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After last night’s primaries in Rhode Island, there are now a record-breaking 14 female gubernatorial nominees.

Why it matters: It’s another sign of the "year of the woman." If all of these women were to win in November, it would more than double the number of female governors in office.

Meet the women nominees for governor:

  1. Mary Throne, D, Wyoming
  2. Kate Brown, D, Oregon
  3. Paulette Jordan, D, Idaho
  4. Kristi Noem, R, South Dakota
  5. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D, New Mexico
  6. Lupe Valdez, D, Texas
  7. Kim Reynolds, R, Iowa
  8. Gretchen Whitmer, D, Michigan
  9. Kay Ivey, R, Alabama
  10. Stacey Abrams, D, Georgia
  11. Christine Hallquist, D, Vermont
  12. Molly Kelly, D, New Hampshire
  13. Janet Mills, D, Maine
  14. Gina Raimondo, D, Rhode Island

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Why it matters: More Americans are expressing doubt about a first-generation vaccine, despite President Trump's efforts to push an unrealistic timeline that conflicts with medical experts in his administration.

CEO confidence rises for the first time in over 2 years

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A closely-watched CEO economic confidence index rose for the first time after declining for nine straight quarters, according to a survey of 150 chief executives of the biggest U.S. companies by trade group Business Roundtable.

Why it matters: The index, which still remains at a decade low, reflects corporate America's expectations for sales, hiring and spending — which plummeted amid uncertainty when the pandemic hit.

Official says White House political appointees "commandeered" Bolton book review

John Bolton's book "The Room Where it Happened." Photo: Chris Delmas/AFP via Getty Images

A former career official at the National Security Council claims her pre-publication review of former national security adviser John Bolton's explosive book on President Trump was "commandeered by political appointees for a seemingly political purpose," according to a letter from her lawyers filed in court on Tuesday.

Why it matters: The White House fought against the publication of Bolton's book for most of the year on the grounds that it contained harmful and "significant amounts of classified information."

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