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DCCC chairman Rep. Ben Ray Lujan leads House and Senate Democrats. Photo: Tom Williams / CQ Roll Call

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) is targeting 101 House Republicans' seats in the 2018 midterms, NBC reports. That's the widest battleground in at least a decade.

Why it matters: This shows how Democrats are trying to ride the wave they've seen since Trump's election, in which they've taken 35 state legislature seats from Republicans.

They only need to win 24 seats to take back the House, which isn't guaranteed, so the DCCC hopes expanding into 101 districts — and focusing on everything from the diversity of their candidates to their messaging — will help Democrats' chances.

What they're saying:

  • NRCC National Press Secretary Jesse Hunt: "You can’t put a seat in play based on hopes and dreams. The DCCC has an uncanny ability to overpromise and under-deliver and this is more of the same."
  • DCCC noticed that the NRCC's recent survey pointed out that Republicans are "trailing by only four points" on the generic Congressional ballot, which they viewed as noting Democrats' +4 advantage.

The latest: The most recent additions to the list of targets include districts in the Republican strongholds of South Carolina, Texas and Wisconsin. Cook Political's latest analysis says 21 districts that were up in the air are now leaning left.

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"Atmospheric river" to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood

A map depicting 24-hour preciptation forecast (inches) ending Monday at 5a.m. local time. Photo: NOAA

A series of powerful "atmospheric river" storms are set dump historic amounts of rainfall across parts of drought-stricken California and the Pacific Northwest from this weekend, forecasters warn.

Why it matters: A strong atmospheric river, packing large amounts of moisture, is predicted to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood.

10,000 trees near giant sequoia groves to be removed after fires

A firefighter looks up at a giant sequoia tree after fire burned through the Sequoia National Forest near California Hot Springs, California, on Sept. 23. Photo: Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images

"Upwards of" 10,000 trees near giant sequoia groves have been "weakened by drought, disease, age, and/or fire" and must be removed in the wake of California's wildfires, the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks announced.

Why it matters: The damage to these trees, considered "national treasures," and work to remove them means a nearby key highway must remain closed to visitors as they have "the potential to strike people, cars, other structures, or create barriers to emergency response services," per a statement from the national parks.

Obama stumps for McAuliffe, urges Virginians not "to go back to the chaos"

Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Former President Barack Obama framed a Nov. 2 gubernatorial race as a bellwether for the Democratic Party and the country, telling a crowd at a campaign event for Terry McAuliffe on Saturday that "I believe you, right here in Virginia, are going to show the rest of the country and the world that we're not going to indulge in our worst instincts."

Why it matters: With just over a week to go before Election Day in the Commonwealth, McAuliffe is bringing out the big guns. The 44th president appeared on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University to urge supporters to get to the polls.