Mar 14, 2019

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Situational awareness: The Senate voted 59-41 to terminate Trump's border security national emergency, but the final tally fell short of the required 2/3 needed to override Trump's veto. What they're saying.

⚡ Bulletin: Chris Cox, the top product executive at Facebook, is leaving the company along with Chris Daniels, in charge of WhatsApp. Details.

1 big thing: Beto busts through

In a crowded scramble, Beto O'Rourke broke through in a way most candidates could only dream of with his 2020 entry this morning.

The big picture ... For a candidate polling in the single digits, O'Rourke has a huge national profile, as shown by the instant response to this morning's announcement.

  • Drudge banner: "BETOMANIA"
  • Trump mocked his announcement video: "“He has a lot of hand movement -- I’ve never seen anything like it ... Is he crazy or is that just the way he acts?”
  • Pelosi: “Beto has brought a good deal of vitality to Congress ... when he came, he came as a real champion for the environment.”
  • Early House Democratic endorsements: Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), Kathleen Rice (D-NY), Veronica Escobar (D-TX) and Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY).

Between the lines: "If there’s an elevator pitch for O’Rourke’s presidential candidacy, that’s more or less it: 'I came this close to turning Texas blue. Imagine what I could do nationally,'" FiveThirtyEight notes.

  • "O’Rourke won big in cities like Dallas, Houston, Austin and San Antonio. Not just that, but Texas saw an astounding 3.7 million more votes in 2018 than it did in the midterm elections four years earlier."
  • "O’Rourke outperformed Hillary Clinton by about 6 percentage points in the state."

What's next: Beto's formal campaign kicks off in El Paso on March 30.

  • In the meantime, pay attention to whether his campaign releases early fundraising or volunteer numbers. The current leader on those metrics is Bernie Sanders, who hauled in $5.9 million in his first 24 hours.
Bonus: Pic du jour
Photo: Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images

Trump's shadow is seen behind House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the Friends of Ireland Luncheon in honor of Ireland Prime Minister Leo Varadkar at the U.S. Capitol.

2. What you missed
  1. The House voted 420-0 to call for the Justice Department to publicly release special counsel Robert Mueller's report. Go deeper.
  2. Gun manufacturer Remington can now be sued for marketing the semiautomatic rifle used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, according to a ruling from the Connecticut Supreme Court. Details.
  3. The U.K. Parliament is calling for the March 29 Brexit deadline to be pushed back. The vote was 412-202. What's next.
  4. 2018's record: "More than 10.2 million [American] households had a net worth of $1 million to $5 million, not including the value of their primary residence ... up 2.5 percent from 2017." Go deeper.
  5. Republican Rep. Rob Bishop said the ideas behind the Green New Deal are "tantamount to genocide. That may be an overstatement but not by a whole lot." Reality check.
  6. The Southern Poverty Law Center says that co-founder Morris Dees has been fired, but did not disclose why, the AP reports.
3. First look: New Apple ad uses humor to push privacy
Screengrab: Apple

Apple is pushing its privacy message with a humorous ad that will debut in prime time Thursday and runs through the three weeks of March Madness. 

  • The tagline: "If privacy matters in your life ... It should matter to the phone your life is on."

The ad aims to use relatable moments from daily life to show how naturally inclined we are toward privacy:

  • In one scene, a guy chooses a urinal but then quickly slides down the row when he notices someone else nearby.
  • When a woman catches someone staring at her as she puts on makeup in traffic, she coolly rolls up the window.
  • In a diner, two customers stop talking when the server approaches.

Be smart: Apple sees privacy as a way to differentiate itself from other tech companies, since its business model depends on selling products rather than data.

Reality check from Axios' Ina Fried: Apple takes a number of steps to protect user privacy, for sure. But many of the most-criticized apps and services run on its devices.

Mike Allen