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Michael Finnegan

Michael Finnegan is a Los Angeles Times politics writer. Since joining The Times in 2000, he has covered elections for mayor, governor and president, most recently the Donald Trump campaign. In 2011, Finnegan and fellow Times reporter Gale Holland won the Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Journalism for articles on rampant waste in the $6-billion rebuilding of Los Angeles community colleges. A Los Angeles native, Finnegan started newspaper work at the Hudson Dispatch in New Jersey. For seven years, he covered city and state politics at the New York Daily News. He plays piano on the side.
Donald Trump redefined what's possible in presidential politics. Enter Michael Avenatti

The pugnacious Newport Beach attorney is following an improbable path blazed by his nemesis in chief, testing the waters in early-voting Iowa and New Hampshire. Obstacles abound, but few, given the current White House occupant, are prepared to write Avenatti off.

De León captures California's anti-Trump furor, but struggles to gain traction in run to oust Feinstein

No one needs to tell Kevin de León that his campaign to unseat U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein is a long shot.He’s reminded all the time. Clifford Tasner, a liberal activist, approached De León at a Bel Air synagogue on a recent Saturday and offered to make him a video.“You’ve got to throw a bunch of ...

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