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Photo: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump let loose at Washington's annual Gridiron Club dinner, a white-tie event that invites journalists to put on musical performances and politicians are encouraged to "singe, don't burn" (the Gridiron's motto).

Trump joked about Vice President Mike Pence, his love of Fox & Friends, Jeff Sessions‘ refusal to recusal and the fact that he’d “kick [Joe Biden’s] ass.”

More from President Trump:

  • “I won’t rule out talks with Kim Jong-un,” Trump said. “As far as risks with talking with a mad man — that’s his concern; not mine.“
  • After a tumultuous week at the White House, Trump joked: “I like chaos. It really is good.”
  • “I offered [Jeff Sessions] a ride over and he recused himself”
  • “I’m very excited to receive the invitation to come here and ruin your evening.”
  • President Trump called Nancy Pelosi “crazy“ but said she’s “a fine woman.”
The Gridiron president David Lightman, who also works as a journalist with McClatchy, gave the first speech poking fun at Trump‘s “soft spot for Fox & Friends” and how he “had to eat dinner at a hotel he doesn’t own.”

Trump joined the ranks of every president since Grover Cleveland by attending tonight's Gridiron.

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Air quality alerts issued as California fires threaten more sequoias

The Windy Fire blazes through the Long Meadow Grove of giant sequoia trees near the Trail of 100 Giants in Sequoia National Forest, near California Hot Springs, on Tuesday. Photo: David McNew/Getty Images

Two wildfires were threatening California's sequoia trees over overnight, hours after authorities issued fresh evacuation orders and warnings, along with air quality alerts on Wednesday.

The big picture: Officials in the Bay Area and the San Joaquin Valley issued air quality alerts as smoke from the Windy and KNP Complex fires resulted in hazy, "ash-filled" skies from Fresno to Tulare, the Los Angeles Times notes.

Asymptomatic Florida students exposed to COVID no longer have to quarantine

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis during a September news conference in Viera, Fla. Photo: Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) announced Wednesday an emergency order allowing parents to decide whether their children should quarantine or stay in school if they're exposed to COVID-19, provided they're asymptomatic.

Why it matters: People infected with COVID-19 can spread the coronavirus starting from two days before they display symptoms, according to the CDC. Quarantine helps prevent the virus' spread.

Federal judge: Florida ban on sanctuary cities racially motivated

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

A federal judge on Tuesday struck down parts of a Florida law aimed at banning local governments from establishing sanctuary city policies, arguing in part that the law is racially motivated and that it has the support of hate groups.

Why it matters: In a 110-page ruling issued Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom said the law — signed and championed by Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) — violates the Constitution's Equal Protection Clause because it was adopted with discriminatory motives.