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  • California in Congress
Rep. David Valadao (R-Hanford).
Rep. David Valadao (R-Hanford). (Bill Clark / CQ Roll Call)

Several of California’s Republican representatives are openly challenging President Trump’s plans to impose steel and aluminum tariffs. The tariffs are a rare source of disagreement between congressional Republicans and the White House, and the opposition in California comes from several lawmakers who face difficult reelection bids this fall.

Reps. Devin Nunes of Tulare, Tom McClintock of Elk Grove, Ed Royce of Fullerton, Mimi Walters of Irvine and David Valadao of Hanford were among the 102 House Republicans who wrote a letter to Trump on Wednesday urging him to narrowly tailor tariffs rather than impose them worldwide. House and Senate GOP leaders also have pushed Trump to change his mind, or at least narrow the tariffs to avoid retaliatory tariffs or a trade war.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday that the president would sign a proclamation on new steel and aluminum tariffs by the end of the week, and indicated exceptions could be made for Canada and Mexico.

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  • California Republicans
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President Trump will headline a high-dollar fundraiser for his reelection campaign when he visits California next week for the first time in his presidency, according to an invitation obtained by The Times.

Donors will contribute up to $250,000 each to Trump’s campaign and various Republican National Committee accounts to attend the Tuesday evening event at an undisclosed location in Beverly Hills.

The top ticket price includes a roundtable, photo opportunity and dinner. The cheapest ticket, which is dinner only, costs $35,000 for an individual and $50,000 for a couple.

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We shall see Mr. Sessions in court. Based on the U.S. Department of Justice’s track record in court, quite frankly I like our odds.

Protesters rallied against an appearance by U.S. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions at the Sawyer Hotel in Sacramento.
Protesters rallied against an appearance by U.S. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions at the Sawyer Hotel in Sacramento. (Josh Edelson / For The Times)
Protesters gathered outside the Sawyer Hotel in Sacramento, while Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions announced a lawsuit against California inside.
Protesters gathered outside the Sawyer Hotel in Sacramento, while Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions announced a lawsuit against California inside. (Josh Edelson / For The Times)
Protesters march outside the Sawyer Hotel in Sacramento.
Protesters march outside the Sawyer Hotel in Sacramento. (Josh Edelson / For The Times)
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This is basically going to war against the state of California.

Donald Trump and California have long been at odds on the issue of illegal immigration. The president wants to deport those who are here illegally, while many Californians and their leaders want to protect them.

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Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions delivered remarks at the Law Enforcement Legislative Day hosted by the California Peace Officers' Assn. in Sacramento. Here is a transcript of his speech.

Update: "This is basically going to war against the state of California," Gov. Jerry Brown said in response to U.S....

Posted by KTLA 5 News on Wednesday, March 7, 2018