parking and the long lines I’ve seen snake around the building. I’ll take…
  • bushfire kitchen / carlsbad, ca

    mary
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:17 am
    Up in Carlsbad, there’s a cool new restaurant called Bushfire Kitchen that’s serving up cafeteria-ish style food. It’s a similar concept to Tender Greens or new the Lemonade that’s opened up recently in San Diego (post forthcoming) – except you order your food and they deliver it to your table. Recently I was invited to come in and check out Bushfire Kitchen for myself. Bushfire Kitchen is in the southern part of Carlsbad, around La Costa. It’s inside a shopping plaza, near the Vons. They are dog friendly with their big open patio and a bucket of doggie…
  • making chocolates at the gourmet chocolate class

    mary
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:46 am
    A few weeks ago on an extremely warm Saturday, I was invited to try out a class with the GETCreative program at the Art Institute of California-San Diego in Mission Valley. I had the pleasure of taking a gourmet chocolate class and brought Stacey along with me as my guest. She might have grumbled a little about the 9AM start time but being rewarded with chocolates at the end seemed to subdue her a bit. Let’s check out the chocolate class! There were only five students for the chocolate class that morning which made it feel a lot more personable. Chef Kurt Lechner was our instructor for…
  • hodad’s + birthdays

    mary
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:39 am
    T turned 17 last week. Jake and I remarked profusely about how time passes so quickly. I feel like summer just started and now we’re nearing the final days of summer instead. T will be starting his junior year of high school in a couple of weeks and I’m amazed at how much he’s grown over the years. For his birthday, we went to Hodad’s in Downtown San Diego with Jake’s mom, T, Jake and I all in tow. I hadn’t been to this location before so I was interested to see it fared against the original Hodad’s. The Downtown location feels a bit more spacious but…
  • bagatelle cafe & bistro

    mary
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:13 am
    Bagatelle Cafe & Bistro is one of the newer restaurants to open up recently in the Miramar area. I love it when new places open up around my office – it gives me new foods to try! Bagatelle Cafe is in the same strip mall as SuperNatural Sandwiches and they serve French-American food for breakfast and lunch. I’ve been a few times and feel I can now properly assess them. [bbq steak sandwich] The very first time I went to Bagatelle Cafe, they had only been open for a few weeks. They have since purged this BBQ Steak sandwich from the menu (the menu that’s currently on their…
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    California Employment Law Report

  • Nominated for 2015 Best Legal Blog – Now I need your vote

    Anthony Zaller
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:45 am
    If you have been a reader of this blog, I’m calling in a favor.  The California Employment Law Report has been nominated for the Expert Institute’s Best Legal Blog Contest (out of more than 2,000 blogs, 250 were selected for this). So if you have found any value from my blog, please click on the banner above, or visit this page and click on the ‘thumbs up’ button to register your vote (I promise it will take less than 10 seconds): https://www.theexpertinstitute.com/legal-blog/california-employment-law-report/ Thanks in advance for your support.
  • What are the biggest threats facing restaurateurs in 2015 and beyond?

    Anthony Zaller
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:03 pm
    I was able to catch up with California Restaurant Association’s CEO, Jot Condie at the 2015 Western Foodservice & Hospitality Expo.  We discuss the threats facing restaurateurs and the steps the CRA is taking to represent its members.  
  • Friday’s Five: Five recent employment law developments employers should heed

    Anthony Zaller
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    This Friday’s Five covers five employment law developments that occurred in August 2015 that will have an impact for employers in California. 1)     NLRB ruling widens which companies may be considered “joint employers” In a 3-2 decision, the NLRB ruled that Browning-Ferris Industries of California, Inc. was a joint employer with a staffing agency, Leadpoint Business Services, and therefore the employees of Leadpoint have bargaining rights with Browning-Ferris Industries. The NLRB’s opinion stated that given the increase in employment placement agencies and temporary help…
  • Friday’s Five: Credit checks for applicants or employees

    Anthony Zaller
    21 Aug 2015 | 1:48 pm
    This Friday’s Five discusses five issues California employers should remember about whether they may require credit checks from applicants or employees.  And if employers can obtain the information, what additional considerations they should take into account when using this information for employment decisions and privacy concerns. 1.      Credit checks are different than background checks. Since January 1, 2012, Labor Code section 1024.5 restricts which positions employers can require credit checks.  It is important to note that credit reports or credit checks are different than…
  • Friday’s Five: Issues That Should Be On Every Employer’s Radar

