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Mark Z. Barabak

Mark Z. Barabak covers state and national politics for the Los Angeles Times, based in San Francisco. A reporter for nearly 40 years, Barabak has covered campaigns and elections in 49 of the 50 states, including all or part of the last 10 presidential campaigns and dozens of mayoral, gubernatorial and U.S. Senate contests. He also reported from the White House and Capitol Hill during the George H.W. Bush and Clinton administrations.
Trump puts stranglehold on GOP — and woe to any Republican who objects

Mark Sanford blew up his marriage and became a national laughingstock when he sneaked off his job as South Carolina governor for a tryst with his Argentine lover.After he forsook his presidential ambitions and spent time in political purgatory, voters forgave Sanford’s trespass and, in 2013, elec...

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Trump puts stranglehold on GOP — and woe to any Republican who objects

The ouster of South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford, who overcame a sex scandal to regain public office, shows just how a firm a grip the president now holds on the GOP.

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