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Nancy Pelosi. Photo: Alex Edelman/AFP/Getty Images

After nearly three years of holding back her members, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been increasingly vocal about the direction of the impeachment process — even if she's not yet a firm yes that it's going to happen.

What she's saying: "We have not made any decision to impeach," Pelosi told columnists earlier this week, according to Ron Brownstein in The Atlantic.

But she said they have evidence: "I do think we have enough. ... We've had enough for a very long time ... but as long as there is corroboration, we might as well get some more."

Why it matters: Pelosi resisted years of calls for impeachment, starting as far back as early 2017. She also resisted calls to impeach George W. Bush back in the final years of his presidency.

This time feels different. "How much drama can the American people handle? ... Where does the law of diminishing returns set in? Where is the value added not worth the time?"

The big picture: While House Democrats have been eager to wrap up before the new year, the WashPost notes, "the surprising number of witnesses agreeing to testify behind closed doors in the Capitol over the past few weeks has extended the timeline."

  • That is of special concern for Senate presidential candidates, who would risk being stuck in D.C. for the trial as the primaries kick off next year.

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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"

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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.

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Axios AM Deep Dive: America’s murder surge

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Homicides rose at the fastest rate in at least six decades last year. This Axios AM Deep Dive, led by Future correspondent Bryan Walsh, looks at the state of gun crime.