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California attorney general pick pledges affront to Trump

The longtime Democratic congressman slated to become California's next attorney general immediately took a combative stance against Republican President-elect Donald Trump's incoming administration after being named to the post Thursday, promising to defend the state's liberal stances on recreational marijuana, climate change, health care, immigration and criminal justice.

"If you want to take on a forward-leaning state that is prepared to defend its rights and interests, then come at us," U.S. Rep. Xavier Becerra said hours after he was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

Becerra, 58, said he was "stunned" to be selected by the Democratic governor to...