Mario Kart Tour is in the middle of its Summertime Celebration, and has kicked off its Los Angeles Tour which will run until 27th/28th July. It doesn’t offer an all-new track but rather ‘a new route on Los Angeles Laps’; there’s also a new kart and outfit to get after.
As you can see below there’s the ‘Pinch Hitter kart’ which looks like the baseball hat table from Animal Crossing: New Horizons, albeit on wheels.
Mario can also get a helmet and a baseball uniform that’s seemingly designed to be as non-committal as possible – the pinstripe design and colours don’t quite match any current MLB uniform to avoid all those ‘Mario is an X fan, booooo’ comments. Well played, Nintendo.
Baseball loyalties aside, let us know if you’re planning to jump into Mario Kart Tour over the next two weeks!
The Republicans running to turn back Democratic gains in Arizona and flip a critical Senate seat next year will have to fight through a protracted, expensive primary first.
The race to face Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly has swelled with new Republican entrants in recent weeks — with the latest, Peter Thiel associate Blake Masters, officially launching his campaign Monday.
Masters, a 34-year-old executive for the billionaire tech investor’s firm, is backed by a $ 10 million super PAC investment from Thiel, and he is one of three first-time candidates in a Republican primary that also includes state Attorney General Mark Brnovich, who has twice been elected statewide, as well as businessman Jim Lamon and retired Maj. Gen. Michael McGuire.
Arizona’s Republican Party has been riven by deep divisions for more than a decade, and Democrats have capitalized on that by winning key statewide races with less than 50 percent of the vote in the past two elections. Now, the crowded, cash-flush Senate primary all but assures that Republicans will be fighting over who their nominee will be for more than a year, while Kelly, who narrowly won in 2020, rakes in cash and consolidates his position.
In an interview, Masters hit out at Kelly and the Democratic Party — but in a way that would also serve as a swipe at any elected official regardless of party, in a possible preview of the GOP primary fight to come as the candidates all try to show outsider credentials.
“We’ve got a leadership class, especially this current crop of Democrats in charge, that have totally failed,” Masters said.
“I’ve seen a lot in politics, I’ve worked a lot in politics, I just haven’t been corrupted like so many officeholders are,” he added, touting his experience running a PAC in the state in 2020 and as chief operating officer of Thiel Capital and president of the Thiel Foundation.
The race has been slower to develop than some of the GOP primaries in open Republican seats, and some Republicans were worried early on about a lack of serious contenders. Lamon became the first candidate in May. Brnovich and McGuire joined the race in June, and Masters rounded out the field so far this week.
“Republicans have some quality candidates now to choose from. I don’t think that was always the case, or at least there was a fear that would not be the case,” said Kirk Adams, a former chief of staff to GOP Gov. Doug Ducey. Adams said Brnovich was the early frontrunner because of his experience winning statewide, but he added that any of the Republican candidates could emerge from the primary.
Chris Hartline, a spokesman for Senate Republicans’ campaign arm, downplayed the intra party fight and said “whoever comes out of the Republican primary in Arizona will beat Mark Kelly,” calling him a yes vote for the Democratic agenda.
One Arizona Republican tracking the race said of the primary field: “At this point, I would say they’ve all got a lot to prove. They’ve got to earn their spot.”
The second-quarter campaign finance reporting deadline Thursday will provide an early look at the candidates’ fundraising, including whether any of them are investing personal funds in their campaigns. A fuller picture won’t emerge until October. But in the meantime Republicans acknowledge Kelly will have massive sums to fund his campaign. His fundraising apparatus never hit pause after winning a special election last November, and Kelly raised $ 6 million in the second quarter of this year and has $ 7 million cash on hand.
Part of the primary challenge for the Republicans will be proving they can keep pace with the Democratic incumbent, who is already facing GOP ads chipping away at him early.
“Mark Kelly set a new bar,” Adams said, highlighting the need for the Republicans to prove their financial chops. “They’re all very expensive races and you have to have the ability to message to those voters and that takes money.”
