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All politics are local: Following Ed Royce, Darrell Issa announces retirement. Plus, DiFi’s release of Fusion GPS dossier




Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) is joined by more than a dozen Republican members of Congress as he speaks during a news conference about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program at the U.S. Capitol November 9, 2017 in Washington, DC.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) is joined by more than a dozen Republican members of Congress as he speaks during a news conference about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program at the U.S. Capitol November 9, 2017 in Washington, DC.
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Another Southern California Republican member of Congress is bowing out – Darrell Issa won’t run for re-election this year.

His district straddles Orange and San Diego counties. It was considered one of the most vulnerable to flip Democratic. Issa’s move follows fellow-Republican Ed Royce’s of north Orange County bowing out a couple of days ago. What does it mean for the midterms in 2018?

Also, Senator Dianne Feinstein has released congressional testimony of Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson, garnering backlash from the GOP, though the move was supported by committee Democrats. Why did she release the transcript, and what will these mean for her Senate run?

Our panel of political guests weigh in.

Guests:

Jessica Taylor, lead digital political reporter for NPR based in DC; her latest piece looks at Issa’s decision to not seek re-election and other GOP retirements; she tweets @JessicaTaylor

Norberto Santana, publisher of "Voice of OC," a nonprofit newsroom that focuses on civics and government in Orange County since 2009; he tweets @NorbertoSantana

Sean T. Walsh, Republican political analyst and partner at Wilson Walsh Consulting in San Francisco; he is a former adviser to California Governors Pete Wilson and Arnold Schwarzenegger and a former White House staffer for Presidents Reagan and H.W. Bush

Chris Megerian, reporter for the Los Angeles Times currently based in DC, where he writes about special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russian investigation; his latest piece looks at Feinstein’s release of the GPS Fusion dossier; he tweets @ChrisMegerian