A National Guardsman walks alone and among the clouds Nov. 17 during a land navigation course during the California Army National Guard's 2015 Best Warrior Competition Nov. 16-20 at Camp San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo, Calif. (U.S. Army National Guard/Staff Sgt. Eddie Siguenza)

Gov. Gavin Newsom is withdrawing hundreds of California National Guard troops from the border in a rebuke to President Donald Trump.

The Democratic governor plans to sign an executive order Monday ending a special border deployment that Trump requested and Newsom's predecessor, Gov. Jerry Brown, approved in April.

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Tom note: Here is the first entry in our  10 Long March posts for 2018, the 10th most-read item of the year, which originally ran on October 31, 2o18. These posts are selected based on what's called 'total engaged minutes' (the total number of time spent reading and commenting on an article) rather than page views, which the T&P; editors see as a better reflection of Long March reader interest and community. Thanks to all of you for reading, and for commenting--which is an important part of this column. 

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A top Democrat in Congress has vowed that lawmakers will block any attempt by the Trump administration to use U.S. service members to build a wall along the southwestern border with Mexico.

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THE PENTAGON — Any U.S. troops who assist civil authorities who come under attack by migrants will not be armed, Defense Secretary James Mattis clarified on Wednesday.

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President Donald Trump called the active-duty troops deployed to the southwest border “proud” to be doing their jobs, and he said not to worry about them missing Thanksgiving.

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It seems like only yesterday that 5,800 active-duty service members were racing to the Southwest border to stop a migrant caravan from entering the United States, but it was actually about three weeks ago, right before the midterm elections.

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