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Alex Brandon / AP

Trump's Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity asked all 50 states and D.C. this week to hand over all publicly available data from state voter rolls and sensitive information about voters, including felony conviction info, military status, and voter history from 2006 onward. The deadline for sending info is in two weeks.

Why it matters: The commission is getting pushback — Virginia, Kentucky, California, and other states have already said they won't comply since they're concerned the administration is launching a "voter suppression" commission, not an election integrity commission. The DOJ also asked this week that 44 states send over information on the maintenance of voter rolls, ProPublica reports, raising the level of alarm.

  • Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe writes, "[a]t best this commission was set up as a pretext to validate Donald Trump's alternative election facts, and at worst is a tool to commit large-scale voter suppression."
  • Kentucky Secretary of State Alison L. Grimes writes it's "at best a waste of taxpayer money and at worst an attempt to legitimize voter suppression efforts."
  • California Secretary of State Alex Padilla writes that "the ultimate goal of the commission is to enact policies that will result in the disenfranchisement of American citizens." Padilla claims the commission is also a "distraction from the real threats…Russian interference in our elections…"

The Hill reports 24 states total are pushing back, including Virginia, Kentucky, and California, as well as Indiana, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Colorado, Minnesota, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Nevada, New Mexico, Tennessee, New York. Alabama wasn't sure it would comply but said it wanted to be "helpful." Missouri said the request seemed "fair," and Kansas, whose secretary of state is vice chair of the commission, will be providing the info.

The goal: VP Mike Pence said the commission's aim is to bring back U.S. election integrity and "to protect and preserve the principle of one person, one vote," per The San Diego Union Tribune.

What the commission wants: The first, middle, and last names of registrants, their addresses, dates of birth, political party, the last four digits of their social security numbers, active/inactive status, cancelled status, information on voter registration in another state.

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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.