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LeBron James speaks to 2020 high school graduates on May 16. Photo: Getty Images/Getty Images for EIF & XQ

LeBron James is launching a voting rights organization that aims to inspire African Americans to register to vote and go to the polls for the 2020 presidential election this November, the New York Times reports.

What he''s saying: “Because of everything that’s going on, people are finally starting to listen to us — we feel like we’re finally getting a foot in the door,” James told the Times in a Wednesday phone interview.

  • "How long is up to us. We don’t know. But we feel like we’re getting some ears and some attention, and this is the time for us to finally make a difference," James told the Times.
  • James further explained he plans to use social media to fight voter suppression. To date, his political participation has largely been limited to social media posts and making a campaign appearance at one rally for then-candidate Hillary Clinton in 2016.

The big picture: The formation of the new organization — called More Than a Vote — is the NBA star's most significant move into electoral politics, per the Times.

  • The group includes other high-profile black basketball players including Trae Young, Skylar Diggins-Smith and Jalen Rose.

Go deeper: Michael Jordan pledges $100M to racial equality

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The top Republicans who aren't voting for Trump in 2020

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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said last week that he cannot support President Trump's re-election.

Why it matters: Hogan, a moderate governor in a blue state, joins other prominent Republicans who have publicly said they will either not vote for Trump's re-election this November or will back Biden.

Americans are super-sizing their holiday travel

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Americans are rushing back into holiday travel, and many are taking even longer trips now than they did before the pandemic began.

The big picture: After skipping Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings last year, many people are eager to maximize this year's celebrations with friends and family. And flexible remote working arrangements make that easier than ever.

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The potential GOAT of chess faces intriguing challenger

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The World Chess Championship between Norway's Magnus Carlsen and Russia's Ian Nepomniachtchi began on Friday, 1,094 days after Carlsen won his fourth consecutive title.

Why it matters: During the long, COVID-fueled layoff, chess entered a new era, and with the championship finally here, the age-old game is ready for its close-up.