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Young Kim Launches First TV Ad in California’s 39th District
Kim is the first Republican in the crowded race to go on the airwaves

Former California Republican Assemblywoman Young Kim is running for the open 39th District seat. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call file photo).

Congressional hopeful Young Kim is the first Republican to go on the airwaves in the crowded race for California’s 39th District, launching a television ad Thursday. 

The spot, shared first with Roll Call, highlights the former assemblywoman’s ties to the man she is hoping to replace — retiring GOP Rep. Ed Royce. Kim worked for the congressman for two decades 

Watch: Corker Says Blackburn Likely Six Points Behind Democrat in Tennessee Senate Race
 

Retiring Tennessee GOP Sen. Bob Corker commented on the race to replace him, which is widely expected to be between Democratic former Gov. Phil Bredesen and GOP Rep. Marsha Blackburn. Corker described Bredesen as a “friend” and said he would not campaign against him at a Christian Science Monitor event in Washington on Wednesday.

McConnell Pays Tribute to Barbara Bush
 

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell paid tribute to former first lady Barbara Bush — who died Tuesday at 92 —on the Senate floor Wednesday morning.

Jerry Brown Deflects Conflict With Feds Under Trump
California governor puts onus on Congress to address immigration

California Gov. Jerry Brown used an appearance at the National Press Club to address some of his state's outstanding issues with the federal government. (Thomas McKinless/CQ Roll Call)

California Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday he expects to reach a deal with the White House to deploy up to 400 National Guard troops on his state's border with Mexico, even as President Donald Trump hurled criticisms at the Democrat on Twitter.

Brown, who has frequently clashed with Trump on immigration issues, made the comments amid ongoing negotiations over terms of the deployment that Trump requested earlier this month to help address a recent increase in illegal border traffic. Brown is insisting that California troops do not take part in immigration enforcement operations.

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