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The fires in Northern California earlier this month left at least 42 people dead and more than 8,000 structures burned. The fires are close to being fully contained. Attention has shifted to rebuilding and recovery. We catch up with a woman whose dad lost everything, and a politician who says the fires changed the way he views government.
“Wacky and totally unhinged” is how President Trump described California billionaire Tom Steyer on Twitter. It’s likely that Trump caught one of Steyer’s ads calling for the president’s impeachment. Steyer is one of the biggest donors to Democratic candidates in the country, and is rumored to be considering a Senate run against Dianne Feinstein. How much political power does he really have?
Our critics review “Jigsaw,” the first movie in the “Saw” series in 10 years; “All I See Is You,” in which Blake Lively plays a blind woman who regains her sight; “Suburbicon," directed by George Clooney and starring Matt Damon and Julianne Moore; “Novitiate,” about a young woman who joins a convent in the 1960s.
The new movie “The Square” is about a smug art museum curator in Sweden whose progressive ideals are tested by a Muslim child. We speak with the director.
Ruben Östlund, filmmaker
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President Trump dials back his rhetoric on Russia President Trump today says he misspoke at yesterday’s disastrous news conference with Vladimir Putin. He explained that he said “would” instead of “wouldn’t.” Why wouldn’t it be Russia who meddled in the election? That explanation stretches credulity, but it may be enough to satisfy Republicans who’ve been critical. We talk with Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff about what Congress needs to do next.
The challenges of being Native American in Oakland Tommy Orange is a member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes of Oklahoma, but he grew up in Oakland. His new novel, “There There,” is set in Oakland. His many disparate characters -- all urban Indians -- struggle with what it means to be Native and struggle to connect with disappearing traditions.
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