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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.
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?
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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.
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Author Masha Gessen on the appeal of Putin and Trump Masha Gessen was born in Russia but emigrated with her parents to the United States. She returned in the early 1990s when political change was afoot. And since then, she’s become a leading observer - and critic - of Russian president Vladamir Putin. She fled Russia again in 2013. In this special podcast, Warren Olney talks with Gessen about her new book, The Future Is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia .
A month later, Puerto Ricans still stranded by Hurricane Maria Most people in Puerto Rico are still without electricity, and some are drinking from a well contaminated by a superfund site. President Trump's accused of a "shocking lack of compassion" compared to speedy assistance after hurricanes hit Texas and Florida.
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