David Lauter

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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.

Recent Articles

  • Big Republican states could have a lot to lose from Obamacare repeal

    Big Republican states could have a lot to lose from Obamacare repeal

    Trump said to pick drilling advocate Cathy McMorris Rodgers for Interior Dec. 10, 2016, 4:11 a.m. This is our look at President-elect Donald Trump's transition and the outgoing Obama administration: Strident advocate for drilling on federal lands selected to lead Interior departmentPresident Obama...

  • Even elite campaign aides still aren't sure why Donald Trump succeeded

    Even elite campaign aides still aren't sure why Donald Trump succeeded

    Baffled at times and often bitter, more than two dozen of the country’s top political operatives grappled with questions that have dominated American politics for 18 months: What explains Donald Trump’s astonishing political success and what, if anything, could they have done to stop it? Campaign...

  • Billionaires and generals as the transition takes shape

    Billionaires and generals as the transition takes shape

    Donald Trump is now a bit more than three weeks into the most unexpected presidential transition in decades, and a few patterns have emerged: The president-elect likes to keep people guessing. He has a fondness for peers from the ranks of the super-wealthy. And he has gravitated toward Cabinet...

  • Pence says Trump will be able to separate his business and presidency

    Pence says Trump will be able to separate his business and presidency

    As President-elect Donald Trump continued the work of forming his new administration Sunday, aides struggled with some of the baggage he carries with him — especially how to separate his business interests from government and the inflammatory rhetoric about Muslims that marked his campaign. Trump...

  • Priebus defends controversial remarks about Islam

    Priebus defends controversial remarks about Islam

    Nancy Pelosi swats backs challenger to be reelected House minority leader Nov. 30, 2016, 4:58 p.m. This is our look at President-elect Donald Trump's transition and the outgoing Obama administration. Here's what's happening: Nancy Pelosi beats back challenger to retain House leadership post Trump...

  • Five lessons from the campaign that surprised everyone

    A lot happened in Campaign 2016 that no one expected — starting with its ending, the election of Donald Trump. So, what have we learned? Here are five lessons. Good afternoon, I'm David Lauter, Washington bureau chief. Welcome to the Friday edition of our Essential Politics newsletter, in which...

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