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Michael Finnegan

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Michael Finnegan is a politics writer at the Los Angeles Times. Since joining the Times in 2000, he has covered elections for president, governor and mayor. His current beat is the Donald Trump campaign. In 2011, Finnegan and fellow Times reporter Gale Holland won the Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Journalism for articles on rampant waste in the $6-billion rebuilding of Los Angeles community colleges. A Los Angeles native, Finnegan started newspaper work at the Hudson Dispatch in New Jersey. For seven years, he covered city and state politics at the New York Daily News. He plays piano on the side.

Recent Articles

  • Cruz accepts Trump's invitation to speak at GOP convention

    Donald Trump battles with GOP lawmakers in Washington July 7, 2016, 10:46 p.m. Director James B. Comey defends the FBI's investigation of Hillary Clinton's private email server and the decision not to recommend charges be filed.Donald Trump lays into GOP senators as Capitol Hill unity tour skidsWith...

  • Trump says he admired Saddam Hussein only for how he killed terrorists

    Trump says he admired Saddam Hussein only for how he killed terrorists

    Loretta Lynch says DOJ will not pursue charges against Hillary Clinton July 6, 2016, 8:41 p.m. Donald Trump heads to Cincinnati on Wednesday, while Hillary Clinton attacks his record as an Atlantic City casino mogul. Atty. Gen. Loretta Lynch will not pursue charges against Clinton for use of personal...

  • Trump says he admired Saddam Hussein only for how he killed terrorists

    Trump says he admired Saddam Hussein only for how he killed terrorists

    Donald Trump defended his praise of Saddam Hussein at an Ohio rally where he spent nearly an hour heaping scorn on television networks for the way they have covered his presidential campaign. “I don’t love Saddam Hussein,” Trump said of the late Iraqi dictator on Wednesday. “I hate Saddam Hussein....

  • VP or not, Gingrich would play role in his administration, Trump says

    Loretta Lynch says DOJ will not pursue charges against Hillary Clinton July 6, 2016, 8:41 p.m. Donald Trump heads to Cincinnati on Wednesday, while Hillary Clinton attacks his record as an Atlantic City casino mogul. Atty. Gen. Loretta Lynch will not pursue charges against Clinton for use of personal...

  • Trump says Clinton endangered U.S. by exposing national secrets in email

    Trump says Clinton endangered U.S. by exposing national secrets in email

    Obama makes his case for Clinton: She always kept me on my game July 5, 2016, 6:27 p.m. President Obama hits the campaign trail for Hillary Clinton fresh off the FBI’s decision that it won’t prosecute Clinton for her private e-mail server. President Obama says he's "ready to pass the baton" to...

  • Trump's failed Baja condo resort left buyers feeling betrayed, angry

    Trump's failed Baja condo resort left buyers feeling betrayed, angry

    Clinton cheers Warren for her attacks on Trump June 27, 2016, 3:33 p.m. GOP leaders start to question Donald Trump's qualifications for the presidency, while Hillary Clinton pushes to a strong lead against him in new polls. Hillary Clinton gushes over Elizabeth Warren's knack for getting "under...

  • Trump's failed Baja condo resort left buyers feeling betrayed and angry

    Trump's failed Baja condo resort left buyers feeling betrayed and angry

    When Stephenee Simms heard in 2006 that Donald Trump was building condo towers in Baja, the lure of a posh weekend getaway on the rustic coast just south of Tijuana was hard to resist. Simms, then an aerospace purchasing agent living in Canoga Park, said she used her life savings to pay a deposit...

  • All things Trump

    All things Trump

    Clinton skewers Trump on the economy, highlighting his rocky financial history June 21, 2016, 5:51 p.m. Hillary Clinton’s campaign took in $40 million more in campaign contributions than Trump. Hillary Clinton argued a Trump presidency could send the country into a financial tailspin Trump owned...

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