CA-21: Former nominee Emilio Huerta (D) ended his campaign to oust Rep. David Valadao (R) from a Central Valley-based district that Hillary Clinton won by 15 points. “Huerta had just about $100,000 in the bank as of Dec. 31 and did scant campaigning. … Several Central Valley Democratic Party sources who requested anonymity … said they expect” engineer T.J. Cox (D) “to announce a run next week. Cox has been running in a crowded field in the nearby” CA-10 “but owns a home and business in Fresno.”
“Huerta’s exit has some Democrats who were concerned he was a weak candidate breathing a sigh of relief. Elected officials and Democratic party operatives” said “they felt the candidate’s mother pressured them to keep other candidates from entering the race.” (Los Angeles Times)
CA-49: Air Force veteran Christina Prejean (D) “announced Friday night that she is dropping out of the race to succeed” retiring Rep. Darrell Issa (R), “citing the large number of her fellow Democrats seeking the seat.” Prejean: “In the military, we say `One team, One fight,’ and our focus is always on the mission. As a proud Democrat and progressive, we are on the same team, and our mission is to flip the 49th. (CBS 8)
“All five Democrats” in the race for Issa’s seat “were expected to take part in the forum, but the candidates, one-by-one, began to back out just hours before the start time, leaving a single contender on the stage.” Environmental attorney Mike Levin (D) “was left uncontested with a packed house of voters, the sole benefactor of his opponents’ decision to ditch the event,” which was billed as a “candidate viability forum.” (Mother Jones)
CA-50: “The California Republican Party on Saturday put its endorsement behind” Rep. Duncan Hunter (R) “his re-election to Congress, giving a boost to his embattled campaign. …While the county-level GOP had already endorsed Hunter, and it is common for the state GOP to follow those recommendations, controversy swirling around the Alpine congressman raised some question as to whether he would secure enough votes for the state backing.” (San Diego Union-Tribune)
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"Two days after President Trump’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russian officials offered a string of assertions about what the two leaders had achieved. 'Important verbal agreements' were reached at the Helsinki meeting, Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, told reporters in Moscow Wednesday, including preservation of the New Start and INF agreements," and cooperation in Syria.
"Two weeks before his inauguration, Donald J. Trump was shown highly classified intelligence indicating that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia had personally ordered complex cyberattacks to sway the 2016 American election. The evidence included texts and emails from Russian military officers and information gleaned from a top-secret source close to Mr. Putin, who had described to the C.I.A. how the Kremlin decided to execute its campaign of hacking and disinformation. Mr. Trump sounded grudgingly convinced, according to several people who attended the intelligence briefing. But ever since, Mr. Trump has tried to cloud the very clear findings that he received on Jan. 6, 2017, which his own intelligence leaders have unanimously endorsed."