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Evan Halper

Evan Halper writes about a broad range of policy issues out of Washington D.C., with particular emphasis on how Washington regulates, agitates and very often miscalculates in its dealings with California. Before heading east, he was the Los Angeles Times bureau chief in Sacramento, where he spent a decade untangling California’s epic budget mess and political dysfunction.
Florida hand recount begins, and Democrats’ hopes fade fast

Workers in a Broward County warehouse began poring over thousands of ballots Friday as Florida embarks on an unprecedented statewide hand recount in an election plagued by mechanical malfunctions, missed deadlines and lawsuits.

Note to Democrats pondering a presidential run: The clock is already ticking

Democrats dive into a presidential primary with the field of viable candidates larger — and the path to nomination more uncertain — than ever. A blizzard of launch announcements is about to start. And even the biggest stars are under pressure to announce quickly or risk getting left behind.

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