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David Lauter

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.
Caring about the budget deficit cost George H.W. Bush the presidency; his successors took note

Bush sparked a revolt by conservatives when he agreed to a tax increase to help balance the federal budget. The plan shrank the federal deficit, but the revolt helped sink Bush's reelection. His Republican successors took note, and this year, the red ink equaled $779 billion.

'America has lost a patriot and humble servant': Tributes and condolences pour in for George H.W. Bush

Reaction flows in to the death of President George H.W. Bush.

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