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Rep. Charlie Crist in June 2020 in St. Petersburg, Fla. Photo: Octavio Jones/Getty Images

Rep. Charlie Crist (D-Fla.) — a Republican governor-turned-Democratic congressman — officially launched his bid Tuesday to unseat Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R).

Why it matters: Crist is the first Democrat to announce a run against DeSantis, who he targeted in his campaign launch ad for his response to the pandemic. DeSantis faced criticism for directing vaccines toward wealthy communities.

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Rep. Charlie Crist likely to launch campaign for Florida governor

U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) announces that he will run for governor as a Democrat on Nov. 4, 2013 at Albert Whitted Park. Photo: Edward Linsmier/Getty Images

Charlie Crist is making a "major announcement" Tuesday morning in St. Pete, and odds are strong that he'll tell us he plans to be the first Democrat to officially step up to challenge Gov. Ron DeSantis in 2022.

Driving the news: Crist formed a political committee named "Friends of Charlie Crist," which would allow him to start raising money for a 2022 state-level election, Florida Politics reports.

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Death toll mounts as fighting between Israel and Hamas intensifies

Palestinian Muslims exchange wishes for Eid al-Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, near a razed building in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahia, on May 13. Photo: Majdi Fathi/NurPhoto via Getty Images

At least 109 Palestinians and seven people in Israel have been killed since recent fighting between Israel's military and Hamas began Monday.

The big picture: Israel began massing troops on its border with Gaza on Thursday, launching attacks from the air and ground as Hamas continued to fire rockets into Israel.

By the numbers: Where the earmarks are wanted

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Data: House Committee on Appropriations; Chart: Danielle Alberti/Axios

The Dallas-Fort Worth area is being targeted for the largest collective earmark request in the country, according to a detailed breakdown of overall requests released by the House Appropriations Committee.

Why it matters: House appropriators are trying to balance bipartisan momentum for infrastructure investment with "pork-barrel" spending's checkered political history. The data dump is an effort to provide transparency for what are now termed "community project funding" requests.