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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.
A president who built his fame on reality TV finds others can play the same game

The reality television side of the Trump White House dominated the week's news, as Omarosa Manigault Newman spooled out her tapes, Trump called her a "dog" and press secretary Sarah Sanders said she could not "guarantee" that no tapes existed of Trump using a racial epithet.

Republicans still have hopes of a turnaround, but after another bad week, time is running short

No getting around it, this was a bad week at the ballot box for President Trump and his party, one that forecasts significant defeats ahead.

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