In the interview, Masters said he plans to focus on “law and order, securing the border and supporting police” and the economic recovery, focused on middle-class workers. He also criticized large tech companies and highlightedGOP culture war issues like opposition to critical race theory, which has been increasingly central to GOP candidates as an issue that revs up their political base. He highlighted those same issues in a video officially launching his campaign.
In the interview, Masters pushed back against the question of whether his criticism of tech companies in Silicon Valley is hypocritical given his close association with and support from Thiel, which is likely to be an issue raised by his opponents in the campaign.
“I don’t think it’s hypocritical at all. I actually know how this stuff works,” Masters said. “Most people who blather about big tech have no idea.”
Other GOP candidates have worked to establish their lanes in the early stages of the race. Brnovich has been a frequent guest on Fox News, and he has his touted role in the recent Supreme Court voting rights decision.
“Mark Brnovich has been at the front lines of the fights that matter for Arizonans,” said Joanna Duka, a spokesperson for his campaign.
Lamon, the first to enter the race, kicked off the campaign by touting his record founding a solar engineering and construction company in the state. Stephen Puetz, an adviser to Lamon, said it’s “hard to beat someone who’s the grassroots conservative candidate, is well funded and is the only proven job creator who built his own company from the ground up.”
McGuire, who is also running his first campaign, launched three weeks ago and was recently the head of the Arizona National Guard. His campaign said he’s seen donor and on-the-ground momentum already.
“Voters are sending a clear signal that they want someone with proven leadership,” Courtney Konderik, his campaign manager, said in a statement. “They realize it will take a general to beat the astronaut in this race.”
Like in other GOP Senate primaries, former President Donald Trump looms, and he will be at a rally in the state later this month. Masters said he had not yet met or spoken with Trump about his campaign, but he said he would welcome the former president’s support if he were to endorse in the race. Trump has not weighed in on the primary except to criticize Ducey and Brnovich prior to the attorney general’s campaign launch.
Masters called the 2020 election “messy” and didnot say if he believed the election was legitimate. Trump has repeatedly claimed the election was fraudulent, despite a lack of evidence, and many Republican Senate candidates have also questioned or attempted to undermine the election results.
“I think the election was a mess, and I don’t know for sure what happened. I know the result: Joe Biden was sworn in as president,” Masters said. He said he supported the controversial audit of results in Maricopa County, though he said he has not tracked it closely. Many Republicans and Democrats have spoken out against the audit, criticizing how it’s been conducted and calling it a sham process.
SAN DIEGO — College graduation season is picking up and SDSU is getting in on the festivities. The university will begin its in-person ceremonies on Tuesday. The ceremonies will take place at Petco Park and will run through Thursday.
The graduation ceremonies will include the 2020 graduates who were not able to have a commencement due to COVID-19 as well as the most recent 2021 graduates. However, some SDSU graduates opted to take part in virtual ceremonies.
San Diego State University will host seven separate ceremonies May 25-27 at Petco Park. The Fowler College of Business will host the largest ceremony, honoring 1,882 2021-degree candidates and 1,802 2020-degree recipients. The smallest, most intimate ceremony will be for the College of Education, which will award an estimated 964 2021-degree candidates and 825 2020-degree recipients
The graduations have a very strict set of rules including:
Commencement kicks off Tuesday at 9 a-m with the College of Education and goes through Thursday afternoon.
A full list of graduations can be found below.
Watch: TikTok star Bryce Hall moves to San Diego, says he was harassed at SDSU frat party
Bitcoin’s (BTC) institutional adoption shows no signs of slowing down. This week Latin America’s largest e-commerce company, Mercado Libre, disclosed that it had purchased $ 7.8 million worth of Bitcoin as part of its treasury strategy.
Mercado Libre was not only in this decision, as Metromile Inc., a Nasdaq-listed digital insurer also said it plans to buy $ 10 million worth of Bitcoin in the second quarter of this year. Additionally, Metromile will soon start accepting premiums and paying out insurance claims in Bitcoin.
