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California secretary of state Alex Padilla to fill Kamala Harris’s Senate seat

Padilla will be state’s first Latino senator after appointment by governor and ally Gavin Newsom

California’s secretary of state, Alex Padilla, has been appointed to fill Kamala Harris’s seat in the US senate.

Gavin Newsom, the governor, announced the appointment for the seat on Tuesday. The child of Mexican immigrants, Padilla will be California’s first Latino senator, giving a new level of representation to the demographic group that makes up nearly 40% of the state’s population.

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Trump loyalists aim to block Biden’s goal to rejoin Iran and Paris agreements

Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham urge Trump to submit Iran nuclear deal and Paris climate agreement to Senate to undercut future attempts to revive them

Two prominent Trump loyalists in the US Senate, Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham, are reportedly pressing the president to submit the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris climate agreement to the chamber for ratification, in a last-minute attempt to scupper Democratic plans to take America back into the accords.

Related: Senior Republican says party’s final election challenge will ‘go down like a shot dog’

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