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The explosive Maria wildfire, Trump kisses New York goodbye, and "The Irishman" arrives: The Morning Rundown

The Maria fire ignited in Ventura County early Thursday night, consuming 5,000 acres in the span of a few hours.
Image: A firefighter battles the Maria Fire Thursday, Oct. 31 2019, in Somis, Calif
A firefighter battles the Maria fire on Thursday in Somis, Calif.Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP

Good morning, NBC News readers.

The House voted along party lines to adopt procedures for its impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. Another fast-moving wildfire is challenging California firefighters and residents. And we've got everything you need to know about the "The Irishman" — which hits some select theaters today. But no spoilers!

Here's what we're watching today.


House passes impeachment resolution along stark partisan lines

For only the fourth time in its history, the House voted Thursday to initiate impeachment against a president of the United States.

The 232 to 196 vote was largely along party lines, although two Democrats voted "no" and joined the GOP in voting against the resolution.

And one independent, Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, voted in favor after essentially leaving the GOP in protest at the party's allegiance to Trump.

The contours of Thursday's debate, and the vote totals on each side, set a baseline from which the two parties will battle over the coming weeks as the Democrats hurtle almost inevitably toward bringing articles of impeachment against Trump, NBC News' Jonathan Allen writes in an analysis.

Meantime, Tim Morrison, a former Russia adviser on the National Security Council, told congressional investigators Thursday that he was concerned that the call between President Trump and the leader of Ukraine at the center of the impeachment inquiry would have a negative impact on politics and policy if it were to become public, according to two sources familiar with his testimony.

Morrison, who stepped down as a senior White House adviser on Wednesday, was on the call and told investigators that while he thought there was “nothing illegal” about it, he was aware that if the conversation became widely known, it could cause alarm in Washington and have an adverse effect on U.S.-Ukrainian relations.


Explosive new wildfire drives thousands from homes near Los Angeles

Firefighters and residents of California just can't get a break.

Even as crews made significant progress against numerous wildfires across Southern California, fire conditions remained critical, and new blazes continued to drive thousands of residents from their homes Thursday night.

The Maria fire ignited in Ventura County, northwest of Los Angeles, early Thursday night and raced westward, consuming around 5,000 acres in the span of a few hours.

"It started, just a very small corner and then like within minutes it just expanded really quickly," one witness told NBC Los Angeles with flames visible on a hillside.


Exclusive: Giuliani needed Apple genius help to unlock his iPhone after being named Trump cybersecurity adviser

Less than a month after he was named President Donald Trump’s cybersecurity adviser in 2017, Rudy Giuliani walked into an Apple store in downtown San Francisco.

He wasn’t looking for a new gadget.

Instead, Giuliani was hoping for help unlocking his iPhone because he had entered the wrong passcode at least 10 times, according to two people familiar with the matter and a photo of an internal Apple store memo obtained by NBC News.

Admittedly, a forgotten password is among the most common missteps in the digital age.

But Giuliani’s handling of the situation calls into question his understanding of basic security measures, two former FBI cyber experts told NBC News.

"That’s crazy," said Michael Anaya, a former FBI supervisory special agent who led a cyber squad.


Trump, a lifelong New Yorker, changes residency to Florida

Trump, who was born and has lived his entire life in New York City, filed paperwork to change his permanent residence from New York City to Palm Beach, Florida.

On Twitter, the president lamented the decision, but said "in the end it will be best for all concerned."

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo seemed to agree.

"Good riddance. It's not like Mr. Trump paid taxes here anyway," Cuomo said in statement. "He's all yours, Florida."

Some have speculated that Trump's decision to move his permanent residence was motivated by tax purposes.

Florida has no state income tax or inheritance tax — something many wealthy individuals from athletes to celebrities have moved to the state in order to take advantage of.

Donald Trump in his office in Trump Tower in Manhattan.Jennifer S. Altman/For The Washington Post / Getty Images file

The Week in Pictures

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Le Minh Tuan, father of 30-year old Le Van Ha, feared to be among the 39 people found dead in a truck in Britain, cries while holding Ha's son outside their house in Vietnam's Nghe An province.

See more of the most compelling images from the last week here.


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Quote of the day

"We took the kitties, ourselves and our cellphone, and that's it. The fire was coming through our yard. It was life or death."

Susan Mercado, a woman fleeing fire in San Bernardino County, California.


One fun thing

"The Irishman," fabled director Martin Scorsese's new three-and-a-half-hour Mafia saga, debuts in select cinemas today before dropping on Netflix on Nov. 27, just in time for Thanksgiving binge-watching.

The film marks Scorsese's triumphant return to the mob genre for the first time since his Oscar-winning "The Departed"; a rare reunion for co-stars Robert De Niro and Al Pacino; and a $159 million gamble by its Oscar-hungry distributor, Netflix.

We've got a primer on some of the key questions and storylines swirling around the highly anticipated movie.

A scene from "The Irishman," Martin Scorsese's mob epic. Niko Tavernise / Netflix

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