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From left: Collins, Corker, McCain. Photos; AP

Republicans have a narrow majority in the Senate, with only two votes to lose, and President Trump has thus far been unable to thread the needle and get major legislation passed. At least three Republican senators seem unmoved by presidential pressure, putting Republican priorities issues like health care and tax cuts further into doubt.

Sen. Bob Corker
  • Key issue: The deficit
  • Where things stand: Corker, who has had a sudden burst of candor since announcing his intention to retire after this term, recently had this to say on the GOP tax plan: "Unless it reduces deficits — let me say that one more time — unless it reduces deficits and does not add to deficits ... I don't have any interest in it." Corker is also the latest senator to incur Trump's Twitter wrath — after Trump said he lacks "guts," Corker said the White House has become "an adult day care center."
Sen. John McCain
  • Key issue: "Regular order"
  • Where things stand: After a brain cancer diagnosis, McCain returned to the Senate floor and implored his colleagues to get back to "regular order," lambasting the closed-door drafting of the "skinny repeal" plan. He then voted no, and killed the repeal effort. The senator was a "no" on the second GOP attempt as well, again calling for "regular order." Trump went after him on Twitter, but McCain brushed it off .
Sen. Susan Collins
  • Key issue: Bipartisanship
  • Where things stand: Collins was among the first to come out against both GOP attempts to pass health care legislation. She called for a bipartisan effort to fix the Affordable Care Act rather than outright repeal. Trump tweeted that Collins, along with her colleagues McCain and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, "let the American people down" after health care failed in the senate over the summer. Collins is a blue state senator, and is considering a run for governor, so she has less incentive than most of her colleagues to get in line behind Trump.

Worth noting: Murkowski opposed Trump on health care, and Sen. Rand Paul helped kill the second attempt at ACA repeal, but Murkowski has been far less vocal in her opposition and Trump has a better relationship with Paul. Ahead of the most recent health care vote, he tweeted, "I know Rand Paul and I think he may find a way to get there for the good of the Party!"

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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"

Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

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.