Stories by Juliet Bartz

The rural America death spiral

Illustration of a tractor plowing a field in the shape of a heart monitor that is petering out
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Many of the nation's current pathologies are taking a heavy toll on the majority-white population living in rural America, which was severely impacted by the opioid crisis and has dealt with falling populations, job losses and rising suicide rates.

Why it matters: The malaise and discontent that President Trump has tapped into goes beyond the racism we've seen over the past few weeks and includes anger at a changing world and frustration at dwindling opportunities close to home. These trends are further entrenching the rural-urban schism that came to light in the 2016 election.

Exclusive: Leaked Trump vetting docs

Various fragments of Trump transition team vetting documents
Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

Nearly 100 internal Trump transition vetting documents leaked to "Axios on HBO" identify a host of "red flags" about officials who went on to get some of the most powerful jobs in the U.S. government. 

Why it matters: The massive trove, and the story behind it, sheds light on the slap-dash way President Trump filled his cabinet and administration, and foreshadowed future scandals that beset his government.

Axios360 & the United States Conference of Mayors: Driving Cities of the Future

Shane Karns

How will technology and innovation impact city infrastructure? Axios Executive Editor Mike Allen discussed with:

  • The Honorable Mitch Landrieu, President, U.S. Conference of Mayors, Mayor, New Orleans
  • The Honorable Eric Garcetti, Chair, U.S. Conference of Mayors Infrastructure Task Force, Mayor, City of Los Angeles
  • Dr. Mory Gharib, Director, Center for Autonomous Systems and Technologies, California Institute of Technology
  • Mr. Dan Katz, Director of Global Public Policy and North American Projects, Hyperloop One

Thank you Postmates for sponsoring this event.

Mayor Garcetti introduces Mike Allen and welcomes him to Los Angeles. Shane Karns
Dr. Gharib discusses how autonomous systems (i.e. flying ambulances) will improve public safety. Shane Karns
Katz explains how Hyperloop One could transform transportation. Shane Karns
In LA's historic Union Station, Mike speaks with Mayor Garcetti and Mayor Landrieu about the importance of investing in infrastructure. Shane Karns
Mike asks the two mayors the chances they'd face each other in a primary. Garcetti responds: "I was hoping you'd say 'ticket.'"Shane Karns
The future tastes good.Shane Karns