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Trump's picture with a baby goes viral

Welcome to Trail Guide, your daily tour along the road to the White House. It's Sunday, Aug. 23, and this is what we're watching:

Decker: Democratic women seek to regain lost ground in California

 (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

In the 2016 presidential campaign, Hillary Rodham Clinton is the front-runner to secure the Democratic nomination.

But in California, women are vanishing from the state's legislative ranks.

Political columnist Cathleen Decker explores how Democratic women are seeking to regain lost ground in the state.

"California in 2003 was fifth among states ranked by the percentage of its legislators who were women," according to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. "But the state now finds itself mired in a surprising 20th place," Decker notes.

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Abcarian: 'Anchor baby' is a slur

 (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

The term "anchor baby" has made its way into the 2016 presidential campaign.

Both Donald Trump and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush have defended use of the term to describe children born in the U.S. to immigrants in the country illegally.

But Times columnist Robin Abcarian pushes back.

"In strictly Orwellian terms, the phrase describes a second-class kind of citizenship, one totally at odds with the 14th Amendment, which guarantees citizenship to any child born in the U.S.," writes Abcarian.

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Jerry Brown advice to vice president: 'If I were Joe Biden, I'd probably give it very serious consideration'

 (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

(Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

All I can say is, if I were Hillary, I would say, 'Don't jump in.' If I were Joe Biden, I'd probably give it very serious consideration.
California Gov. Jerry Brown, on NBC's "Meet the Press," talking about the race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.

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Trump's picture with a baby goes viral

 (Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)

(Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images)

The scene in Mobile, Ala., Friday night.

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Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren talk economic policy

 (AP)

(AP)

Vice President Joe Biden met with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Saturday, according to several media reports.

The meeting comes as Biden considers a run for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Biden and Warren visited for about two hours and they discussed economic policy, according to CNN , which first reported news about the gathering.

Warren is widely lauded by liberals for her fiery rhetoric and policy proposals to regulate Wall Street.

Read more Times coverage about Biden and his thinking behind a 2016 presidential run.

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Ronald Reagan was a Democrat with a very, very liberal lean. And he actually became a Republican who was fairly conservative. I wouldn't say he was the most conservative but fairly.
Donald Trump, speaking on CBS' "Face the Nation," when asked about his conservative credentials. Trump has been assailed for donating to Democrats in the past.

Rand Paul wins permission to run for Senate reelection and GOP presidential nomination

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images ()

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Kentucky Republicans gave the OK to Sen. Rand Paul to run for reelection to his Senate seat and for the GOP presidential nomination.

State law bars a candidate from running for two offices in one election. But Republicans voted Saturday to hold a party caucus separate from the traditional primary, allowing Paul to essentially sidestep the law.

The Times' Christi Parsons has more.

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