Data from Glassnode suggests that investors who purchased Bitcoin in late 2020 are HODLing their positions. This shows that investors have not hurried to book profits on their positions after the sharp rally and that they are not dumping their positions on every minor correction.
As Bitcoin attempts to stage a strong comeback, several altcoins continue to rally. Let’s focus on three such tokens that have been short-term outperformers.
The BakerySwap (BAKE) ecosystem caters to both the decentralized finance participants and the nonfungible token clientele. With over $ 28 million in NFT trading volume, BakerySwap is the leading NFT marketplace on the Binance Smart Chain.
The protocol announced the launch of Bakery Gallery on April 27 to attract artists and collectors to compete with the NFT platforms on the Ethereum network. The gallery was opened with an exclusive 3D event where 16 artists dropped their artwork. According to the protocol, most of the artwork was sold between $ 2,400 and $ 20,000.
BakerySwap launched the CAR initial decentralized exchange offering on May 5. The owners of the CAR token can convert it into a car NFT design and a lucky winner will get an opportunity to win a real Tesla. The token will be listed on BakerySwap AMM after the IDO and can be used for liquidity farming or trading on the NFT supermarket.
BAKE soared from $ 1.12 on April 25 to $ 8.49 on May 2, a 658% rally in eight days. Usually, such strong rallies are not sustainable. The relative strength index (RSI) above 88 on May 2 could have attracted profit-booking from traders.
The first support on the downside is the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement level at $ 5.67. If this support cracks, the BAKE/BUSD pair could drop to the 50% retracement level at $ 4.80 and then to the 20-day exponential moving average ($ 4.14). The deeper the fall, the longer it will take for the next leg of the uptrend to begin.
If the price rebounds off the current level, the bulls will try to push the price above $ 8.49. If they succeed, the pair could start its journey to $ 13.04.
Contrary to this assumption, if the bears sink the price below the 20-day EMA, it will signal that supply exceeds demand. The pair could then make a bottoming formation before starting a new uptrend.
Syscoin (SYS) rolled out its Syscoin LUX release on April 30, which is a platform that supports fungible and NFTs including fractionalized NFTs, payments and non-custodial compliance. The protocol claims to support fast transactions at ultra-low costs and with the security of Bitcoin merge-mining.
Syscoin’s Notary feature enables token issuers to build smart contracts using external data sources to ensure the transactions are compliant with the built-in rules before they settle on the blockchain. According to Syscoin, this feature could be used to integrate tokens with existing financial markets.
On April 5, Syscoin announced a partnership with Quan and Elint, the largest blockchain development group in South America. This alliance will focus on business development and regional marketing. Syscoin also announced a collaboration with Klever on April 20, making it the chief mobile wallet of the Syscoin Ecosystem
In addition, the protocol had teased that a major announcement was due on May 6, which could have ignited investor’s interest. The announcement turned out to be an NFT marketplace on Syscoin.
SYS surged from $ 0.26 on April 25 to $ 0.90 on May 5, rising 246% in eleven days. The strong rally of the past few days had pushed the RSI above 79, indicating the rally was overextended in the short term.
The bulls tried to resume the uptrend today but could not clear the overhead resistance at $ 0.90. This could have attracted profit-booking, resulting in a drop to the 50% Fibonacci retracement level at $ 0.58.
The bulls are currently trying to defend this support. A strong bounce-off it will suggest the sentiment remains positive and the buyers are accumulating on dips. If the bulls thrust the price above $ 0.90, the SYS/BUSD pair could start its journey to the next possible target at $ 1.22.
Contrary to this assumption, if the bears sink the price below $ 0.58, the pair could extend its decline to the 20-day EMA ($ 0.48). Generally, deep falls like these delay the start of the next leg of the up-move.
Cryptocurrencies have gone mainstream with the influx of institutional investors in the past few months. However, the use of cryptocurrencies for paying for goods and services is still limited as merchants are skeptical of the volatility.
