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Space Force hat. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A commander in the Space Force was removed from his post on Friday following comments he made while promoting his self-published book, which argues that Marxist ideologies are becoming common in the military, reports Military.com.

The big picture: During an appearance on The Steve Gruber prodcast this month, Lt Col. Matthew Lohmeier said that since becoming a commander he has witnessed "fundamentally incompatible and competing narratives of what America was, is and should be," proliferate through the U.S. military, according to CNN.

  • "I had recognized those narratives as being Marxist in nature," he added.
  • When pressed for an example, he mentioned the The New York Times' 1619 project —which has drawn Republican ire — and said it was "un-American," per CNN.

Then, during an appearance on the "Information Operation" podcast last week, Lohmeier decried what he perceived as the infiltration of leftist ideologies through American society, including in the media, universities, and the military, per Military.com.

  • He added that diversity and inclusion trainings are divisive.

What they're saying: "This decision was based on public comments made by Lt. Col. Lohmeier in a recent podcast," a Space Force spokesperson told Military.com, adding that an investigation has been opened on "whether these comments constituted prohibited partisan political activity."

  • A Defense Department official told CNN that the decision was taken due to a "loss of trust and confidence in his ability to lead."
  • Lohmeier told Military.com he had consulted with his superiors and sought legal clearance before releasing the book.

"I was apprised of the option to have my book reviewed at the Pentagon's prepublication and security review prior to release, but was also informed that it was not required," Lohmeier said.

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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.