Oct 25, 2019

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 516 words, a 2-minute read.

Situational awareness:

  1. Treasury is reporting a 26% increase from the 2018 budget deficit to $984 billion for the fiscal year 2019, the highest in 7 years. Go deeper.
  2. A federal judge has ordered the Justice Department to show House Democrats the secret evidence gathered by the Mueller investigation. Go deeper.
  3. The UAW has reportedly approved its new contract with GM, ending its 40-day strike, sources told CNBC.
1 big thing: Son of sharecropper eulogized by presidents

A military honor guard lays the U.S. flag on the casket of Rep. Elijah Cummings at New Psalmist Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Rep. Elijah Cummings was born the son of a sharecropper, and died a leader of such regard that presidents delivered eulogies at his funeral.

  • In Baltimore today, politicians and civil rights activists joined family and friends to honor the late congressman, who became the first African-American lawmaker to lie in state at the U.S. Capitol. He died last week at the age of 68.

What they're saying:

  • Barack Obama: "We are supposed to introduce them as honorable. But Elijah Cummings was honorable before he was elected to office. There's a difference. There's a difference if you were honorable and treated others honorably outside the limelight."
  • Bill Clinton: "[W]e should hear him now in the quiet times at night and in the morning, when we need courage, when we get discouraged ..."
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: "He held himself to a high standard and that is why I called him the North Star of Congress, our guiding light."
  • Hillary Clinton: “Like the prophet, our Elijah could call down fire from heaven. But he also prayed and worked for healing."
  • Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: "In a Congress whose culture is preoccupied with seniority and tenure, Chairman Cummings was uniquely focused on the next generation. ... He never, ever let a person go unseen."

Go deeper.

Bonus: Pic du jour
Photo: Gary Hershorn/Getty Images

A crescent moon rises in the pre-dawn sky behind One World Trade Center as seen from Jersey City.

2. What you missed
  1. The Trump Organization is considering selling the rights to the Trump International Hotel in D.C. Go deeper.
  2. The DNC is raising the stakes for December's Democratic debate. As of today, Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg and Kamala Harris would qualify. Go deeper.
  3. Democratic megadonor George Soros believes Elizabeth Warren is the "most qualified" candidate for the presidency in 2020 — though he stopped short of an outright endorsement. Go deeper.
  4. Rep. Ted Lieu wants the White House to explain the recent series of departures from various cybersecurity offices, as Axios reported earlier this week. Go deeper.
  5. China's foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Vice President Mike Pence's speech that criticized U.S. companies wary of disrespecting Chinese policies was "full of arrogance, prejudice, critical biases and lies." Go deeper.
3. 1 🍻 thing

Not the Onion: "Auto-brewery syndrome" is a real thing.

  • "In people with the syndrome, fermenting fungi or bacteria in the gut produce ethanol and can cause the patients to show signs of drunkenness," WashPost reports.

If you're feeling déjà vu, you aren't alone:

  • "The condition made news in 2014, when the driver of a truck that spilled 11,000 salmon onto a highway claimed to have auto-brewery syndrome."
  • "The next year, a New York woman was charged with driving under the influence after she registered a blood alcohol level that was more than four times the legal limit, CNN reported. A judge dismissed the charges after being shown evidence that she had auto-brewery syndrome."
Mike Allen