Jan 14, 2020

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Happy Tuesday! Today's PM — edited by Shane Savitsky — is 397 words, a 1.5-minute read.

⚖️ Situational awareness: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said it's "likely" that President Trump's impeachment trial will begin next Tuesday.

  • Speaker Pelosi confirmed that the House will vote to transmit the articles of impeachment and name its impeachment managers tomorrow.
1 big thing: America's heart disease epidemic

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Americans are increasingly dying of heart disease and strokes as they hit middle age — and the trend is happening across the country, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of mortality rates.

Why it matters: It suggests "that the underlying causes of cardiovascular disease are universal and difficult to address," the Journal found.

  • While the South has traditionally seen higher rates of deaths from cardiovascular disease, the spike is occurring in some of the healthiest places in the country — even outdoorsy Colorado.
  • Three metro areas in the state saw their cardiovascular death rates spike 25% from 2010–11 to 2015–16 despite "robust access to exercise and health care."
  • "Like much of America, the region is undergoing changes that foster more stress and sedentary lifestyles."

By the numbers: 18% of American kids and roughly 40% of adults are now obese, according to CDC data released last year.

  • More obese children means there will be more adults with chronic conditions like diabetes — which can’t be cured, only managed — and these diseases increase the risk of further complications, per Axios' Sam Baker.

The bottom line, via Axios' Caitlin Owens: Our health care system incentivizes caring for sick people, not keeping people healthy.

Bonus: Pic du jour
Photo: Nikki Brickett/RR Auction via AP

This handwritten draft of the 1960 speech by Sen. John F. Kennedy announcing his intention to run for president is among hundreds of items associated with the late president that will be auctioned later this month.

  • The whole collection is being offered as a single lot with a minimum starting bid of $1.5 million. (AP)
2. What you missed
  1. European leaders triggered the Iran nuclear deal's "dispute mechanism" over continued violations, a move that could lead to the restoration of sanctions. Details.
  2. Boeing had more canceled orders than new purchases in 2019 — the first time that's occurred in at least three decades. Go deeper.
  3. Microsoft patched a major Windows flaw after it was turned over to the tech giant by the National Security Agency. Why it matters.
  4. Existing tariffs on China could stay in place through the 2020 election to ensure China adheres to the forthcoming "phase one" trade deal, Bloomberg reports.
3. 🎵 1 "Bond" thing

Billie Eilish performs at Austin City Limits in October. Photo: Suzanne Cordeiro/AFP via Getty Images

Pop wunderkind Billie Eilish, 18, will perform the theme song to the newest James Bond movie, "No Time to Die." She co-wrote the song with her brother and collaborator, Finneas.

  • That makes her "the youngest artist in history to write and record a James Bond theme song."
Mike Allen