Utrust (UTK) has made it attractive for the merchants to accept crypto payments by introducing reverse staking and compound yield, which is expected to go live soon. Uturst will use part of the fees paid by the merchant to buy UTK tokens and lock it up in a staking pool for a year. At the end of the period, whatever is in the pool will be given to the merchant.
If the merchant leaves their earnings with Utrust instead of converting them into fiat and keeping in a bank, they will get a 10% annual percentage yield on the value, which will be bumped to 12% if they opt to get paid in UTK tokens.
Utrust announced on April 20 that it has tied with SwissBorg to be the main partner for the compound yield program. In the past few days, the payment platform has onboarded Belgium-based Independent Tesla dealer Nikola Brussels and travel company Arburton to the Utrust ecosystem.
UTK rallied from $ 0.33 on April 25 to $ 1.06 on May 5, a 221% rally in eleven days. Traders seem to be booking profits near the psychological level at $ 1 as seen from the long wick on the candlestick on May 5 and today.
The bears will now try to pull the price down to the breakout level at $ 0.74. A strong rebound off this level will suggest the bulls have successfully flipped it into support. The buyers will then make one more attempt to resume the uptrend.
If the bulls drive the price above $ 1.06, the UTK/USDT pair could start the next leg of the up-move that could reach $ 1.47. The rising 20-day EMA ($ 0.63) and the RSI near the overbought territory suggest the bulls have the upper hand.
This positive view will invalidate if the bears sink the price below $ 0.74. Such a move will suggest that traders are no longer buying the dips. That could result in a drop to the 20-day EMA.
The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph. Every investment and trading move involves risk, you should conduct your own research when making a decision.
Call of Duty Warzone Season 3 brings a number of big changes to the popular Battle Royale, the main one being the new Verdansk 84 map.
But while that will be the main draw for a lot of gamers, other events and cosmetic rewards are also being offered.
The Hunt for Adler provides new challenges for gamers, rewarding them with exclusive cosmetic items for their hard work.
And COD Mobile also joined in on the fun, with new Operators available to those who join the crossover event.
For those that might not know, COD Mobile is a separate game that has been built exclusively for Android and iOS devices.
Controllers can be used, but gamers are also able to play the game using touchscreen input.
There is currently no version of Warzone that can be played on mobile devices, so this latest event is purely for those who want to unlock new content across both games.
And to celebrate this major change in Warzone, Activision is running a crossover event that gives you the chance to recruit one of three Operators in Call of Duty: Mobile.
From April 22 to May 4, the “Radioactive Agent Redemption” event will be live in the Call of Duty: Mobile Events menu.
To participate, log into Warzone using your Call of Duty account, which needs to be linked to your Call of Duty: Mobile account.
Play a Warzone match and within 72 hours you will receive an exchange coin in your Call of Duty: Mobile mailbox.
These coins can be used to unlock for one of three Operators: T.E.D.D., Hazmat Soap, or the Hazmat Bomber.
Here’s how gamers with access to both games can participate in the new Call of Duty Season 3 event:
1. If you haven’t already, create an account or link your existing Call of Duty account in Call of Duty: Mobile. For the exact steps, see the “Account, Login Options and Friends” category in the Support menu under Settings in-game. If your account is already linked, skip this step.
2. On your platform of choice, update Modern Warfare® if you already have the full version, or download Warzone from the PlayStation Store, the Xbox Store, or from Battle.Net.
3. Log in to Warzone using the same Call of Duty account that you linked in Call of Duty: Mobile and complete one match in any playlist.
4. After successfully completing steps 1–3, you will receive the exchange token in your mailbox in Call of Duty: Mobile within 72 hours.
5. Once you claim the token, find the “Radioactive Agent Redemption” event in the Events menu and exchange it for the Operator of your choice.
Bonus: When you link your Call of Duty account in Call of Duty: Mobile for the first time, you will also receive the Ghost – Stealth Operator.
The fight over voting rights is emerging as one of the defining conflicts of the Biden era, and Georgia fired the opening shot with a set of new restrictions underscoring the political, legal and financial clashes that will influence whether Republicans retake Congress and the White House.
