Today’s Buzz features the beginning of the 2020 election (yes, really), decriminalized street vending, and American institutions. The Buzz is adorned with the works of Auckland photographer Akhil Suhas who has been taking photos of people wearing Gandalf’s robe in New Zealand/Middle Earth’s landscapes.

Right Now with Ian Davidson

What I’m Doing: Attending the Justice Reinvestment Summit

What I’m Listening to: OPB’s Think Out Loud

What I’m Watching: The Late Show

We’re Buzzin’

Andrew Puzder Withdraws From Consideration as Labor Secretary: Mr. Puzder, a prominent fast-food executive, faced doubts from several Republican senators amid attacks on his business record and personal life.

Trump Kicks Off His 2020 Reelection Campaign on Saturday: Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign was a work of virtuoso improvisation: Even though it seemed to be in permanent chaos, with frequent changes of leadership, perpetual gaffes, and a strategy devised on the fly, the Republican managed to defeat the elaborate, best-and-brightest, data-wonk team of Hillary Clinton. If the early indications hold, it doesn’t look like Trump is going to fly on a wing and a prayer again in 2020. In fact, he’s kicking the campaign off on Saturday, with a rally in Melbourne, Florida.

American Institutions Are Pushing Back Against Trump: Nothing Donald Trump has done since becoming President is particularly surprising. The attacks on judges and the press, the clash of civilizations worldview, the ignorance of public policy, the blurring of government service and private gain, the endless lying, the incompetence, the chaos—all were vividly foreshadowed during the campaign. The Republican-led  Congress’ refusal to challenge Trump was foreseeable too. The number of Republicans willing to oppose Trump’s agenda pretty much equals the number who refused to endorse him once he became the GOP nominee.

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A Very Early Look At The Battle For The House In 2018: Heading into the 2010 and 2014 midterm elections, President Obama was not popular. His job approval rating was at or below 45 percent, and most polls showed more people disapproved of his performance than approved of it.

Teaching People To Be More Energy Efficient Means We Can Build Fewer New Power Plants: In addition to driving down energy needs in the U.S., efficiency programs like home energy reports and educational initiatives could also save consumers billions off their electricity bills.

E.U. Parliament Votes to Ratify Canada Trade Deal and Send Trump a Message: Though the vote was not the final approval for the agreement, it was a success for the accord, which aims to cut many tariffs and open up the services sector.

Americans are seriously stressed about the future of the country, survey finds: Political talk is consuming therapy sessions, the American Psychological Association reports, with Muslim Americans, immigrants and victims of sexual trauma especially prone to greater stress since the election.

Where Is Rex Tillerson? Top Envoy Keeps Head Down and Travels Light: The secretary of state has skipped major events, and he is visiting Germany, his first foreign trip in office, with a bare-bones entourage as hiring for his staff lags.

Gov. Abbott tells NFL to back off from threats over ‘bathroom bill’: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is showing no signs of backing down from threats by the NFL that passage of a so-called “bathroom bill” requiring people to use public restrooms that correspond to the sex on their birth certificate could mean no more Super Bowls for the Lone Star State.

Millennial drivers are highway hazards, survey shows: 88% of Millennial drivers engage in some form of risky behavior behind the wheel.

World’s First Passenger Drone Readies for Takeoff in Dubai: This summer, commuters may have another option for moving around Dubai as a pilotless drone is prepared to shuttle passengers around the city.

Local Gov Confidential

Lessons from Oroville: Resilience for Scarcity and Abundance: Swings in weather-related fortunes will continue to push to unprecedented extremes, in California, in Texas, in Boston, in Long Island, in Louisiana, and everywhere else.

Temple city manager to retire: Temple City Manager Jonathan Graham announced in a press release today that he will retire from the city of Temple effective June 23.

LA City Council votes unanimously to decriminalize street vending The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday voted unanimously to decriminalize street vending — a move long sought by immigrant advocates who argued that sidewalk sellers should not face criminal charges that could place them at risk of being deported.

Salt Lake City vision includes public market, streetcar: Area leaders’ downtown Salt Lake City wish list includes a public market in the vein of San Francisco’s Ferry Building, a “world-class” sports and fitness facility, and a streetcar that would link neighborhoods around the University of Utah to the city’s core.