Warning Track: “Kennedy’s upstart We the People party still has a slim chance of winning the White House. As of now, he’s on the ballot only in the state of Utah. Yet his movement’s potential to ‘spoil’ the election remains very real. Kennedy knows this. In fact, he owns it. But he rejects the premise that he’s more likely to pull voters away from one particular candidate. Rather, he sees himself as a bipartisan menace. ‘Our campaign is a spoiler.'” The Atlantic (Gift Article): Where RFK Jr. Goes From Here. (This campaign is a joke, his VP pick is a joke, and his conspiracy theory hogwash is a joke. But don’t kid yourself. In a country where a major party nominates a treacherous, lying, criminal, RFK will have plenty of takers, and he could take votes away from major candidates in meaningful ways.) And his running mate not only has money. She has some RFK-ish health tips. “Nicole Shanahan has for years denounced IVF — calling it ‘one of the biggest lies that’s being told about women’s health today’ … At the same time, she has also been a vocal proponent of and financial backer for unconventional research into the possibility of helping women having children into their 50s and exploring no-cost interventions to help women conceive, such as exposure to sunlight.”

+ Double Steal: “The panel of three judges last year concluded that South Carolina’s Republican-led legislature ‘exiled’ 30,000 Black voters from the district to make it safer for a White GOP incumbent, Rep. Nancy Mace.” But now a court has ruled that South Carolina doesn’t have the the time to fix things and the state will therefore use the congressional map deemed unconstitutional. Cheating seems to work pretty well.

+ Ugly Finder: “Saudi Arabia was on Wednesday appointed chair of the United Nations’ top forum for women’s rights and gender equality, a controversial designation for a nation known for its discrimination against women.” (Next you’re gonna tell me that a heathen who tried to overthrow a democracy is selling bibles with a copy of the Constitution…)

+ In the Squat: “He makes his way into homes occupied by squatters, squatting along side them until he can force them to leave. He brings cameras, recording every moment as he creates as many minor nuisances as he can until they get fed up with him.” “The Squatter Hunter” takes aim at illegal tenants across California.

+ Foul Tips: “Chevron is the city’s largest employer, largest taxpayer and largest polluter. Yet when it comes to writing about Chevron, The Richmond Standard consistently toes the company line. And there’s a reason for that: Chevron owns The Richmond Standard.” NPR: Chevron owns this city’s news site. Many stories aren’t told.

+ Hot Dog’s Grandstand Play: “Controlled remotely by state troopers, it first checked the two main floors before finding someone in the basement. The person, armed with a rifle, twice knocked over the robotic dog before shooting it three times and disabling its communication.” Robotic police dog shot multiple times, credited with avoiding potential bloodshed.

+ Reign Delay: “When Beyoncé announced Cowboy Carter — an ode to her country and Southern roots — it sent some fans and naysayers into a social media frenzy. But for Carter, the real-life cowgirl and rodeo veteran, and others, it was a time to feel nothing but pride. Their wish for all the Beyoncé uproar? Those folks will finally recognize that Black women and girls reign supreme at the rodeo. Carter added that most people questioned why Bey, a Houston native, hadn’t entered the country music scene sooner.” The Legacy of Black Cowgirls.

+ Cutt-Off, Man: “Now that Mizuhara’s life is under a microscope, key aspects of his biography have proved difficult to confirm; others are outright false. His whereabouts for nearly a decade after graduating from high school in L.A. County are still largely a mystery. He apparently lied about the college he attended and overstated the nature of a previous job with Major League Baseball, in addition to accusations that he misled Ohtani for months — perhaps even years — about a gambling addiction.” LA Times (Gift Article): The mysterious life — and questionable claims — of Shohei Ohtani’s interpreter. (What’s an Opening Day without a little bad Dodgers news…) And if gambling is largely legal, why are bookies still a thing? ESPN: What to know about bookies amid the gambling scandal around Ohtani.