Jan 16, 2020

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Good afternoon: Today's newsletter — edited by Justin Green — is 454 words, a 2-minute read.

1 big thing: "Impartial justice"

John Roberts swears in members of the Senate for the impeachment trial against President Trump. Photo: Senate Television via AP

We're about to get our first impeachment trial in HD, but the rules and procedures are like entering a time capsule.

  • Senators sat quietly in their seats while Rep. Adam Schiff read the articles aloud.
  • They stood as a group while Chief Justice John Roberts was sworn in, and they remained standing as he swore them in.
  • Reporters were forced back to paper notebooks, since they aren't allowed to bring any technology such as phones or laptops into the Senate chamber, Axios' Alayna Treene reports.

Between the lines: For the next few weeks, the Senate will be an extremely different institution — with consequences that extend to the Democratic presidential primaries.

  • Starting at 1pm ET on Tuesday, Sens. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar will be busy on Capitol Hill, with Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg free to barnstorm Iowa.
  • Sanders would "rather be in Iowa today," he told Politico. "There’s a caucus there in two-and-a-half weeks. I’d rather be in New Hampshire and Nevada. But I swore a constitutional oath as a U.S. senator to do my job.”

What's next, via Alayna:

  • House briefs due 5pm Saturday.
  • Trump's briefs due 12pm Monday.
  • House reply due 12pm Tuesday.
  • Opening arguments begin 1pm Tuesday.
Sen. Chuck Grassley swears in Chief Justice Roberts. Photo: Senate Television via AP
Bonus: Pic du jour

Chief Justice Roberts. Photo: Senate Television via AP

2. What you missed

Photo: Seth Wenig/AP

  1. "Carlos Beltran, the only player named in MLB's investigation of the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal, is out as manager of the New York Mets before beginning his first season with the team." [ESPN]
  2. A group of 14 states filed a lawsuit against the Agriculture Department over a plan to increase work requirements for food stamp recipients. Go deeper.
  3. China is presenting the "phase one" trade deal not as concessions made to a superior foe, but as the logical next phase of its own economic development. Go deeper.
  4. Microsoft vowed to be "carbon negative" by 2030 and announced new plans to fund emerging technologies and methods that pull CO2 directly from the atmosphere. Go deeper.
  5. The planet faces a collective action problem of existential proportions on climate change, and asset managers are unlikely to grow real teeth to help. Go deeper.
  6. A Senate Republican called CNN's Manu Raju a "liberal hack" and refused to answer a question about whether the Senate should consider a trove of additional evidence as part of the pending impeachment trial. Video.
3. 1 snack thing

Photo: Getty Images

They're on your airplanes and in your company's snack rooms, but the story of stroopwafels in America goes straight to Brooklyn, Cara Cannella reports for Medium.

  • Anna "Gordon began selling her hand-pressed stroopwafels at the Brooklyn Flea after moving to New York. ... In 2014, [she and her now-husband] opened a brick-and-mortar bakery in Brooklyn."
  • "Around that time, Rip Pruisken founded Brooklyn-based company Rip Van Wafels."
  • "While crashing on the couch of his brother ... at Stanford, Pruisken visited more than 90 tech companies in the Bay Area. Uber, Yelp, Twitter, Square, Google, and Facebook all became Rip Van Wafel customers."
  • "That buzz helped him get his snacks into Starbucks."

Worthy of your time.

Mike Allen