Apr 20, 2018

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen
1 big thing: The post-Columbine generation walks out

Students walk out from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Students nationwide walked out of their classrooms today to commemorate the 19th anniversary of the shootings at Columbine High School, and to demand action on gun control.

Why it matters: These teens have grown up in a world where school shootings are far too normal.

By the numbers:

  • 13 students died at Columbine.
  • At least 122 have since been killed in mass school shootings.
  • 187,000 students have attended an institution where there was a shooting during school hours, the Washington Post reported last month.
  • This is the second major student walkout since 17 were killed at Marjory Douglas Stoneman High School in February.

One memorable quote: "We're here to say no more shootings," 16-year-old Olivia Pfeil of Wisconsin told Reuters. "We're expecting change or come next election cycle we will support politicians who are listening to the voices of the youth."

Go deeper: More pics from the nationwide walkout

P.S. A student was shot and wounded in a Florida classroom today, shortly before the scheduled walkout.

2. What you missed
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The U.S. has conducted more than 14,000 airstrikes over 3 years in Syria. Data: Operation Inherent Resolve. Get the data; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios
  1. Wells Fargo is being fined $1 billion by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for auto loan and mortgage abuses against their clients.
  2. The DNC filed a lawsuit today asking for millions of dollars from the Russian government, WikiLeaks, and the Trump campaign for Russia's "all-out assault on our democracy..." Details.
  3. Former FBI Director James Comey faces a Justice Department probe over whether he illegally leaked classified information when giving the now infamous Comey memos to a personal friend, the WSJ reports.
  4. Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe’s lawyers said today that they are seeking ways to release emails and phone call transcripts between McCabe and Comey. More.
  5. Xi's trade war propaganda coup: The U.S. Department of Commerce may have issued a corporate death sentence to Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE by banning American firms from selling to it for 7 years, but the episode has strategic and propaganda value for Beijing. Dive in.
  6. P.S. The first episode of “Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story" is set to premiere today at the Tribeca Film Festival. Backstory.
3. 1 weekday thing

Walmart is testing new dress codes to see if it helps recruitment and retention, Bloomberg's Matthew Boyle reports.

  • "Employees in some of Walmart Inc.’s 4,700 stores will now be allowed to wear shirts of any solid color, rather than just blue or white, according to an employee manual obtained by Bloomberg News."
  • "Blue jeans are also permitted -- as long as they’re solid blue -- whereas previously only khaki-colored or black denim pants were allowed. Visible facial tattoos are forbidden for those hired after April 14, the manual said."

Why it matters: Testing dress code changes, paired with wage hikes and bonuses, is a sign the company is taking the tighter labor market more seriously.

Mike Allen