Feb 28, 2018

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Breaking: "Hope Hicks, the White House communications director and one of President Trump’s longest-serving advisers, said [today] that she was resigning." [NYT]

Situational awareness: The U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) announced today that Scott Blackmun, CEO since 2010, will step down for health reasons. The organization has been under intense public criticism for its handling of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal. More.

1 big thing

The late Rev. Billy Graham "lies in honor" at the U.S. Capitol rotunda today, the fourth private citizen in U.S. history to be accorded such treatment.

His body rests on an unsanded pine platform, a tradition dating back to President Abraham Lincoln.

Billy Graham's casket lies in honor during a ceremony today in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda today. Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

The three others to "lie in honor": U.S. Capitol Police officers John Gibson and Jacob Chestnut, killed in a shootout in 1998, and civil rights icon Rosa Parks.

Photo: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

President Trump on Graham:

"Billy Graham carried his message around the world, but his heart, as Franklin will tell you, was always in America ..."
"Everywhere he went, Reverend Graham delivered the same beautiful message: God loves you.  That was his message.  God loves you."
"We can only imagine the number of lives touched by the preaching and the prayers of Billy Graham –- the hearts he changed, the sorrows he eased, and the joy he brought to so many.  The testimony is endless."
"Today, we give thanks for this extraordinary life.  And it’s very fitting that we do so right here in the Rotunda of the United States Capitol, where the memory of the American people is enshrined."

Go deeper: Fox News' Chad Pergram with the details on it means to "lie in honor"

2. What you missed

Photo: Shawn Thew-Pool/Getty Images

  1. Trump said today that he told NRA leaders it's time to "stop this nonsense." Quotes and details.
  2. More Trump on guns: He doesn't want concealed carry permits to be valid across state lines, adding that the measure will "never pass." Details.
  3. Students returned to Stoneman Douglas High School today. The school was surrounded by police officers to make the kids feel safer. Photos.
  4. President Trump called Attorney General Jeff Sessions "DISGRACEFUL" today, adding to a growing list of examples of Trump publicly criticizing his own staffers. How Trump turned on Sessions.
  5. Twitter is globally rolling out a button for bookmarking tweets. Tweets that are bookmarked with the new tool will be kept private. Dive in.
  6. Music streaming giant Spotify filed today for a $1 billion IPO. More.
3. 1 fun thing

"Martin Katz, who has outfitted Nicole Kidman, Kate Winslet and hundreds of other stars with bling for more than 25 years," gives the A.P. the scoop ahead of Sunday's Oscars on how stars get their free jewelry:

  • "On average, Katz said, most A-listers wear between $200,000 to $1 million worth of jewelry each for big red carpets. But a star may exceed that in a single piece, wearing a $5 million diamond necklace, for instance. As a rule, Katz said he doesn’t go over $1 million in borrowed gems."
  • “At the Oscars, the biggest risk is that a piece of jewelry were to fall off a celebrity unnoticed,” he said. “Maybe a bracelet becomes unhinged, falls on the red carpet, gets kicked, or an earring falls off and gets kicked and nobody notices. They don’t notice until later it’s gone. We hold our breaths until all the babies come home the next day.”
Mike Allen