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Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, who's stepping down on Aug. 2. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Puerto Rico Justice Secretary Wanda Vázquez, the next in line to succeed Gov. Ricardo Rosselló when he officially steps down on Aug. 2, tweeted Sunday that she doesn't want the job.

Why it matters: It throws Puerto Rico's leadership into further turmoil, following Rosselló's resignation announcement last week after days of massive protests over his role in text messages that were leaked. The group chat included sexist and homophobic language and the mocking of Hurricane Maria victims.

The big picture: Former Secretary of State Luis Rivera Marín, who would have been next in line as governor, was one of more than a dozen officials who resigned over the messaging scandal, per AP. Treasury Secretary Francisco Parés would then be the next candidate, but the 31-year-old is too young to be governor, the Wall Street Journal notes.

  • That leaves interim Education Secretary Eligio Hernández, who only took over from Julia Keleher in April after she resigned, per the WSJ, which notes Keleher was arrested on corruption charges this month. She pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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Kellyanne Conway's parting power pointers

Kellyanne Conway addresses the 2020 Republican National Convention. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

Kellyanne Conway has seen power exercised as a pollster, campaign manager and senior counselor to President Trump. Now that his term in office has concluded, she shared her thoughts with Axios.

Why it matters: If there's a currency in this town, it's power, so we've asked several former Washington power brokers to share their best advice as a new administration and new Congress settle in.

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GOP holdouts press on with plans to crush Cheney

Screenshot of emails to a member of Congress from individuals who signed an Americans for Limited Government petition against Rep. Liz Cheney. Photo obtained by Axios

Pro-Trump holdouts in the House are forging ahead with an uphill campaign to oust Rep. Liz Cheney as head of the chamber's Republican caucus even though Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told them to back down.

Why it matters: What happens next will be a test of McCarthy's party control and the sincerity of his opposition to the movement. Cheney (R-Wyo.) is seen as a potential leadership rival to the California Republican.

Democrats aim to punish House GOP for Capitol riot

Speaker Nancy Pelosi passes through a newly installed metal detector at the House floor entrance Thursday. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

House Democrats plan to take advantage of corporate efforts to cut funding for Republicans who opposed certifying the 2020 election results, with a plan to target vulnerable members in the pivotal 2022 midterms for their role in the Jan. 6 violence.

Why it matters: It's unclear whether the Democrats' strategy will manifest itself in ads or earned media in the targeted races or just be a stunt to raise money for themselves. But the Capitol violence will be central to the party's messaging as it seeks to maintain its narrow majorities in Congress.

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