Aug 2, 2018

Axios PM

Situational awareness: President Trump has tweeted a response to our Axios interview this morning with Ivanka Trump.

  • "They asked my daughter Ivanka whether or not the media is the enemy of the people. She correctly said no. It is the FAKE NEWS, which is a large percentage of the media, that is the enemy of the people!"
  • Flashback... Trump in July: "Much of our news media is indeed the enemy of the people..."
1 big thing: Abortion rights groups brace for Kavanaugh

Abortion rights groups are gearing up for a post-Kavanaugh confirmation Supreme Court that could be willing to strike down Roe v. Wade.

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Data: State abortion policy from the Guttmacher Institute, state legislative makeup from NARAL. Map: Kerrie Vila/Axios

The big picture: "If Roe were overturned, abortion-rights advocates anticipate that 20 or more states would ban most abortions," the AP's David Crary reports.

  • “Without a doubt we’re moving into a bleaker time,” Yamani Hernandez, executive director of the National Network of Abortion Funds, told the AP.
  • “People who haven’t been paying attention are realizing what is at stake, and wanting to get involved.”

What's next:

  • "[T]he Self-Inducted Abortion Legal Team, is expanding its operations this summer... a top priority is to provide legal advice and support for any women who face possible prosecution for do-it-yourself abortions."
  • "[T]here has been a surge of donations to help the [National Network of Abortion Funds] assist low-income women in paying for their abortions. There are 70 funds in 38 states, currently assisting about one-fifth of the 150,000 women who inquire about assistance each year."
  • The other side: "This kind of effort is dangerous and highly irresponsible,” said Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life Committee. Tobias said their legal efforts are focused on providers of abortions, not the women themselves.

Go deeper: What happens if Roe v. Wade is overturned (interactive version)

P.S. Senate Republicans won't receive the more than 900,000 pages of documents requested on Kavanaugh until the end of October, the Washington Post reports.


Photo: Chuck Kennedy/Axios

Highlights from my Axios News Shapers interview this morning with Ivanka Trump:

  • She introduced new commitments to jobs, apprenticeships and retraining from MasterCard and United Airlines
  • Ivanka called family separations a "low point" for the White House
  • And she sounded pessimistic on paid family leave making progress with this Congress

Go deeper.

2. What you missed
  1. Russia has tried "to hack into and steal information from candidates and government officials alike," Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats confirmed today. Go deeper.
  2. A majority of business owners support additional tariffs on China, Mexico, Europe and Canada, although most expect negative effects on the economy if there's a trade war, according to new UBS polling provided exclusively to Axios. Go deeper.
  3. Apple is the first-ever U.S. company to have its market cap hit $1 trillion, when shares briefly touched $207.05. It’s a largely symbolic milestone, but also a reminder that between its giant market cap and massive cash holdings, Apple could buy almost anything it wants.
  4. Pope Francis changed the Catholic Church's teaching on the death penalty, ruling that it is never acceptable because it attacks the "dignity of the person," reports the AP. Go deeper.
  5. Hollywood gets spooked by Twitter: "Viral skirmishes in which information is 'weaponized' have talent agents urging their clients to curb social media use," the L.A. Times' Jeffrey Fleishman and Ryan Faughnder report. Go deeper.
3. 1 neat thing
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