Windsor, California, being enveloped in smoke from the nearby burning Kincade Fire on Oct. 27. Photo: Philip Pacheco/AFP via Getty ImagesCa

Big fires and power outages are wreaking havoc in California and spreading into the 2020 elections, too.

The intrigue: The fires, PG&E's controversial shut-offs, and criticism of the power giant have spilled into the presidential race.

  • "It is time to begin thinking about public ownership of major utilities," Bernie Sanders tweeted yesterday.
  • He also noted, "Climate change is real, and when I am president, we are going to treat this like the existential crisis it is."
  • Sanders' climate plan calls for expanding the system of federal Power Marketing Administrations and focusing them on renewables and storage.

Meanwhile, Elizabeth Warren tweeted that California's wildfires "will only grow more dangerous and destructive until we act to stop the climate crisis."

Go deeper: In photos: California wildfires spread by hurricane force winds

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Kudlow says he regrets claiming Trump couldn't use executive order for unemployment

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday that he regrets suggesting this week that unemployment benefits can only be extended by Congress.

Why it matters: President Trump's decision to bypass Congress to sign four executive actions, including one that provides $400 per week in extra unemployment benefits, has prompted outcry from Democrats and even some Republicans who believe he is overstepping his constitutional authority.

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Lebanon information minister resigns days after deadly explosion

Anti-government protesters in Beirut. Photo: STR/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Lebanon’s information minister resigned on Sunday in the wake of mass protests over the deadly blast in Beirut's port last week, which has killed at least 160 people and injured nearly 6,000, AP reports.

Why it matters: In her resignation letter, Manal Abdel-Samad called change "elusive" and apologized for not delivering more to the country, which had been devastated by a financial crisis and the coronavirus pandemic even before the blast destroyed much of the capital city.

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Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 7 a.m. ET: 19,655,445 — Total deaths: 727,353 — Total recoveries — 11,950,845Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 7 a.m. ET: 4,998,802 — Total deaths: 162,425 — Total recoveries: 1,643,118 — Total tests: 61,080,587Map.
  3. Politics: Trump signs 4 executive actions on coronavirus aid — Democrats, and some Republicans, criticize the move.
  4. Public health: Fauci says chances are "not great" that COVID-19 vaccine will be 98% effective — 1 in 3 Americans would decline COVID-19 vaccine.
  5. Science: Indoor air is the next coronavirus frontline.
  6. Schools: How back-to-school is playing out in the South as coronavirus rages on — Princeton, Johns Hopkins, Howard to hold fall classes online.