Aug 29, 2018

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Situational awareness: President Trump confirmed our reporting on White House Counsel Don McGahn, tweeting today that he anticipates McGahn's departure after the confirmation process for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

  • This prompted a surprised tweet from Senate Judiciary Chair Chuck Grassley: "I hope it's not true....U can't let that happen."
1 big thing: McCain's sendoff begins

Cindy McCain stands over the casket during a memorial service today at the Arizona Capitol. Photo: Ross D. Franklin-Pool via Getty Images

John McCain's body rested in state today in Arizona's State Capitol Rotunda, with a private ceremony on what would have been his 82nd birthday.

  • Speakers at the service included Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, Sen. Jeff Flake, and former Sen. Jon Kyl.
  • Ducey: "Picturing an Arizona without McCain is like picturing Arizona without the Grand Canyon. It’s just not natural."
  • The public viewing started after the service.
  • "By the time the service ended and the rotunda was cleared, at least 100 people had already gathered outside to wait for the public viewing," the AP reported.
Photo: Ross D. Franklin/AFP/Getty Images
Photo: Ross D. Franklin/AFP/Getty Images

What's next: McCain will have a memorial service in Phoenix on Thursday where Joe Biden will deliver remarks.

  • McCain's body will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on Friday.
  • Saturday features a memorial service at the Washington National Cathedral with eulogies from former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
  • He will be buried Sunday at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, Maryland.

Go deeper: See more photos from today's service

Bonus: Pic du jour

Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

A man escapes the scorching D.C. heat today by sitting under an umbrella near the Washington Monument.

2. What you missed
  1. The U.S. economy grew at a rate of 4.2% in the second quarter — more than the initial estimate of 4.1%. The upward revision marks the economy's best performance in four years.
  2. Vladimir Putin has softened his plan for pension reform in response to his falling approval rating and the threat of nationwide protests.
  3. Chuck Schumer wants a federal framework for sports betting, but casinos and gaming groups don't want Congress to get involved. Go deeper.
  4. 65% of conservatives say social media companies are censoring conservatives and conservative ideas from their sites, according to a new Media Research Center/McLaughlin & Associates poll. Go deeper.
  5. Florida's Republican gubernatorial nominee Ron DeSantis told Fox News this morning that the state is on a good course and it shouldn't "monkey this up" by voting for a liberal like his Democratic opponent Andrew Gillum, who would be the state's first African-American governor. This sparked a debate over race. Watch the clip.
3. 1 flight thing

Qantas Airlines is working on "Project Sunrise," a plan to create the longest flights on Earth by providing direct services to London and New York City from Sydney by 2022.

  • The airline is "sizing up the long-range Airbus A350 against Boeing’s 777X... Competition for the contract could help Qantas get the design and price it wants," Bloomberg's Angus Whitley reports.
  • The 20+ hour from Sydney to London would feature planes decked out with amenities such as bars, gyms, bunks and child care, with airlines focused on how to keep people healthy for such long stints in the air.
  • The big picture: Long-haul flights are returning to vogue, even with higher fuel prices. The Singapore to NYC flight is relaunching in October.

Buckle in...

Mike Allen