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Illustration: Sarah Grillo / Axios

The Trump administration is going to war with California. And it’s just getting started.

Why it matters: The bluest state in the U.S. has managed to wield the power of the courts to impede the President’s agenda on immigration, the environment and more. And the White House and Jeff Sessions are fighting back. 

The latest: This week, California Governor Jerry Brown agreed to accept the Department of Defense's funds to send additional National Guard troops to fight "transnational crime," although he was careful to clarify they would not necessarily be sent to the border — as President Trump has called for.

Lawsuits
  • California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has filed 31 lawsuits against the Trump Administration, with 15 legal victories, according to Becerra's office. About half of the lawsuits are over environmental issues, but suits also address issues ranging from immigration, birth control, the transgender military ban and student rights.
“We’re not looking to pick a fight but when the White House threatens our values, we’re ready!”
California AG Becerra
Injunctions

Other injunctions have blocked the Trump administration's actions on birth control access, the transgender military ban and environmental protections.

Oakland

The heat was turned up between California and the Trump administration after Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf issued a warning to citizens of an impending ICE raid in the area, infuriating Sessions.

In a speech announcing DOJ's first lawsuit against California, Sessions personally attacked Schaaf, saying:

How dare you needlessly endanger the lives of law enforcement just to promote your radical open borders agenda

On Friday, DOJ sent a letter to Schaaf asking for information about Oakland’s sanctuary policies which could be in violation of federal law. DOJ “will not tolerate this intentional effort to undermine public safety and the rule of law.”

Marijuana

Three days after marijuana became legal in California, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded the "Cole memo," which allowed states to legalize or decriminalize marijuana without federal interference despite federal law banning the use of marijuana.

Go deeper

Trump set to appear at Pennsylvania GOP hearing on voter fraud claims

President Trumpat the White House on Tuesday. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

President Trump is due to join his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Wednesday at a Republican-led state Senate Majority Policy Committee hearing to discuss alleged election irregularities.

Why it matters: This would be his first trip outside of the DMV since Election Day and comes shortly after GSA ascertained the results, formally signing off on a transition to President-elect Biden.

Scoop: Trump tells confidants he plans to pardon Michael Flynn

Photo: Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images

President Trump has told confidants he plans to pardon his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to the FBI about his Russian contacts, two sources with direct knowledge of the discussions tell Axios.

Behind the scenes: Sources with direct knowledge of the discussions said Flynn will be part of a series of pardons that Trump issues between now and when he leaves office.

Erica Pandey, author of @Work
10 hours ago - World

Remote work shakes up geopolitics

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

The global adoption of remote work may leave the rising powers in the East behind.

The big picture: Despite India's and China's economic might, these countries have far fewer remote jobs than the U.S. or Europe. That's affecting the emerging economies' resilience amid the pandemic.