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Primary elections are being held in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia and Texas today. Many eyes are on Georgia, where former Vice President Mike Pence has been rallying support for Gov. Brian Kemp, the Republican incumbent. Pence appeared at an event for Kemp yesterday – and it was widely seen as an implicit rebuke of former President Donald Trump, who has endorsed Kemp’s primary opponent, former GOP Sen. David Perdue. On the Democratic side, Stacey Abrams is running unopposed, setting up a potential rematch with Kemp following a previous loss to him in 2018. However, since her defeat, Abrams has soared to national prominence and is no longer an underdog with little following outside of Georgia. This comes as early voting has surged to record levels in the Georgia primary, with more than 800,000 ballots cast ahead of today’s contests.
Oil prices soared to their highest level in 13 years today, raising fears about a further spike in inflation that could damage the global economy. The surge is due to delays in the potential return of Iranian crude to global markets and as the US and European allies consider banning Russian oil imports, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told CNN yesterday. If Russia’s oil exports are cut off, experts say it will put more strain on an already tight oil market, resulting in even higher gas prices across the US. The average price for a gallon of regular gas hit $4 yesterday, the highest level since 2008. There are now 18 states, plus Washington, DC, where the price of gas is $4 or greater. The highest prices are being seen in California, where the statewide average stands at $5.29 a gallon.
In response to a global outbreak of monkeypox cases, the US is working to release a vaccine from the nation’s Strategic National Stockpile to combat the rare virus. There is one confirmed case of monkeypox and four suspected cases in the US, the CDC said. The confirmed case is in a man in Massachusetts, and the four other suspected cases are in men in New York, Florida and Utah. While anyone can get or spread monkeypox, a “notable fraction of cases” in the latest global outbreak are happening among gay and bisexual men, the CDC said yesterday. As a result, the CDC decided to hold a news conference about the outbreak now because LGBTQ Pride month usually kicks off around Memorial Day weekend, and officials wanted to make sure the community was aware of the situation.
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NCAA women’s basketball championship
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Perfume prices are skyrocketing
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‘Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty’ premieres on HBO
Sports fans, if you want to take a trip down memory lane and see how the Lakers got started? This one’s for you.
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Meet the queer vanguard of country music
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That’s how much was recently lost in a massive cryptocurrency heist affecting the Ronin network. The platform powered Axie Infinity, a popular play-to-earn crypto game which allows paying players to collect digital pets known as “Axies.” It is unclear on whether the hacked holdings were insured. Now, because of the hack, trading off the Ronin platform is currently frozen.
That’s how much “The Batman” brought in at the North American box office over the weekend, according to its studio Warner Bros. It stands as the best opening of 2022 so far, after flying by industry expectations that had the movie making closer to $100 million. (Warner Bros., CNN, and HBO are units of WarnerMedia.)
“It will be a game-time decision on whether I compete.”
– Vice President Kamala Harris, calling on Congress yesterday to pass federal voting rights legislation before walking across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, to mark the 57th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, a key moment in the civil rights moment.
Enjoy this touching moment of musical joy by “Piano Man,” who traveled from Germany to play for refugees at the Polish border. (Click here to view)