July 27, 2023
🍦 It's almost Friday! Today's PM — edited by Natalie Daher — is 500 words, a 2½-min. read. Thanks to Sheryl Miller for the copy edit.
🗓️ 1 big thing: Trump's packed docket
Former President Trump and his legal team are staring down the prospect of three civil and two criminal trials before Election Day 2024, Axios' Erin Doherty reports.
⚖️ Why it matters: If Trump's two current criminal trial dates hold, he could largely clinch the GOP presidential nomination before voters learn whether he has been convicted on any charges.
- In special counsel Jack Smith's Jan. 6 and 2020 election probe, Trump's lawyers met with prosecutors today about another possible indictment.
🖼️ The big picture: Trump's first criminal trial in a hush-money case is scheduled to start on March 25, 2024, less than three weeks after Super Tuesday, when more than a dozen states will vote.
- His trial date in the federal classified documents case is May 20, 2024 — toward the end of the GOP primary season.
Legal peril is already a centerpiece of Trump's campaign, a strategy that would likely intensify if he is the Republican nominee.
2. ☎️ 911 calls unanswered
Most U.S. emergency call centers are understaffed, new data found, leaving 911 calls to go unanswered, Axios' Sareen Habeshian reports.
- The worker shortage can have significant implications for people seeking help during a crisis.
"You're being put in queue until a call taker is available," Karima Holmes, vice president of public safety at a tech company focused on emergency communications, told Axios.
State of play: Respondents to a national survey conducted in May cited stress and low wages as the main obstacles to attracting and keeping employees.
- There's a generational problem too. Fewer younger workers are stepping up to replace those who are retiring or burning out.
3. Catch me up
1. 🌡️ July will be Earth's hottest month, scientists have declared, warning the future will be worse. Five days short of August, extreme weather across multiple continents has proven deadly and costly — and will continue in the U.S. into August. Go deeper.
2. 📈 The U.S. economy expanded at an unexpected 2.4% annual rate in the second quarter — showing striking resilience. A range of indicators raise hopes that a potential recession remains far from reality. Go deeper.
3. 🍻 Bud Light brewer Anheuser-Busch is laying off around 350 employees. While it's less than 2% of its U.S. staff, the company has struggled to win back customers in the fallout of a controversial ad campaign. Go deeper.
4. ✈️ Bigger airplane bathrooms
More accessible bathrooms are coming to single-aisle aircraft, Axios' Alex Fitzpatrick reports.
- Why it matters: Bathroom accessibility requirements previously applied only to larger multiaisle planes, which traditionally flew longer routes.
Under a new DOT rule, newly built single-aisle aircraft with at least 125 seats will be required to have bathrooms big enough to fit both a passenger with a disability and an aide.
- The rule, which doesn't kick in for about a decade, won't require older planes to be retrofitted with new bathrooms meeting the requirements.