April 13, 2022

Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 498 words, a 2-minute read.

1 big thing: Truckers' next target

Trucks in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, block the entrance yesterday to the Santa Teresa (N.M.) Port of Entry. Photo: Omar Ornelas /The El Paso Times via AP

The next trucker protest crisis is brewing south of the border, with Mexican truckers blockading bridges amid growing fears over fruit and vegetable shortages.

The big picture: New safety inspection rules by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) have slashed commercial traffic as much as 60%, Axios Latino editor Astrid Galván reports.

  • Mexico is the U.S.'s biggest source of agricultural imports.
  • "Your inspection protocol is not stopping illegal immigration," Texas Agriculture Commissioner (R) Sid Miller warned in an open letter to Abbott. “It is stopping food from getting to grocery store shelves."

At least four border crossings have been blockaded by Mexican truck drivers who say the rules threaten their pay, Reuters reports.

🚨 Breaking: Abbott this afternoon unveiled a deal that would lift the rules at one of the 13 affected commercial crossings between Texas and Mexico, The Texas Tribune reports.

  • Abbott and Mexico's Nuevo León Gov. Samuel Alejandro Garcia Sepulveda agreed to have Mexican police do inspections, ending the Texas checks at the Colombia-Laredo bridge.

2. "We got him": NYC suspect in custody

NYPD officers yesterday near Union Square. Photo: Alexi J. Rosenfeld/Getty Images

Shortly after officially naming Frank R. James as a suspect this morning in the Brooklyn subway mass shooting, police said he'd been arrested in Manhattan's East Village.

  • He'll face terrorism-related charges for yesterday's attack where 10 people were shot.
  • "My fellow New Yorkers, we got him," Mayor Eric Adams said.

James "appears to have posted dozens of videos on social media in recent years — lengthy rants in which he expressed a range of harshly bigoted views," the N.Y. Times reports.

3. Catch up quick

  1. President Biden has approved the transfer of helicopters, artillery systems and armored vehicles to Ukraine as part of $800 million in additional military aid, he said today.
  2. Ukraine's water system is "at risk of complete collapse" as Russia prepares for a new offensive, the UN warned.
  3. The CDC is extending its travel mask mandate for two weeks to monitor a spike in COVID cases.
  4. A court in Jersey (the island in the English channel, not the U.S. state) froze $7 billion in assets believed to be connected to Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich.

4. 🎵 1 fun thing: Ricky Martin, for the ages

Image: Library of Congress

Debut albums by Wu-Tang Clan and Alicia Keys ... Ricky Martin's Latin pop megahit "Livin' La Vida Loca" ... and Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" are among recordings being inducted this year into the National Recording Registry, AP reports.

  • The Library of Congress today announced 25 "audio treasures worthy of preservation for all time based on their cultural, historical or aesthetic importance in the nation’s recorded sound heritage."

Other albums include Linda Ronstadt's "Canciones de Mi Padre" ... Bonnie Raitt's "Nick of Time" .. . A Tribe Called Quest's "The Low End Theory" ... and the Cuban musical ensemble's self-titled debut "Buena Vista Social Club," which also inspired the film of the same name.

Other recordings include public radio station WNYC's broadcasts from Sept. 11, 2001 ... and Marc Maron's interview with Robin Williams on his podcast, "WTF with Marc Maron."