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Christine Blasey Ford wants the world to know her concerns about Brett Kavanaugh being confirmed to the Supreme Court. But President Trump has made it clear he won't agree to her request that the FBI investigate her allegation that Kavanaugh tried to rape her at a party when they were teenagers — her condition for providing testimony that could derail the nomination. Politically, that leaves the Palo Alto University psychology professor with one avenue if she wants to keep Kavanaugh off the court: testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee anyway. In a she said-he said situation — Kavanaugh strenuously... [Read More]
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President Trump and Democratic state Sen. Kevin de León agree on one thing: They're both convinced California Sen. Dianne Feinstein made a mistake when she delayed for weeks the release of a letter accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of attempted rape. Trump joined a chorus of Republicans on Tuesday in criticizing Feinstein for the timing of the release of a letter from Christine Blasey Ford, a Palo Alto University psychology professor who said she was assaulted by a "stumbling drunk" Kavanaugh during a party when they were in high school during the early 1980s. It's a charge the... [Read More]
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Hillary Clinton will come to San Francisco on Monday for a pair of fundraisers — one to benefit lieutenant governor candidate Eleni Kounalakis and the other to fortify the Democratic Party. Tickets for the sold-out Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee event event started at $10,000 and went up to $33,900. Billed as the Ultimate Women's Power Luncheon and Issues Conference, the fundraiser at the Fairmont Hotel will be hosted by House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco and feature a performance by singer-songwriter Carole King. [Read More]
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A Supreme Court nominee is accused by a woman of sexual misconduct that allegedly happened years ago. Her charges are taken seriously, but the nominee flatly denies them. That happened 27 years ago, when Anita Hill accused high court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment. Now it's happening again, with Palo Alto University Professor Christine Blasey Ford's accusation that Judge Brett Kavanaugh drunkenly tried to rape her when they were both teenagers at a party in suburban Maryland. Kavanaugh called her accusations "completely false." In many ways, little has changed politically since Hill's story played out during televised testimony... [Read More]
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Gavin Newsom and John Cox both drive zero-emission Teslas. That's about where the common ground ends between California's candidates for governor when it comes to the environment. Until recently, Cox said he wasn't sure how much humans contribute to climate change. "I'm not a climatologist," the Republican candidate would say. As the Global Climate Action Summit wrapped up in San Francisco, however, Cox clarified his views, telling The Chronicle that "climate change is real, and humans contribute to it." But the San Diego-area businessman is skeptical that the state is "making a real impact" with laws intended to cut... [Read More]
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Gavin Newsom spoke for 10 minutes at a Central Valley campaign stop Wednesday and barely mentioned himself or his candidacy for governor. That's unusual, coming less than two months before election day, But with a big lead in the polls, Newsom is treating his Republican opponent, John Cox, as little more than an annoyance. Instead, he's on a weeklong bus tour of the state and stopping mainly in Republican-held congressional districts, pumping up Democratic candidates central to the party's hopes of winning the House in November. Newsom has never seemed comfortable with the retail end of politics. [Read More]
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The difference between California's two Democratic senators was evident when Sen. Chuck Grassley was only 13 words into his introduction to the Supreme Court confirmation hearing of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. That's when Sen. Kamala Harris interrupted the Judiciary Committee chairman. She wanted to postpone the hearing. "Mr. Chairman ..." Harris repeated several times as Grassley kept talking. "I'd like to be recognized to ask a question before we proceed. The committee received just last night, less than 15 hours ago, 42,000 pages of documents that we have not had an opportunity to review or read or analyze." "You're out... [Read More]
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The biggest cliff-hanger question of Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation hearing was answered Thursday in a most anticlimactic way. The two-day drama started near the end of the Senate Judiciary Committee's session Wednesday when California Sen. Kamala Harris asked whether Kavanaugh had been talking with someone with a law firm linked to President Trump about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the 2016 presidential campaign. The founder of the firm, Marc Kasowitz, briefly helped represent Trump in the probe and is still the president's attorney in a defamation lawsuit filed by a former contestant on his reality... [Read More]
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For the first 20 months of Donald Trump's presidency, the opposition has always been clear — Democrats and the "resistance." This week, a different adversary surfaced, from within Trump's administration. As depicted by two extraordinary journalistic pieces, including an anonymous first-person account in the New York Times, these adversaries share a theme: They are saving America from Trump. "Many of the senior officials in his own administration are working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda and his worst inclinations," read an opinion piece published Wednesday in the New York Times that the newspaper said was written... [Read More]
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Barack Obama will make his first post-presidency midterm campaign appearance Saturday in Orange County, a sign of how important the one-time Republican stronghold is to Democrats hoping to take back the House. Obama is expected to speak for roughly 25 minutes at a ticketed event on stage with seven candidates running in GOP-held districts in California. All the districts backed Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. Democrats say winning those districts is key to their goal of flipping 23 Republican-held seats nationwide so they can recapture the House. [Read More]
