Apr 16, 2021

Axios PM

Happy Friday! Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 489 words, a 2-minute read.

1 big thing: Biden promise delayed

President Biden departs the East Room yesterday. Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden will keep this year's refugee admissions at the historic low set by the Trump administration.

The big picture: This is a walk-back of a campaign promise — and a reversal from February, when Secretary of State Tony Blinken told Congress the administration would raise the cap this fiscal year from 15,000 to 62,500.

A senior administration official said the administration grew concerned that the surge of border crossings by unaccompanied minors was too much and "had already overwhelmed the refugee branch of the Department of Health and Human Services," the N.Y. Times reports.

  • However, "migrants at the border go through a separate vetting process than those fleeing persecution overseas."

Biden is adjusting limits to allow more slots for refugees from Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia, and lifting Trump's restrictions on resettlement from Somalia, Syria and Yemen, reports Axios' Shawna Chen.

  • The Biden administration has admitted only 2,050 refugees at the halfway point of this fiscal year.
2. 100 days, in black and white

Longtime NBC News reporter (and avid photographer) Frank Thorp V is out today with a spectacular photo essay marking 100 days since the Capitol siege.

  • Frank made the pictures with a 1950s, large-format Speed Graphic film camera (with a WWII aerial reconnaissance lens called a Kodak Aero Ektar) on black-and-white film that he developed at his house.

NBC News was kind to share three of the photos with Axios PM readers:

Photo: Frank Thorp V/NBC News

Capitol Police officers, from left: Lt. Rani Brooks, Capt. Carneysha Mendoza and Officer Anthony Booth.

  • Officer Booth: "We protected every member of Congress, not one member of Congress was hurt with a scratch that day. … We protected every staffer that was in here, everybody was accounted for."
Photo: Frank Thorp V/NBC News

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in her office.

Photo: Frank Thorp V/NBC News

Sen. Mitt Romney, standing in the hallway where Officer Eugene Goodman heroically diverted him and others back to the chamber, and away from the attackers.

3. Catch up quick

Screenshot: CNN

  1. FedEx says the Indianapolis shooting suspect, age 19, was a former employee at the facility where eight were killed. Go deeper.
  2. 🇬🇧 Just 30 mourners are invited to tomorrow's funeral for Prince Philip, from "1. Queen Elizabeth II" to "30. Penelope Knatchbull, Countess Mountbatten of Burma, a friend of Prince Philip, married to the grandson of Philip’s uncle Lord Mountbatten." Read the list.
  3. America is finally starting to make a dent in its housing shortage, according to new Census Bureau figures.
  4. A member of the far-right Oath Keepers militia pleaded guilty to charges from the Capitol siege. Go deeper.
  5. Russia will expel 10 U.S. diplomats in retaliation for new U.S. sanctions. Go deeper.
4. COVID cookbooks

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Home cooks who can't smell have an influx of new recipes to choose from as COVID-related anosmia spurs innovation in the kitchen, Axios Local editor Hadley Malcolm reports.

  • For people with the common COVID-related symptom of smell loss, coffee is simply hot water, popcorn is "thorny foam," or food smells like garbage.

The big picture: At least one cookbook is out for those with compromised senses. Another is in the works, smell researcher Robert Pellegrino (one of the authors) told Axios.

  • To get an idea of the dishes, think: hot rice with cold chicken, onigiri, juicy omelets.

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