Jul 9, 2018

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen
1 big thing: How to watch tonight's Trump show

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

President Trump will tie Barack Obama tonight for Supreme Court nominees, announcing his second choice after only 18 months in office.

  • His shortlist: Brett Kavanaugh, Amy Coney Barrett, Thomas Hardiman and Raymond Kethledge. [Go deeper]

The bottom line: Absent a major Trump surprise in primetime, this nominee will shift the court substantially to the right.

As Axios' Sam Baker noted on Twitter: "Do you think Trump will nominate the very conservative appellate judge, the very conservative appellate judge, the very conservative appellate judge, or the very conservative appellate judge?"

Be smart... You can ignore most of the reactions to tonight's choice. We're paying attention to the following list:

  • Vulnerable red state Senate Democrats: Claire McCaskill, Joe Manchin, Jon Tester, Joe Donnelly, Bill Nelson and Heidi Heitkamp
  • Moderate Republicans: Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski
  • Chuck Grassley and Dianne Feinstein, the chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the Senate Judiciary Committee
  • Legal experts: Neal Katyal, Elizabeth Wydra, Steve Vladeck, Randy Barnett, Orrin Kerr, Ed Whelan

Stay tuned: We'll alert the name when Trump says it, and we'll have the above list's reactions on Axios.com as soon as we can.

2. What you missed

Travis Pastrana jumps a row of crushed cars on a motorcycle in Las Vegas. Pastrana recreated three of Evel Knievel's iconic motorcycle jumps on Sunday, including the leap over the fountains of Caesars Palace that left Knievel with multiple fractures and a severe concussion. Photo: John Locher/AP

  1. U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson resigned today: His exit, along with Brexit Secretary David Davis on Sunday, is another blow to Theresa May's increasingly vulnerable government. How it happened.
  2. China's sharpest weapon against the U.S. is the volume of soybeans it imports, but it'll be difficult to maintain the war against American agriculture for too long given China's demand for the product. Go deeper.
  3. Uber says its users will eventually be able to order an electric scooter, thanks to a new strategic partnership and investment in Lime. This puts pressure on Lyft.
  4. Eight boys have now been rescued from a cave in Thailand where a group of 12 boys from a youth soccer team and their coach had been trapped for over two weeks. The latest.
  5. Starbucks is phasing out plastic straws by 2020, planning to replace them with a "strawless lid" and straws made of paper and recyclable plastic. Go deeper.
3. 1 fun thing

The Wall Street Journal features two fresh looks at the human condition:

  • Men are wearing watches for style, not telling time: "Today, it seems, style-conscious men are [copying Andy Warhold] treating their increasingly redundant wristwatches more like jewelry than a tool—a move that traditionalists might instinctively want to ridicule." [WSJ's Jacob Gallagher]
  • Supermarket are increasingly catering to men: "Lowes Foods... introduced gourmet sausage stations and 'beer dens'... in 14 locations four years ago... Hy-Vee Inc., a Midwest chain of more than 240 supermarkets, revamped its store recipe magazines this year to include sports stars on covers and weightlifting spreads... Mega Meat sales, where customers earn gas discounts, are particularly popular, Hy-Vee says." [WSJ's Anne Marie Chaker]
Mike Allen