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Record-shattering heat in California is sparking fires across the southern part of the state, the L.A. Times reports, causing hundreds to evacuate.

The latest: Per the Times, the holiday fire has destroyed 10-20 homes and has put upwards of 100 others at risk along the Santa Barbara County coast. The fire was still being fought on Saturday.

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Multiple cities broke heat records on Friday, the Times reports. Los Angeles hit 108 degrees, and Ramona, in San Diego County, and Woodland Hills reached 115 degrees.

Meteorologist Eric Holthaus tweeted on Friday that hundreds of homes had no power — or air conditioning to fight the heat: "It's 111 degrees. All-time record heat is straining the electrical grid."

  • At least one person has been killed, the Associated Press reported.
  • Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in San Diego County, per the AP.

Flashback: Wildfires tore through California last year, destroying thousands of homes and structures and forcing thousands to evacuate.

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What he’s saying: "I think that's the one thing we really got to be careful of. We don't want in the beginning ... most of the people who are getting it are otherwise, well, middle-class white people."

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Several Republican and Democratic lawmakers are emerging as troublemakers within their parties and political thorns for their leadership.

Why it matters: We're calling this group "The Mischief Makers" — members who threaten to upend party unity — the theme eclipsing Washington at the moment — and potentially jeopardize the Democrats' or Republicans' position heading into the 2022 midterms.

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President Obama's former speechwriter says he's "preemptively frustrated" with President Biden's effort to find unity with Republicans.

What they're saying: Cody Keenan told Axios that Biden's messaging team has "struck all the right chords," but at some point "they're gonna have to answer questions like, 'Why didn't you achieve unity?' when there's an entire political party that's already acting to stop it."