    Anthony Zaller
    14 Aug 2015 | 10:05 am
    Speaking with some clients, I sense their overwhelming confusion in setting up employment policies in California. While it can be a daunting task, I remind them that the key is to approach it in a systematic process, and once the system is in place, compliance can be very easy. While there are many issues employers need to review on an ongoing basis, there are five that are a good starting point:  1)  Meal and rest breaks Yes, California employers are still being sued for meal and rest break violations. This should be a primary concern for all California employers, and simply part of…
 
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    The California Employment Law Blog by Mediator Steven G. Pearl

  • Garcia v. Seacon Logix: Court Affirms Decision that Truck Drivers Were Employees, Not Independent Contractors

    Steven G. Pearl
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    In Garcia v. Seacon Logix (7/16/15, pub. 7/30/15) --- Cal.App.4th ---, the plaintiffs were truck drivers who were classified as independent contractors, rather than employees. They filed a class action under Labor Code section 2802, alleging that they should have been classified as employees and that their putative employer, Seacon, should not have deducted truck lease payments or insurance premiums from their paychecks. The court found for the plaintiffs and entered judgment in their favor. Seacon appealed, arguing that the trial court's decision was not supported by substantial…
  • New Law: Civil Code sections 52.4 and 52.45 Now Protect Individuals from Violence Based on Gender, Gender Identity, Gender Expression, and Sexual Orientation

    Steven G. Pearl
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    Just a quick note on AB 830, which expands the protections for people based on gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation. This is not an employment law, but many will find it of interest.Civil Code section 52.4 allows a person who has been subjected to gender violence to bring a civil action for damages against any responsible party. The law defines gender violence as an act of violence committed "at least in part based on the gender of the victim," or a "physical intrusion or physical invasion of a sexual nature under coercive conditions."AB 830 amends section 52.4 to…
  • New Law: New Labor Code Section 2500 Protects Grocery Workers' Jobs on Change of Ownership

    Steven G. Pearl
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Just a quick word regarding AB 359, which provides protections to grocery workers upon a change of ownership of a grocery. With certain exceptions, upon the change of control of a grocery, the successor grocery employer must retain eligible grocery workers for a 90-day period, may not discharge those workers without cause during that period, and, upon the close of that period, must consider offering continued employment to those workers. Cal. Labor Code section 2500 et seq.The text of AB 359 is here. 
  • Yocupicio v. PAE Group: Ninth Circuit Addresses CAFA Jurisdiction in Case Raising Both Class and PAGA Claims

    Steven G. Pearl
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    In Yocupicio v. PAE Group, LLC, ___ F.3d ___ (9th Cir. 7/30/15), the plaintiff filed a class and PAGA representative action alleging a number of wage and hour violations. The defendants removed the case under the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA), and the district court denied the plaintiff's motion to remand. The plaintiff appealed, and the Ninth Circuit reversed, holding as follows: CAFA jurisdiction requires the following: a class of more than 100 members, "minimal diversity" among the parties, and an amount in controversy in excess of $5 million. The court found no question that the class…
  • Williams v. Superior Court: Cal. Supreme Court Grants Review of PAGA Incremental Discovery Ruling

    Steven G. Pearl
    21 Aug 2015 | 10:38 am
    In Williams v. Superior Court (Marshalls of CA, LLC) (5/15/15) --- Cal.App.4th --- (discussed here), the Court of Appeal held that in a PAGA action, the trial court may require the plaintiff to proceed with discovery incrementally, rather than receiving the names and contact information of allegedly aggrieved employees at the start of the litigation. The California Supreme Court granted review on August 19, 2015, stating the issues as follows: (1) Is the plaintiff in a representative action under the Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act of 2004 (Lab. Code, § 2698 et seq.) entitled…
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  • Anchorage Epilepsy Conference Announced by The Epilepsy Foundation Northwest

    Valerie Gotten
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:47 pm
    SEATTLE, Wash., Sept. 2, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Epilepsy Foundation Northwest announces an epilepsy educational conference to be held Saturday, September 26, 2015 at the BP Energy Center in Anchorage. The conference is free and open to the public. For registration and more information, go to http://www.EpilepsyAlaska.org or http://www.EpilepsyNW.org/. The conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature presentations on epilepsy medications, treatments, neuroimaging, a medical panel for questions, and a Studio E Art Therapy session. Speakers include…
  • ARMCO Launches TRID Mortgage Data Compare Tool: TRIDCompare component of Automated Data Compare

