❗ Quote of the day ... Joe Biden to Stephen Colbert on CBS' "The Late Show," regarding his V.P. pick: "I honest to God don't know who. I promise you right now."
Biden said a team has gone down "a preliminary list of people" and asked general questions like: "Why would they be interested, or not interested, in the job?"
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She can't be a soccer mom, because soccer's canceled. She's not a conventional security mom, since America's biggest threat is now measured in microns.
Why it matters: The presidency may hinge on the women's vote — how many white, suburban women who backed President Trump in 2016 will abandon him now, and how many women of color who stayed home four years ago will turn out for Joe Biden.
Celinda Lake, a Democratic pollster who has done some polling for the Biden campaign, said:
During the pandemic, the share of Americans using video calls has swelled from less than half to around two-thirds, with women leading the way, says Chris Jackson of Ipsos Public Affairs, pollster for the Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index.
One in four women say that on their videoconferences, they're talking about politics and current events, according to the Axios-Ipsos data. That translates to millions of voters.
Democratic strategist Jesse Ferguson, the first person we heard use the term "Zoom moms," tells Axios that long before the coronavirus, focus groups were showing suburban women "had problems with Trump’s character flaws."
1 fun thing: Though the sample size is small, our polling suggests a correlation between drinking and talking politics.
Go deeper: "What Zoom women are saying."
Delegates in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photo: Andy Wong/Pool/AP
China plans to impose new national security legislation on Hong Kong that could ignite fresh pro-democracy protests.
President Trump said of the crackdown: "If it happens, we’ll address that issue very strongly."
A pro-democracy Hong Kong legislator, Dennis Kwok, told reporters through his mask: "This is the end of Hong Kong. This is the end of 'one country, two systems' — make no mistake about it."
BBC China correspondent Stephen McDonell said on BBC World: "As an indication of how worried [the Beijing authorities] are, every time we talk about this, they're pulling the plug on our feed."
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Dozens of world leaders in business, finance and politics will convene June 3 to discuss how the global economy can be "reset" — with climate change a defining theme — as nations recover from the coronavirus pandemic, Axios' Amy Harder reports.
A forum spokesman told Axios that the meeting "will see various guests from the public and private sector make contributions on how we can achieve a 'Great Reset' of our global economic system in the post-COVID era."
Pete Souza, former chief White House photographer for President Obama, took this photo in Madison, Wisc., as part of an 18-photographer portfolio for Esquire, "Main Street in America: 62 Photos That Show How COVID-19 Changed the Look of Everyday Life."
For the last four weeks, counties newly designated as having a high prevalence of coronavirus cases — meaning at least 100 cases per 100,000 people — were more likely to have voted for President Trump than Hillary Clinton in 2016, Axios Vitals author Caitlin Owens writes from a Brookings analysis.
Why it matters: There's a notable partisan split in views of the virus.
The bottom line: The virus doesn't care about politics.
Questions about the economic fallout from the pandemic have overtaken questions about the virus itself, Axios' Stef Kight writes from Google search data from around the world.
Health-oriented searches have been supplanted by questions about jobs, unemployment, furloughs and government aid.
Mark Zuckerberg announces Facebook Shops on Tuesday. Photo: Kyodo News via Getty Images
During a town hall for Facebook employees yesterday, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company will move "in a measured way" toward a substantially remote work force — a hint of the profound post-pandemic changes that society has coming, reports Axios' Sara Fischer.
"The first steps," Zuckerberg added, "will be aggressively opening up remote hiring around the whole U.S. and Canada, especially for experienced engineers, as well as letting some employees request to become permanent remote workers."
What to watch: The result could reimagine not just Silicon Valley but other cities as companies expand hiring in places like Atlanta, Dallas and Denver, where Facebook plans to open "hubs" for new, mostly remote, hires. (AP)
Photo: Leah Millis/Reuters
President Trump shows off a mask he wore outside the range of news photographers at a Ford plant in Ypsilanti, Mich., that's been making ventilators.
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"In a decision that could reshape the nation’s college admissions process, University of California regents unanimously voted ... to suspend SAT and ACT testing requirements through 2024 and eliminate them for California students by 2025," the L.A. Times' Teresa Watanabe reports.
Photo: John Locher/AP
Above, LaTahja Frazier (left) and Laborskie Frazier are married at The Little Neon Chapel in Las Vegas.
What it's like: Brides and grooms sanitize their hands and get their temperature checked before walking down the aisle. Guests are rare and typically don face masks. And drive-thru weddings are more popular than ever.
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