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The single biggest threat to Republicans' long-term viability is demographics, Axios' Jim VandeHei and I write in a piece popping this morning:
About last night: Trump paused while speaking at a "Make America Great Again" campaign rally in Greenville, N.C., to savor supporters' new roar: "Send her back!"
For any Republican thinking past 2020, here are numbers to fear, reported by Axios' Stef Kight:
This wave is only accelerating, as Stef reported in "America's majority minority future":
Between the lines: Trump clearly thinks this is good short-term politics.
The House easily killed, 332 to 95, a maverick Democrat's resolution to impeach President Trump for his insults against lawmakers of color.
Why it matters, from AP: The roll call underscored that the number of liberal Democrats open to impeachment remains substantial and may be growing.
What's new: "There are now upward of 700,000 podcasts, according to the podcast production and hosting service Blubrry, with between 2,000 and 3,000 new shows launching each month," Jennifer Miller writes in the N.Y. Times.
AM readers: What's your favorite pod I haven't heard of? ("The Daily": Check!)
New icons in the next versions of iOS and Android will allow couples of all races and genders to better represent themselves, with dozens of new skin tone and gender combinations, Axios chief tech correspondent Ina Fried reports:
Also new to the standard emoji palette: garlic, waffles and otters.
Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios
Elon Musk says he has charted the long path to merging man and machine, Axios emerging tech reporter Kaveh Waddell writes:
The big picture: Around the world, top research labs are building brain–computer interfaces (BCIs), devices that can both read brain activity directly from neurons and write information straight into the brain.
The bottom line: BCI, Musk says, is the best defense against a future in which AI suddenly surpasses human intelligence and leaves our species behind.
The Orlando Sentinel this week reprinted this front page from 1969, when NASA astronauts were preparing to blast into space for humanity's first moonwalk.
Mark Leibovich checked in periodically with Mayor Pete Buttigieg through the spring, for this N.Y. Times Magazine story:
Buttigieg has a knack for reducing the intractable issues of American life to some academic-sounding "project," as if racial inequality were just another puzzle for the smart kids at McKinsey — where Buttigieg worked as a consultant after college — to solve. ...
Buttigieg told me that if he was not a politician, he might have been a writer. "If I was more creative, I would have been a novelist," he told me. "I can do the prose, but I just don’t have the imagination that it takes."
He seems to very much enjoy the narrative journey of campaign life, with its cinematic pace and stranger-than-fiction turns. Best of all is that he gets to be the central player in his story. ...
"If nothing else, being in the middle of this has allowed me to shed a lot of the illusions of how it all works. ... I’ve discovered that a show like 'Veep' is more realistic than most Americans would care to imagine."
Netflix stock dipped more than 10% yesterday following the company's announcement that it lost over 100,000 U.S. subscribers last quarter instead of an expected gain of 300,000, writes Axios' Sara Fischer.
Looking ahead, it's estimating higher third-quarter subscriber growth in light of new popular content additions, like the third season of "Stranger Things," as well as new seasons of "The Crown" and "Orange is the New Black."
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios
What's new: McClatchy is creating a local news outlet to serve Youngstown, Ohio, just weeks after the city's daily newspaper, The Vindicator, announced it would be closing, writes Axios' Sara Fischer.
Why it matters: Newspaper closures that started in rural America are creeping towards small and medium-sized cities. Often, the closing of local papers leaves communities without the watchdogs that can keep municipal governments accountable and productive.
Paul McCartney, 77, has already written about seven songs for his first stage musical, an adaptation of "It's a Wonderful Life," AP reports from London:
Producers are aiming for a late 2020 launch.
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