Jun 28, 2018

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Situational awareness: At least five people have been fatally shot at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland. A suspected shooter has been taken into custody.

  • Capital Gazette reporter Phil Davis tweeted while waiting to be interviewed by police: "A single shooter shot multiple people at my office, some of whom are dead... Gunman shot through the glass door So the office and opened fire on multiple employees. Can't say much more and don't want to declare anyone dead, but it's bad... There is nothing more terrifying than hearing multiple people get shot while you're under your desk and then hear the gunman reload."
1 big thing: How Trump properties get paid

Republican political campaigns and U.S. government agencies have spent more than $16 million on Trump properties for events, lodging, meals, rounds of golf and more since Donald Trump launched his presidential campaign in 2015, according to data collected by ProPublica.

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Data: ProPublica; Note: Chart does not include five undated payments and three payments of negative amounts; Chart: Harry Stevens/Axios

Why it matters: Government ethics watchdogs have claimed that this kind of spending reveals a presidential conflict of interest — or at the very least, is bad optics, Axios' Stef Kight notes.

  • In May, a federal judge allowed a lawsuit accusing Trump of breaking the Constitution's Emoluments Clause, which bans improper payments from individual states and foreign governments, to move forward. A final ruling is expected in July.

Be smart: ProPublica included a caveat that "federal taxpayer data is incomplete because agencies are fighting disclosure. We will add more as it comes in."

Go deeper: Read ProPublica's full report

2. What you missed
  1. Trump is consulting with advisers about replacing Chief of Staff John Kelly, the WSJ’s Rebecca Ballhaus and Peter Nicholas first reported. Go deeper.
  2. Pope Francis is hosting environmental leaders, researchers and activists next week at the Vatican to advocate for more aggressive action on climate change. Go deeper.
  3. 72% of Americans believe it's either very or somewhat likely that social media platforms intentionally censor political views that they consider “objectionable,” according to a new poll from the Pew Research Center. See the numbers.
  4. How inflation hits: Less than two years ago, a cup of coffee cost 450 bolivars in Venezuela. Today, as the nation's hyperinflation continues to skyrocket, a cafe con leche costs 1 million bolivars — or a mere 29 U.S. cents. Chart.
  5. They set a date: Trump's summit with Vladimir Putin will be on July 16th in Helsinki, Finland.
  6. Reality check: Many young migrant children who have been separated from their parents will have to face deportation proceedings alone as the Trump administration works to reunite these families following a court order. Go deeper.
Bonus: See Trump's short list

President Trump's list of nominees to replace outgoing Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court skews decisively conservative, per a measure that scores judges on a liberal-conservative spectrum.

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Data: Epstein, Martin, and Quinn, 2016; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon and Harry Stevens/Axios

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3. 1 fun thing

"Since 1981, single women over 55 have been the fastest-growing demographic of home buyers when compared with a multitude of other categories," the WSJ's Katy McLaughlin reports.

  • "Married couples are by far the largest group of home buyers, and single women the next largest group."
  • "But last year, single, older women made up 8.2% of all home buyers, roughly double the percentage of 20 years ago..."
  • "These women also buy homes at nearly twice the rate as their male counterparts."

P.S. "Forget drowning out the neighbors. Homeowners today are battling a different kind of noise: the cacophony of pings and dings coming from all the gadgets inside their homes." (WSJ)

Mike Allen