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Nick Kristof and director of the Purdue Policy Research Institute Laurel Weldon speaking at an event in 2017. Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof formed a political action committee on Tuesday called "Nick for Oregon" ahead of a potential run for Oregon governor.

Why it matters: The move would allow Kristof, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, to raise money and hire staff for a potential gubernatorial campaign.

The big picture: In July, Kristof told two Oregon newspapers that he was considering running for governor in 2022.

  • Current Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) is term-limited after this year.
  • Kristof decided to take a leave from the Times in July while he weighs his decision, the New York Times reported.
  • "All I know for sure is that we need someone with leadership and vision so that folks from all over the state can come together to get us back on track," Kristof said in July.

Of note: Kristof may not be able to meet Oregon's three-year residency requirement for governor, as he most recently voted as a resident of New York just last year, Oregon Public Broadcasting reports.

  • He moved back to his hometown farm in Yamhill, Oregon, in 2019, according to The Oregonian.

What they're saying: Carol Butler, a political consultant who has been working with Kristof in a volunteer capacity said that the committee is allowing the campaign to "continue exploration," according to OPB.

  • “I think that he’ll be a very attractive candidate. I think he’ll attract the resources he needs to run a very competitive race,” Butler added.

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White House unveils plan to "quickly" vaccinate kids ages 5-11

Charles Muro, 13, is inoculated at Hartford Healthcare's mass vaccination center at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Connecticut. Photo: Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images

The White House on Wednesday released its plan to vaccinate children between the ages of five and 11, pending authorization from the Food and Drug Administration of the first COVID-19 shot for that age group.

The big picture: The White House said it has secured enough vaccine supply to equip more than 25,000 pediatric and primary care offices, hundreds of school and community health clinics, as well as tens of thousands of pharmacies, to administer the shots.

1 hour ago - Sports

Where it stands: Weed policies by U.S. sports league

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

With public support for marijuana legalization nearing unanimity, and more athletes using cannabis to treat pain, the four major U.S. sports leagues continue to reduce restrictions and punishments.

Driving the news: NBA players won't be subject to random marijuana testing this season, an extension of an agreement between the league and its players' union that began ahead of the 2020 Orlando restart.

4 hours ago - World

Scoop: Jake Sullivan discussed Saudi-Israel normalization with MBS

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA/Bloomberg and Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan raised normalization with Israel during his recent meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, three U.S. and Arab sources tell Axios.

Why it matters: Saudi Arabia would be the biggest regional player to sign onto the "Abraham Accords" peace agreement with Israel, and such a major breakthrough would likely convince other Arab and Muslim countries to follow suit.

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