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October 8, 2017
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In exchange for letting young undocumented immigrants, dubbed DREAMers, stay in the United States legally, the Trump administration will ask Congress to fund a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and limit federal grants to "sanctuary cities," The Washington Post reports.

The Post obtained a document the administration distributed to Congress that listed its hard-line demands for any deal, including a major crackdown on unaccompanied minors fleeing violence in Central America. White House aides told reporters Sunday that these proposals are necessary for public safety and to make jobs for Americans.

Democrats have already denounced the wish list, with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) releasing a statement saying they told Trump "we were open to reasonable border security measures ... but this list goes so far beyond what is reasonable. This proposal fails to represent any attempt at compromise." Read more about the Trump administration's demands at The Washington Post. Catherine Garcia

October 1, 2017
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Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) isn't ready to turn his back on the Republican Party just yet, but told CNN's Jake Tapper on Sunday that he won't remain part of the GOP if it stays on its current path.

"If the party can't be fixed, Jake, then I'm not going to be able to support the party," he said on Tapper's show State of the Union. "Period. That's the end of it." Kasich, an outspoken critic of President Trump, wants the GOP to stop bending to the will of the nationalist wing, and for the "party to be straightened out."

The public is unhappy with Republicans and Democrats alike, he said, and they want a return to the center. "What I'm trying to do is struggle for the soul of the Republican Party the way that I see it," he said. "And I have a right to define it, but I'm not going to support people who are dividers." That includes right-wing Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore, who as a judge was twice removed from the bench for ignoring federal rulings and has made inflammatory statements regarding race and sexuality. "I don't run the party," Kasich said. "I can tell you, for me, I don't support that. I couldn't vote for that." Catherine Garcia

September 27, 2017
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California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill on Wednesday moving the state's primary elections from June to March, in an attempt to get presidential candidates to spend time campaigning in the state.

The candidates often focus on smaller states that hold early primaries and caucuses, and now, they will "not be able to ignore the largest, most diverse state in the nation as they seek our country's highest office," Secretary of State Alex Padilla said. In 2016, the California presidential primary was held June 7, and in 2020, it's scheduled for March 3, most likely following the Iowa and Nevada caucuses and primaries in New Hampshire and South Carolina, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The bill's author, state Sen. Ricardo Lara (D), said California needs "to have a greater influence at the national level," and the new law also moves the state's congressional and legislative primaries to March. Brown has until Oct. 15 to act on another bill that was passed by the Legislature earlier this month, which keeps presidential candidates who refuse to publicly release their personal tax returns off the ballot. Catherine Garcia

July 17, 2017
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She was able to keep up with the Kardashians for years, but can Caitlyn Jenner take care of business with the senators?

Jenner, a lifelong Republican, told New York's AM 970 on Sunday she is considering running for Senate, out of California. "I like the political side," she said. "I gotta find out where I can do a better job. Can I do a better job from the outside, kind of working the perimeter of the political scene, being able to talk to anybody? Or are you better off from the inside, and we are in the process of determining that."

A transgender activist, Jenner said she is going to meet with U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley to discuss international LGBTQ issues, and told AM 970 she hopes to "change the perception of the Republican Party and make it the party of equality." California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat, has not announced if she will run again in 2018, and Jenner said she will make her decision sometime within the next six months. If she does decide to throw her hat in the ring, she doesn't have to look far for a campaign momager. Catherine Garcia

June 14, 2017
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Virginia Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, and Republican Ed Gillespie will face off in the Virginia gubernatorial election in November.

In the Tuesday primaries, Northam defeated his slightly more liberal challenger, former Rep. Tom Perriello, while Gillespie, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, had a narrow victory over Corey Stewart, who served as President Trump's state campaign chairman. Stewart did not concede immediately, and said "there's one word you will never hear from me and that's 'unity.' Because look, folks, we've been backing down too long ... in defense of our culture, our heritage, and our country."

Northam said he would work to ensure that Democrats take control of the state's House of Delegates, adding it's "time for us to get back on offense and stop playing so much defense." Catherine Garcia

May 31, 2017
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Former Vice President Joe Biden is launching a new PAC, American Possibilities, on Thursday, "dedicated to electing people who believe that this country is about dreaming big, and supporting groups and causes that embody that spirit."

While the goal of the PAC is to get Democrats elected, it is fueling rumors that Biden is seriously considering running for president in 2020. In a message that will go live on Medium Thursday morning, Biden says that "thinking big is stamped into the DNA of the American soul. That's why the negativity, the pettiness, the small-mindedness of our politics today drives me crazy. It's not who we are." Greg Schultz, Biden's political director during his second term as vice president, has been hired as the PAC's executive director. Catherine Garcia

May 8, 2017
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Actor and model Antonio Sabato Jr. is running for Congress in California's 26th congressional district, and his team argues that he has a not-so-secret weapon that will guarantee a win: the support of President Trump.

Documents were filed with the Federal Election Commission on Monday so Sabato, a Republican, can run against Rep. Julia Brownley (D), who has represented the district just northwest of Los Angeles since 2013. His fundraiser, Charles Moran, told the Los Angeles Times that Sabato has always been interested in public policy and politics and was inspired to run after speaking at the Republican National Convention last summer. "Being a Republican and with proximity to the White House and Republican leadership, he's going to be able to get more done — being in the majority, with his notoriety, for the residents of the 26th district," Moran said.

Sabato, 45, has appeared in Calvin Klein underwear ads and on General Hospital, Melrose Place, and multiple reality shows, including VH1's My Antonio, where he tried to find love. He said after the convention that Hollywood producers blacklisted him, but his IMDB page shows that since 2016, he has played Dario in the TV movie Dark Paradise and Miguel in Dance Night Obsession, and starred in Antonio: Down Under as himself. Catherine Garcia

February 7, 2017
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The Republican-led House Administration Committee voted Tuesday 6-3 to shutter the Election Assistance Commission, a bipartisan independent agency that assists states in improving their election systems.

Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.), the committee's chairman, said the commission has "outlived" its usefulness, USA Today reports, and it is time for it to be "officially ended" because "we don't need fluff." The agency was set up after the Al Gore/George W. Bush debacle in 2000, and Republicans have argued for some time that it was only supposed to be around temporarily. Democrats like Rep. Robert Brady of Pennsylvania disagree, arguing that it helps states run elections that are fair and accurate. "This is the time when we should be focusing on strengthening" the commission, he told USA Today.

This is the fourth time Harper has introduced a bill to eliminate the agency, and it's not clear when or if the measure will be considered by the House. Catherine Garcia

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