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- California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra said Wednesday that he intends to open a satellite attorney general's office in Washington, D.C., as he prepares to fight the Trump administration.
- The results from California's latest cap-and-trade auction are in, and revenue from the sale of pollution credits was weak.
- A bill that would set up a state-funded legal aid system for immigrants will be amended by its author to allow those with criminal records to apply for assistance.
The Republicans have named their top 10 most vulnerable incumbents in Congress, and three Californians are among them.
The National Republican Congressional Committee added Reps. David Valadao of Hanford, Steve Knight of Palmdale and Darrell Issa of Vista to its list of "patriots," or those believed to be most vulnerable to Democratic challenges in 2018.
In a statement, NRCC Chairman Steve Stivers called those on the list "battle-tested members" who are "ready to win once again."
All three Californians on the list have already been identified as targets by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. All three also won in districts where Hillary Clinton outperformed President Trump in the presidential election. In Valadao's district, Clinton beat Trump by more than 15 percentage points.
Issa is thought to be one of the most vulnerable members of California's delegation. His 2016 opponent, Doug Applegate, has announced he'll challenge him again after losing by just 1,600 votes.
For the record, Feb. 16, 12:52 p.m.: An earlier version of this post said Hillary Clinton had outpolled President Trump by more than 15 points in Rep. Steve Knight's district. Clinton won the district by 7 points over Trump.