Jan 24, 2018

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen
1 big thing: "I just signed your death warrant"

Larry Nassar, the former gymnastics doctor for the U.S. Olympics and Michigan State University, was sentenced to 40-175 years in prison today as a result of an overwhelming sexual assault case in which more than 160 women came forward, Axios' Haley Britzky reports.

Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina to Nassar at the sentencing today:

"Sir, I'm giving you 175 years, which is 2,100 months. I've just signed your death warrant."

Why it matters: Nassar's case is one of the biggest to come out of the wave of sexual assault and harassment allegations that started last fall. It led to the resignation of three executive board members at USA Gymnastics, and the NCAA is opening an investigation into MSU, as 14 university representatives reportedly knew of reports against Nassar.

Go deeper:

  • Gold-medalist Aly Raisman's testimony in full.
  • Read more accusations against Nassar here.
  • Timeline of the case against Nassar
2. What you missed

Cate Blanchett attends a session moderated by NYT columnist Nicholas Kristof during the World Economic Forum 2018 annual meeting today in Davos. Photo: Fabrice Coffrini / AFP / Getty Images

  1. Almost a million Americans will see their occupations vanish entirely by 2026, and will have to train for a wholesale career change or probably not find equally paid work. Chart.
  2. Cecile Richards plans to step down as president of Planned Parenthood after more than 10 years in the post, BuzzFeed News reported today.
  3. The Senate has confirmed Alex Azar, a former pharmaceutical executive, to be the next HHS secretary. More.
  4. Veteran tech CEO Meg Whitman has accepted a new job, leading a new media company focused on short, scripted videos.
  5. AG Jeff Sessions issued a stern warning today to 23 states and cities, asking for records that could show whether they’re unlawfully withholding information from federal immigration authorities. Background.
3. 1 sad thing

Elton John announced today that his upcoming tour will be his last, USA Today's Maeve McDermott reports:

"My priorities have changed... I can't physically do the traveling anymore... I want to be at home. I really want to spend time with my children at home. I've had an incredible life, but life is all about change." 


Mike Allen