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Monday’s news: President Trump visited California sites damaged by wildfires and said he would press for better forest management. Also, a report about the slain journalist Khashoggi’s death is expected Tuesday. Plus, the president and Congress are still processing the midterm election results and planning ahead for the presidential race of 2020.

‘Takes all of the oxygen out’: Trump further divides political map for 2020 by The Washington Post’s Michael Scherer and Robert Costa

“As the final votes from the midterm elections rolled in last week, it became clear that President Trump’s near-constant campaign presence helped transform the American political map — effectively erasing lighter shades of red and blue.” https://wapo.st/2DLVUrD

Trump Calls for Better Forest Management During California Visit by The Wall Street Journal’s Vivian Salama

“President Trump toured the devastation caused by the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California’s history and said he would press for better forest management to prevent future infernos.” https://on.wsj.com/2OR8EOA

Trump speaks with CIA about Khashoggi killing, says there will be a report by Tuesday by The Washington Post’s Shane Harris and Josh Dawsey

“President Trump on Saturday said he had spoken with CIA Director Gina Haspel on the agency’s finding that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and that there will be a “very full report” on the matter by Tuesday.” https://wapo.st/2DMwY35

Trump Indicates Government Shutdown Still in Play by The Wall Street Journal’s Vivian Salama

“President Trump indicated Saturday that a partial government shutdown next month remains on the table as leverage to secure $5 billion in funding from Congress for his border wall.” https://on.wsj.com/2DvxVvP

If Not Pelosi, Who? The Question Hovers Over a Simmering Rebellion by The New York Times’ Julie Hirschfeld Davis

“What if House Democrats tried to stage a coup and nobody showed up?

“That is the predicament facing Democrats as a quiet rebellion simmers in their ranks to block Representative Nancy Pelosi of California from being speaker. Inside the Capitol and at nearby watering holes and restaurants, there are hopeful whispers among a small band of Democrats that a fresh-faced new leader will come forward to challenge Ms. Pelosi, who has led House Democrats for 15 years.” https://nyti.ms/2FtXgJh