1 big thing: The fires consuming California
"More than a dozen wildfires whipped by powerful winds swept through California wine country Monday," per the AP's Juliet Williams, John Antczak and Martha Bellisle.
"[A]t least 1,500 homes and businesses [were destroyed]... sending an estimated 20,000 people on a headlong flight to safety...""The state's fire chief... said the fires were burning throughout an eight-county swath of Northern California, including Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties.""Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in Napa, Sonoma and Yuba counties.""Smoke was thick in San Francisco, 60 miles (96 kilometers) south of the Sonoma County fire.""It was an inferno like you've never seen before," Marian Williams told the AP. "Trees were on fire like torches."Go deeper: Photos, tweets and videos on the Axios stream.
2. What you missed
- Don't forget Puerto Rico: 85% of the island still lacks power, and 40% lacks potable water. The numbers.
- More tech companies on the Hill: Google will join Facebook and Twitter in testifying before the House and Senate intelligence committees at hearings on Russian election interference. The report.
- EPA axes Obama-era climate rule, as expected. What happens next.
- Weinstein vs. O'Reilly: Checking in on how late-night coverage of the Harvey Weinstein story compares to their treatment of Bill O'Reilly. Details.
- Big item to watch: The biggest threat to the Trump presidency, the markets and our ability to deal with future crises is the coming staff exodus. Quick read.
1 Trump thing
First Lady Melania Trump issued a rare public rebuke today to Trump's first wife, Ivana, who called herself the First Lady in an interview with ABC. Quotes.