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Kevin McCarthy withdraws candidacy for House speaker

In a stunning move, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has withdrawn his candidacy for House Speaker. He had been heavily favored to win his GOP colleagues' endorsement.

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LA poised to mandate seismic retrofits

The mandate would give landlords seven years to reinforce wooden apartment buildings with "soft" first floors, so they better withstand future earthquakes.

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Clinton opposes Pacific trade deal in major break with Obama

Clinton joins the rest of the Democratic field in challenging a trade pact that's enraged the labor unions, environmentalists and other liberal constituencies whose support will be crucial to her electoral success.

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