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House Speaker Pelosi, last June. Photo: Toya Sarno Jordan/Getty
Amid the hullabaloo over purported immigrant hordes, alleged Chinese perfidy on trade and a Green New Deal, Americans — crossing lines of age, party and gender — are united in what they really care about, according to a new poll: health care.
Eighteen months before the presidential election, the finding suggests potential peril for President Trump should he be seen as insensitive on the issue, says John Della Volpe, polling director for RealClear Opinion Research, which conducted the survey.
For all generations, the No. 1 and 2 issues combined are making sure that all Americans have access to health care and lowering its price, according to the poll.
Democrats are bound to double down on the issue: "It's only the earliest days of his campaign. But when it gets to the general election, there is no question that if [Trump] doesn't address his plan for health care in America, it will be a problem," Della Volpe tells Axios.
At this stage, both parties have staked out sharp-edged positions:
Thought bubble from managing editor David Nather: "There are other issues that both parties are working on — like lowering drug prices. But the lawsuit won't help Republicans defend themselves against Democratic warnings that they'd get rid of health coverage for people with pre-existing conditions. That message helped drive the big Democratic gains in 2018."
Morehouse commencement 2019. Photo: Marcus Ingram/Getty Images
It’s commencement season in the U.S., and thousands upon thousands of students are graduating with unprecedented debt, Erica writes.
On Sunday, billionaire tech investor Robert F. Smith chipped away at the crisis by paying off all the student loans of nearly 400 young men — the graduates of Morehouse College.
The big picture: All told, Americans owe $1.5 trillion in student loans. That debt is preventing huge swaths of young people from entering the middle class.
But the burden is not shared equally. Smith's gift to the historically black, all-male college targets a group that's among the most affected by the student debt crisis.
Axios' Dan Primack spoke last night to Morehouse College president David Thomas.
Our thought bubble: Smith threw the ball to his fellow 1%-ers. The pressure is now on the country's other millionaires and billionaires — many of whom are commencement speakers — to pony up.
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We received much response to last week's post about a new, low-paid category of workers who empower AI. One was from Johanne Sterling from New York:
The title of your article "The new sharecroppers" is click-baity at best and disturbingly callous and disregards the deeply painful history of slavery and how sharecropping was a disgusting racially based system of control at worst.
Sharecroppers were violently retaliated against and this was a system specific to the southern U.S. to enforce white power throughout this region of the country. It was violently enforced and it was a mutation of a violently enforced system of slavery and sexual violence by white men and women in America.
These individuals who do this AI work are moving from work they chose and aren't thought of as barely human. There is an assumption that they are human just like the people who [run] these tech companies even though they are poor. The systems of slavery and sharecropping were built on white people believing that they were inherently superior to black people in every way possible (they were wrong) and building an entire society on top of that belief, a society that we are not yet free of.
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
The fixers who incite feverish competition for jobs (Cezary Podkul — WSJ)
Wanted: Mind-reading AI chauffeurs (Joann Muller — Axios)
Will the U.S. or China blink first? (Sam Fleming, James Politi, Tom Mitchell — FT)
Life is improving for lowest-paid workers (The Economist)
Is dentistry a science? (Ferris Jabr — The Atlantic)
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Amazon (the company) has prevailed over the Amazon (the enormous South American rainforest) in a long-standing dispute over a precious domain name: ".amazon," Kaveh writes.
Eight countries in Latin America had been grappling with the Seattle tech giant over the domain name for seven years, reports Camilla Hodgson for the Financial Times. Today, the international body in charge of domain names took the company’s side.