Nov 13, 2018

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Situational awareness: Amazon made it official today, announcing D.C. and N.Y.C. will split HQ2.

  • Nashville was also chosen for a new operations center, with 5,000 jobs.
  • Amazon will receive more than $2.8 billion in government incentives.
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1 big thing: The new Democrats in DC

Nancy Pelosi's office got an unusual visitor today, as congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joined environmentalists in a climate change protest at the minority leader's office.

The big picture: Democrats are riding a wave of at least 32 new House seats, and the new members have an expectation for change that may remind some of eight years ago.

Be smart: The House Democratic freshman class is loaded with history-makers who aren't afraid to stir things up.

  • "The safe seats of elected rabble-rousers," said a veteran Democratic source. "These are people who don't fit the traditional mold of a member of Congress."
Photo: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez/Instagram

What's next: Democrats will vote on leadership, and the new members are getting a crash course in how to Congress.

  • Come January, they'll have the gavels and the pursestrings — along with the expectation from their base to get something done.

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Bonus: Pic du jour

Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer meets with Democratic senators-elect Kyrsten Sinema and Jacky Rosen.

2. What you missed
  1. White House staff drama: Melania Trump has called for the removal of deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel, saying she "no longer deserves the honor" of holding her position, according to a statement from spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham obtained by CNN's Kate Bennett.
  2. The migrant caravan could reach the U.S. on Sunday. Go deeper.
  3. Trump vs Macron: Fresh off his Paris swing, Trump tweeted that French wine could face tariffs, taunted the French about German blitzkrieg in WWII and mocked Macron's approval ratings. Recap.
  4. Facing FDA regulations, Juul is announcing steps to prevent the youth from smoking e-cigarettes. Go deeper.
  5. CNN is suing Trump and several staffers over the revocation of Jim Acosta's press pass. Go deeper.
  6. There were 17% more incidents of hate crimes reported in 2017 than in 2016. Go deeper.
3. 1 Gaga thing

"Lady Gaga can’t shake her character from 'A Star Is Born.' And she doesn’t want to," Ramin Setooodeh writes in a new Variety profile of the musical superstar.

  • "'I feel Ally inside of me,' Gaga says of the rising musical icon she plays in the film. 'I wonder how long she’ll stay. Or if she’ll be in there forever.'"
  • "Gaga, 32, is still processing the overwhelming success of her first movie... Her vulnerable portrait of a fledgling musician has made 'A Star Is Born' the movie event of the fall, catapulting Gaga into a new sphere."
  • "Musical legends like Cher and Bette Midler used to effortlessly carry their own cinematic vehicles in the ’80s and ’90s, but few professional singers have recently accomplished the trick. (Just ask Mariah Carey about the bomb that was 'Glitter.')"

Dive in.

Mike Allen