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Last night, all cable networks were focused on one story: The Washington Post's bombshell report that Trump spilled sensitive secrets to the Russians last week. However, Fox News stood out from the crowd by taking a more defensive approach with its coverage:

Last night's cable news banners read:

  • CNN: "WashPost: Trump shared highly classified info with Russians"
  • MSNBC: "WAPO: Trump revealed highly classified info to Russians"
  • Fox: "Leftists protest gay conservative journalist."

Fox News' Jesse Watters on "The Five": "The story is the leak... if you're a disloyal person, you sing to the Washington Post. If you're a loyal person, you take it to your superior."

Sean Hannity at the top of his show: "I have a message for those of you who work in... the White House: Enough with the self-serving leaks!"

  • Turned the story on the media: "We see liberal so-called journalists trying to make a name for themselves with their big gotcha questions and other combative attention-seeking behavior."
  • Hannity said Spicer's daily briefings must be regulated and restructured so that they "serve the American people and not themselves." CNN reporter Oliver Darcy tweeted: "Hannity says White House should limit questions at briefings to topics admin selects ahead of time, require reporters to presubmit questions."
  • This led to a Twitter feud between Hannity and Darcy. Hannity: "Oliver if you are going to quote me get it right and in context. Top 15-20 stories a day. Written to avoid ambiguity. End "Gotcha" ... Take other questions and respond, in writing, with complete accurate answers. Take questions from American citizens as well. Also.... Understand that many in the media colluded with HRC, many have reported "fake news". Accuracy ahead of speed vs a destroy Trump media."
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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"

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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.