| Mar 24, 2014
| 2:34 PM
Michelle Obama, who has been an effective if tamped-down first lady, took her daughters and mother to China this week. The seven-day trip, which ends Wednesday, is not much different from other most traditional first lady trips, where highly choreographed...
| Mar 23, 2014
| 5:31 PM
There's bipartisan agreement in California's Capitol that hiding the identities of political fat cats is bad for democracy.
In deciding how to vote, a citizen needs to know who's bankrolling a candidate or a ballot measure.
That's what most of these...
| Mar 20, 2014
| 10:12 PM
Contrasting approaches to paying for their campaigns emerged as an issue Thursday as four candidates to replace Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky faced off in their first major debate.
The debate offered an opportunity for key contenders...
| Mar 20, 2014
| 10:45 PM
In the first major debate of the campaign, four of the candidates vying to replace Zev Yaroslavsky on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors faced off Thursday in a debate that focused mostly on fundraising.
It was an opportunity for key contenders...
| Mar 19, 2014
| 8:08 PM
Robert S. Strauss, a one-time chairman of the Democratic National Committee and a Washington insider who combined earthy Texas charm with raw political power, died Wednesday. He was 95.
A spokesman for Strauss' Washington law firm, Akin Gump Strauss...
| Mar 18, 2014
Rachel "Bunny" Mellon, a philanthropist, art patron and self-taught horticulturalist whose generous support of presidential candidate John Edwards drew her into the political scandal that ended his career, died Monday at her estate in Upperville, Va....
| Mar 18, 2014
| 2:30 PM
SACRAMENTO — California Republican leaders have a plan for depriving the Democrats of supermajorities in both houses of the state Legislature and rebuilding the party in this year’s elections, but it will take raising up to $13.6 million,...
| Mar 17, 2014
| 8:12 PM
SACRAMENTO — The Democrats' loss of a legislative supermajority stifled their push to change California's campaign finance and affirmative action laws Monday, potentially foreshadowing a return to partisan battles over their other priorities, such...
| Mar 4, 2014
| 11:34 AM
WASHINGTON -- Congressional Republicans quickly erected a wall of opposition to President Obama's proposed 2015 budget, establishing election year battle lines over which party can best handle the nation's finances and address rising income inequality....
| Mar 3, 2014
| 9:38 PM
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown received more than $11,000 in gifts last year, and reported assets worth millions of dollars, according to a financial disclosure statement he filed with the state Monday.
The bulk of Brown's gifts — $8,400...
| Mar 16, 2014
| 5:13 PM
BURLINGAME, Calif. -- The audience reaction told the story: For Neel Kashkari, polite applause; for his GOP gubernatorial rival, Tim Donnelly, a prolonged roar of cheers.
With that, hundreds of Republicans wrapped up the state GOP convention near the...