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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.
Will Trump's pick to run the EPA office in San Francisco show up for work?

The White House finally found its man to take on the stress and grief of running EPA's headquarters for California and the southwest in San Francisco. Except the guy — a climate denier and Trump loyalist — refuses to live in San Francisco. He may be put in charge anyway.

Another defeat for Trump in Congress as GOP infighting scuttles farm bill

In a major political setback, House Republicans failed to pass an $867 billion farm bill that aimed to impose strict new work requirements for food stamp recipients, after conservatives seeking immigration restrictions withheld their votes.

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