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As some key players drop out of the transition picture, Lisa Mascaro and Noah Bierman report that it appears Trump's shoot-from-the-hip style is informing his approach to the handoff of power.
As Cathleen Decker writes, uncertainty reigns as the transition gets underway, because Trump came into office riding the anger of an electorate whose resentments he correctly assessed, rather than because Americans fully embraced his policy positions. There were in fact few of those, and mostly without details.
Late Tuesday, that paperwork to get the ball rolling finally arrived at the White House, allowing the
Still, don't be fooled by the "Make America Great Again" hats — some deep divisions remain between the GOP Congress and the next president.
NO DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE
Also out of the transition: former Rep. Mike Rogers and Eliot Cohen, who had been a conservative critic of the GOP nominee.
DEMOCRATS FIND A PURPOSE: FIGHT
Retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) filed legislation Tuesday to abolish the Electoral College in light of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton winning the popular vote but still losing the election.
Sarah Wire reports that such legislation makes a statement after an election that shocked Democrats, but is unlikely to gain traction with Republicans holding control of both chambers of Congress in a lame-duck session.
At the state government level, the California Legislative Women's Caucus is vowing to fight Trump on abortion and healthcare issues.
TRACKING THE 55
The California freshmen will get to vote on the party's next congressional leaders. Wire introduces you to the six newest members, who are in Washington this week for orientation.
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The Los Angeles Times on Thursday will look back at the election and look ahead to what the Trump administration might mean for California.
We've got a hot lineup of lawmakers, political consultants and your favorite members of our political team. The symposium will be held in downtown Los Angeles. Reserve your free tickets here.
-- We examine what Trump's policies could be on contraceptives covered by the Affordable Care Act, as California doctors and Planned Parenthood offices report that in the last week an increased number of women have asked about IUDs. The devices are inserted once and some types could even outlast a two-term Trump presidency. Google Trends shows more searches for "IUD" on Nov. 10 than in the previous 90 days.
-- A Republican assemblywoman who tweeted a link to a hoax story about violent anti-Trump protesters changed her mind on Tuesday, deleting the tweet and saying she's sorry.
-- As many as 4 million ballots remain uncounted across California, with two statewide propositions still too close to call.
-- Members of the Erotic Services Providers Union delivered petitions to Gov. Jerry Brown in support of decriminalizing sex work.
-- As Trump threatens to roll back some environmental regulations, state Senate leader Kevin de León is leading a delegation of seven other state officials to a conference in Morocco on climate change.
-- Don't expect the cost of prescription drugs to be high on the next president's agenda, despite what he said on the campaign trail.
-- We report on what might happen in California's sanctuary cities.
-- At the start of his foreign trip, President Obama said he didn't see Trump's victory as a rejection of his own worldview.
-- Jessica Roy has tips for how to keep fake news out of your social feeds.
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7:15 a.m.: This article was updated to accurately reflect the number of new members in Washington this week.