Jul 22, 2020

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

🐪 Happy Wednesday! Today's PM — edited by Shane Savitsky — is 457 words, a 2-minute read.

  • 😷 Situational awareness: D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser made wearing face masks outside one's home mandatory, with few exceptions, this afternoon. (WTOP)
1 big thing: Cities resist Trump's summer of security

Federal law enforcement officers deploy tear gas in Portland. Photo: John Rudoff/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

President Trump has promised to send federal law enforcement agents to Democratic-led cities around the country, moving his strategy beyond Portland, Oregon, and staking his re-election hopes on a law-and-order message even as the coronavirus pandemic surges nationwide.

  • Why it matters: These liberal cities now find themselves in the topsy-turvy position of having to resist federal government action — threatening recourse via both the courts and law enforcement.

In Portland, the testing ground for the Trump administration's tactics, both state and local officials have taken action. Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum sought a temporary restraining order in court today to force federal law enforcement agencies to immediately stop their tactics, per the AP.

  • And the city's police commissioner is set to introduce a resolution that would require its officers to stop cooperating with the feds, per OPB.

In Chicago, which will see the next deployment of federal agents, Mayor Lori Lightfoot struck a more conciliatory tone and said the city would do its best to work "collaboratively," per the Chicago Tribune.

  • But she warned: "I don’t put anything past this administration. ... If we need to stop them and use the courts to do so, we are ready to do that."

In New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio similarly threatened to take Trump to court if federal law enforcement was deployed in the city, Reuters reports.

In Philadelphia, District Attorney Larry Krasner compared the tactics in Portland to "fascism" and vowed to take harsh action, per The Philadelphia Inquirer.

  • "Anyone, including federal law enforcement, who unlawfully assaults and kidnaps people will face criminal charges from my office."
2. Pic du jour
Photo: Philipp von Ditfurth/picture alliance via Getty Images

An industrial climber checks the inside of the 380-foot spire of Germany's Freiburg Cathedral for cracks and damage yesterday.

3. Catch up quick
  1. The range of global warming scenarios in the decades ahead is much worse than once thought, according to a new study. Go deeper.
  2. 48 senators introduced a bill that would restore the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965 in the name of the late Rep. John Lewis. Details.
  3. Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) apologized for his actions toward Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) but denied using "offensive name-calling words." The backstory.
  4. Kim Kardashian West released a statement on Kanye West's mental health, asking for "compassion and empathy" due to his bipolar disorder. What she said.
  5. Hedge fund manager Bill Ackman raised $4 billion via an IPO for a special purpose acquisition company, the largest such offering in history. Why it matters.
4. What is ... 1 fun thing?
Trebek discusses the "Jeopardy!" Man vs. Machine special against IBM's Watson computer in 2011. Photo: Ben Hider/Getty Images

"Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek is out this week with a new memoir, "The Answer Is ... Reflections on My Life," which he wrote after the fan support and affection that greeted the disclosure of his pancreatic cancer diagnosis last year, per the AP.

  • Trebek, who has hosted the popular nightly game show since 1984, self-deprecatingly writes that he's like a visiting relative that the audience finds "comforting and reassuring as opposed to being impressed by me."
Mike Allen