Jul 3, 2019

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Happy almost holiday 🇺🇸: Wishing you and yours a restful 4th.

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Today's PM is 507 words, a 2 minute read.

1 big thing: Tanks on the 4th of July

A Bradley Fighting Vehicle, with the Lincoln Memorial in the background. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images

Throwback Thursday: For the first time since the U.S. defeated Iraq in the original Iraq War of 1991, two M1 Abrams tanks will roll through D.C. tomorrow as part of a military parade requested by President Trump.

Why it matters: "Pentagon officials have long been reluctant to parade tanks, missiles and other weapons through the nation’s capital like the authoritarian leaders of North Korea and China," NYT notes.

  • "But Mr. Trump believes that the inclusion of tanks and other weapons ... would help to transform the capital city’s annual event into the kind of military celebration he has long wanted."
People pose in front of a Bradley Fighting Vehicle and the Lincoln Memorial. Photo: Alastair Pike/AFP/Getty Images

Driving the news: Local officials are concerned that the heavy vehicles (Abrams tanks can reach 70 tons) could damage local roads — especially around the National Mall.

  • D.C.'s City Council to Trump, via tweet: "We have said it before, and we’ll say it again: Tanks, but no tanks.”
  • Trump on Monday: "You've got to be pretty careful with the tanks because the roads have a tendency not to like to carry heavy tanks, so we have to put them in certain areas."
Two M1A2 Abrams tanks (the closest ones) and other military vehicles sit on guarded rail cars in D.C. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Another point of concern: "The National Park Service is diverting nearly $2.5 million in entrance and recreation fees primarily intended to improve parks across the country to cover costs" of the parade, the Washington Post reports.

  • "By comparison, according to former Park Service deputy director Denis P. Galvin, the entire Fourth of July celebration on the Mall typically costs the agency about $2 million."
  • WashPost: "The cost of a military parade Trump wanted to stage last year was about $92 million, including $50 million in Defense Department expenses, defense officials said at the time."
One of two Bradley Fighting Vehicles is parked next to the Lincoln Memorial. Photo: Andrew Harnik
Bonus: Pic du jour
A woman poses for a photo at the sunflower field in Edirne, Turkey. Photo: Salih Baran/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
2. What you missed
  1. Joe Biden's 2020 campaign said that it raised $21.5 million during the second quarter of 2019 from more than 256,000 donors. Go deeper.
  2. Boeing plans to give $100 million to the families and communities impacted by two fatal 737 MAX crashes, reports the New York Times.
  3. 🎧: Axios' Dan Primack and Arizona Republic reporter Maria Polletta discuss Nike's controversial decision to pull its "Betsy Ross flag" sneaker and how the political backlash is affecting plans for a big new manufacturing plant near Phoenix. Listen here.
  4. Broadcom is in advanced talks to buy Symantec for more than $15 billion, as first reported by Bloomberg.
3. 1 vintage thing

Photo: Cheryl Chan/Getting Images

Typewriter comeback: "[A]t the few remaining typewriter repair shops in the country, business is booming as a younger generation discovers the joy of the feel and sound of the typewriter — and older generations admit they never fell out of love with it," AP reports.

  • "At one time ... there were six pages of typewriter repair listings in the New York City phone book (which also hardly exists anymore)."
  • "Two recent documentaries, 'The Typewriter (In The 21st Century)' (2012) and 'California Typewriter' (2016), featuring collector Tom Hanks, have helped popularize vintage typewriters among young people, who also have a soft spot for other analog technologies like vinyl records and fountain pens."

The bottom line: “There’s an irresistible tactility to typing on a typewriter, a satisfying sound, a feeling of authentic authorship. No one can spy on you and there are no distractions,” Ellen Lupton, curator of the Cooper Hewitt, tells AP.

Mike Allen