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Seemingly ever since the ancient Greeks invented democracy, conventional wisdom has insisted that voters don't start paying attention to political campaigns until after Labor Day. So start paying attention, as Democrats are trying to flip 23 Republican-held seats to take back the House and they've closely targeted seven California districts that Hillary Clinton won in 2016 to accomplish that. The most recent prognostication from the nonpartisan Cook Political Report predicts Democrats will pick up between 20 and 40 seats nationally, "with 25 to 35 the likeliest outcome," according to Cook's Dave Wasserman. [Read More]
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John Yoo has an unusual vantage point on two key questions that will burn through the Senate's confirmation hearings on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, which begin Tuesday. The first: How much power does the Constitution give the president? And, more important: How much power does Kavanaugh believe the Constitution gives the president? In particular, this president. While the loudest and most passionate arguments at the confirmation hearings will be over abortion rights, the debate over presidential power could have more immediate ramifications. [Read More]
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During a week that started with President Trump's current lawyer Rudy Giuliani asserting that "the truth isn't the truth" and continued with his former lawyer Michael Cohen implicating the president in a federal crime, California House Republicans shared a consistent reaction to the news from Washington: They said nothing. Most of the delegation was similarly mute when one of their own, San Diego County Rep. Duncan Hunter — Trump's second endorser in the House — and his wife were indicted in federal court for spending $250,000 in campaign funds on family vacations and other seemingly non-campaign-related items, including a... [Read More]
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Here's what that record-breaking wave of female candidates is carrying toward the midterm shore: candidates like Gina Ortiz Jones. If she's elected — "you mean when I'm elected," she corrected me during her recent fundraising visit to San Francisco — Ortiz Jones would be the first out lesbian, first Iraq War veteran and first Filipina ever elected to Congress from Texas. Yes, a candidate like that has a shot at being elected in Texas in a district the nonpartisan Cook Political Report says now "leans Republican." The November midterms could be that kind of wave election. Or that wave... [Read More]
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Now that President Trump has been implicated by his former attorney in a federal crime, talk of impeaching him would seem to be a godsend to Democrats in the run-up to the midterm elections. But the party is divided about whether to go there yet. Progressives, including a few dozen House members, the California Democratic Party and the liberal, online hub MoveOn, have called for... [Read More]
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House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi isn't just the Democratic Party's top fundraiser, she is also an expert vote counter. "A master legislator," as she described herself during on-stage interview Wednesday at the Public Policy Institute of California in San Francisco. So it was a bit surprising, and perhaps telling Wednesday that she wasn't more pumped about the chances of Democrats to flip the seat of Republican Duncan Hunter. The San Diego County incumbent was indicted Tuesday for alleged misuse of campaign funds. Typically, Pelosi is relentlessly positive when handicapping the chances of Democratic candidates. But three times Wednesday Pelosi... [Read More]
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Now that President Trump has been implicated by his attorney in a federal crime, talk of impeaching him would seem to be a godsend to Democrats in the run-up to the midterm elections. But the party is divided about whether to go there yet. Progressives, including a few dozen House members, the California Democratic Party and the liberal, online hub MoveOn, have called for Trump's impeachment — for more than a year in some cases. But party leaders — led by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi aren't broaching the possibility, even though a July Quinnipiac University survey showed that... [Read More]
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On a horribly bad legal and political day for President Trump's ex-associates, what may hurt the president most is having his personal attorney Michael Cohen implicate him in a federal crime. And the impact could be felt all the way to California. Cohen pleaded guilty Tuesday to violating campaign finance laws, saying "a candidate for federal office" directed him to make payments to two women in exchange for them remaining silent about sexual affairs they reportedly had with Trump. Cohen said he did it "for the principal purpose of influencing the election" for president in 2016. [Read More]
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On a horribly bad legal and political day for President Trump's ex-associates, what may hurt the president most is having his personal attorney Michael Cohen implicate him in a federal crime. And the impact could be felt all the way to California. Cohen pleaded guilty Tuesday to violating campaign finance laws, saying "a candidate for federal office" directed him to make payments to two women in exchange for them remaining silent about sexual affairs they reportedly had with Trump. ... [Read More]
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Five months after retiring as head of one of California's most powerful unions, RoseAnn DeMoro is back in politics. DeMoro, who left the California Nurses Association in March after 32 years with the organization, has been appointed to the board of the Consumer Watchdog advocacy group. "Roseanne is a hell-raiser's hell-raiser," Consumer Watchdog President Jamie Court told The Chronicle Monday. "When she's on your board, you know that she will call you up and push you to keep going further." In June, Consumer Watchdog named DeMoro, 69, to its Consumer Advocate Hall of Fame. [Read More]
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