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Nothing allays the sting of a polling plunge like returning to a place where you know you're loved.

President Barack Obama, buffeted by the shaky rollout of health care reform and grappling with new lows in his approval rating, is on another California jaunt. He headed to the Bay Area yesterday for a pair of DNC events and a speech urging immigration reform, after which he headed to Los Angeles for a pair of DCCC/DSCC events. Today he travels to where they make dreams a reality.

By that we mean Obama's planned tour of a DreamWorks Animation facility in Glendale, where he'll talk about the economy and tout the job creation prowess of the motion picture industry. It probably bears noting here that DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg has been one of the president's most prolific financial backers.

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CAPTION CONTEST: Have you found yourself wanting to get in the head of embattled Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, in recent weeks? Here's your chance: submit your best guess at what Calderon has to say to Santa Claus by noon today for a chance to be mentioned in The Bee and get a framed cartoon keepsake. Any attempts to sway the process with envelopes full of cash will be rejected.

TURKEY TALLY: A little Thanksgiving rumination to start off the day: how many free turkeys are state lawmakers handing out in that time-honored tradition of constituent outreach?

Our avowedly nonscientific review of turkey giveaways scheduled for today has several lawmakers giving them away as part of Operation Gobble, a philanthropic venture run by the California Water Association that is working with 81 lawmakers to donate an estimated 25,000 turkeys this year. Assemblyman Isadore Hall, D-Compton, has already parceled out more than 5,000 birds as part of a separate effort. So a conservative legislative baseline for the season is a minimum of 30,000 turkeys. Quite the flock.

PHOTO: President Barack Obama speaks during a DNC fundraiser at the San Francisco Jazz Center, Monday, Nov. 25, 2013, in San Francisco. AP Photo/ Pablo Martinez Monsivais.



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