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On their show this morning, Joe and Mika of MSNBC's Morning Joe discussed their meeting with President Trump yesterday and other conversations with senior administration officials over the weekend. The highlights:

  • Stephen Miller was behind the executive order: "You get a very young person in the White House on a power trip thinking that you can just write executive orders and tell all of your Cabinet agencies to go to hell. And Washington's in an uproar this morning — forget about what's happening in the street — because Stephen Miller decided he was going to do this without going through the regular interagency process."
  • The Mattis/Kelly/Tillerson reaction: "If this did happen again, the president would have serious problems with his foreign policy team as well as the entire government."
  • Trump's okay with it: Trump expressed no regret about the executive order rollout, but senior administration officials had discussions regarding how it was not properly communicated both to the media and other federal agencies.
  • National Security Council meetings: It took Joe 4 hours to nail down confirmation from the White House that the Director of National Intelligence and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff have open access to NSC meetings.

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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.