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John Minchillo / AP

  • President Trump kicked off his infrastructure speech in Cincinnati, Ohio Wednesday with a reminder that the state helped him win big in the November election. The crowd erupted in applause, and Trump fed off the energy like he would at a campaign rally, taking the opportunity to boast about his accomplishments since taking office.

Split screen: This speech was a welcome break from Washington for Trump. In Ohio, Trump was able to reconnect with his key supporters on an issue that he hopes to make a hallmark of his presidency. Meanwhile, back in D.C., James Comey was about to drop another bombshell.

Key infrastructure quotes:

  • "It is time to rebuild our country, to bring back our jobs, to restore our dreams, and yes, to put American first."
  • "We will keep our nation so great and so strong and we will never have outside forces telling us what to do and how to do it."
  • "My new vision for American infrastructure will rebuild our country by generating $1 trillion in infrastructure investment. Our infrastructure program will be based on forging new partnerships and demanding new accountability for every federal taxpayer dollars."
  • "Working with states, local governments, and private industry, we will ensure that these new federal funds are matched by significant additional dollars for maximum efficiency and accountability."
  • "We will build because our people want to build and because we need them to build. We will build because prosperity demands it. And above all we will build because that is how we make America Great Again."

Trump also repeatedly veered off-topic from his infrastructure speech:

  • On fighting terrorism: Trump thanked King Solomon of Saudi Arabia for his his punitive measures against Qatar, and in his willingness to join the fight against ISIS. "They're doing a great job.They're going to stop the funding of radical Islamic terrorism."
  • Repealing and replacing Obamacare: "To implement this infrastructure we must repeal and replace Obamacare," said Trump, before repeating several of the comments he made in his prior speech, including the claim that "Obamacare is dead."
  • On the Democrats: "The promise of a safe, reliable, and modern infrastructure plan hasn't been kept, but were going to keep it... that's why I'm calling on all Democrats — who have been real obstructionists, they obstruct everything... we can't even get one Democratic vote... I don't think, honestly, if I were in that party, i would be doing it that way. I would be focusing on positive things."

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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.