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*Cues my best impression of The Clash* — Should I stay or should I go?:

Voters in California will decide today whether Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomBiden hails Newsom win as validation on pandemic policies The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Simone Biles, gymnastics stars slam FBI during Nassar testimony Coronavirus most important issue among California voters, exit polling shows MORE (D) keeps his job in the state’s recall election.

The two questions on the ballot: “Whether Newsom should be recalled as governor and, if so, who should replace him.” 

Is Newsom likely to be recalled?: It’s not likely, but it certainly is possible. 

How many candidates are gunning for his job: 46 candidates 

Newsom’s biggest opponent — Larry Elder

What time do the polls close: 8 p.m. PDT. 

If you’re wondering how the recall is happening: Basically, California is one of 20 states that allows its citizens to recall its governor. “Recall attempts are common in the state, but they rarely get on the ballot and even fewer succeed.” The Associated Press (AP) has a good explainer 

If you’re wondering ~why~ the recall is happening: “Californians grew angry during the pandemic. Whipsaw stay-at-home orders by Newsom, crushing job losses from business closures, shuttered schools and the disruption of daily life soured just about everybody.” ^ Just read that AP explainer — it’s really helpful


Via The Hill’s Niall Stanage, “Barring a major surprise, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) will bat back a recall effort on Tuesday.  Two recent polls have shown around 60 percent of California voters favor keeping Newsom in office. It’s a noticeable shift in a race that appeared much closer at the height of summer.” How the recall exposes the limit of Trump’s GOP


“ 'Am I on drugs?' These 7 California recall moments had people wondering” The list from Politico


From The Hill’s Max Greenwood

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And poof, there it is again:

“A group of Senate Democrats unveiled new voting rights legislation on Tuesday in another attempt by the party to pass sweeping changes to federal elections in the face of a GOP filibuster.” 

What’s in the bill: “The legislation builds on a framework proposed earlier this year by Manchin as well as the sweeping For the People Act, which was blocked in June by Senate Republicans.”  

The names on the bill: Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharSeven takeaways from California's recall election Live coverage: California voters to decide Newsom's fate Overnight Hillicon Valley — Ex-US intel operatives pay to settle hacking charges MORE (D-Minn.) released the bill. Co-sponsors include: Sens. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinDemocrats hope Biden can flip Manchin and Sinema On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Democrats advance tax plan through hurdles House Democrat says she won't support reconciliation bill 'at this early stage' MORE (D-W.Va.), Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineWarren, Daines introduce bill honoring 13 killed in Kabul attack Democrats hope Biden can flip Manchin and Sinema Democrats revive filibuster fight over voting rights bill MORE (D-Va.), Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterDemocrats say Biden must get more involved in budget fight Senate backers of new voting rights bill push for swift passage The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Polls open in California as Newsom fights for job MORE (D-Mont.) and Raphael WarnockRaphael WarnockThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Polls open in California as Newsom fights for job Stacey Abrams backs Senate Democrats' voting rights compromise Warnock picks up major abortion rights group's endorsement in reelection bid MORE (D-Ga.)”

Calling this ‘too many cooks’ even feels like I’m understating it:

Via The Hill’s Jordain Carney, “Tensions are flaring among congressional Democrats amid growing red lines over the party’s $3.5 trillion spending plan.” 

Why the fights are escalating now: “The frustrations among Democrats, which have simmered for weeks, are boiling over as lawmakers return to Washington and immediately plunge into a debate over tax hikes to pay for the plan. The House Ways and Means Committee unveiled its tax proposals on Monday.”


Casually wiggles away and hope no one notices:

Via The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, “Biden’s aggressive [new COVID-19 vaccine mandate] puts a spotlight on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellCEOs urge Congress to raise debt limit or risk 'avoidable crisis' Capito grills EPA nominee on '#ResistCapitalism' tweet Hassan launches first ad of reelection bid focusing on veterans' issues MORE (R-Ky.), a childhood polio survivor who has been outspoken in urging fellow Republicans to get vaccinated against COVID-19.”

“McConnell’s advocacy for the vaccine sets him apart from House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who has done little to crack down on House GOP colleagues who spread misinformation about vaccines.”  

