Jan 8, 2019

David Hogg: Trump should declare national emergency on gun violence

Parkland school shooting survivor and gun control activist David Hogg criticized President Trump's proposal for a national emergency to fund a border wall on CNN Tuesday, countering that "40,000 Americans dying annually from gun violence is a pretty damn good" topic for a national emergency instead.

The state of play: House Democrats will introduce a bill that will require background checks on private transactions for gun sales on Tuesday. The bill's introduction coincides with the 8th anniversary of the shooting of former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords, was nearly killed in a shooting that left six others dead in 2011.

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First look: Trump courts Asian American vote amid coronavirus

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The president's re-election campaign debuts its "Asian Americans for Trump" initiative in a virtual event tonight, courting a slice of the nation's electorate that has experienced a surge in racism and harassment since the pandemic began.

The big question: How receptive will Asian American voters be in this moment? Trump has stoked xenophobia by labeling COVID-19 the "Chinese virus" and the "Wuhan virus" and equating Chinatowns in American cities to China itself.

How the U.S. might distribute a coronavirus vaccine

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Now that there are glimmers of hope for a coronavirus vaccine, governments, NGOs and others are hashing out plans for how vaccines could be distributed once they are available — and deciding who will get them first.

Why it matters: Potential game-changer vaccines will be sought after by everyone from global powers to local providers. After securing supplies, part of America's plan is to tap into its military know-how to distribute those COVID-19 vaccines.

Amazon is gaining on shipping giants

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Amazon is emerging as a transportation juggernaut that could threaten carmakers, package delivery firms and even ride-hailing companies.

Why it matters: By building its own logistics ecosystem and investing in promising electric and autonomous vehicle startups, Amazon could lower its shipping costs to the point that partners like UPS become competitors instead.