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Hickenlooper at an Axios event. Photo: Chuck Kennedy / Axios

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) — who has a countdown clock on his iPhone showing how many days he has left in office — left little mystery about his plans when asked about running for president:

  • "We've got 321 days of focus — not to say that my wife and I don't occasionally have discussions, but we're focused on getting things done."
  • On what his wife, Robin Pringle, thinks of his running for president: "She thinks it's hilarious. [Laughter] But ... she also thinks it's interesting. So, we'll see what those discussions — where they go."

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) — who ate dinner with Hickenlooper on Thursday night, as part of a buddy act that has included a health-care policy rollout — told ABC's Jonathan Karl on "This Week":

  • “We may be beginning to see the end of a two-party system."
  • "I'm starting to really wonder if we are going to see a multi-party system at some point in the future in this country. Because I don't think either party is answering people's deepest concerns and needs.”
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Why it matters: DHS believes the threat of violence will persist for "weeks" following President Biden's inauguration. The extremists include those who opposed the presidential transition, people spurred by "grievances fueled by false narratives" and "anger over COVID-19 restrictions ... and police use of force[.]"