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Bucks in 6: Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks got the last laugh. The Bucks overcame a 2-0 NBA Finals deficit, clinching their title last night with a Game 6 win over the Phoenix Suns. This is the team’s first championship since 1971.

Here’s what we’re talking about:

Millennials and Gen Z will bring down the GOP – if Democrats don’t screw it up
US life expectancy fell by its most since World War II, mostly thanks to COVID-19
3 things to know about Tom Barrack, the latest Trump ally to face criminal charges

What we’re watching today: The Senate is expected to hold a procedural vote on a bipartisan infrastructure agreement later today. It’s most likely destined to fail.

1. AN AGE-OLD PROBLEM: Younger voters pose a genuine existential threat to Republicans. Millennials and Gen Zers are voting for Democrats by much larger margins than previous generations. But the generational crisis hasn’t fully hit the GOP yet.

My colleague talked to top strategists on both sides of the aisle on what’s to come:

The boom is about to bust: 2020 was the last election in which baby boomers will make up a plurality of the electorate. Millennials and Gen Zers are expected to make up 44% of eligible voters in 2024. The larger shift will only accelerate from there.

“Obama was not just a blip,” said Kristen Soltis Anderson, a GOP pollster. She said fellow Republican strategists felt the party’s struggles with young voters would end once President Barack Obama left office. But instead, President Donald Trump only deepened the age divide.

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Demographics aren’t always destiny: President Joe Biden won a smaller share of voters of color than Hillary Clinton did in 2016. Latino voters swung to Trump by 8 points. It’s certainly possible that Republicans could flip the narrative here too.

But experts aren’t so sure: They point out that unlike some previous generations, millennials aren’t warming up to the GOP as they grow older. The one big unknown remains an unforeseen event that could dramatically alter American politics.

Read why strategists say getting serious about the climate crisis could be the GOP’s only hope.

2. Trump aides are getting booted from the federal payroll today. But he’s still getting taxpayer money: In all, Trump’s transition staff of at least 17 people was expected to receive about $1.3 million in federal salary and benefits from January 20 to today. Trump can still use taxpayer money to cover staff, but he’ll get progressively less over time. More on the trappings of ex-presidents that Trump now gets, including a six-figure pension.

3. Recapping Jeff Bezos’ journey into space: The richest man on Earth briefly left the planet aboard a New Shepard rocket designed and built by Blue Origin, the spaceflight company he founded in 2000. Bezos quickly said he would be down for a return journey. And …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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