Biden visiting storm-ravaged California as questions over classified documents swirl: live political updates

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President Joe Biden heads to California on Thursday to see the damage firsthand after storms battered the state.

Mayors from across the country, meanwhile, have gathered in the nation’s capital to compare notes and listen to experts on everything from wastewater management to dealing with the opioid/fentanyl epidemic.

And GOP Representative George Santos, who lied about many of his qualifications, remains in office despite pressure to resign.

This is what is currently happening in the political world:

  • Joe Biden tours storm-ravaged California

  • The White House faces another day of questions over classified documents

  • Abortion protesters descend on Washington, DC

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George Santos ‘just kidding’, McCarthy should tell him to resign: Republican governor

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy should call on New York Representative George Santos to resign, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu told USA TODAY.

“Yes. Absolutely,” Sununu said in an interview on Wednesday. “I can’t wait to see what’s on his resume next week. I mean, the guy is just a joke right now.

He said Santos, who admitted fabricating parts of his resume but refuses to step down, cannot be an effective congressman. “How are you going to be effective on committees,” Sununu said. “There is no trust with that person.”

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Colleagues say stop: Six New York GOP congressmen say embattled Representative George Santos should resign over lies

He said Republicans need to put the scandal behind them, but at this point he added, “I don’t know what they can do about it.”

Republicans hold a majority in the House by just a four-seat margin, and the prospect of cutting that far is probably not something McCarthy will embrace. “He could demand that he resign, but I don’t know what he will accomplish by doing so,” Sununu said. “But I would, yes.”

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Questions remain about documents classified by Biden

More than a week after announcing the initial discovery of classified material, the White House has still not answered key questions about classified documents found in President Joe Biden’s home and former personal office.

  • Why didn’t the White House immediately disclose the existence of the documents when they were found?

  • Have all documents been found?

  • How many documents have been discovered?

  • What’s in the documents?

  • Why were the documents brought to Biden’s personal office and residence?

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Revelations about his custody of the documents have turned into a crisis in the White House, dampening the president’s post-midterm momentum and giving Republicans new lines of attack.

Complicating matters further was the inability – or unwillingness – of the White House to provide more answers. Government officials have said they do not want to interfere with the Justice Department’s investigation into what happened.

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Read the whole story here: 5 key questions we still don’t know about Biden’s documents

Biden to assess flooding and storm damage in California

President Joe Biden will take a firsthand look at the damage caused by storms, floods and landslides in California on Thursday.

Biden will visit Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties, which were among the hardest hit areas. Most counties had at least some damage from the staggering amount of rain and snow California received in recent weeks.

Joined by FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell, Biden will meet with California Governor Gavin Newsom and other elected officials.

“He has been in close contact with the governor as well as local officials on the ground,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Wednesday.

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Abortion opponents prepare for march

Anti-abortion advocates descend on Washington, D.C., for their annual march on Friday, even as they achieved a long-held goal last year: a Supreme Court ruling that upheld Roe v. Wade.

Organizers of the “March for Life” say they now have political goals rather than legal ones, and while protesters have flocked to the Supreme Court building in recent years, this year’s finish line is closer to the Capitol, where Congress sits for. They want to build support for anti-abortion legislation in Congress and state legislatures across the country.

There is “a whole new pro-life movement” in the wake of Roe’s overthrow, said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America. “This is week one.”

Abortion rights advocates are also heading to the nation’s capital this weekend to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the now-overturned Roe v. Wade ruling.

David Jackson

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Biden heads to California to review storm damage; live political updates