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Past articles by Shira:

State Sen. Scott Wiener weighs run for Nancy Pelosi's congressional seat

State Senator Scott Wiener has formed an exploratory committee, the first step toward running for Congress. → Read More

What can Feinstein get done on guns before she leaves the Senate? Not much

California Senator Dianne Feinstein said she hopes to do more to fight gun violence before leaving Congress. Will lawmakers agree to help limit mass shootings? → Read More

A ‘titan’ at the center of ‘the story of California politics’: Tributes pour in for Dianne Feinstein

After Sen. Dianne Feinstein announced she will not seek re-election in 2024, California politicians emphasized her role as a barrier-breaker. → Read More

The San Francisco Inquirer looks like local news. Here’s why politicians are furious with the site

The website has so riled California lawmakers it was recently the subject of a tense meeting in Washington, D.C. → Read More

California Rep. Katie Porter, a rising progressive star, announces U.S. Senate bid

The Orange County Democrat is running for U.S. Senate, she announced Tuesday. Sen. Dianne... → Read More

'A new day is dawning': Nancy Pelosi to step down as Democratic leader but will stay in Congress

Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that she will not seek another term as a Democratic leader in the House but will continue to represent San Francisco in Congress. → Read More

Get ready for gridlock: Here’s how Republican control of the House would affect California

Divided government means some of California’s top policy priorities that profited from the Biden administration —including environmental protection and clean energy — could stall. → Read More

Paul Pelosi said to be ‘violently assaulted’ with a hammer in S.F. home invasion

Paul Pelosi, husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was “violently assaulted” after “an assailant” broke into in their San Francisco home. → Read More

Solving Burnout in Newsrooms

Typewriting with Shira - For most of the pandemic, I've been dealing with burnout. I've always been someone who deeply cares about my job as a reporter, so when → Read More

Campaign Cash Follows GOP Senator Who May Be Drug-Price Firewall

Pharmaceutical industry political action committees gave more to John Barrasso than to any other senator in the recent election, even though his committee assignments won’t put him in a particularly good place to drive health policy. But Barrasso (R-Wyo.) will be the third-highest ranking senator, Republican Conference chairman, in January and those donations could end up paying off for drug… → Read More

With ‘Moscow Muellers’ and other promos, D.C. businesses bank on Trump themes

Some restaurant owners say they are motivated by activism, while others are just engaged in “crafty marketing.” → Read More

‘He had a uniform but he had a heart, too’: Colleagues, friends remember officer who died in crash

D.C. police officer Jamal P. Shaw is recalled for his smile, work ethic. → Read More

Montgomery County Parks joins proposed class-action lawsuit over artificial turf fields

The need to replace Montgomery Blair High School’s field prompted the move, parks officials said. → Read More

From Alabama, alumnae from Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS come to show support

Lyndsey White, 21, and Nicole Serwinowski, 20, drove more than 12 hours from the University of Alabama with their sorority sisters to attend the march. → Read More

Woman fatally shot in SE Washington

Police said they stopped a suspect and recovered a weapon. → Read More

Md. man indicted on a charge of distribution of heroin that led to a person’s death

Coron Demon Johnson faces 20 years to life in prison, if found guilty. → Read More

Alexandria sues pharmaceutical companies over opioid crisis

Rural Dickenson County also filed suit Wednesday; overdose deaths are on the rise in Virginia. → Read More

Fairfax victim died in accidental fire caused by smoking materials, officials say

Blaze was in bedroom and smoke alarms in house did not activate, fire officials said. → Read More

Man dies in fire in Fairfax home

Another person was hospitalized with injuries that were not life-threatening, officials said. → Read More

D.C. high school students plan and attend civil rights summit

The summit was inspired by a November student walkout over immigration law. → Read More