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Trump to visit California to assess wildfire impacts
President Trump plans to visit California on Saturday “to meet with individuals impacted by the wildfires,” a spokeswoman said Thursday. This will be Trump’s second visit to the state since his election. Follow the latest news of the Trump administration on Essential Washington » noah.bierman@latimes.com...
(Thu, 15 Nov 2018 12:25:00 PST)

Republicans Walters and Kim adopt Trump tactic of charging vote fraud with no evidence of wrongdoing
Two Orange County Republicans facing the prospect of defeat in the Nov. 6 congressional election as final ballots are counted have adopted President Trump’s tactic of making baseless allegations of vote fraud. Neither GOP Rep. Mimi Walters nor Republican candidate Young Kim has produced evidence...
(Thu, 15 Nov 2018 03:00:00 PST)

Note to Democrats pondering a presidential run: The clock is already ticking
The presidential campaign clock may be ticking, but Bernie Sanders insists it doesn’t rattle him. “I am here in northern Vermont, and people just went through six months of an election, and they are not all that happy to get into another election,” the newly reelected Vermont senator said in his...
(Thu, 15 Nov 2018 03:00:00 PST)

Michael Avenatti arrested by LAPD on suspicion of domestic violence
Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for porn actress Stormy Daniels, has been arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of domestic violence, police said. The celebrity attorney was arrested around 2 p.m. Wednesday in the 10000 block of Santa Monica Boulevard based on allegations stemming from an incident...
(Wed, 14 Nov 2018 18:05:00 PST)

Mattis tells troops who were rushed to the U.S.-Mexico border: Their mission is TBD
When a young soldier in Texas asked Defense Secretary James N. Mattis on Wednesday whether his unit would soon be ordered to remove the razor wire and vehicle barriers they had installed at Mexico border crossings, Mattis couldn’t answer. “Good question. We’ll let you know,” Mattis replied, according...
(Wed, 14 Nov 2018 16:15:00 PST)

Moving cocaine by the ton with hired hands to kill people: 'El Chapo' witness breaks down the drug trade
If not for his prison jumpsuit, ex-Sinaloa cartel deputy Jesus Zambada Garcia could have been mistaken for a Wharton MBA as he testified Wednesday about the import and export business he ran for years under Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. Guzman appeared to listen intently as his...
(Wed, 14 Nov 2018 15:55:00 PST)

Trump gives bipartisan criminal justice bill a boost
President Trump, in his first attempt at bipartisanship since last week’s election, endorsed a bill Wednesday aimed at reducing some prison sentences and better preparing inmates for life after incarceration. “Did I hear the word ‘bipartisan?’” Trump said in a White House announcement, surrounded...
(Wed, 14 Nov 2018 15:50:00 PST)

Nancy Pelosi fighting for House speakership votes
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is scrambling to shore up the support she needs to become speaker again when Democrats take control of the chamber, but a prominent defector said he has the votes to prevent her from regaining the gavel. Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.), who has long opposed Pelosi’s...
(Wed, 14 Nov 2018 15:40:00 PST)

California Rep. Kevin McCarthy tapped to lead House Republicans
California Rep. Kevin McCarthy will lead Republicans in the House minority in the next Congress, defeating a challenge Wednesday from his right for the job. Securing the minority leader spot puts the Bakersfield Republican in a prime position to become House speaker if Republicans regain control...
(Wed, 14 Nov 2018 14:00:00 PST)

As Trump-appointed regulators loosen bank rules, newly empowered House Democrats push back
At the first hearing of the House Financial Services Committee since the midterm elections, Rep. Maxine Waters didn’t waste any time Wednesday in warning a top bank regulator that things will change under the incoming House Democratic majority. “Make no mistake … the days of this committee weakening...
(Wed, 14 Nov 2018 12:20:00 PST)

Razor-close races and recounts — there’s a reason Florida’s elections are so fractured
Jemele Hill, who covers sports, race and politics for the Atlantic, wanted to take advantage of Florida’s two-week early voting period. Only when she got to her Orange County polling location, she found that she had been taken off the voter rolls, which seemed odd since she’d checked her registration...
(Wed, 14 Nov 2018 11:20:00 PST)

Adam Schiff wants ‘comity’ for the House Intelligence Committee. It won't be easy.
As midterm election results rolled in on Nov. 6, Rep. Adam B. Schiff was at the rooftop patio of the Burbank Bar & Grille "trying to exorcise the ghost of two years ago," when he watched Hillary Clinton lose to Donald Trump from the same vantage point. With Democrats about to retake the House,...
(Wed, 14 Nov 2018 03:00:00 PST)

GOP Rep. Denham loses as latest ballot counts show Republicans Walters and Kim in growing danger
California Republicans lost a fourth seat in the House on Tuesday as Democrat Josh Harder gained enough votes to oust GOP Rep. Jeff Denham in the San Joaquin Valley. Denham’s loss, projected by the Associated Press, came amid signs that two other Republican seats are also in growing jeopardy. The...
(Tue, 13 Nov 2018 19:20:00 PST)

