Jun 6, 2019

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Good afternoon. Today's PM is 462 words, a 2 minute read.

1 big thing: D-Day + 75

Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

World leaders today honored the singular bravery of Allied troops who sloshed through bloodied water to the landing beaches of Normandy, 75 years after the D-Day assault of June 6, 1944, AP reports from Omaha Beach, France.

  • Why it matters: The stealthy and complex air, land and sea attack doomed the Nazi occupation of France and portended the fall of Hitler’s Third Reich.
  • "We know what we owe to you, our veterans: our freedom," French President Emmanuel Macron told several dozen American D-Day combatants at a U.S. war cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach. (Reuters)
  • "Those who fought here won a future for a nation," President Trump said. "They won the survival of our civilization. And they showed us the way to love, cherish and defend our way of life for many centuries to come." (Vide0)

Scenes from a day to remember ...

Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Visitors watch French jets over the Normandy American Cemetery.

Photo: Francisco Seco/AP

A spectator shakes the hand of a British veteran in a procession after a ceremony in Bayeux Cathedral in Normandy.

Photo: David Vincent/AP

U.S. World War II veteran Jacques Michienzi (center) stands up among other veterans at Normandy American Cemetery.

Photo: Bettmann Archive via Getty Images

An American paratrooper boards a transport plane at a British airbase before takeoff for the D-Day invasion of Europe.

  • From the original caption: "These tough sky infantrymen carry a good load for a Missouri mule when they hit the silk over enemy territory."
Photo: Thibault Camus/AP

Udo Hartung, a World War II re-enactor from Germany, on Omaha Beach at dawn.

Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Trump chats with an American veteran of the Battle of Normandy.

2. What you missed
  1. Axios Scoop: The person who pushed Toronto Raptors player Kyle Lowry at last night's NBA Finals game was not just any fan, but venture capitalist — and part Warriors owner — Mark Stevens. Go deeper.
  2. Trump signed the long-awaited $19.1 billion emergency bill for regions struggling to recover from recent natural disasters.
  3. Barack and Michelle Obama have signed an exclusive deal with Spotify to produce a series of podcasts. [Variety]
  4. House Democrats have formally introduced a resolution to hold Attorney General Bill Barr and former White House counsel Don McGahn in contempt of Congress. Details.
  5. The NYPD apologized today for the 1969 raid on Stonewall Inn, an incident that helped spur the modern LGBTQ rights movement. [N.Y. Times]
3. 1 fun thing

"Dog owners experiencing long bouts of stress can transfer it to their dogs," writes the AP.

  • A team of Swedish researchers examined the levels of cortisol, a stress response chemical, in the hairs of humans and their pups.
  • They found "that the patterns of cortisol levels in the hair of dog owners closely matched that found in their dogs in both winter and summer months, indicating their stress levels were in sync."

Between the lines: "But why do people influence their dogs rather than vice versa? Perhaps people are 'a more central part of the dog’s life, whereas we humans also have other social networks,'" Lina Roth, the study's leader, told the AP.

Mike Allen