Good Thursday morning.
Situational awareness: Only two Philadelphia Eagles planned to go to the White House before President Trump canceled the visit, AP reports.
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Something big is happening beneath the noise of tweets and Trump rage: The contours of the 2020 Democratic message and approach are taking form.
Be smart: This is a lot like Hillary’s message in 2016 — with an even bigger government solution health care twist. That didn’t work so well for her.
Read on for my colleague Sam Baker's reporting on how these trends are already playing out.
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The next great health care war is already starting. It’ll be about costs this time, not coverage, and Democrats are the ones firing the first shots, Axios health care editor Sam Baker reports:
Dems want to talk about it. Vulnerable red-state Democrats like Sens. Joe Manchin in West Virginia and Claire McCaskill in Missouri are focusing their campaigns on drug costs and the opioid crisis. Single-payer advocates are emboldened, too.
The other side: Republicans, on the heels of their own internal bloodletting over whether and how to repeal the ACA, have a less unified message on health care.
Every area of the globe has warmed since instrument records began in 1880, NASA data shows, Axios science editor Andrew Freedman reports:
These two satellite images — one from Feb. 5, one from yesterday — show the hamlet of San Miguel Los Lotes, Guatemala, before and after it was encased in volcanic material from Sunday's eruption of Volcan de Fuego, the Volcano of Fire.
"He Delivered Pizza to an Army Base in Brooklyn. Now He Faces Deportation" — N.Y. Times' Liz Robbins:
A dilemma for news organizations in this epic era is that President Trump isn't just the biggest story in politics. On many days, he's the biggest story in business, the biggest story in media, the biggest story in tech, the biggest global story.
The same phenomenon is infusing campaigns. Boston Globe State House reporter Matt Stout found that from statewide races to local contests, the politics and the debate can often be all about Trump:
Ian Bremmer of the Eurasia Group, which this week held a 20th anniversary gala, sends Axios AM readers this pointed dispatch about the upcoming G7 summit (Group of Seven major industrial nations) in Quebec, Canada.
President Trump is scheduled to attend beginning tomorrow, although he is complaining vociferously about going. We have kept Ian's distinctive punctuation style:
Jared Kushner visits with guests before Iftar dinner. The Kuwaiti ambassador to the U.S., Salem Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, is to his right. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
President Trump hosted diplomats from Muslim countries in the White House's State Dining Room last night for the administration's first Iftar, an evening meal that breaks the fast during the holy month of Ramadan.
"Two House Republicans have questioned [the Natural Resources Defense Council], contending that by praising China’s efforts to reduce pollution while criticizing American shortcomings it could be working as an agent of Chinese influence," the N.Y. Times' Austin Ramzy writes from Hong Kong:
24 kisses in 24 hours ... The N.Y. Times Magazine's annual New York issue is devoted to love in the city over the course of a single day: Saturday, May 19. All the photos were shot between midnight and 11:59 p.m.
See all 24 covers, and read Jake Silverstein's editor's letter.
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