Meet the newly elected members of Congress
They are activists and advocates, combat veterans, political novices and experts. And they are headed to Washington for a crash course in being members of Congress. More than 80 representatives-elect and four senators-elect, most of them Democrats and many who have never before held elected office,...
(Tue, 13 Nov 2018 14:50:00 PST)

Attacks on religious and racial minorities fueled sharp rise in hate crimes in 2017, FBI says
Hate crimes rose in the U.S. by more than 17% in 2017, fueled by increases in attacks against religious and racial minorities, according to a report the FBI released Tuesday. It is the biggest annual increase in reported hate crimes since 2001, when attacks on Muslims surged in response to the...
(Tue, 13 Nov 2018 13:30:00 PST)

Trump, stung by midterms and nervous about Mueller, retreats from traditional presidential duties
For weeks this fall, an ebullient President Trump traveled relentlessly to hold raise-the-rafters campaign rallies — sometimes three a day — in states where his presence was likely to help Republicans on the ballot. But his mood apparently has changed as he has taken measure of the electoral backlash...
(Tue, 13 Nov 2018 12:25:00 PST)

Mimi Walters' lead shrinks to 1,000, Young Kim's to fewer than 2,000 in latest vote tally in Orange County House races
Democrats in two undecided Orange County congressional races further narrowed the gap Monday against their GOP rivals, as ongoing ballot-counting continued to favor Democratic candidates throughout the state. Two-term Republican Rep. Mimi Walters saw her election night lead of more than 6,000 votes...
(Mon, 12 Nov 2018 19:00:00 PST)

Trump calls to end recounts in Florida's Senate and governor elections, and alleges fraud without evidence
As vote counts in several states increased Democrats’ midterm election gains and further undercut President Trump’s claims to victory, the president on Monday led some Republicans in alleging vote fraud, especially in Florida, without evidence. In a morning tweet, Trump called for a halt to recounts...
(Mon, 12 Nov 2018 17:25:00 PST)

Democrat Kyrsten Sinema wins Arizona U.S. Senate seat after a slow vote count
Democrat Kyrsten Sinema won Arizona's open U.S. Senate seat Monday in a race that was among the most closely watched in the nation, beating Republican Rep. Martha McSally in the battle to replace GOP Sen. Jeff Flake. The three-term congresswoman won after a slow vote count that dragged on for nearly...
(Mon, 12 Nov 2018 17:15:00 PST)

Maxine Waters to take aim at Wells Fargo and Deutsche Bank as new head of House Financial Services Committee
Rep. Maxine Waters plans to zero in on two big banks — Wells Fargo & Co. and Deutsche Bank — when she becomes head of the powerful House Financial Services Committee. The Los Angeles congresswoman, now the committee’s top Democrat, is widely expected to gain the gavel after her party won control...
(Mon, 12 Nov 2018 13:05:00 PST)

Could Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown win back Trump country — and the White House — for Democrats?
There has been a lot of buzz around Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown since election day. The unabashed progressive cruised to a third term in a state where Democrats are struggling to stay relevant, one that President Trump carried strongly two years ago. And he did so on a night on which some other candidates...
(Mon, 12 Nov 2018 11:30:00 PST)

If this feels familiar, you're right. Here's what to expect from the Florida recount — 2018 edition
Florida’s recount in three statewide races is already conjuring up images of the 2000 presidential election with legal skirmishes, chanting protesters and a possible ballot design issue that could potentially cost a candidate thousands of votes. Florida’s counties will conduct machine recounts...
(Mon, 12 Nov 2018 03:00:00 PST)

House Democrats vow to put Trump's acting attorney general in investigative crosshairs
Congressional Democrats warned President Trump’s newly appointed acting attorney general Sunday that he will face legal consequences if he attempts to curtail special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s wide-ranging Russia investigation. Matthew Whitaker, hastily installed when the President Trump...
(Sun, 11 Nov 2018 13:45:00 PST)

Trump walks alone as Macron rips into nationalism
In what appeared a direct rebuke, French President Emmanuel Macron warned President Trump and other leaders Sunday that a dark new tide of nationalism, the label Trump recently embraced for his “America first” movement, ignores the painful lessons of history and threatens a fragile global order....
(Sun, 11 Nov 2018 12:45:00 PST)

GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher loses, and the Republicans' 'bad year' may get worse yet
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher has lost the congressional seat he held for 30 years in one of the most conservative stretches of Orange County, a stunning defeat for the GOP as other Republicans’ early leads receded in the latest ballot counts, putting the party in fear of losing all six tightly contested...
(Sat, 10 Nov 2018 21:05:00 PST)

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