Feb 18, 2019

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Good afternoon. It's been very slow today, so skipping right to what you missed so you can get back to whatever you're doing on this federal holiday.

1. What you missed
  1. An investigation into North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District 2018 election has found a "coordinated, unlawful and substantially resourced absentee ballot scheme" in two counties carried out by a political operative hired by the Republican candidate. [Axios]
  2. China accused the U.S. government of trying to block its tech development with its claims that Chinese tech companies, including Huawei Technologies, might be used for espionage. [AP]
  3. Amazon will publish its carbon footprint later this year, the company announced Monday, as part of an effort to radically reduce the global shipping giant's greenhouse gas emissions. [AP]
  4. A measles outbreak in the Philippines has killed 136 people, with children hardest hit. [AP]
  5. "George Mendonsa, who maintained for decades that he was the sailor in an iconic 1945 Times Square photo, dubbed 'The Kiss,' that came to symbolize the end of World War II, has died ... He was 95." [CNN]
  6. From the campaign trail: Kamala Harris declined to comment on new revelations in the Jussie Smollett case, which she earlier called a "modern lynching." She also differentiated herself from Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, saying she is not a Democratic Socialist. [AP]
  7. Another one: Dozens of interviews with Democratic primary voters found they are interested in Elizabeth Warren's ideas, and "exhausted or uninterested" by stories about her ancestry. [NYTimes]
Bonus: Pic du jour
Photo: Julio Cesar AGUILAR/AFP/Getty Images

Central American migrants walk along the Mexican bank of the Rio Grande that divides the Texas city of Eagle Pass and Piedras Negras in Mexico.

3. 1 app to rule them all

Berliners are about to get a single app that merges most of their transportation needs, allowing them to more directly compare different forms of transit and helping the city ease congestion, the AP reports.

  • "Lithuanian startup Trafi said Berlin will be the first major European capital to get a transport app that handles billing for all services centrally and requires only a single login. Similar services are already available in Vilnius, Rio de Janeiro and Jakarta."
  • Why it matters: "So-called ‘deep integration’ apps, which remove the annoyance of dealing with multiple providers, are seen as important for cities trying to prevent people from clogging up congested roads with their own cars."

One catch: Uber isn't yet on board.

Mike Allen