President Biden on Friday called Georgia’s new law an “attack on the Constitution” and said the Justice Department was “taking a look” at Republican voting efforts in the state, without offering any specifics.
“This is Jim Crow in the 21st century, it must end,” Mr. Biden said, a day after Gov. Brian Kemp signed the bill into law. “I will take my case to the American people — including Republicans who joined the broadest coalition of voters ever in this past election to put country before party.
“If you have the best ideas, you have nothing to hide. Let the people vote.”
Civil rights groups immediately challenged the Georgia law in federal court, backed by prominent Democratic voting rights lawyers. Several Black leaders described the legal skirmishes to come as an existential fight for representation, saying the law clearly puts a target on Black and brown voters. Protests against voting restrictions unfolded this week in state capitols like Austin, Texas, and Atlanta, and more lawsuits are expected.
Democrats, who have limited power in many state capitols, are looking to Mr. Biden and congressional Democrats for a new federal law to protect voting. Many in the party see the fight over voting as not just a moral cause but also a political one, given their narrow margins of victory in presidential and Senate elections in Georgia, Arizona and other battlegrounds.
Georgia’s sweeping new provisions, passed by a Republican-controlled Legislature, represent the most substantive overhaul of a battleground state’s voting system since last November’s election. It would impose stricter voter identification requirements for absentee balloting, limit drop boxes and forbid giving water and snacks to voters waiting in line.
But in a state where former President Donald J. Trump tried to persuade Republican election officials to reverse his loss, the measure went even further: It shifts the power and oversight of elections to the Legislature by stripping the secretary of state from chairing the state Board of Elections and authorizing the Legislature to name members to the board. It further empowers the state Board of Elections to have sweeping jurisdiction over county elections boards, including the authority to suspend officials.
Mr. Biden on Friday called Georgia’s new voting restrictions “un-American,” and sought to tie them to the Democrats’ push in Washington to enact the federal voting rights bill, which the House passed this month. The measure would put in place a raft of requirements intended to protect voting rights, including weakening restrictive state identification requirements, expanding early and mail-in voting and restoring voting rights to former felons.
The president said the new Georgia law was expressly what the House bill was designed to prevent. While Democrats in Congress debate abolishing the filibuster in order to pass the voting rights bill through the Senate, Republican legislators in more than 40 states have introduced hundreds of bills targeting voting access and seizing authority over administering elections.
And another crucial conflict looms this fall: the fights over redistricting to account for growing and changing populations, and the gerrymandering that will allow partisan majorities to limit the impact of votes by packing or splitting up population centers.
The gerrymandering disputes will determine the look of the House and dozens of state legislatures, in many cases locking in majorities for the next decade.
Bitter struggles over voting rights loom even in states with Democratic governors who can veto the legislation. In Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, Republican-controlled legislatures are planning to advance restrictive bills, and new Republican governors would most likely sign them into law if they are elected next year.
“The 2020 election is behind us, but the war over the future of our democracy is escalating,” said Jocelyn Benson, a Democrat who is the secretary of state in Michigan, where Republicans this week introduced numerous proposed restrictions on voting. “For anyone to believe that they can sit down and rest because the 2020 election is behind need look no further than what happened in Georgia as an indication that our work is far from over.”
Republicans, borrowing language from their previous efforts at curtailing voting access, have described the new bills as a way to make voting easier while limiting fraud. Mr. Kemp, upon signing the bill into law, said it would “make it easier to vote and harder to cheat,” even though the state’s own Republican election officials found no substantive evidence of fraud.
Mr. Kemp on Friday pushed back at Mr. Biden’s criticism, saying, “There is nothing ‘Jim Crow’ about requiring a photo or state-issued ID to vote by absentee ballot.”
“President Biden, the left and the national media are determined to destroy the sanctity and security of the ballot box,” Mr. Kemp said. “As secretary of state, I consistently led the fight to protect Georgia elections against power-hungry, partisan activists.”
Jessica Anderson, the executive director of Heritage Action for America, the political arm of the conservative Heritage Foundation, said Georgia would serve as a model for other Republican-run states.
“The country was watching closely what Georgia would do,” Ms. Anderson said in an interview. “The fact that they were able to get these reforms through sets the tone and puts Georgia in a leadership role for other states.”
The Justice Department was aware of Georgia’s voting law, a spokeswoman said on Friday, but provided no further comment. A White House official said the president, in his comments, was assuming this was an issue the department would review.
The department’s civil rights division would most likely have lawyers investigate whether to file an independent lawsuit, said Tom Perez, the former labor secretary who also previously ran the department’s Civil Rights Division during the Obama administration. It could also take part in the case that was filed by civil rights groups by filing a so-called statement of interest or moving to intervene as the plaintiff, he said.
But this is a precarious time for the federal protections in place. In 2013, the Supreme Court gutted one of the core provisions of the Voting Rights Act, clearing the runway for much of the current legislation aimed at restricting voting. The remaining protection, in Section 2 of the act, is facing a new challenge before the Supreme Court, with arguments heard last month.
The debate is also spilling over into the corporate arena. Activists across the country have been chastising companies they see as silent on the issue of voting rights. In Georgia on Friday, numerous civil rights groups and faith leaders issued a call to boycott some of the standard-bearers of the Georgia business community — including Coca-Cola — until they took action against the effort to restrict voting access.
The early battle lines are increasingly centering on two key states that flipped from Republican to Democratic in 2020, Arizona and Georgia. Those states are also home to large populations of voters of color, who have historically faced discriminatory laws at the polls.
Two battleground states that remained in Republican control in 2020 — Texas and Florida — are also moving forward with new laws restricting voting.
In Florida, lawmakers are looking to ban drop boxes and limit who can collect ballots for other voters, among other provisions, even after an election that the Republican chair of the state party touted as the “gold standard” and that Republicans won handily.
Blaise Ingoglia, a Republican state representative who has sponsored some of the legislation, said that while the election was successful, it was “not without challenges and problems that we think we needed to fix.” He cited the use of ballot drop boxes, which he helped write into law but he said were not adequately being administered.
“They said the same thing with the last election bill, that we wrote it and they said it was voter suppression, and the exact opposite happened: We had more people vote in the state of Florida than ever before,” he said. “We have 40 days of election with three different ways to vote. How can anyone say voter suppression?”
In Arizona, Republican lawmakers have advanced legislation that would drop voters who skip consecutive election cycles from the permanent early voting list. The list currently consists of roughly 3.2 million voters, and critics of the legislation estimate it would purge roughly 100,000 voters.
Wisconsin Republicans have proposed many restrictions on the disabled, new limits on who can automatically receive an absentee ballot and a requirement that absentee voters provide photo identification for every election — as opposed to having one on file with their municipal clerk.
The measures are certain to be vetoed by Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat, but their sponsor, the Republican State Senator Duey Stroebel, said Friday that the legislation would encapsulate the party’s principles heading into the midterm elections.
“It will define that we as Republicans are people who want clean and fair elections in the state,” Mr. Stroebel said.
Wisconsin Democrats, confident in Mr. Evers’s veto, are eager to have a voting rights fight be front and center ahead of the 2022 elections, said State Senator Kelda Roys, a Democrat.
“People hate the idea that their right to vote is under attack,” Ms. Roys said. “The freedom to vote is just popular. It’s a great issue for Democrats.”
The torrent of Republican voting legislation, Democrats say, undermines faith in elections.
“Even in states where they won’t be passed and have been introduced, like in Colorado, they’re dangerous,” said Jena Griswold, the secretary of state in Colorado. “The rhetoric of lying and trying to manipulate Americans to keep political power is dangerous. It led to all the death threats that secretaries of state and election officials received in 2020. It led to the insurrection.”
Reporting was contributed by Jennifer Medina, Patricia Mazzei, Katie Benner and Thomas Kaplan.