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Joe Rogan podcast

Tesla's stock sank close to its lowest point of the year after CEO Elon Musk appeared to smoke marijuana in an interview with comedian Joe Rogan, reports The Wall Street Journal's Tim Higgins.

Why it matters: Musk's actions in the interview revealed a personal side of himself, but some analysts say his behavior is more erratic than it is charming and creating a distraction for the company.

On the podcast, Musk says: "So it that a joint? Or is it a cigar?"

  • Rogan: "It's marijuana inside of ... tobacco ... You probably can't because of stockholders, right?"
  • Musk: "I mean, it's legal, right?"
  • Rogan: "It's totally legal. ... It's tobacco and marijuana in there. That's all it is. "
  • [Musk takes a sip of what the host says is whiskey.]

Worthy of your time: The podcast's real trip is a fascinating conversation about a future driven by artificial intelligence.

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House passes George Floyd Justice in Policing Act

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The House voted 219-211 on Wednesday evening to pass a policing bill named for George Floyd, the Black man whose death in Minneapolis last year led to nationwide protests against police brutality and racial injustice.

Why it matters: The legislation overhauls qualified immunity for police officers, bans chokeholds at the federal level, prohibits no-knock warrants in federal drug cases and outlaws racial profiling.

Senate Republicans plan to exact pain before COVID relief vote

Sen. Ron Johnson. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Republicans are demanding a full, 600-page bill reading — and painful, multi-hour "vote-a-rama" — as Democrats forge ahead with their plan to pass President Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package.

Why it matters: The procedural war is aimed at forcing Democrats to defend several parts the GOP considers unnecessary and partisan. While the process won't substantially impact the final version of the mammoth bill, it'll provide plenty of ammunition for future campaign messaging.

The new grifters: outrage profiteers

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As Republicans lost the Senate and narrowly missed retaking the House, millions of dollars in grassroots donations were diverted to a handful of 2020 congressional campaigns challenging high-profile Democrats that, realistically, were never going to succeed.

Why it matters: Call it the outrage-industrial complex. Slick fundraising consultants market candidates contesting some of their party’s most reviled opponents. Well-meaning donors pour money into dead-end campaigns instead of competitive contests. The only winner is the consultants.