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Valadao Among GOP Lawmakers Critical of Trump's Putin Summit

WASHINGTON (AP) — "Bizarre." ''Shameful." ''Disgraceful." That's the swift and sweeping condemnation directed at President Donald Trump on Monday after he sided with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a stunning appearance in Helsinki — and that's just from the Republicans. Lawmakers in both major parties and former intelligence officials appeared...

See How Valley Lawmakers Voted on Rejected GOP Immigration Bill

WASHINGTON — The Republican-led House rejected a far-ranging immigration bill on Wednesday despite its eleventh-hour endorsement by President Donald Trump, as the gulf between the GOP's moderate and conservative wings proved too deep for leaders to avert an election-year display of division on the issue. The vote was 301-121, with...

The Next Speaker of the House: McCarthy or Pelosi?

Now that House Speaker Paul Ryan has announced his retirement from Congress at the end of this term, Dan Walters of CALmatters asks a logical question in his April 16th column: Will the second time be the charm for Bakersfield Congressman Kevin McCarthy? In 2015, Walters notes, "McCarthy’s bid to become speaker...