    Valerie Gotten
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:10 am
    POMPANO BEACH, Fla., Sept. 2, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Leading web-based financial services quality control software provider ACES Risk Management (ARMCO) announced the release of TRIDCompare(TM), a data compare tool designed specifically for the new TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID). TRIDCompare is a component of the Automated Data Compare (ADC) solution suite within the ACES Web Audit Technology(TM) platform. TRIDCompare enables lenders to more efficiently compare the Loan Estimate (LE) and Closing Disclosure (CD) forms with the data contained in the loan origination system…
  • Dr. Mark Miller Announces Candidacy for Texas Railroad Commissioner

    Valerie Gotten
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:35 am
    AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 2, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Mark Miller announced today that he is seeking the Libertarian Party of Texas’ nomination for Texas Railroad Commissioner in 2016. Dr. Miller was the 2014 Libertarian nominee for Texas Railroad Commissioner and is again running for office because he believes it is imperative for the Texas Railroad Commission to serve all Texans, not just the oil and gas industry. “As Commissioner, I promise to transform the agency by bringing increased transparency and accountability, a culture of simplification and regular review, and a…
  • Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Bill Northey Sees Business Standing Strong Through Soft Ag Market

    Valerie Gotten
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:30 am
    OSCEOLA, Iowa, Sept. 2, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Bill Northey made a stop at Salford USA in Osceola, Iowa Wednesday afternoon. Taking time from his busy schedule, Secretary Northey wanted to make sure he continued his discussions with agribusiness professionals and hear, firsthand, the issues they face during the downturn in the Ag market. During his 2-hour visit and tour, Northey had conversations with Operations Manager, Robert (Tom) Kober, Plant Manager, Randy Beckett, as well as Clarke County Development Corporation’s (CCDC) Executive…
  • Mendoza Bill to Improve Calif. Voting Materials, Written in Plain Language, Signed by Governor

    Christopher Simmons
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:04 pm
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Today, Calif. Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 505, authored by Senator Tony Mendoza (D-Artesia). The bill will ensure that California’s Voter Bill of Rights and other election materials are provided to voters in plain, accessible, and easily understandable language. The new law goes into effect on January 1, 2016. “I thank Governor Brown for signing SB 505. Citizens deserve clear communication during elections because it is vital that voters understand their eligibility to vote and how they can receive help with polling place problems,”…
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  • Find Yourself in the Shadow

    California News Bloggers
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:39 pm
    To find that which was lost is cause for celebration.  To find yourself, your real self, is a mind-blowing experience which starts a transdimensional transition into subsequent transformation. Is the self you know really the self you are?  Are you conscious of the stark realization that you must first know yourself before you can begin to know others? Find yourself. Upon your arrival to this
  • Pope to Canonize Junipero Serra Outside California

    California News Bloggers
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Roman Catholic Pope Francis will canonize Junipero Serra, Father of California, on September 23, 2015 during a canonization mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. Pope Francis will not visit the Golden State to officially honor California's most famous historical figure.  Instead, California will spiritually visit the Pope as he appears in
  • California Paid Sick Leave Law

    California News Bloggers
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:41 am
    The new California Paid Sick Leave Law took full effect on July 1, allowing sick workers to get well at home without losing pay or losing their jobs in retaliation. Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 1522 into law to protect the health of employees and the public, and to stop employers from deducting pay and firing employees for missing work due to illness. With many California
  • Star of Bethlehem Returns

    California News Bloggers
    28 Jun 2015 | 2:01 am
    The Star of Bethlehem returns after 2,000 years away from home, heralding the most unpredictably dramatic era in human history, the 2015-2039 time block. On June 30, 2015, as Junius morphs into Julius, Venus and Jupiter merge together to form the "Great Star in the West" 2,000 years after forming the "Great Star in the East" at the birth of Christ. Accompanied by Jupiter's four largest moons,
  • Election 2016: Zombie Politics of Division

    California News Bloggers
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:47 am
    The 2016 U.S. presidential race already sounds like the biggest campaign cliche in political history, angering American voters with a thinner-than-ever film of credibility. Presenting an illusion of choice, a confusing deluge of seemingly adversarial presidential candidates floods the political landscape with a wave of zombie-like rhetoric, canned phrases and droning sameness. What makes the
 
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