Jul 30, 2019

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Breaking ... Back-to-back World Cup winner Jill Ellis will step down as the head coach of the U.S. women's national soccer team in October.

Good afternoon. Today's PM — edited by Shane Savitsky — is 540 words, a 3 minute read.

1 big thing: Celebs largely shun 2020 spotlight

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

Bernie Sanders made waves ahead of his time in the debate spotlight tonight with a conversation on "canceling student debt, climate change and raising the minimum wage" with rapper Cardi B for an upcoming campaign video.

  • Why it matters: "We [are] working on a way to involve more young people in the political process," Sanders told CNN. "The future of America depends on young people. They are voting in large numbers, but not large enough numbers."

Proving his point, Cardi B's Instagram post about their sitdown pulled in nearly 2.5 million engagements on that platform alone, per social media analytics firm NewsWhip.

  • The Vermont senator didn't say whether or not Cardi B had endorsed his 2020 bid, but the two have been mutually complimentary on Twitter over the last few months.

The big picture ... Their meeting bucks a trend throughout the 2020 Democratic campaign: Celebrities have largely stayed away from wading into the race. The WashPost asked earlier this month: "Are you there, Oprah?"

That hasn't stopped some celebrities from endorsing with their wallets. The second quarter saw some big names open their checkbooks for their preferred candidates, reports CNN:

  • Pete Buttigieg fared best with the Hollywood set, raking in cash from Michael J. Fox, Ellen DeGeneres, Rob Reiner, Sharon Stone, Kevin Bacon, Larry David, Gwyneth Paltrow and John Stamos — among a slew of other stars.
  • Kamala Harris, the hometown senator for many in the entertainment industry, saw contributions from Sean Penn, Jennifer Garner and Don Cheadle.
  • Joe Biden pulled in a donation from America's favorite movie star: Tom Hanks.

Go deeper: What to watch tonight ... Axios' Alexi McCammond writes in her debate preview that Beto is trying for a campaign reset.

Bonus: Pic du jour
Photo: Wang Hua/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images

One of the world's only surviving giant panda triplets enjoys a birthday cake during a birthday party at the Chimelong Safari Park in Guangzhou, China.

  • Meng Meng, Shuai Shuai and Ku Ku turned five this week.
2. What you missed
  1. California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill, aimed at President Trump, requiring presidential and gubernatorial candidates to release five years of tax returns in order to appear on the state's primary ballot. Details.
  2. More than half of federal aid meant to help American farmers cope with the negative impacts of the U.S.-China trade war went to the largest and wealthiest farms. By the numbers.
  3. An 18-month Senate investigation found that the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee and USA Gymnastics "knowingly concealed" the sexual abuse of gymnasts by team doctor Larry Nassar. Go deeper.
  4. The Capital One hack may have compromised the Social Security numbers of 140,000 customers. What to do if you're affected.
3. 1 soap thing

Toiletries at the Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok. Photo: May Tse/South China Morning Post via Getty Images

The parent company of Holiday Inn and InterContinental Hotels announced that its nearly 843,000 guest rooms are switching to bulk-size bathroom amenities by 2021 as part of an effort to cut waste, writes the AP:

  • InterContinental Hotels Group uses an average of 200 million bathroom miniatures every year, and said customers expect them to act responsibly.

Why it matters: About 60% of the 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic produced throughout history has ended up as waste, with more than three-fourths of that going into landfills or the environment.

🌳 P.S. ... Ethiopia planted about 350 million trees yesterday to fight climate change and deforestation, per The Guardian.

Mike Allen