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Jordan Strauss, John Minchillo, / AP

Donald Trump's election win hasn't just inspired some celebs to consider a run for president — others big names might be on the ballot in the 2018 mid-terms:

  1. Donald Trump Jr. told members of an elite gun club that he was interested in running for governor of New York.
  2. Chelsea Clinton: Although she denied the possibility of a 2020 presidential run, when asked about running for public office in general, she told CBS, "Right now, the answer is no, but I think we all need to be asking ourselves that question periodically."
  3. Arnold Schwarzenegger: The Terminator is rumored to be planning a possible run for Senate in 2018, Politico reported. The former California governor has been increasingly politically active since Trump's campaign, making a video about gerrymandering that went viral on social media and criticizing Trump's tweets, budget and other moves.
  4. Joe Piscopo — who came to fame in the 80's as an SNL Frank Sinatra impersonator — is considering running for governor of New Jersey, NYT reported.
  5. Kid Rock: Last month, Robert Ritchie's name was floated around at the Michigan Republican Party convention as a possible Senate contender in 2018, Roll Call reported.

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Ben Geman, author of Generate
16 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Biden's carbon emissions-cutting pledge faces tough climb

Image from the Rhodium Group study "Pathways to Paris." Courtesy of the Rhodium Group.

The verdict is in: President Biden's U.S. emissions-cutting pledge isn't a fantasy, but the path to meeting it is very difficult and relies on forces outside of White House control.

Driving the news: The Rhodium Group just released an analysis of policy combinations that could close the gap between the current U.S. trajectory and Biden's vow under the Paris Agreement to cut emissions in half by 2030.

Felix Salmon, author of Capital
Updated 20 mins ago - Economy & Business

Johnson & Johnson pulls the trigger on Texas talc gambit

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

It's official: Johnson & Johnson has invoked a Texas legal loophole in an attempt to protect the bulk of its corporate assets from claims that its baby powder caused ovarian cancer and mesothelioma.

Why it matters: It's the biggest and boldest invocation yet of the so-called Texas two-step defense. But it's still not clear whether it's going to work.

Poll: U.S. leadership approval rebounds from Trump low

A Gallup report published Tuesday found approval of United States leadership in 46 countries and territories hit 49% — up from 30% at the end of Donald Trump's presidency, and matching former President Obama's first year (2009).

Why it matters: Biden's efforts to reengage with the international community following the Trump administration appear to be improving the global approval ratings for U.S. leadership, though this poll does not take into account the withdrawal from Afghanistan in August.

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