How Biden’s mandate puts Republican leaders in a tough spot

The White House says, ‘bring it!’:



Via The Hill’s Brett SamuelsPresident Biden seems to be embracing the clash with Republican governors over the vaccine mandates. 

How so: “[Biden has vowed] to use executive powers to sidestep their opposition to mask and vaccine requirements in his efforts to get the pandemic under control.”

What to expect


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 41,229,958

U.S. death toll: 662,378 

Breakdown of the numbers


Total number of vaccinations administered in the U.S.: 380 million shots have been given. 

Seven-day average of doses administered: An average of 775,168 doses 

For context: The U.S. population is roughly 331 million.

Breakdown of the numbers:



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It’s all about the Met Gala:

Via Vogue, “The Met Gala is typically held on the first Monday in May, but this year, the event was postponed due to COVID-19 and fell right in the middle of fashion month—meaning the stakes for stellar style on the red carpet were especially high.”


Party in the front, business in the back: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezConservative group files ethics complaint over Ocasio-Cortez appearance at Met Gala If .5 trillion 'infrastructure' bill fails, it's bye-bye for an increasingly unpopular Biden The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Schumer: Dem unity will happen eventually; Newsom prevails MORE (D-N.Y.) wore a white dress that looked pretty standard on the front, but that reads ‘Tax the Rich’ on the back. Photos 

Rep. Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn MaloneyConservative group files ethics complaint over Ocasio-Cortez appearance at Met Gala Ocasio-Cortez defends attendance of Met Gala amid GOP uproar Maloney calls for equal rights for women with Met Gala gown MORE (D-N.Y.) also used the red carpet to send a political message: Photos of her “equal rights for women” ensemble:

Nope, that was not a black hole into the abyss. That was Kim KardashianKimberly (Kim) Noel Kardashian WestThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Polls open in California as Newsom fights for job Forbes says Fenty has made Rihanna 'the wealthiest female musician in the world' How to turn the tide on vaccine hesitancy: Apply an algorithm that actually works MORE, and she is now a meme: The memes are pretty great, too. 

This made me lol


Lil Nas X at Met Gala


Daniel Levy had quite the look 

And so did Natalie Bryant: TBH, this looks fun to dance in.


By far the best tweet I’ve seen today:


Infinite garlic powder roommate



Getting traction:


Labeled as "talks too much" 


Check out some of the responses


The Senate is in. The House is out. President BidenJoe BidenOvernight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod Democrats hope Biden can flip Manchin and Sinema On The Money — Presented by Wells Fargo — Democrats advance tax plan through hurdles MORE is in California and Colorado today. Vice President Harris is in Virginia this evening. 

11:30 a.m. EDT: Two roll call votes in the Senate.


1:10 p.m. EDT: President Biden leaves Long Beach, Calif., and flies to Denver. 

2:20 p.m. EDT: Two more roll call votes in the Senate.

4:50 p.m. EDT: President Biden visits the national Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo.

5:30 p.m. EDT: Two more roll call votes in the Senate.

7:10 p.m. EDT: Vice President Harris participates in a “Terry for Virginia” campaign event in Great Falls, Va.  

10:20 p.m. EDT: President Biden returns to the White House.


This morning: Secretary of State Antony BlinkenAntony BlinkenChina asks its sworn rival, the United States, to 'guide' the Taliban GOP senators unveil bill designating Taliban as terrorist organization Pope on Biden communion debate: Bishops shouldn't 'go condemning' MORE testifies on the Afghanistan withdrawal. Livestream:

1 p.m. EDT: Apple announces its new products. What to expect, via CNET: Apple event livestream

1:30 p.m. EDT: White House principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-PierreKarine Jean-PierreDemocrats say Biden must get more involved in budget fight White House says law enforcement in 'heightened state of alert' ahead of J6 rally The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Polls open in California as Newsom fights for job MORE speaks with reporters aboard Air Force One. Livestream

5:30 p.m. EDT: President Biden delivers remarks on the infrastructure deal. Livestream 

10 a.m. EDT Wednesday: Olympic gymnasts Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman, and former NCAA gymnast Maggie Nichols testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the abuse from doctor Larry Nassar. Livestream


Today is National Ants on a Log Day.



Larry David attends Fashion Week


And because you made it this far, here’s a dog with a future in drumming: