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(CNN) – The seat for California's 33rd congressional district has been taken for 40 years. So when Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman announced he was retiring, it became a mad scramble to replace him, with 18 candidates crawling, jumping, and pouncing out of the woodwork.
Given that the district represents everywhere from sunny Santa Monica to tony Beverly Hills, there are some interesting candidates, along with more traditional ones such as Democratic California state senator Ted Lieu, and Democrat Wendy Greuel who came in second in L.A.'s mayoral election last year.
Then there are the not-so-traditional.
(CNN) – President Barack Obama is using his executive authority to take his strongest action yet against climate change – proposing new EPA regulations.
An Environmental Protection Agency proposal announced Monday would cut carbon emissions from power plants by 30%.
Republicans have come out against the proposal, as have Democrats.
By CNN chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper
(CNN) – The sense of pride expressed by officials of the Obama administration at the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is not shared by many of those who served with him - veterans and soldiers who call him a deserter whose "selfish act" ended up costing the lives of better men.
"I was pissed off then and I am even more so now with everything going on," said former Sgt. Matt Vierkant, a member of Bergdahl's platoon when he went missing on June 30, 2009. "Bowe Bergdahl deserted during a time of war and his fellow Americans lost their lives searching for him." Vierkant said Bergdahl needs to not only acknowledge his actions publicly but face a military trial for desertion under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
(CNN) – The U.S. secured the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for five Taliban prisoners detained at Guantanamo Bay.
The entire process, years in the making, has raised a lot of questions about whether the move will increase American kidnappings overseas, and if Bergdahl's release was worth the freedom of these five dangerous men.
Two former Department of Defense officials who were involved in the initial negotiations said the Taliban offered a better deal this time.