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Four lieutenant governors, led by Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, are launching the Democratic Lieutenant Governors Association (DLGA) today.

  • There are only 14 Dem lieutenant governors currently.
  • The goal is to have more than that elected after November, with a specific focus on flipping these offices from red to blue in Nevada, Illinois, New Mexico and Minnesota.

Why it matters: This is the first national organization dedicated to electing Democrats as states' second-in-command. And it's another example of Dems organizing around and investing in candidates at the state level to build a bigger, more diverse bench of candidates.

  • "People are looking to the states post-2016 for leadership and for advancing progressive policies," Fairfax, who will serve as DGLA chairman, told me. "If we tap into every community, that makes us stronger electorally and makes our states better."

Bottom line: The group is "growing a foundation for future candidates," not just in 2018, but through 2021 and beyond, said Roshan Patel, DGLA executive director. He added that DGLA won't be involved in primaries, but will provide resources to advise and assist Democrats running for lieutenant governor and to help fund operations.

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Episode 2: Trump stops buying what his professional staff are telling him, and increasingly turns to radical voices telling him what he wants to hear.

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Domestic extremists are using obscure and private corners of the internet to plot new attacks ahead of Inauguration Day. Their plans are also hidden in plain sight, buried in podcasts and online video platforms.

Why it matters: Because law enforcement was caught flat-footed during last week's Capitol siege, researchers and intelligence agencies are paying more attention to online threats that could turn into real-world violence.

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When the coronavirus lockdowns started in March, kidstech firm SuperAwesome found that screen time was up 50%. Nearly a year later, that percentage hasn't budged, according to new figures from the firm.

Why it matters: For most parents, pre-pandemic expectations around screen time are no longer realistic. The concern now has shifted from the number of hours in front of screens to the quality of screen time.