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Tal Kopan

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Recent articles by Tal:

Kamala Harris barnstorms Iowa in effort to build 2020 momentum

Kamala Harris’ campaign is hoping that building up in Iowa will provide a lasting spark for the California Democrat. She’s crossing the state in a five-day tour that’s a departure for any candidate who comes from a large state where retail politics aren’t emphasized. → Read More

Sen. Kamala Harris airing first TV ad of 2020 campaign in Iowa

California Sen. Kamala Harris is launching the first TV ad of her 2020 presidential campaign for the Democratic nomination, starting in the crucial first caucus state of Iowa. → Read More

Democrats facing bruising internal fight for the White House

Progressives and moderators will brawl until the convention over the best way to deliver health care. Former Vice President Joe Biden tops the polls, but he’s going to have to defend decisions made over five decades in politics — including some that have not aged well. And the most diverse field of candidates in presidential history will ensure that issues long ignored will be discussed. → Read More

Look for aggressive Democratic debates. It’s some candidates’ last chance

The first 10 candidates tangle Tuesday, when Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Bernie Sanders will be the headliners competing to be the leading voice for progressive positions. Wednesday’s lineup features former Vice President Joe Biden, who leads in most polls, and California Sen. Kamala Harris, who dominated their matchup in the first debate. → Read More

Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting: Spotlight on congressional inaction on guns

The mass shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival put a fresh spotlight on the inability of Congress to pass gun violence prevention legislation, as Democrats urged the Republican-controlled Senate to take up measures the House approved to expand background checks for firearms buyers. → Read More

Kamala Harris unveils Medicare for All plan ahead of Democratic debate

Sen. Kamala Harris unveiled her version of a Medicare for All health care plan Monday, seeking to gain high ground going into the next presidential debate on an issue that has at times tripped up her campaign. She would make the phase-in period significantly longer than proposed by Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose congressional legislation is the flagship proposal for Medicare for All, and suggests… → Read More

Ninth Circuit ruling could wipe out hundreds of family separations convictions

A ruling by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals could bolster critics’ argument that the Trump administration is misusing the law to criminalize well-intentioned asylum seekers. It also adds further questions to the administration’s widely criticized prosecutions of criminal cases that resulted in thousands of family separations last year. → Read More

Will Robert Mueller offer fireworks? Bay Area lawmakers will play a key role in the questioning.

Democrats hope that when he testifies Wednesday, former Special Counsel Robert Mueller will offer politically valuable on-camera recitations of the Trump campaign’s interactions with Russians in 2016 and instances of President Trump’s possible obstruction of justice. → Read More

ICE arrests of immigrant families lagged behind hype

For the first week of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s arrest surge targeting recently arrived migrant families, 35 people were picked up, ICE said . Of those, 18 w ere people arrested as part of family units and 17 were individuals who were picked up because ICE came across them during the operations. ICE had targeted more than 2,000 families nationwide for arrest. → Read More

New rules will give AG William Barr more say over immigration courts

Attorney General William Barr has moved forward with a regulation changing the way immigration courts handle appeals, expanding the ability of that court to issue decisions that bind the way all immigration judges must decide cases. → Read More

Kamala Harris' debate challenge: prepared but not over-rehearsed

The second night of the Democratic presidential debates will feature California’s contenders, Sen. Kamala Harris and Rep. Eric Swalwell. Both have spent the week on location in Miami preparing for the debate, and both are approaching the night as a chance to introduce themselves to millions of voters. → Read More

First presidential debate spots at stake: Eric Swalwell on the bubble?

The Democratic National Committee has capped the first debate at 20 candidates, setting a polling and donor threshold to make the stage. Twenty hopefuls have already qualified, including California Sen. Kamala Harris and Dublin Rep. Eric Swalwell. But Swalwell’s spot may not be assured. → Read More

Immigrant children in US custody soaring back toward record levels

The number of undocumented immigrant children in U.S. custody has increased to more than 13,000 and is approaching the all-time high set last year. The shelter network that the government runs to keep children in custody is nearing maximum capacity. → Read More

Trump's new attorney general launches fresh changes to immigration courts

Attorney General William Barr is making his first major moves on immigration policy since his confirmation, setting up big changes for the courts that decide whether immigrants will stay in the U.S. or be deported. They would make it easier for a handful of appellate immigration judges to declare their rulings binding on the entire immigration system. The changes could also expand the use of… → Read More

Eric Swalwell jumps into 2020 Democratic presidential race

East Bay Rep. Eric Swalwell announces his candidacy for president, betting that pitching himself as an agent of generational change who understands the challenges working families face will set him apart in a crowded Democratic field. → Read More

Kamala Harris unveils teacher pay-hike proposal in first major policy push

The California senator and Democratic presidential candidate would tap federal tax money to help raise teachers’ salaries to levels earned by similarly educated people in other professions. In California, that would amount to around a $10,300-a-year increase. → Read More

Mueller is done. Now comes the tough part for congressional Democrats

With Robert Mueller having finished his report, congressional Democrats have decisions to make about to get their hands on the entire document. If the attorney general doesn’t cooperate, that could mean a court fight. → Read More

San Jose's veteran Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren fills key House role as 'mayor of Capitol Hill'

Longtime San Jose Rep. Zoe Lofgren is settling into the role nicknamed “mayor of Capitol Hill,” chairing the often under-the-radar House Administration Committee. She also chairs the California Democratic delegation and an immigration subcommittee. → Read More

Kamala Harris' call-them-out Twitter strategy

Traditionally, political public relations teams avoid commenting on conspiracies, misinformation or base insinuations about their clients, believing that calling attention to them dignifies and thus elevates them. But Harris’ communications team been doing the opposite — immediately calling out material it sees as baseless. → Read More

Trump administration begins effort to strip work permits for immigrant spouses

Rolling back work permits for the spouses of H-1B visa holders could have sweeping consequences for the Bay Area, where tech companies heavily rely on high-skilled immigrants. Many of those workers come to the U.S. with spouses and children, and the loss of the work permits could jeopardize many families’ ability to stay in the country. → Read More