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David Lauter

David Lauter is the Los Angeles Times’ Washington bureau chief. He began writing news in Washington in 1981 and since then has covered Congress, the Supreme Court, the White House under Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton and four U.S. presidential campaigns. He lived in Los Angeles from 1995 to 2011, where he was The Times’ deputy Foreign editor, deputy Metro editor and then assistant managing editor responsible for California coverage.
The Trump administration sure does sell books

In another administration, the week's news about talks with North Korea would have eclipsed all other stories. For the Trump White House, it had to share billing with the legal peril of the president's lawyer, the book tour of the former FBI director and the fate of special counsel Robert Mueller.

Washington holds its breath, waiting for Trump to fire: What? Or whom?

All week, Washington has waited for an angry president to lash out at someone — special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, Deputy Atty. Gen. Rod Rosenstein, or perhaps Syrian President Bashar Assad. In tweets and conversations with aides, Trump seemed set on attacking his foes.

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