Mar 21, 2018

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Situational awareness: President Trump's anti-China tariffs are expected tomorrow, with the U.S. reportedly facing a reprisal list that includes soybeans, sorghum and live hogs. Read up.

1 big thing: How 2018 could be remembered

America is suffering through a "trust crash," with faith in government at abysmal lows and faith in other institutions not looking much prettier. But when you look at the big political trends, there's some reason for hope.

Recent examples, rounded up by the A.P.'s David Crary:

  • "The array of massive women’s marches in January 2017, primarily a backlash to Donald Trump’s election as president, served as prelude to the #MeToo movement."
  • "Tens of thousands of students across the U.S. walked out of their classrooms on March 14 to demand action by politicians [on gun violence], a prelude to this weekend’s March for Our Lives."
  • "Public school teachers in West Virginia provided a dramatic example of how organized activism can prevail. After a nine-day walkout, they won a 5 percent pay raise even though they lacked collective bargaining rights and had no legal right to strike."
  • "Racial tensions also have fueled activism, including the Black Lives Matter campaign protesting the deaths of black men at the hands of police, and the take-a-knee protests by some National Football League players."
  • "Nearly 500 women — roughly three-quarters of them Democrats — plan to run for Congress this year... up from 334 women who filed to run... in 2012, the previous record high."

Flashback: "The protests have echoes of [2010, when] ... conservatives staged boisterous rallies around the country in response to President Barack Obama’s health care law. The tea party movement helped Republicans complete a takeover of Congress the midterm elections that year."

Why it matters: The continued rise of mass movements, while not always pretty, shows people still believe in their power to shape the system.

2. What you missed

Photo: Operators use drones to spray pesticides and nutrient solution on winter wheat on in Cangzhou, Hebei Province of China. Photo: VCG/VCG via Getty Images

  1. Mark Zuckerberg admitted today a "breach of trust" with Facebook users, writing on his social network about the steps the company is taking on the "Cambridge Analytica situation." Read it... What it didn't say
  2. The Federal Reserve raised interest rates a quarter-point, as expected, and forecast more interest rate hikes over the next two years because of the improving economic outlook. Why it matters.
  3. Islamist extremist group Boko Haram has returned 110 of the girls kidnapped from a Nigerian boarding school last month. More.
  4. Tesla shareholders approved $2.6B worth of stock options for CEO Elon Musk, dependent on meeting "a set of ambitious financial goals."
  5. Trump is defending his congratulatory call to Vladimir Putin, reiterating his belief that "Getting along with Russia... is a good thing." More.
3. 1 fun thing

The late comedian Garry Shandling, who created the "Larry Sanders Show," will be the subject of a four-hour Judd Apatow documentary on HBC, “The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling," the AP's Mark Kennedy reports.

  • "The film includes interviews with James L. Brooks, Linda Doucett, David Duchovny, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jay Leno, Kevin Nealon, Conan O’Brien, Bob Saget, Sarah Silverman and Jeffrey Tambor."
  • "The documentary airs in two parts on March 26 and March 27."
Mike Allen