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EAR TICKLER: On the KQED Political Breakdown podcast, Scott Shafer and Marisa Lagos sit down with Governor Jerry Brown.
I listened to the podcast on my morning walk and it's definitely worth your ear time. Jerry talks about his remaining campaign war chest, his great staff and, well, goats. By the way, if you're still looking at charitable contributions as the year draws to a close, remember KQED, Capital Public Radio, Open California (Capitol Weekly), and CALmatters. Write in the memo section or email separately that you support state government reporting.
THE GOV-ELECT: Gavin Newsom plans to put his business interests in a blind trust and will release his tax returns, reports Sophia Bollag for the Bee. Of course, he can always look here.
“It’s a big deal,” said Jessica Levinson, a government ethics expert and professor at Loyola Law School. “This is much more than a symbolic gesture.”
Newsom’s decision also hints at the Democratic governor-elect’s political ambitions, she said.
“I think he’s saying, No. 1, I’m not Donald Trump and, No. 2, I have aspirations for higher office,” she said.
THE PARTY: Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler tweets out the menu of sponsorship options for Gavin's inauguration events.
CAKEDAY after the jump...
#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to Matt Gray, Senator John Moorlach (fijne verjaardag), Lisa Ellman Pinto, and Alfonso Sanchez!
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Stay Issued In Lawsuit Over Trump Hotel - Politico
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A federal appeals court halted efforts to use a lawsuit to obtain confidential information about how President Donald Trump may be profiting from his Washington hotel by foreign governments. | Alex Brandon/AP Photo
Trump Warns Of Shutdown That Could Last For 'a Very Long Time' - Politico
Trump pushed the government to the precipice of a partial shutdown on Thursday, insisting in a meeting with lawmakers that he would not sign legislation to keep the government open unless it included $5 billion for his long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Trump Pans O'rourke 2020 Talk: 'i Thought You Were Supposed To Win Before You Run For President' - Politico
President Donald Trump spoke Friday at a bill signing for recently passed criminal justice reform legislation, a rare bipartisan victory for his administration. | Win McNamee/Getty Images
Mcconnell ‘distressed’ Over Mattis’ Resignation - Politico
"It is regrettable that the president must now choose a new Secretary of Defense," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement. | M. Scott Mahaskey/POLITICO
Trump stuffs political grenades in Washington's Christmas stocking
The president's moves on a border wall and military operations stun the political establishment, cost him a defense secretary âÂÂ and trigger 'one of the most chaotic weeks that weâÂÂve ever seen in American government.'
Government Shutdown 2018: Latest Updates & Reaction - Politico
Latest updates from Capitol Hill and the White House
Trump leans on McConnell to pass spending bill with border funding in Senate
In morning tweets, the president also sought to pin blame on Democrats for a potential government shutdown, even though he said a week ago that he would proudly own one.
Ethics Panel Expands Probe Into Arizona Rep. Schweikert - Politico
The Ethics Committee will look into whether Rep. David Schweikert "may have used official resources to benefit his campaign or pressured congressional staff to perform political activity." | Matt York/AP Photo
Ex-Senate aide gets 2 months in prison for lying to FBI
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James Wolfe admitted to misleading investigators about his interactions with journalists.
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The deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, who has been overseeing the investigation while Matthew G. Whitaker spoke with ethics lawyers, will continue to manage the inquiry day to day.
Senate at standstill on spending bill
And President Donald TrumpâÂÂs Syria pullout could harm millions dependent on aid.
Russians Tried, but Were Unable to Compromise Midterm Elections, U.S. Says
Russian efforts meant to polarize American voters continued during the midterms, says the director of national intelligence.
N.C. election officials sounded alarm about alleged election fraud to federal prosecutors in January 2017
The referral by the state elections board to the U.S. attorney in North Carolina raises new questions about what actions federal investigators took to scrutinize the complaints.
Trump Claims To Be Tough On Russia After Mattis Resignation - Politico
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President Donald Trump's friendliness with Russia's president has come back to haunt him throughout his presidency. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
White House: Mattis Did The 'honorable Thing' By Resigning - Politico
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis did the "right thing and honorable thing" by announcing his resignation this week, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Friday, praising the outgoing Pentagon chief for stepping down over his disagreements with President Donald Trump.
Senators trudge back to Washington with no shutdown solution in sight
The president is pushing McConnell to ditch the filibuster. But McConnell has repeatedly said no.
President Trump has made 7,546 false or misleading claims over 700 days
Just on one day before the midterm elections, Nov. 5, Trump made 139 false or misleading claims
Gallup retreats from political polling again under new leadership
The well-known polling firm is adopting a 'more global perspective' that de-emphasizes U.S. politics.
Where Government Is a Dirty Word, but Its Checks Pay the Bills
The residents of Harlan County, Ky., depend heavily on federal assistance. That hasnâÂÂt deterred, and may explain, their swing to Republican voting.
On Politics: Mattis Resigns Over Syria Plan, While Putin Praises It
Mr. Mattis, the retired four-star Marine general, resigned as defense secretary in protest of President TrumpâÂÂs decision to pull American troops out of Syria.
Trump Signs Law Punishing Chinese Officials Who Restrict Access to Tibet
Lawmakers hope to force China to lift the travel restrictions, which they say are meant to conceal abuses of TibetansâÂÂ human rights.
On Politics With Lisa Lerer: Is This the Future of the Left?
Three new progressive leaders talk about where they think the Democratic Party should be headed; plus, the story behind President TrumpâÂÂs feud with the Fed.
Climate Team, and Its Boss, Just Got Harder to Find at Top Health Agency
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that it had folded its Climate and Health Program into a branch that studies asthma.
During an Oval Office event, the president highlighted the Texas DemocratâÂÂs loss in his Senate race last month.
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If there was a common thread in President TrumpâÂÂs actions this week, it was his unswerving conviction that his political survival depends on securing his conservative base.