Along the road to the airport as
Such is the moment in this divided nation.
Trump returned to Washington on Sunday for what will be a critical week for his legislative agenda. In the coming days, Congress must address immigration issues, children's healthcare and continued funding for the government.
That’s not to mention the
The bigger question will be how the storylines of sexual misconduct and harassment overshadow any policy discussion.
HARASSMENT STORIES CONTINUE
The long holiday weekend brought plenty of news on this topic.
Under pressure from Minority Leader
Conyers, 88, the Dean of the House elected last fall to his 27th full term, has denied the allegations. But he said the investigation and the allegations are a distraction to the "important" work of the committee, which he noted handles civil rights cases and voters' access to the ballot box.
Sen. Al Franken issued another apology after new allegations from women.
We'll be closely tracking what happens here in California when the Assembly begins its sexual harassment hearings Tuesday. The moment comes as one of its lawmakers has opted against reelection in the wake of accusations from six women. The Times' report about Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra last week could become part of that legislative discussion. Likelier still is that the hearing will examine the process for people to come forward.
To that end, the California Legislature again denied records requests from The Times on sexual harassment complaints.
The issue has gotten attention locally as well. Despite its size, the city of Los Angeles has no centralized method for tracking sexual harassment complaints lodged against its workers. Nor are managers required to report such claims to the city's Personnel Department. Dakota Smith reports that with dozens of different departments and a fragmented reporting system, two members of the
SPOTLIGHT ON AN INVESTIGATION
At 73, Robert Mueller has a record that includes plenty of accolades. But it also shows a man of fallible judgment who can be slow to alter his chosen course. At times, he has intimidated or provoked resentment among subordinates, David Willman reports.
Mueller's tenacious yet linear approach to evaluating evidence led him to fumble the biggest U.S. terrorism investigation since 9/11, Willman writes, and now, as he leads a sprawling investigation aimed at the White House, Mueller's prosecutorial discretion looms over the Trump presidency.
Trump tweeted over the weekend that the Russia investigation is "phony."
NATIONAL POLITICS LIGHTNING ROUND
The Senate Republican plan to use tax legislation to repeal the federal requirement that Americans have health coverage threatens to derail insurance markets in conservative, rural swaths of the country, according to a Los Angeles Times data analysis. Noam Levey writes that the measure could leave consumers in these regions — including most or all of Alaska, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada and Wyoming, as well as parts of many other states — with either no options for coverage or health plans that are prohibitively expensive.
Voters just don't seem to be that interested in the plan, either. Polls show most Americans view it as benefiting the wealthy and corporations, skeptical it will do much for middle-class taxpayers.
White House officials said Saturday that Trump was on solid legal ground in naming
Mark Z. Barabak looks at why the Alabama Senate race is far from over, even with all of the allegations against Roy Moore.
Trump, whose "he denies it" remarks kept cable news busy all last week, reiterated his support for Moore over the weekend.
The Supreme Court is set to decide whether corporate whistle-blowers are protected from being fired if they disclose wrongdoing to company officials rather than to the
Catch up quickly on the president's feud with LaVar Ball.
A Texas Republican congressman apologized for sending a nude selfie during the course of a consensual relationship. The image was posted on Twitter.
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VILLARAIGOSA CAME OUT AHEAD
Former Los Angeles Mayor
LONGSHOT WITH A LONG LIST OF FRIENDS
Omar Navarro lost badly to Rep.
FORMER CLINTON AIDE FACES LOCAL CONTENDERS IN EAST BAY RACE
Buffy Wicks, who last year helped steer
Now, she is running for office herself -- in the crowded race for Assembly District 15 in one of the state's most diverse and politically progressive regions, covering Berkeley, Richmond and parts of Oakland. She says she jumped into the competition at an energetic time for Democrats, and with a desire to apply all she learned in Washington. But she is facing some popular local contenders who say they see her as an outsider trying to parachute in.
A reminder you can keep up with this and other important races in the moment via our Essential Politics news feed on California politics.
POLITICAL ROAD MAP: A PRIVACY BATTLE BREWS
If headlines about private information stolen or data bought and sold worry you, then a California ballot measure will catch your attention next year.
-- California's cap-and-trade program saw strong results from its most recent permit auction, raising more than $800 million to help combat climate change.
-- California business leaders urged Congress to reauthorize the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program without a government shutdown.
-- California's Republican candidates for governor will meet for their first debate in January in San Bernardino County, Mehta reports.
-- In cycling-obsessed Colombia, he dreamed of glory. But first he needed a bike. Read Jazmine Ulloa's story from Tunja, Colombia, produced as part of a fellowship with the International Center for Journalists. The exchange program centered on digital media institutions and is geared to allow journalists to gain insights into digital practices outside the U.S.
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