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State of Affairs: CA Lawmakers react to DACA decision, Trump, Pelosi strike a deal

by Austin Cross and A Martínez | Take Two®

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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 06: U.S. President Donald Trump (3rd L) and Vice President Mike Pence (2nd L) meet with (L-R) Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in the Oval Office of the White House September 6, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Trump met with Congressional leaders to discuss bi-partisan issues. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Alex Wong/Getty Images

An earthquake, wildfires and yet another hurricane: they dominated the news. But there was also politics.   

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions set off a political shockwave in California after announcing a wind-down to DACA Tuesday. State lawmakers scrambled to protect Dreamers. 


It was a change expected by many. But then came one that few expected to hear: President Trump struck a debt ceiling deal with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer.


This rare Kumbaya moment was soon followed by this tweet by the president, said to have been requested by Rep. Pelosi:


"First of all, Nancy gets — at least she got for 24 hours — a new BFF, Donald Trump," says Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, professor of public policy at USC. She also tells Take Two's A Martinez that the move could have some future benefits.

"She — and by extension, the Congressional Democrats — got credit with a crucial constituency, the Latinos, for pushing back on Trump and making him clarify his moves on DACA. For the first time during the Trump Presidency, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer have some significance, some real leverage in Washington," Jeffe says.

Press the blue play button above to hear more from Sherry Bebitch Jeffe as well as Politico's Carla Marinucci. 

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