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Here's a photo of an air tanker dropping fire retardant on the fires in Malibu, Calif. 


Devastating fires in California:

31 people have been killed in fires ravaging across California. The latest updates:

How many people have evacuated: Around 149,000 people have been ordered to leave their homes. According to officials, 228 people are unaccounted for in Northern California. They are not aware of any missing people in Southern California.

Getting traction -- photo of actor Gerard Butler returning to his Malibu house: Wow.

Tidbit about residents fleeing: The New York Times explained how residents "got in their cars and fled. What happened next was the vehicular equivalent of a stampede, packing the roads to a standstill." The photo in this story is pretty startling:

^^And when residents ran out of gas and ditched their cars: "Fire crews struggling to reach the town used giant earthmovers to plow abandoned vehicles off the road as if they were snowdrifts after a blizzard."


It's Monday -- Happy Veteran's Day. Oh and by the way: New Years Day is 50 days from today. 

I'm Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what's coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to, @CateMartel and on Facebook.

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The president doesn't have any public events on his schedule, so expect tweets. Lots of tweets:

This morning, President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rips Dems' demands, impeachment talk: 'Witch Hunt continues!' Nevada Senate passes bill that would give Electoral College votes to winner of national popular vote The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push MORE said he warned European leaders that the U.S. "must be treated fairly" on trade and military funding. He also tweeted: "We pay for LARGE portions of other countries [sic] military protection, hundreds of billions of dollars, for the great privilege of losing hundreds of billions of dollars with these same countries on trade. I told them that this situation cannot continue -- It is, and always has been, ridiculously unfair to the United States." Full series of tweets:

KEEP IN MIND: Trump butted heads with world leaders this weekend at a World War I commemoration in Paris. How so: European leaders rebuking "nationalism" was a popular theme.

Ok, this photo was pretty funny: Here's a play on the jealous girlfriend meme:


A Republican president called for Republicans to win:

President Trump tweeted that the Florida Senate and gubernatorial races should be called for the Republican candidates. He tweeted: "The Florida Election should be called in favor of Rick Scott and Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisTrump officials not sending migrants to Florida after backlash Dem criticizes newest calendars for Trump Interior chief as 'fake' GOP gov pushes back on Trump plan to send migrants to Florida counties MORE in that large numbers of new ballots showed up out of nowhere, and many ballots are missing or forged. An honest vote count is no longer possible-ballots massively infected. Must go with Election Night!" Keep in mind: Trump has accused Democrats of trying to "steal" both races.

HOW THE FLORIDA RECOUNTS ARE GOING: Florida volunteers are rushing to meet Thursday's Senate recount deadline. The gist: "Republicans sharpen 'fraud' claims, Democrats compare Scott to a 'dictator' as Florida recount ramps up."



If I were a lame-duck member of Congress, every day would be casual Friday:

Via The Hill's Jordain Carney, Congress returns this week for a high-drama end-of-the-year sprint. Think: A potential government shutdown, leadership battles and a potential Cabinet shakeup.


What's coming up:

  • Leadership fights in both parties
  • Government funding deadline in less than a month
  • Dozens of executive and judicial nominations
  • A renewed effort to pass a bipartisan criminal justice reform
  • Lawmakers are hoping to pass a massive farm bill

Context and details for each:



Welcome. You're going to hate it here:

Via Axios's Zachary Basu, House Democrats have at least 85 subpoenas and investigations directed at the Trump administration once they take over the House in January. Think: Trump's tax returns, the Russia investigation, the payment to adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyChristopher Steele's nugget of fool's gold was easily disproven — but FBI didn't blink an eye Clash with Trump marks latest break with GOP leaders for Justin Amash Giuliani says Trump is 'doing the right thing' by resisting congressional subpoenas MORE's ousting. What to expect:

HOW TRUMP SAYS HE WILL REACT: "If that happens then we're going to do the same thing and government comes to a halt," Trump said last Wednesday during his press conference. "And I would blame them."

THE MAKEUP OF THE HOUSE: Democrats have 225 seats; Republicans have 200 seats; 10 races are still undecided. The list of the 10 undecided House races:

WHY REPUBLICANS ARE WORRIED ABOUT 2020: Democrats outraised Republicans by a good chunk, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push Iraq War looms over Trump battle with Iran 2020 Dems break political taboos by endorsing litmus tests MORE (R-Ky.) warned his party that the GOP desperately needs to catch up.




Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama to headline Essence Festival Obama shares tribute to Michelle to celebrate Mother's Day 111-year-old woman gets free tickets to see Michelle Obama book tour MORE on her marriage — ‘There Are Times You Want to Leave’:

In an interview with People, former first lady Michelle Obama talked about seeing a marriage counselor. In her words: “Because we’re role models, it’s important for us to be honest and say, if you’re in a marriage and there are times you want to leave, that’s normal — because I felt that way ...  There were definitely times when I wished things were different, but I don’t think I ever thought, ‘I’m just checking out of this.’” More from the interview:



Nope, this looks too much like boxed wine. Veto.:

The reason: To be eco-friendly.


When the Starbucks mermaid has been drinking too many Ventis:



The House and Senate are out.

Today: A federal holiday to celebrate Veterans Day.

President Trump has no public events on his schedule.

Vice President Pence is in Japan.

2:10 p.m. EST: Former Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet YellenJanet Louise YellenPowell told Congress Fed is preparing for economic 'damage' from climate change Senate needs to stand up to Trump's Nixonian view of the Fed The Hill's 12:30 Report: Washington braces for Mueller report MORE speaks at the Global Financial Leadership Conference in Naples, Fla. Details:

3:15 p.m. EST: Former White House economic adviser Gary CohnGary David CohnTrump officials slow-walk president's order to cut off Central American aid: report John Kelly had to break up argument between US trade officials: report The Hill's Morning Report — Dem ire at Barr intensifies MORE speaks at the Global Financial Leadership Conference in Naples, Fla. Details:

2 p.m. EST Tuesday: The House returns.

3 p.m. EST Tuesday: The Senate returns.

5:30 p.m. EST: The Senate votes.

6:30 p.m. EST Tuesday: Votes postponed in the House.





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Over the weekend: "Following a small firestorm last weekend -- when SNL's Pete Davidson mocked Republican Dan Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL wounded in Afghanistan -- the two came together in a sincere plea for unity." Watch the full segment:

Released today: The trailer for "Toy Story 4." Watch:



Today is National French Dip Day.


Wanna buy Ron Paul's couch?:

Via PoPville, a Craigslist poster is selling a couch owned by former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas). Excerpt of the ad: "They sat in his home living room during his time in Congress. When he retired in late 2012, Dr. Paul bequeathed them to my roommates and I (a bunch of broke Congressional staffers). We rented a U Haul truck and went to his condo in VA, where he kindly helped us load them into the truck." Photo of the couch:


Tell me more about cheese trends for 2019:

"Food & Wine" breaks down the cheeses to watch next year. I'm serious. For example: Halloumi and spicy cheese.


And because you made it to the end on a Monday, here's the cutest baby bunny I've ever seen: