Daily Brief: Elon Musk Rants at S&P, Biden Resists Newest Ukrainian Requests

Also, Billy McFarland, the man behind promoting the disastrous Fyre Festival, has been released from prison

» Tesla Cut from S&P 500 ESG Index, and Elon Musk Tweets His Fury In Musk’s latest Twitter rant, he claims “ESG is a scam” as the corporate governance organization cuts Tesla from their index. The removal was due to continual claims of discrimination in Tesla workplaces as well as rising autopilot vehicle crashes. [Reuters]

» Biden Resists Ukrainian Demands for Long-Range Rocket Launchers President Biden and The White House have steered away from supplying Ukraine with military aid, despite officials from the country claiming the U.S. long-range rocket launchers would be crucial in fighting Russia. [Politico]

» Fyre Festival Promoter Billy McFarland Out Of Prison On Early Release The infamous mastermind behind the Fyre Festival disaster has been let out of prison just before hitting the four-year mark of his sentence. McFarland was officially released on March 30 and transferred to community confinement, where he will likely remain until August. [Deadline]

» Nicole Kidman Snubbed From Tom Cruise Career Montage at Cannes Though Kidman was married to Cruise for more than a decade and starred in three films with him, the actress was absent from his career montage at Cannes. [Variety]

» Jimmy Kimmel ‘Is Such a Positive Person’ That He Tested Positive for COVID-19 Again The famed late-night television host has tested positive for COVID—again. “I’m such a positive person, I tested positive AGAIN,” Kimmel tweeted Tuesday. “I am feeling fine.” [Los Angeles Times]



LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 22, 2022 – – U.S. Rep. Karen Bass makes a point as businessman Rick Caruso listens during a mayoral debate at Bovard Auditorium on the USC campus on March 22, 2022. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

How Money and Hollywood’s Elite Are Reshaping L.A.’s Mayoral Race

Across the rooftop of Bad Robot Productions on Tuesday night, a fundraiser for Los Angeles mayoral hopeful Karen Bass was the local politics event du jour. Attendees mingling in Santa Monica, above “LA’s coolest office,” found themselves among some choice Hollywood elites. J.J. Abrams, Katie McGrath, Shonda Rhimes—all were there to tout the career and potential of the race’s former presumed frontrunner, who will spend the next few weeks locking heads with wealthy developer Rick Caruso in what is constricting into an air-tight Democratic primary.

For Bass’s campaign, this event will ideally do two things: raise money and cement her as the darling and clear pick for Hollywood’s liberal set. But any campaign cash or uptick in individual donor numbers from such a star-studded event will give the congresswoman a mostly inconsequential boost; these figures can be an indicator of viability, but it’s unclear if it’s only optics when one’s cash totals are dwarfed by a billionaire rival. Recent data, however, is showing that the two leading candidate’s war chests are lopsided in two ways—in terms of Caruso’s vast amount of money in the bank and the number of individuals Bass has throwing funding her way. Following the money and these donor numbers is a steadfast way to feel out a campaign’s trajectory and potentially predict a race’s outcome. But this year, looking at who is funding Bass, or which influential figures have slid over to Camp Caruso, the city’s divide begins to crystalize—as do some truths about what these candidates must do to win.


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