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Photo: (L-R) California Senator Dianne Feinstein and Congresswoman Barbara Lee

Deaths, damage and evacuations from California fires 6 MIN, 31 SEC

Devastating wildfires have swept Northern California. More than a dozen people have died since Sunday night, with more than 100 others missing. Some 1,500 structures have been destroyed, in one of the most damaging single days in the state's fire history. Jeremy Siegel, a host and reporter for KQED public radio in San Francisco, says the amount of destruction is devastating.

Guests:
Jeremy Siegel, KQED (@jersiegel)

New blood v. old guard: The Democratic Party's way forward 33 MIN, 24 SEC

Hillary Clinton's stunning defeat left the Democratic Party out in the cold – not only in Washington -- but all around the country.  Her new memoir, with its sharp words about Bernie Sanders, has re-ignited last year's Democratic primary feud, and raised new questions about who should lead the party in the future -- and the fight is not just about ideology. Here in California, Dianne Feinstein, at 86 is already the oldest member of the Senate, has just announced that she'll run for a fifth full term next year. The party's most prominent liberal faces – Sanders and Elizabeth Warren – are both eligible for Medicare. Is it time for a new generation of leadership on the left?

Guests:
Gabriel Debenedetti, Politico (@gdebenedetti)
Quentin James, Collective PAC (@QJames)
Matt Bennett, Third Way (@ThirdWayMattB)
Katrina vanden Heuvel, The Nation (@KatrinaNation)

More:
Gabe Debenedetti on Alabama Senate candidate Doug Jones' culture war conundrum
Gabe Debenedetti on Dems seeing a chance to capitalize on GOP primaries
Collective PAC's new slate of state, federal, municipal candidates
Vanden Heuvel on why Democrats need a 50-state strategy

Last man standing: Stephen Miller and DACA politics 9 MIN, 46 SEC


Photo by Gage Skidmore

In Donald Trump's often chaotic White House, Stephen Miller, his strategist and communications adviser, has emerged as perhaps the scrappiest survivor. This week, Miller's hand was seen in the president's tough new demands for immigration reform as a condition for protecting the so-called "Dreamers," illegal immigrants brought here as children. Just weeks ago, Trump had seemed to signal he was open to a bi-partisan deal – one that might even delay construction of his promised "beautiful border wall." But the White House's latest hard line seems to make that unlikely. Lisa Mascaro, who covers Congress for the Los Angeles Times, has a profile of the Santa Monica High School grad who became an immigration hard-liner and top Trump advisor.

Guests:
Lisa Mascaro, Los Angeles Times (@LisaMascaro)

More:
Mascaro's profile of Miller

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