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Is Kamala Harris 'missing at the border'? She says she's focused on where migration starts

Is Kamala Harris 'missing at the border'? She says she's focused on where migration starts

WASHINGTON — On opposite ends of Pennsylvania Avenue at the same moment Wednesday, Vice President Kamala Harris met with Latin America policy experts as House GOP leaders displayed to reporters a “missing” milk carton with her face on it.Harris was announcing she is planning a trip to Mexico as well as Guatemala, which is one of the countries from which most migrants travel to the U.S. southern border. Meanwhile, House Republicans declared her “missing at the border.”It was a split screen that exemplified the politics that have plagued Harris since that she would take the lead on the...

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Tal Kopan
Apr 14
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How a BART extension became 'Nancy Pelosi's Silicon Valley subway'

How a BART extension became 'Nancy Pelosi's Silicon Valley subway'

WASHINGTON — Once BART’s extension to downtown San Jose was rebranded by Republicans as its chances of being funded by Congress’ coronavirus stimulus package were all but doomed.The $140 million for the planned extension was after Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and other Republicans objected to its inclusion in the $1.9 trillion bill. Its demise is a lesson in Washington politics and how half a sentence in a 600-page bill can cause a firestorm.Toomey took credit for getting the project removed, declaring that the Senate parliamentarian’s ruling that the money couldn’t be included in the...

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Mar 4
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California's Alex Padilla gets choice Senate committee assignments

California's Alex Padilla gets choice Senate committee assignments

WASHINGTON — Sen. Alex Padilla has big shoes to fill in taking the Senate seat formerly held by Vice President Kamala Harris. He’s starting by getting some of her prominent committee assignments.The California Democrat will sit on the Environment and Public Works Committee, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and Judiciary Committee, assignments that will give him high-profile questioning opportunities and a hand in shaping major policies that affect California. He will also sit on the Budget and Rules committees, panels that have internal clout in the Senate.Senate...

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Feb 3
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White House considers diverting San Francisco Bay money to pay for Trump's wall

White House considers diverting San Francisco Bay money to pay for Trump's wall

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is considering diverting millions of dollars from San Francisco Bay shoreline restoration and flood control to help build the president’s wall on the southern border — part of a bigger plan under consideration to move disaster relief money to the project.The White House is looking at nearly $2.5 billion allocated for California projects being worked on by the Army Corps of Engineers as possible sources to fund President Trump’s wall, according to a list of targeted projects obtained by The Chronicle from a source familiar with discussions. The White...

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February 11, 2019
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