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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms speaking in New Orleans in July 2018. Photo: Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Essence

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced Thursday night that she will not run for another term this year, after having launched a re-election campaign in March.

Why it matters: It's a stunning reversal for the mayor, a rising Democratic star who was seen as a contender to become President Biden’s running mate or a member of his Cabinet.

  • It also leaves the field wide open for the mayoral race, which is likely to attract a number of new candidates, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

What they're saying: “As Derek [husband] and I have given thoughtful prayer and consideration to the season now before us, it is with deep emotions that I hold my head high, and choose not to seek another term as mayor,” Bottoms said.

  • “It is my sincere hope that over the next several months, a candidate for mayor will emerge whom the people of Atlanta may entrust to lead our beloved city to its next and best chapter."

The big picture: Bottoms' term, which began in 2018, has been defined largely by the coronavirus pandemic and widespread protests over racism and police brutality after the deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta.

Go deeper: Watch Lance Bottoms' emotional "Axios on HBO" interview on racism

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Atlanta board reverses firing of officer who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks

A June 2020 view of the Atlanta Wendy's where Rayshard Brooks was shot. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The Atlanta Civil Service Board on Wednesday reversed the firing of former police officer Garrett Rolfe, who fatally shot Rayshard Brooks, a Black man, in a Wendy's parking lot last year.

Why it matters: The board said in its decision that the city failed to "comply with several provisions" of the Atlanta City Code and that Rolfe, who had been charged with murder, "was not afforded his right to due process" during his termination.

Trump blasts “wacky” GOP Sen. Cassidy after “Axios on HBO” interview

Former President Trump on Monday blasted Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) after he told "Axios on HBO" that he is not sure Trump could win the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.

Driving the news: When told that Trump could be expected to win the nomination, Cassidy jumped in saying: "I don't know that."

Ben Geman, author of Generate
2 hours 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.