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A California lawmaker with ties to Trump could be eyeing Paul Ryan's gig




WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 12:  U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) leaves his weekly press conference April 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. Ryan answered a range of questions related primarily to his announcement yesterday that he will not run for office again in the 2018 midterm election.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 12: U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) leaves his weekly press conference April 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. Ryan answered a range of questions related primarily to his announcement yesterday that he will not run for office again in the 2018 midterm election. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Each week, Take Two looks back at California's most important political stories for the segment State of Affairs. This week:

Claremont McKenna's Jack Pitney says it's a calculated move by Brown:

Jerry Brown was trained by Jesuits and Yale Law professors, so he's very good at making fine distinctions, and in this case, the distinction helps him keep California out of the crossfire. If he had flat-out refused, Trump would have said: "he's not standing up against crime." If he had gone with what Trump wanted, he would have come under criticism from the left. This way, he can take a stand against crime and, at the same time, not hurt undocumented immigrants.

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