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June 2, 2021 22 min

CA Gov. Gavin Newsom continues to face a recall vote, but the early momentum in getting the recall on the ballot has faded and Republicans are having difficulties making some of the attacks stick. The state is scheduled to reopen June 15, there is a budget surplus, and even the polls look good for Newsom right now with 57% opposing the recall. Carla Marinucci, senior writer for Politico’s CA Playbook, joins us for an update on the fight over Newsom’s political future.

Next, the housing market continues to be as crazy as ever with low inventory and sky high prices. But thousands of homes known as “whisper listings” or “pocket listings” are being reserved for certain buyers and it’s squeezing the supply even tighter. In some cases brokers may show an unlisted home to a small circle of buyers before publicly advertising that listing. Nicole Friedman, housing reporter at the WSJ, joins us for the dwindling options for home buyers.

Finally, the conversation about Covid-19 variants is changing in the hopes of avoiding confusion and stigma. The WHO has announced a new naming scheme that uses the letters of the Greek alphabet instead of numbers or a county’s name. The UK variant known as B.1.1.7 will now be Alpha and the South African variant will be Beta. Out of 24 letters in the Greek alphabet, 10 have already been assigned. Elizabeth Weise, national correspondent at USA Today, joins us for more.

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