Californians bracing for Hilary (now downgraded to a “post-tropical cyclone”) got hit with a 5.0 earthquake to break the tension. President Biden is off to Hawaii, where things are grim as officials continue to take stock of the destruction from the wildfires that engulfed Maui.
The campaign trail feels like it’s all Trump all the time, but the field will get a rare chance to step out of his shadow at Wednesday’s debate, which he confirmed he’s skipping on Sunday (along with potentially all other debates). His opponents are coming off another Trumpless candidate event in Georgia over the weekend that served as a kind of “What If…?” universe in which the former president didn’t run in 2024 — even questions about him were banned. Of course, we live on the Earth where he’s leading primary polls by huge margins, including a closely watched one in Iowa and a new national poll shared with Semafor, and our team has more on how he plans to keep it that way despite missing the debate.
Steve Clemons is out today.