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Rep. Adam Kinzinger at a hearing for the House select committee investigating the Capitol riots. Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP Photo/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) told news outlets Thursday that he isn't ruling out a 2024 presidential bid.

Why it matters: Kinzinger, a longtime Trump critic, announced last week that he would not seek re-election to the House in 2022. He voted to impeach the former president in January and is one of two Republicans serving on the Jan. 6 House select committee.

What he's saying: Kinzinger told CNN he "definitely" wouldn't rule out a run for the White House.

  • He told the Chicago Sun-Times that it wasn't something he was seeking, but I would be dishonest to rule it out."
  • Kinzinger added that he'll have to see "what three years from now looks like."
  • "Like I said, just literally just not ruling it out, but there’s no grand plan right now," he said.

Between the lines: Former President Trump is still hugely popular in the Republican Party and among GOP-leaning voters, and he has signaled he may run again in 2024.

What to else to watch: Kinzinger is also weighing a possible statewide run — either for the Illinois Senate or governor's office — and said he'd likely make his decision by January.

Worth noting: Kinzinger has cited Congress' "heavily rooted" division as a reason for not pursuing re-election.

  • "My desire to make a difference is bigger than it’s ever been," he told the Sun-Times.
  • "My disappointment in the leaders that don’t lead is huge. The battlefield must be broader, and the truth needs to reach the American people across the whole country."

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Republicans are on the brink of achieving a decades-long conservative project — overturning abortion rights — but some strategists worry that the party isn’t ready for the political dangers of this monumental victory.

Why it matters: The GOP has the best political environment in a decade leading into the midterms — and the last thing top party operatives want is for the Democratic base to become energized if the Supreme Court narrows or overturns Roe v. Wade.

U.S. sounds alarm on Ukraine

Conscripts line up at a Russian railway station yesterday before departing for Army service. Photo: Sergei Malgavko/TASS via Getty Images

The Biden administration is "deeply concerned" by new intelligence — detailed for Axios and other outlets — showing Russia stepping up preparations to invade Ukraine as soon as early 2022.

Why it matters: Most of this was known from public sources and satellite imagery, but the administration is sending a stronger signal by releasing specific details from the intelligence community.

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Philanthropy in the age of crypto

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The best charities are increasingly effective. That's the clear message sent by Open Philanthropy, the think tank that doubles as the grant-making vehicle for Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz and his wife Cari Tuna.

Why it matters: With tech and crypto wealth becoming a fast-growing part of the philanthropic pie, there's more of an emphasis than ever on effectiveness — what the newly-divorced Melinda French Gates, in her recent Giving Pledge update, characterizes as giving as "impactfully as possible."