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Situational awareness: For the fourth year in a row, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors meet in the NBA Finals — the first time in North America’s four major team sports that the same teams made the championship four times in a row. (NBA.com)
Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios
A record number of women running for office in America. The #MeToo movement taking down men worldwide. Ireland voting two-to-one to legalize abortion. Some Silicon Valley companies promising to make 50% of their workforce female. Young women increasingly dominating men in high school and college classrooms.
Axios future editor Steve LeVine says the trend looks like a third spike in the century-long women's revolution:
Be smart: Despite the promising current surge, equality for women remains elusive and distant. As Leandra Zarnow, the history professor, put it: "The 21st century is not a post-feminist era. More work needs to be done."
A trio of new stories give useful glimpses into how President Trump operates:
What we learned on Monday, May 28, 2018 — Day 494 of President Trump:
HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan issued this statement on the Unaccompanied Alien Children Program: "These children are not ‘lost’; their sponsors — who are usually parents or family members and in all cases have been vetted for criminality and ability to provide for them — simply did not respond or could not be reached when this voluntary call was made."
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and his wife, Karen, pay Memorial Day respects to their son, Marine Second Lt. Robert Kelly, lost to a land mine in Afghanistan in 2010 at age 29.
Candidates who support a single-payer (government-paid) health care system — or at least some expansion of government health coverage — are winning important Democratic primaries, Axios' Caitlin Owens reports:
"Silicon Valley financiers are losing leverage to star entrepreneurs ... Founders of highflying startups are increasingly wresting control of their companies from venture-capital backers and extracting huge pay packages tied to going public," The Wall Street Journal's Rolfe Winkler and Maureen Farrell write (subscription):
The Financial Times has a new tracker, featuring race cars and a 🏁, "Track the market cap race to a trillion: Will Apple, Amazon, Microsoft or Alphabet reach the ‘quatro commas’ club first?" (Subscription)
Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios
At an average of almost $3 a gallon, pump prices are 60 cents more than last Memorial Day, and the highest in four years. In her weekly energy column, "Harder Line," Axios' Amy Harder reveals the culprits:
Drill deeper with Amy's full column in the Axios stream.
Politico health care reporter Dan Diamond tweeted Sunday: "I went by the Newseum’s wall of 50 state newspapers, with front pages from around the nation."
"'Spider-Man,' a Migrant in Paris, Scales Building to Save a Child" — N.Y. Times' Aurelien Breeden and Alan Cowell, in Paris: