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San Diego Council President Georgette Gomez kicks off congressional campaign

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SAN DIEGO -- Surrounded by supporters Saturday morning, San Diego Council President Georgette Gomez kicked off her campaign for U.S. Congress, to replace retiring Rep. Susan Davis in 2020.

Davis, a 10-term incumbent, surprised many earlier this month when she announced plans to forgo a reelection bid for seat representing the 53rd Congressional...Read more

California lawmakers vote to block Trump's environmental rollbacks, defying Newsom

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California lawmakers, over Gov. Gavin Newsom's objections, passed sweeping legislation early Saturday allowing the state to impose strict endangered species protections and water pumping restrictions for the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

The governor must now decide whether to veto the bill and raise the ire of ...Read more

Trump and the hurricane: How much damage did he do?

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WASHINGTON -- A controversy that once appeared comical -- President Donald Trump's decision to display a crudely doctored weather map in the Oval Office -- has taken on more serious overtones, with questions about how far the president will push U.S. government agencies to cover up for his errors.

Trump drew derision for refusing to acknowledge...Read more

LA to Trump team's tour of homeless camps: 'We're on it. Show us the money'

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LOS ANGELES -- The Trump administration's trip to Los Angeles this week to explore ways to remove homeless street camps has left city officials confused -- with reactions ranging from cautious optimism about new resources to fear about forced mass relocations to government-run facilities. Many also suspect the whole thing was just a political ...Read more

Analysis: Democrats head toward a 3-person race while second tier scrambles

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WASHINGTON -- The sprawling Democratic primary field has been headed toward a three-person race, and despite strenuous efforts by the trailing candidates, Thursday's debate seems unlikely to have significantly changed that.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts have pulled ...Read more

Analysis: Joe Biden wins by not losing as rivals struggle to take him down

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WASHINGTON -- Rivals eager to dislodge Joe Biden from his front-runner's perch tried attacking him in last month's debate and going easy on him in Thursday's debate. Neither worked.

The night in Houston highlighted a puzzle that has vexed 2020 hopefuls -- how to knock Biden off his game. Frequent gaffes haven't hurt him. His 76 years haven't ...Read more

Front-runners Biden, Warren and Sanders clash on Democratic Party's future

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HOUSTON -- Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren tore into one another's plans and fended off attacks from rivals eager to join them at the head of the field of White House hopefuls during their first clash on the same stage.

The third Democratic debate at Texas Southern University in Houston on Thursday night marked a new phase for the crowded ...Read more

GOP group defends ad showing burning image of AOC during Democratic debate

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WASHINGTON -- The founder of a new Republican group is defending an ad that aired during Thursday's Democratic presidential debate that featured a burning image of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The New York Democrat criticized the spot as racist.

New Faces GOP was founded by Elizabeth Heng, who lost a House race in California last cycle. Heng,...Read more

Castro to Biden: 'Are you forgetting what you said two minutes ago?'

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Presidential candidate Julian Castro faced a wave of criticism after he went after former Vice President Joe Biden during the Democratic debate Thursday night in Houston.

Answering a question about what some of the candidates were proposing for health care policy, Castro said Biden's plan would leave 10 million people uninsured by requiring ...Read more

At Democratic debate, presidential candidates vow to fight racism

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Racism is a threat to the fabric of the country, Democratic presidential candidates suggested Thursday at a debate in Houston.

The discussion on race took a personal turn when former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, who is Latino, said the gunman who massacred 22 in El Paso, Texas, last month came to that city to kill "...Read more

Struggling 2020 candidates make their mark: Takeaways from the third Democratic debate

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HOUSTON -- Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren entered Thursday's debate as the clear-cut front-runners in the Democratic presidential primary.

But it was the comparative afterthoughts struggling at the bottom of most polls -- including Amy Klobuchar, Cory Booker and Beto O'Rourke -- who made the biggest impressions in Houston.

...Read more

Fact check: Has Kamala Harris reversed her positions on criminal justice issues?

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WASHINGTON -- California Sen. Kamala Harris' positions on several criminal justice issues has evolved since she was a district attorney in San Francisco and attorney general of California.

Moderator Linsey Davis was correct when she pointed out in Thursday night's Democratic presidential debate that Harris' new criminal justice proposal ...Read more

7 takeaways from the Democratic debate in Houston

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Still sitting there, battered and benumbed?

Take 10 presidential candidates, put them on a stage for nearly three hours and what you get is an onslaught of verbiage that taxed even the most stoic political devotee.

None of the two prior rounds, in June and July, did much to shake the fundamentals of the Democratic race, and it remains to be ...Read more

Beto O'Rourke: 'Hell yes, we're going to take your AR-15'

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There had not been much daylight between Democratic presidential candidates in the Democratic presidential field on gun control. Candidates generally supported liberal policies such as an assault weapons ban and red flag laws that would allow officials to take guns away from high-risk owners.

But after the recent mass shootings in El Paso and ...Read more

Andrew Yang tries to break through Democratic debate by pledging $1,000 per month to 10 families

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HOUSTON -- Entrepreneur Andrew Yang announced Thursday that he would give 10 families $1,000 a month for a year as a demonstration of the crux of his presidential campaign -- universal basic income.

"If you donate money to a presidential campaign, what happens? The politician spends the money on TV ads and consultants and you hope it works out,...Read more

Trump arrives in Baltimore for GOP retreat, protesters rally outside gathering

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BALTIMORE -- Landing by helicopter Thursday night in Port Covington, President Donald Trump arrived in the city he infamously insulted as "rodent infested," where he appropriately enough was greeted by a 14-foot inflatable rat among the protesters rallying at his destination: a Republican gathering at the Waterfront Marriott in Harbor East.

The...Read more

Minority leader says addressing debt would be top priority if GOP takes back House

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BALTIMORE -- As House Republicans kicked off a 48-hour retreat here Thursday afternoon to plot their path back to the majority, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters the GOP's top priority if it retakes the chamber in 2020 would be to address the national debt.

"First thing we would do is make sure our debt is taken care of," the ...Read more

Trump really wants to solve homelessness in LA, Giuliani says; details are lacking

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LOS ANGELES -- Up to now, President Donald Trump's interest in the Los Angeles homelessness crisis has been more rhetoric than action, and it's unclear whether a visit by members of his administration this week -- or by Trump himself next Wednesday -- will lead to substantive new policies.

Indeed, the president's attacks on the city's ...Read more

Ted Cruz: A Trump deal with Democrats on gun control could lead conservatives to stay home in 2020

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ted Cruz is warning that President Donald Trump making a deal with Democrats on gun legislation might cause conservative voters to stay home in 2020.

"If Republicans abandon the Second Amendment and demoralize millions of Americans who care deeply about Second Amendment rights," the Texas Republican said, "that could go a ...Read more

5 things to watch for in the Democratic debate tonight

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WASHINGTON -- A lot has happened since the Democratic presidential candidates last clashed on the debate stage. Former Vice President Joe Biden has taken some blows. Sen. Elizabeth Warren's support has surged. Ten candidates who were on the stage back in July have either dropped out or been cut from the debate because of poor polling and ...Read more