Walker’s opposition could influence Murkowski, whose vote is critical. Photo: AP file

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker formally opposes the Senate's latest repeal-and-replace bill — the fate of which may hinge on Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski. He signed on to a letter today from a bipartisan group of governors, urging Senate leaders not to take up Sen. Lindsey Graham’s bill and instead support "bipartisan efforts to make health care more available and affordable for all Americans."

Why it matters: Winning over Murkowski was already a tough but critically important task for GOP leaders, and Walker's opposition gives her even more cover to oppose the latest bill. If she ultimately opposes it, leadership will need to wrangle two "yes" votes from some combination of Sens. Susan Collins, John McCain and Rand Paul.

More: Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval also signed the letter. When the repeal-and-replace saga started, Sandoval and Sen. Dean Heller teamed up to oppose an early GOP repeal bill because of its Medicaid cuts. We've come a long way: Sandoval is now publicly opposing a bill Heller has cosponsored, which makes far deeper Medicaid cuts than the ones Heller once opposed.

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In photos: Thousands evacuated as Southern California fire grows

A plane makes a retardant drop on a ridge at the Apple Fire north of Banning in Riverside County, which "doubled in size" Saturday, per KTLA. Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

A massive wildfire that prompted mandatory evacuations in Southern California over the weekend burned 26,450 acres and was 5% contained by Monday afternoon, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said.

The big picture: As California remains an epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S., some 15 separate fires are raging across the state. About 7,800 people were under evacuation orders from the Apple Fire, about 75 miles east of Los Angeles, as hundreds of firefighters battled the blaze. CalFire said Monday that a malfunction involving a "diesel-fueled vehicle emitting burning carbon from the exhaust system" started the Apple Fire.

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Twitter faces FTC fine of up to $250 million over alleged privacy violations

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The Federal Trade Commission has accused Twitter of using phone numbers and emails from its users to make targeted ads between 2013 and 2019, Twitter said in an SEC filing published Monday.

Why it matters: Twitter estimates that the FTC's draft complaint, which was sent a few days after its Q2 earnings report, could cost the company between $150 million and $250 million. The complaint is unrelated to the recent Twitter hack involving a bitcoin scam.