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The Republican-led campaign to recall California Gov. Newsom reached the number of signatures needed to qualify for the ballot, state officials announced Monday.

Why it matters: Newsom could face a statewide vote by the end of year, which would mark the second time a sitting governor has had to face a recall election in the state's history.

How it happened: The recall campaign delivered over 1,495,709 verified voters signatures, or about 12% of all ballots cast in the last election for governor, according to a tally from Secretary of State Shirley Weber.

  • County elections officials will verify signatures and report final numbers on Thursday. Voters will have 30 days to request that officials remove their names from the petitions.
    • Weber will issue an official certification to confirm if the number of votes still qualifies. Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis would then call an election within 60 to 80 days after certification.
    • Voters would determine whether or not to recall Newsom, as well as his replacement if he is removed from office.
  • Only 40% of California voters support the effort to recall Newsom, according to a recent poll, but "the success of the recall campaign in gathering enough valid signatures for a special election delivers a blow to Newsom," Los Angeles Times writes.

The big picture: Newsom won his position by the largest vote margin in modern history, per the Times. But his response to the pandemic led to widespread backlash.

  • Democratic leaders including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) have publicly supported Newsom, blaming the recall campaign on Republican politicians and pro-Trump, anti-mask and anti-vaccine extremists.
  • Caitlyn Jenner, a longtime Republican, officially filed to run for governor to replace Newsom on Friday.
  • The last time California voters recalled a governor from office was in 2003, when the state replaced Democratic Gov. Gray Davis with Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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Driving the news: The Geneva meeting yielded no immediate breakthroughs beyond agreements about ambassadors returning to work and plans to launch talks on nuclear security. But in classic Biden fashion — aviators on, jacket off and a one-liner about invading Russia he had to clarify was a joke — the U.S. president used a post-summit news conference to explain his approach.

Scoop: NRCC to accept cryptocurrency donations

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The Republicans' House campaign arm will begin accepting contributions in cryptocurrency, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: The National Republican Congressional Committee is the first national party committee to solicit crypto donations. That puts it at the forefront of a disruptive financial technology that could test campaign finance rules.

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In the 244-year history of the United States, the government has created 10 federal holidays. Juneteenth — to be marked on June 19 — will become No. 11.

Why it matters: It's not clear how all Americans will come to commemorate a day celebrating the formal end of slavery in the U.S., but it will come with all the trappings of the others: a day off for federal employees, and a potential close of businesses.