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Illustration: "Axios on HBO"

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) told "Axios on HBO" that it’s highly likely Republicans will wind up as a third party nationally in 10 to 15 years because of their "xenophobia" and "hyper-masculinity."

Why it matters: Newsom runs America’s largest state, one in which non-whites are the majority. California has sued the Trump administration a record 50 times, making Newsom the de facto leader of the Democratic resistance.

  • "They are finished," Newsom said at his office in Sacramento.
  • White men, Newsom says, were "sold a complete bill of bullshit ... It’s just a yard of crap and it’s just damn sad."
  • Newsom says Trump often uses racism to whip up his mostly white male base: "He has blatantly expressed racist points of view and expressed them on multitudes of occasions during the campaign and since."

Go deeper: Newsom warns Big Tech could be "steamrolled"

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CDC director says politics didn't play a role in abrupt mask policy shift

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky told Fox News Sunday that political pressure had nothing to do with the agency's sudden announcement that fully vaccinated Americans can go without masks in most indoor settings.

Why it matters: Emerging evidence shows vaccinated people are less likely to transmit the virus, as COVID-19 cases and deaths drop. But the responsibility to uphold the abrupt policy change falls to individuals and businesses.

Biden’s danger: The great overreaction

Some Democrats and economists have begun to worry that President Biden, intent on FDR-like transformation of a wounded America, is doing too much, too fast.

Why it matters: Some economists fear that all this spending will crank up inflation, and put Biden’s economic legacy at risk.