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1. GEORGIA ELECTION PROBE
Rudy Giuliani has been notified that he is a target in a Georgia investigation into possible efforts to interfere with the 2020 election. Giuliani, a personal attorney to then-President Donald Trump and the former mayor of New York City, is scheduled to appear before a grand jury in Atlanta on Wednesday. South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham was also told by a judge that he must testify in the probe, despite Graham’s contention that his office would prevent him from doing so.
2. CHENEY & PALIN PRIMARIES TODAY
Two big names are on the ballot in today's state primaries. Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney is fighting to hold her seat against a Trump-backed challenger, who has taken the lawmaker to task for criticizing the former president's role in fomenting the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol. Meanwhile, former vice presidential contender Sarah Palin is trying to secure Alaska's vacant House seat. Both races provide a window into tensions within the Republican party over the direction it should take.
GOP primary spotlight: Sarah Palin (left) and Liz Cheney. [AP Photos/LM Otero (left) and J. Scott Applewhite/File]
3. STARBUCKS FIGHTS UNION DRIVE
Starbucks is calling a foul in an escalating battle with labor organizers. The company is asking the National Labor Relations Board to halt union elections at its stores until allegations of misconduct during a union vote in Kansas City, Kan., are investigated. Union organizers say the charges are "absurd," but a legal challenge from the deep-pocketed corporation is nothing to scoff at. As workers have pointed out, the move fits a pattern of large companies pushing back on union drives by going after the agencies designed to protect their right to organize.
I'll take an iced grande of union obstacles, please.
4. N.Y. LEGAL WEED UPDATE
New York cannabis regulators met Monday to keep the ball rolling and get adult-use sales going by the end of 2022. The Cannabis Control Board approved the first 15 conditional licenses for processors making an array of products, appointed John Kagia as director of policy, and discussed applications for retail dispensaries. Individuals who have marijuana-related convictions, or who have family that do, will be given first crack at dispensary licenses — an initiative that is popular among activists but controversial among New Yorkers.
5. CW GETS NEW OWNER
The CW is getting a new owner. Home of The Flash, Batwoman and Riverdale, CW formed in 2006 after WB and UPN merged into one channel, and Warner Bros. and ViacomCBS (now Paramount) struck a co-ownership deal. Now Nexstar Media Group is acquiring a 75% stake — though both previous owners will continue to produce original content under the CW banner — with the goal of becoming profitable by 2025. Nexstar also said the channel will start creating content for its actual average viewer, who, believe it or not, is 58 years old.
6. WEWORK FOUNDER IS BACK
Adam Neumann, the controversial founder of WeWork who was portrayed by Jared Leto in a fictionalized version of his rise and fall, has a new multimillion-dollar backer. Despite Neumann's well-known history of mismanagement, Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz is getting behind his latest business project, called Flow, to the tune of $350 million. The company involves the rental housing market; it has already purchased more than 3,000 apartment units in Atlanta, Nashville, Miami and Fort Lauderdale.
I think I’d prefer Alfred E. Neuman as my boss.
7. SAVING NUCLEAR IN CALIFORNIA
The fight to save California's last nuclear plant is heating up. State lawmakers are circulating a piece of draft legislation that would extend the Diablo Canyon plant's life span past its planned closure in 2025. The coastal facility had long been the target of anti-nuclear and environmental advocates, but the state's recent energy crisis has reframed the issue and revived the case for keeping it. For context, the plant provides nearly 9% of the state's electricity, and 17% of its zero-carbon energy.
8. IN ENTERTAINMENT
- Actor Tom Holland is saying goodbye to social media … for now. He took to Instagram to let fans know how social media was affecting his mental health, saying he was being overwhelmed by mindless scrolling and conversations about his personal life.
- In other entertainment news, Coda star Troy Kotsur nearly lost his Oscar after his car was stolen over the weekend.
9. 'I DID IT, MOM!'
Baseball player Wynton Bernard waited forever — OK, for a very long decade — to make it to the big leagues. When he finally did, he made a difference in his very first game with the Colorado Rockies. And who received his first phone call to share the news? His mom!
The rest of this newsletter will be delayed while we call out moms and tell them we love them!
Colorado Rockies' Wynton Bernard waves to the crowd after the big game. [AP Photo/David Zalubowski]
10. NATIONAL RUM DAY
National Rum Day is upon us, so if you enjoy a piña colada or mojito, today's a day to celebrate. Check out a Q&A with the founder of Candela Mamajuana and enjoy a simple recipe for his favorite cocktail, The Mamacita.
NEW SEASON OF NYC REVEALED!
Cheddar News' New York City Revealed series is back with a fresh season. Catch up on season one and tune in to Cheddar News Sunday-Thursday at 9 p.m. ET for new episodes!